15th Sep, 2019

Solihull and Meriden Labour party set out plans for borough

Sarah Mason 24th Apr, 2019

SOLIHULL and Meriden Labour has unveiled its council election manifesto which includes pledges to fight for more affordable public transport and clamp down on fly tipping.

The party will hope in next Thursday’s election to improve on the two seats it currently occupies at council – with 17 seats up for grabs.

Labour says it will look at schools funding and pledge to campaign for fairer funding in Solihull schools and ‘fight for a better education for our children’.

The party has promised to hold Solihull’s Conservatives to account on the matter.

Nick Stephens, chair of the Solihull and Meriden Labour Group who is standing for election in Bickenhill, has set stopping the cuts to police and make the streets and communities safe as a priority.

Mr Stephens said: “Many residents, especially in the poorer parts of the ward, tell me on the doorstep they never hear from their local councillors.

“The Tories have taken Bickenhill residents for granted too long and their cuts to council budgets make it difficult to keep our areas clean and tidy.”

He also wants to keep neighbourhood tidy and clamp down on the illegal dumping of rubbish in the borough.

Mr Stephens also states he would only support building on the borough’s green belt when ‘absolutely necessary’.

The party also states there must be more affordable housing to rent and buy in the borough with a minimal impact to the communities.

Labour says it will fight for more affordable public transport in Solihull.

It pledges to tackle poverty pay and calls on the council to commit to paying the ‘real’ living wage – a wage set according to the cost of living.

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