A Labour and Co-operative Council will continue to oppose HS2
HS2 will have a major detrimental impact on the Borough because it passes through large swathes of North Warwickshire.
Home’s will be lost, businesses will be affected, country parks will be torn apart and the construction will blight our Borough for over a decade.
A Labour and Co-operative Council will;
- Continue to oppose the project and work closely with action groups and parish councils to get mitigation and financial compensation for the damage caused by HS2. This should include replacement land for a country park and wildlife corridors.
- Lobby the County Council and West Midlands Combined Authority to recognise the need to improve existing public transport routes in the Borough. This should include enhancing and developing Atherstone Railway Station as a commuting hub.
- Work with the Combined Authority to deliver new public transport links in the west and south of the Borough where new initiatives like the tram network and Sprint are being developed on our border.
Labour’s Commitment to the Armed Forces
If Labour takes control of North Warwickshire Borough Council on Thursday 2nd May, 2019, we’ll take care of our armed forces community. A Labour Council would support serving service men and women and their families as well as looking after those veterans who are now adjusting to civilian life.
A Labour a Co-Operative Council will:
- Take the household of armed forces personal out of Council Tax when their loved one is on deployment.
- Provide all serving and retired armed forces personnel with discounted use of our sports centres.
- Create a ‘no soldier left alone’ scheme to guarantee that no veteran is ever left to sleep rough.
- Deliver a new annual celebration of Armed Forces Day here in North Warwickshire
- Provide support to local groups and villages for their Remembrance Day parades
Putting Local People Back In Control
At present local people do not feel in control of many of the decisions that affect their lives. The Borough Council seems remote and many decisions are taken without properly listening to what residents have to say.
Labour will reform our Council, moving to a cabinet system so all decisions are open and transparent. We’ll change the way Council meetings work and introduce webcasting.
We’ll become a co-operative Council, working with other like-minded Council’s around the country to tackle the biggest challenges we face, and we’ll work with our parish councils, giving them the respect they deserve. We’ll re-introduce a formal scrutiny process so we can be held to account and we’ll open up the Council to our young people. Our young people will have a say in their Borough’s future.