COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Solihull Conservatives will boost 'investment, jobs and opportunities' - The Solihull Observer

COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Solihull Conservatives will boost 'investment, jobs and opportunities'

Solihull Editorial 26th Apr, 2018   0

SOLIHULL council’s controlling Conservatives will push for re-election by promising ‘investment, jobs and opportunities’.

The Conservatives say they would focus on developing Solihull’s economic base while providing the services residents need.

The borough will go to the polls on May 3 and the Conservatives will hope to build on its 31 councillors including James Butler, recent victor in the Blythe by-election.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has 51 councillors.

The party says it is proud Solihull remains ‘one of the best places to live in England’ and will protect its environment and boost leisure opportunities.

One of its chief pledges is to ‘champion a green agenda’.

It wants to invest in leisure facilities, public open spaces and the borough’s 15 Green Flag parks.

It says plans for future preservation are well developed through a number of funding bids to deliver greater levels of urban biodiversity and habitats to streets, town centres and rural villages.

It has pledged to improve its record on recycling and commit to improving the borough’s carbon footprint.

The Conservatives also pledge to reduce the inequality gap where some residents in the richest parts of the borough live more than 10 years longer than those in the poorest.

Despite planning for life without Solihull Police Station, the party has stated it would improve community safety.

Leader of the council, councillor Bob Sleigh, said: “We are very clear what our priorities are here in solihull.

“We will invest in our economy to provide jobs and opportunity and develop our economic base to provide the services residents want and rightly expect.

“We continue to support our people, our most important asset. We continue to work to provide services to meet our residents needs.

“Whether through the funding we put into Adult Social Care, which serves more than four thousand people each day.

“Or into children’s services, another of our priorities, to provide care for children who find themselves in need of our help.

“We are committed to support programmes in Education and training to prepare people to take advantage of the jobs we are creating here in Solihull. Nearly twenty thousand since 2010.

“We have some of the best education in the West Midlands here in Solihull.

“Where pupil attainment is consistently above the national average and where the vast majority of our schools are rated good or excellent.

“The journey to regenerate Solihull is on track with a twenty year plan to keep our town centres some of the best in the UK.

“The former Powergen site in Shirley is coming out of the ground and new village centres have been built across the borough and with more to come.

“We play a leading role in the West Midlands Combined Authority with the Mayor Andy Street.

“Only one of the partnerships we have in place to bring investment into our borough to keep Solihull as the best economy in the region.

“We do face challenges but we have plans in place to deal with them.

“Importantly we never lose sight of the fact that wen are spending Solihull residents money.

“We have a proven track records of spending it wisely on their behalf.”

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