Our Manifesto

Our 12 pledges to you

1

Push for a return to local community policing.

We think that the cuts to the police force have gone too far. Reduced numbers of police officers have led to more crime, antisocial behaviour, lower detection rate and prosecutions. We will push for more resources to make our communities safer.

2

Freeze Council Tax.

Residents have been hit by above inflation Council Tax bills for too long. We intend to follow the example of the Liberal Democrat run Eastleigh Borough Council and to freeze Council Tax to an inflation only increase in the first year and seek to do the same in following years.

3

Reduce the number of Councillors by about 25%.

The Conservatives have failed to grasp opportunities to slim down Councillor numbers in line with reductions in officers. In fact, they have increased the size of their Cabinet and paid even more in Councillor allowances.

4

Provide discounted bus travel for younger people.

We think it is unfair that older people benefit from free bus travel whilst young people, who often have to travel more, especially commuting to work, fully fund the high cost of bus travel. We plan to work with a local bus company to introduce a scheme that will help younger people.

5

Provide employment via a Community Interest Company.

We would like to provide local jobs and help improve the environment by means of establishing a company that repairs broken items.

6

Start building Council housing and support the provision of affordable homes to rent or buy as well as tackling the issue of homelessness in the New Forest.

The Conservative record on provision of affordable homes to rent or buy is shockingly bad. They have sold off half the council housing stock and never replaced it.

7

Oppose the development of a port at Dibden Bay.

Whilst we celebrate the success of Southampton docks and the economic benefits it brings, we are fiercely opposed to expansion of port operations at Dibden Bay and all the environmental issues that go along with it.

8

Provide more safe, off-road, cycle routes.

We propose to work with other organisations with the aim of providing many more cycle routes around the district and a better joined-up approach to cycling within the New Forest National park.

9

Initiate policies that improve mental and physical well being for local residents.

Conservative cuts to public expenditure are often a false economy when it comes to public health. Failing to prevent illness almost always costs society much more, longer term. A Liberal Democrat council will be focused on policies and practice that help prevent people from becoming sick.

10

Provide a new country park.

We don't know for sure if this can be achieved within the next 4 year term, but we are going to try! We very much like the model of Lepe Beach country park which provides an excellent facility for thousands of visitors, whilst taking pressure off the more sensitive sites in the New Forest.

11

Take direct action to improve the poor air quality in some parts of the New Forest.

We totally reject the “business as usual” approach adopted by the failing Conservative administration. We have tangible plans for action that will help tackle the problem.

12

Work relentlessly to improve waste minimisation, plastic pollution and improve the abysmal recycling record of the Conservatives running the District Council.

You would think that the New Forest should have one of the best records for recycling in the country. In fact, it has one of the worst - shameful given our National Park status.

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