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Tory election manifesto promises to ‘restore pride in Birmingham’ and keep the streets clean

Tory election manifesto promises to ‘restore pride in Birmingham’ and keep the streets clean

🕔09.Apr 2015

A pledge to clean up rubbish-strewn streets “blighting” Birmingham lies at the heart of the Conservative manifesto for the city council elections.

In the unlikely event of replacing the city’s Labour administration after May 7 – they would need to win all of the 40 seats being contested – the Tories would scrap the annual £35 charge for collecting green waste and restore free bulky waste collections.

Taking their lead from the council’s own research, which consistently places the cleanliness of streets at the top of a list of public concerns, the Conservatives claim that fly-tipping and dumped bags of rubbish are likely to dissuade businesses from investing in Birmingham.

The manifesto promises to “restore pride in our great city” following the appointment of external commissioners to oversee children’s services, education and the appointment of an improvement panel in the wake of the highly critical Kerslake Review.

Conservative group leader Robert Alden said he would put devolution back at the heart of local government. Ward committees would be saved with £100,000 community chest funding restored and a new £20,000 youth budget per ward introduced.

This aim was to restore power to local communities and councillors to deliver on the wishes of residents, Cllr Alden said.

He added that a Conservative administration would lead a “step change” in the way children’s services are run, “learning the lessons of other local authorities to duplicate successful measures that turn around young people’s lives”.

The manifesto sets out the following pledges:

  • Our city has become blighted by bags of rubbish dumped across Birmingham. A Conservative administration would reintroduce pride in local communities by delivering a dedicated Clean Up crew to each area and by scrapping the ‘Garden Tax’.
  • A Conservative administration would lead a revolution in the way heritage is dealt with, ensuring that our local planning policies have the maintenance of our city’s heritage and culture right at the heart of them.
  • A Conservative council would tackle the gridlock that is gripping our city with a ranch of short term and long term actions which will see our roads moving more freely.

The document also promises to save all 144 Birmingham school crossing patrols, which the Tories claim Labour is planning to axe this September. Speaking at the manifesto launch, Cllr Alden said:

We are hugely proud of our great city, but it is being let down by the city council.

Residents deserve a clean and safe city. One where a child is given the best education possible, the best start in life.

Residents deserves a council that focuses on ensuring the whole city benefits from economic growth, not just the city centre.

We are delivering a full manifesto which covers key pledges in different areas focused on ensuring the city council delivers for hard working Brummies.

The current Labour Party administration has let Birmingham down. Our city is a great city one we should all be proud of, but a Labour Council that leaves litter on the street is letting the side down. When businesses visit the city they will not want to invest in creating more jobs locally if the area is untidy and unloved, our manifesto would change this transforming Birmingham into a city of pride and aspiration.

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