Parties’ election pledges

WITH the borough council elections looming, the three major political parties in Broxtowe have this week let the Advertiser have a sneak peak at their manifestos.

Some of the main points from the borough’s Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups’ list of pledges are summed up, right.

Lib Dem leader David Watts, the current leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said his parties policies would put people first.

Within the manifesto there plans included redeveloping Kimberley and managing Eastwood town centre better, as well as safeguarding funding for the popular Moorgreen Show.

“I think it is a really exciting programme we have got for the next four years building on what we have already achieved,” he said.

“We have sorted out the finances at the council and made it a much more efficient organisations.

“We are focused on putting people first and making sure we are a council for the community.”

The Labour Party have promised to concentrate on improving people’s quality of life. Leader Milan Radulovic also pledged to protect the environment and countryside and lead the way in creating jobs, supporting local businesses and regenerating the town.

He added: “We are concentrating on improving people’s quality of life. We are facing drastic cuts both locally and nationally and we are deeply concerned about the standard of care for Eastwood people, particularly the elderly.

“So our manifesto is around giving people the opportunity and chances – helping provide jobs and stimulate the economy.

“It’s also about proving proper care for the young to take us forward to the next generation.”

The Tories say they will get ‘realistic’ about the forthcoming cuts facing the council – and say they will work hard to deal with the ‘£2m black hole’ they say the council is currently facing.

But Conservative leader Richard Jackson said he wanted to keep the community at the forefront of policies including the re-introduction of the points system to help local people find housing as well as offering support to retiring members of the Armed Forces.

He added: “I think first of all it puts people back in charge of what’s going on.

“The decision making at the council has become more remote over recent years which has frustrated me and it is clear members of public feel removed from it. People don’t feel connected and we have to address that.”