Your Labour Party are campaigning on these Local issues
Council Tax - saving you money
Labour Councillors have a track record of consistently advocating small Council Tax increases, bearing in mind that inflated increases hit those on low or fixed incomes hardest. Indeed in some years the Town Council Tax actually went down or stayed the same.
This is a serious and growing problem in the Devizes area. Labour Councillors continue to press for better traffic management, encourage alternative means of travelling short distances such as encouraging cycling. Bus transport should be encouraged rather than the current situation where evening bus services have been axed leaving those in rural communities isolated. Labour Councillors will continue to monitor and report road maintenance and pavement defects.
Labour Councillors would adopt a more robust approach to planning decisions. Proposed housing developments need to be accompanied by relevant infrastructure and a realisation that Devizes has a finite capacity for housing. Employment sites should be retained so that Devizes does not simply become a commuter town.
Parking is becoming a problem in many residential streets, partly as a result of higher car park charges imposed by the Tories at Wiltshire Council. Labour Councillors will support a residents parking scheme where appropriate as oppose to swinging car park charge increases.
We believe that Wiltshire Council must keep the public better informed about major developments and changes in policy. More public meetings would be useful. This would ensure the representation of more local opinions.
We need to strengthen the partnership arrangements between County and Town.
Your Health Service
Whatever Government is in power Labour Councillors will continue to fight for appropriate facilities and clinical services that are needed locally. We have been failed by a Primary Care Trust that has allowed huge budget deficits to mount up resulting in the proposed closure of our Community Hospital. We are yet to be convinced that the new Clinical Commissioning Groups are the best solution.
Labour Councillors have always campaigned for an affordable CCTV system for Devizes. At last it is happening now! This has increased Community Safety and significanlty reduced malicious damage and unruly behavior in the Town Centre.
The formation of more residents’ Housing Committees and the interaction of the Youth Forum will help to reduce the sense of Community in many parts of Devizes and mutually supportive relationships. We will support these initiatives.
These will remain on the agenda of every Labour Councillor.