The Tories run our Government and what a mess. The Tories run our County and it’s nearly bankrupt. The Tories also run Sedgemoor District Council and on May 2nd we can do something about that by voting them out and rebuilding our communities with Labour.
Rebuilding our Housing
Everyone needs the security of a place to live. Councils can now borrow to build social housing. Labour will:
- Build Council homes for social rent to provide a real affordable option for housing needs
- Avoid over-development by building smaller estates that meet the needs of the community and concentrating on brownfield development
- Challenge the upsurge of ‘Houses in multiple occupation’ which causes major local issues with parking
- Bring back empty properties into use
- Address the shortage of single bedroom properties by building more including modular homes
Developing our Towns
Our towns are increasing in size and with that comes the need for better amenities, leisure facilities and a safe environment. Labour will:
- Encourage small local businesses throughout Sedgemoor’s market towns and regenerate our High Streets and shopping centres
- Provide the use of open spaces for community events such as fairs, markets and festivals
- Reverse the Government cutbacks which have reduced Police numbers and led to an increase in crime
- Work closely with Police to improve response times and increase presence in the community
Refocusing our Employment
Jobs are important to everybody, but they need to be meaningful and well paid. Labour will reverse the low wage economy of the Tories by:
- Negotiating Local labour force agreements
- Encouraging employers who offer training and well-paid work
- Providing good quality apprenticeships for all
- Campaigning for a public transport policy that connects people with work
- Opposing inappropriate zero-hour contracts
Protecting our Environment
We live in a beautiful part of the world. Protecting our environment is important to us. The benefits are many – making Sedgemoor a healthier place to live, work and visit; protecting the wildlife habitats; respecting our environment and harnessing its power to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Labour will:
- Make the most of the opportunities from the tidal barrier. This is a £100m project with £1.3billion knock-on economic benefits. We need to ensure that benefits cascade to local towns and people.
- Lobby for opportunities to improve navigation on the River Parrett and encourage the use of our waterways for leisure without detriment to the wildlife.
- Maximise use of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) funding to benefit our communities
- Enhance our local green spaces and parks.
- Promote the Eco Parks as places of quiet enjoyment, whilst working with others to enhance the bio-diversity and wildlife habitat.
- Encourage walking and cycling in our towns to improve health and wellbeing as well as putting Sedgemoor ‘on the map’ for touring cyclists and walkers.
- Follow the lead of Bridgwater Town Council and make Sedgemoor a ‘Frack Free Zone’.
- Promote green and low carbon energy providers and encourage our councils, local organisations and businesses to sign up with ‘green’ energy providers.
- Investigate opportunities to harness the power of our tides to create energy through tidal lagoons.
- Work towards ‘Transition Town’ status for our urban areas – an initiative to encourage grassroots community projects that aim to increase self-sufficiency and reduce the potential effects of climate change and economic instability.
- Continue to work with local councils and businesses to reduce throwaway single use plastics and encourage local organisations to sign up the Re-Fill initiative to discourage the purchase of bottled water and use tap water instead.
- Support increased recycling
- Working with the Somerset Waste Partnership to provide adequate storage of refuse and recycling waste which will help to reduce litter on our streets and tackle fly-tipping.
- Providing more opportunities for residents to help to keep our streets and footpaths clean and tidy.
Integrating our Transport
The Tories abandonment of any kind of transport policy has led to high prices and cuts in services and chaos. This country needs a proper public transport system. Labour will:
- Campaign for Somerset County Council to re-establish a County Transport Forum to enable local authorities, transport operators and service users to develop integrated public transport plans for their areas,
- Press for Highbridge station to be developed as a community asset, with improved access, ticket office, bus and taxi links, provision of refreshment and other facilities, and signage to town centre and other locations provided
- Campaign for cheaper fares, so that the train service can compete with the motorway travel
- Explore opportunities for regulation of bus fares and services via franchising or municipal ownership
- Develop a planned and integrated system of cycle paths across the County, with local planning input
- Encourage pedestrianisation of town centre areas
- Carry out safety and access audits of town centre areas on a regular basis
Celebrating our Culture
Sedgemoor will benefit from a leisure and culture driven economy, which protects our heritage and opens up opportunities for all. Labour will:
- Encourage the use of green and spaces for a healthy community, such as Team events, Sport, Park runs and Buggy walks.
- Promote our natural assets such as the Coastal footpath, Canals and the Rivers for tourism and leisure.
- Bid for grants and fundraising, to support the creative activities across the District.
- Celebrate our culture by strengthening Arts Centres, Theatres and Cultural venues in Sedgemoor,
- Promote the Carnival, Performing Arts, Festivals, Film and Music.
- Work with Towns and Parish Councils to create a network of digital Tourism marketing.
- Prioritise youth and community funding and restore services to an appropriate level for the needs of the community
- Champion young people’s rights by expanding youth services to engage and support young people
- Introduce a portfolio for Young People at Sedgemoor District Council.
Vote for a change on May 2nd
On Thursday May 2nd everyone gets a real chance to get rid of the Tories.
Only a Labour vote can do this.
Labour are the only serious opposition party who can challenge Tory dominated Sedgemoor.
The Lib Dem vote will continue to plummet across the country as people punish them for breaking their promises and propping up a vicious tory government. Lib Dems have been almost completely wiped out across Sedgemoor with just 1 seat remaining
UKIP are more Tory than the Tories, a party made up of Tory people, promoting Tory policies, bankrolled by Tory donors. The 2 UKIP councillors elected in 2015 have made no impact and have barely even spoken such is their one-track obsession. Totally pointless on a town or district council and a completely spent force – increasingly becoming more extremist in their views and in their membership while scrambling to hold on to a place in the side-lines at national level.
The real fight is with the Conservatives who have long wanted to break up the Welfare state and continually undermine local democracy by running roughshod over the wishes of local people closing down popular leisure facilities and voting their own executive members pay rises while underfunding public services. What a waste of time and money.
The transport system is in a mess, our heritage is being reduced to rubble by developers with inadequate legislation to stop them and shops remain empty in our High streets.
Sedgemoor Labour Party says, “this is because the Tories have the wrong priorities”.
Labour has the ideas and resolve to provide solutions – promoting social enterprise, encouraging start-up businesses, innovation and technology centres.
With our population increasing, especially with Hinkley Point C, we need more leisure facilities for these people. A big house building programme means that we need the facilities, amenities and infrastructure to support it.
Vote Labour on Thursday May 2nd
The Austerity programme of the Coalition has produced a financial recovery for the few and not the many and we need to get it working for the many.
The Labour Party works for everybody, people will be better off in secure jobs, we’ll have an NHS we can count on and only then can our country be a fairer place where we can give young people some hope about their future.
Address: Campaign Co-Ordinator, Stephen Vincent c/o Mary Stanley House, 10 Castle Street, Bridgwater TA63DB
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