Local Campaigners Publish Manifesto for the City
The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has published its manifesto for the city council elections on 3 May.
The independent campaigning organisation is contesting more than 10% of council seats up for election across 5 wards in the West of the city. The manifesto focuses on the issues residents are concerned about including:
- Getting the basics right by tackling potholes and improving bin collections;
- Reintroducing school crossing patrols cut by Labour or, in locations where this is not possible, establish a zebra or pelican crossing at all sites in place of the school crossing patrol;
- Tackling fuel poverty through the creation of a publicly owned energy company giving cheaper and more sustainable energy to local residents;
- Building sustainable communities by improving our open spaces, improve public transport and make sure housing stock is sufficient to meet local demand;
- Devolving power to local communities by creating 4 or 5 new Local Area Committees to make key decisions at a more local level.
Party Leader Jason Smith, who is standing in Denton & Westerhope Ward, said: “Labour has spent their time in office dismantling many of the city’s democratic processes and cutting services. When the council can find money to give the chief executive a pay rise, deliver pet projects and build council reserves while failing to deliver the basics, something is very wrong.
“The politics in our city is broken and the city is crying out for change from the failed policies of successive Labour and Lib Dem administrations. Meanwhile the Tory plan for the city involves changing just four things, which is hardly surprising since some of their candidates live as far away as York. We are setting out a real plan for change in Newcastle.
“The party politicians may not care about our city – but we do! We believe the time has come for the city to be controlled by community based councillors who live locally and want to do their best for local people.
“The Newcastle Community First Party cannot pretend we can control the council after 3rd May but we can provide a strong voice for our communities in the council chamber and, in the event of a hung council, independent and our community councillors could hold the balance of power.
“If elected, every one of our councillors will be far more accountable to local people than current Labour and Lib Dem councillors. Our manifesto sets out our plans to change Newcastle for the better and the priorities that Newcastle First councillors will campaign for.”
The full manifesto is available at bit.ly/NCFManifesto18.