The Labour Party in Dartford today launch their manifesto for the local elections on May 7th. The manifesto – “Changing Dartford Together” sets out Labour’s new plan for Dartford following twelve years of Conservative rule in our town that has seen the town centre fall into decline, new affordable housing stalled and the local economy neglected.
The manifesto is headlined by six key commitments that a Labour Council in Dartford will deliver to make our borough a more ambitious, more prosperous and fairer place to live for everyone.
If elected on May 7th, a Labour Council will:
Put Pride Back In Our Town Centre – Labour will take steps to attract new businesses and put pride back into Dartford by investing in the appearance of the town centre.
Rebuild Lowfield Street – Labour will say goodbye to Tesco and set out a new vision for the future. A new Lowfield Street can be a centre for housing, new community hubs and a revitilised night time economy.
Tackle Dartford’s Housing Crisis – Labour will deliver a minimum of 200 new socially rented homes – more than the Conservatives delivered in twelve years- and work to deliver more affordable housing and stand up for private renters.
Clean Up Dartford – Taking Action on Litter- Labour will launch a new plan to clean up Dartford and introduce stricter enforcement against those who litter and engage in fly tipping.
Protect the Weekly Waste Collection – Labour will raise recycling rates while protecting the weekly waste collection. Unlike the Conservatives, Labour will not ask residents to choose between good services and protecting the environment – we’ll do both.
Put Working People First – Dartford only succeeds when working people succeed. Labour will invest in jobs and the local economy.
The manifesto can be read in full by visiting www.dartfordlabourparty.org.uk/2015
Geoff Prout, Leader of the Labour Group said
“Although Dartford is in many ways a success story, it is not equally so for all. Many feel that they are missing out on the opportunities and wealth that others take for granted.
Dartford Labour understands that many people are facing huge challenges, and need the council to take a proactive role in sharing our prosperity more fairly. That’s what a Labour Council in Dartford will do”
Jonathon Hawkes, Labour Councillor in Stone said
“The Conservatives have failed our town centre and failed local residents. Dartford needs a new start. Local people have told us their priorities – a better town centre, action on litter and more affordable housing. Labour has listened to residents and that’s why on May 7th we’ll be changing Dartford together.”