Voters across Gedling borough will soon decide who runs the council for the next four years.
Labour currently control the council, and say they are proud of their record, despite what they call “relentless” government cuts. If re-elected, they say they would prioritise regeneration and crime prevention.
The Conservatives, who go into the election as the main opposition party, say they would take tougher action of fly-tippers and illegal traveller encampments, and protect green spaces.
The Liberal Democrats say they would increase the frequency of grass cutting, provide free collection of domestic fridges to combat fly-tipping, and restore dog poo bins in parks.
Meanwhile UKIP say they represent a voice of protest, and also that residents are concerned about the growing number of empty shops.
We are very proud of what we have achieved in Gedling despite the relentless cuts to funding from the government.
We have continued to invest in our leisure centres and Bonington Theatre and cinema – creating state-of-the-art, modern facilities – as well as protecting and improving all our parks across the borough and we pledge to continue to enhance our flagship Gedling Country Park.
We know crime is a concern to our residents and we will create a new neighbourhood policing team for our borough – putting five additional police officers back on our streets.
We also want to continue to invest in more CCTV cameras to help with crime prevention and detection.
Gedling Labour would complete the regeneration and redevelopment of Arnold market, town centre, Carlton Square and create a year-round programme of events and festivals for our town centres and high streets.
We pledge to create the ‘Gedling Forces Leisure Card’ – providing all serving and retired armed forces personnel with free use of our council-owned leisure centres.
We would also establish a ‘Passport to Leisure’ scheme – providing free swimming sessions for under-16s and over-65s.”
Over the last year, we’ve been knocking on doors and talking to residents across Gedling about their priorities for our area and the changes they want to see.
Gedling residents want to see changes to council tax, protection of precious green spaces and more support for high streets and small businesses. They also want to feel safer in their communities.
Residents taking time to share their views has helped us draw up our action plan, so we can make the changes people want.
Gedling Conservatives have listened and are ready to act.
Just some of the things we will prioritise include:
- Taking action against dog mess and fly-tipping with tougher financial penalties
- Deterring illegal traveller encampments by taking quicker action to evict them
- Guaranteeing continued free parking for two hours in borough council owned car parks
- Improving shopping areas by providing more seating, more bins and cleaner town centres
- Protecting green spaces by encouraging new housing on derelict or previously-used land first
- Working with the government to make sure Gedling gets its fair share of funding so we can invest in our parks and woodlands
They say: “Working together we can make Gedling a better place to live, work and raise a family.
“So, if you want to lower council tax, town centre improvements, our green spaces protected, and action on fly-tipping – the only way is by voting for the Conservatives.
Gedling Liberal Democrats believe that most residents are concerned about how Gedling Borough Council can help improve the local area in which they live.
This involves improving basic things such as street cleansing and the upkeep of parks and recreational areas.
The council needs to spend less money on itself and more on providing such services in our local communities. Our priorities for our elected councillors would be:
- Restore the council’s grass cutting service to 14 cuts per season in its parks and open spaces (currently reduced to 8 cuts per season.) Currently our parks and open spaces look very scruffy
- Restore dog muck/litter bins to our parks which the current council administration have removed
- Ensure that litter hotspots are properly cleansed- there are too many areas that are currently overlooked by the council’s street cleaners (particularly on footpaths.) Ensure that the council cuts back vegetation on footpaths that it owns (currently there is no funding for this.) Where appropriate place grit-bins on such public footpaths
- Provide free collection of domestic fridges- saving money for the council in the long term by reducing fly-tipping
- Provide an online register to the public so that residents know which authority is responsible for maintaining public footpaths
- Ensure there is proper signage for burial plots in all of Gedling’s cemeteries
First and foremost, we represent a voice of protest against the Tory and Labour MPs assault on democracy and are trying to overturn the referendum result.
Residents have highlighted the following local issues:
Residents are concerned by the increasing number of empty shops on Arnold’s Front Street and feel that something should be done to reverse the trend. Also the council should be concerned since the shops are an important source of revenue for the council.
Residents are concerned by buy to let landlord and property owners who do not maintain their properties to the standard of their neighbours and want the council to act.
Residents are tired of inconsiderate behaviour including: graffiti, litter, dog fouling, noise, vandalism and want the fines enforced to deter such behaviour.
Residents are protective of their green spaces and feel that house building should be limited and affordable housing prioritised for local people.
The health and education of our children is most important. Residents are concerned about the effect on children’s health of 5G, Glysophate, EMF and excessive screen time. Also residents are concerned about schools excluding children who then roam the streets unsupervised.
The elections will be held between 7am and 10pm on Thursday, May 2.