Justin welcomes the fresh approach for local government and for Ellesmere Port and Neston pledged by local Labour leaders.
Cheshire West Labour today unveiled its ambitious manifesto for the all-out local Government elections being held on Thursday, 7th May, 2015 – the same day as the General Election.
Based on conversations with more than 70,000 people across Cheshire West, Labour’s plan sets out a vision for the future of the Council and specific plans that the Labour Group intends to implement on taking control of Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Speaking about today’s launch, Cllr Samantha Dixon, Leader of Cheshire West Labour Group commented: “We believe it is time to be ambitious for Ellesmere Port and the wider borough. We know that our area has been hit hard in recent years by the economic downturn and the failures of the Tory-led Coalition Government. People living here have had to work very hard just to stand still.
“Labour has an ambitious plan for a fair, transparent and efficient Cheshire West where residents come first. We want to make sure that the democratic process puts local people at the heart of everything we do,” she added.
The Labour Party will be fielding a full slate of 75 candidates across the Cheshire West borough and is confident of gaining overall control of the Council.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Louise Gittins said: “Throughout Cheshire West there are communities that need better representation than they currently receive. The Labour Group alongside the Labour Parliamentary Candidates aims to offer our residents a fresh, new alternative to the tired status quo.”
Top among a number of key pledges, Cheshire West Labour has set out the following promises to the electorate:
- All schools to reach or maintain a Good or Outstanding Ofsted judgement by 2019
- A new Cheshire West Street Care Pledge to look after the environment, reduce litter and promote recycling and to make Cheshire West a cleaner, safer, greener place for everyone who lives, works or studies in the Borough.
- A more open, transparent and accountable council which listens to residents’ views, prioritises the things they say are important and is honest about the decisions the Council makes.
Cllr Nicole Meardon, Labour’s spokesperson for Children and Young People, commented: “Children are our number one priority as they represent the borough’s future. A Labour Cheshire West and Chester Council promises high quality early years provision and affordable childcare; first class schools, special educational needs and disability services, youth services and careers advice.
“Above all, we will work to keep our children safe and healthy. We will provide more activities for young people, support them to achieve their full potential and prepare them well for adulthood. One of the first things we will be doing when we take control is, in partnership with NHS colleagues, reviewing the mental health needs of Cheshire West’s children and young people with a view to urgently improving services for them,” Cllr Meardon concluded.
Locally, Cheshire West Labour is committed to developing a master plan for the regeneration of Ellesmere Port. The Labour Group has also set out the following undertakings:
- Seek to breathe new life into Ellesmere Port’s town centre and waterfront by maximising inward investment
- Development of the new Cheshire West Street Care pledge which will guarantee minimum standards of the cleanliness of local streets
- Develop and regenerate Neston as a vibrant market town
- Working to provide local jobs for local people
- Establishing a new district committee for Ellesmere Port and Neston to bring decision-making closer to local people.
Commenting on Cheshire West Labour’s manifesto, Cllr Justin Madders, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Ellesmere Port and Neston said: “Ellesmere Port and Neston have for too long been side-lined by this Tory-led Council. It is time we had a Council that stood up for its residents instead of ignoring them and treating their views with contempt."