REDDITCH Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for the forthcoming local elections with the message ‘we are the inclusive party’.
Spokesperson Andy Thompson said: “We aim to build a community where everyone can take part. A town with opportunities for all, whatever your background, wherever you’re from. We want the best for you.”
Their key message is protection of the town’s open green spaces like under threat Ipsley Meadow, campaigning to restore a full, modern and efficient health service for the people of Redditch, and protecting the environment for future generations.
“For the last 20 years we have seen Labour and the Tories flip-flop in and out of the Town Hall and what have they achieved?” said Mr Thompson, who is standing as a candidate in Matchborough and Arrow Valley East.
“The Tories made a hash of the council finances, leading to the Section 24 notice which held the town back for two years.
“Now they’re riven by infighting. And what are Labour offering? Not a lot.
“We want Redditch to be the best place it can be no matter where you come from.
“One thing we are really working on is the green agenda – there is one chance to get this right and that time is now and on Day 1 we will declare a climate emergency and commit to going carbon zero by 2030.”
He said the party were also full supporters of the active travel initiative.
“We will make sure our paths are well maintained and lit so that people feel safe to use them at all times.
“We want better bus services and a move to hybrid and electric buses to reduce pollution, more electric car charging points in car parks, taxi ranks and residential streets where on-street parking is the norm.”
He also pledged full consultation with local people on housing developments all of which must include adequate provision of social housing, including council housing.
“It’s time for change and we are really pushing to be that change, and for the people of Redditch to back us.”