A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL
There’s a lot to love about living in leafy Elmbridge, but equally things could be better, for everyone. All of us are complaining about the length of time it’s been taking for potholes to be filled, the rubbish on our streets, the increase in domestic and commercial recycling charges and the fly-tipping nightmares that they’ve caused. Anxious Terrace Road residents have spoken to us about the dangers caused by the £1.5m unwanted cycle lane imposed upon them by SCC in 2014, being frightened to step out of their front garden gates in case they’re hit on the path by bikes.
Not only have cuts by central government resulted in poorly maintained roads and pavements. Since 2010 we have had to worry about threats to the safety of our families and homes because of the Westminster Tories taking an axe to our public services. Local fire stations can no longer ensure 24/7 cover because of increasing staff cuts. Walton or Esher fire station could actually close. A police desk operates office hours only from Esher Civic Centre and over 21,000 officer jobs have been lost nationally, while crime is on the rise locally.
Elmbridge Council, like central government, have failed to provide the social and truly affordable housing desperately needed by so many. We have two local Foodbanks (2,585 food parcels handedout in 2015/16) providing an increasingly needed safety net for the many having problems accessing benefits because many jobs these days just aren’t paying a decent living wage.
Bus services have been cut back and it’s meant that some people are having to get two buses or pay for expensive taxis to get them to and from hospital appointments where there are gaps in service.
Children’s support and mental health services get a raw deal in Surrey. Across the country school class sizes are getting bigger. Youth Centres and libraries are being shut, denying communities a vital focus. It’s a real struggle for councils to access the funding Adult social care needs to cope as more of us live longer.
Councils everywhere are starved of the funding essential to keep local government services going in the way we need them to. In Elmbridge we pay one of the highest council taxes in the country yet all around us is evidence that we’re getting poor value for our hard earned money.
£5.8 BILLION WILL HAVE BEEN CUT BY THE TORIES FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIRECT FUNDING BETWEEN 2010 and 2020.
LABOUR WOULD GIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT THE FUNDING IT NEEDS TO DELIVER THE SERVICES COMMUNITIES NEED AND EXPECT.
VOTE FOR A LABOUR VOICE ON ELMBRIDGE COUNCIL ON MAY 3RD.
Walton North: Lana Hylands
Walton Central: Peter Ramsbottom
Walton South: Katrina Jepson
Hersham: Julie Crook