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York Liberal Democrats Promise to "Put Residents First"

Manifesto Launch 2 ()

Liberal Democrats launching the 2015 local election manifesto

Prior to the local elections we released our manifesto for York. The full manifesto prioritises our six key policy themes. These were to:

- Protect Frontline Services, including plans to invest more in road repairs, rule out further cuts and charges for waste collections and keep Yearsley Pool open.

- Fight for York's Green Belt, with a revised Local Plan which focuses much-needed house building on brownfield sites across the city such as York Central.

- Put Communities First by devolving power and budgets to local residents and opening-up decision making at the council through a return to a cross-party committee system.

- Make York the Greenest City in the North by increasing recycling, cutting carbon emissions and supporting sustainable transport, renewable energy schemes and green jobs.

- Support Jobs and Apprenticeships by increasing help to small businesses and working with regional partners to secure increased investment in York.

- Invest in Young People by boosting support for school children from disadvantaged backgrounds, keeping all Children's Centres open and protecting the services offered at Castlegate.

You can download the full manifesto here.

The local election in York saw a 'hung' council with no party coming close to a majority. We negotiated hard to secure a joint agreement with The Conservatives which we think will deliver for local residents.

We were able to secure action in all 6 of our priority areas with a Joint Agreement of action in 12 areas.

1. Prepare an evidence-based Local Plan.

2. Reintroduce additional winter Green Bin collections and cancel plans to introduce further charges.

3. Increase funding for road repairs, streetlights, gully cleaning and litter bins.

4. Support the Living Wage.

5. Re-instate ward committees with a significant increase in funding.

6. End wasteful spending on vanity projects.

7. Extra support to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

8. Support rural bus services in communities where they are needed.

9. Ensure local businesses are adequately supported, help them bid for council contracts and cut red tape.

10. Improve council efficiency, streamline management, and always look to take government grants on offer to freeze Council Tax.

11. Commit to an aim of increasing recycling to 50% through extra investment.

12. Ensure a more joined-up approach on Health and Social Care, improving performance and becoming a more people-focused service.

The joint policy agreement can be found here and the joint governance agreement here.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, commented:

"The message from the elections was that residents wanted change from the way Labour has run York since 2011. We have therefore agreed a set of joint policy priorities to bring about this change and to put the priorities of residents first.

"Crucially, we have come to an agreement to radically alter the Local Plan in order to protect the Green Belt and the character of York. This is not something Labour were prepared to consider either before or after the local elections. Yearsley Pool will be kept open and the services offered at Castlegate will be protected. We are also ruling out further charges for green bins and cuts to the frequency of grey bin collections.

"The way decisions are made will also be altered. We will introduce a new system where all councillors will be part of the policy making process as well as devolving real power back to local communities through Ward Committees. We have seen what happens in York when one party is in power and refuses to listens. Our joint approach changes this from today."

All of this will bring positive change to the residents of York.