Solihull's Conservatives pledge to carry on improving lives of residents in manifesto - The Solihull Observer

Solihull's Conservatives pledge to carry on improving lives of residents in manifesto

Solihull Editorial 25th Apr, 2019   0

SOLIHULL’S Conservatives have launched their manifesto for council elections next month with a pledge to continue to improve the lives of residents.

The Tories – in control at the Council House – have set out their vision for the borough ahead of polling day on May 2.

They say the commitment to grow Solihull’s economy to deliver jobs continues and between 2010 and 2017 it supported businesses to deliver nearly 28,000 new jobs.

The party says it will continue to invest in education and training to ensure Solihull people have the best chance possible to secure those jobs.

The Conservatives said they will maintain weekly refuse collection service and still keep the Green Garden waste service free, while continuing to invest to increase recycling rates.

The council has started to roll out Wildlife Ways, the party adds, a three year programme to make the borough greener – which ‘will improve the 69km of cycle routes and create 23km shared walking and cycle routes’.

The manifesto also says the party has committed to reducing carbon by at least 45 per cent by 2021 from where it stood at in 2010 and is doing so with projects including replacing streetlights with LED lights.

The manifesto says: “We believe in value for money and using you money wisely.

“This year your council tax rise will be the lowest in the West Midlands at 2.90 per cent including the last year of the social care element.

“Others are going to the full increase allowed by government together with the Social care element meaning some are at nearly five per cent.

“This year we have been able to find nearly £7million more to invest in Adult Social Care and Children’s services.

“Together with £3million to reform our Community Wellbeing services.”

The party is also pledging to continue to invest in leisure facilities, libraries and the green flag parks aand the discount for those on benefits or aged between 60 and 74 will continue as well as being free for those over 75.

The Conservatives add they are committing to invest in town centres across the borough with funds already secured from the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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