A manifesto for Calderdale

Calderdale Liberal Democrats have set out their ambitions to improve local services with the launch of their local election manifesto for Calderdale
Calderdale Liberal Democrats have set out their ambitions to improve local services with the launch of their local election manifesto for Calderdale
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Calderdale Liberal Democrats have set out their ambitions to improve local services with the launch of their local election manifesto for Calderdale.

Liberal Democrat councillors and supporters are pictured with their Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley seat, Alisdair Calder McGregor.

Their manifesto sets out policies and ideas the party would implement if they were running the council, including: a commitment to resurface local roads that they argue would have suffered under Labour’s alternative budget that proposed nearly £800,000 worth of cuts from the highways budget; reforming the council’s top heavy management structure and sharing “back office” functions with other local organisations and services to make the council more efficient; exploring the possibility of the debt on Calderdale Royal Hospital being bought out to get rid of the debt that the party argues Labour nationally saddled local people with; continuing to improve waste collection and recycling to include garden waste and plastics; and involving local people more in how the council makes decisions through consultations, ward forums, web casting meetings and opening up planning committees.

Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Janet Battye (Calder ward) said: “Our local election manifesto is full of ideas from our grass roots members who are all Calderdale residents.

“As a democratic party our members have had a real say in shaping this manifesto.”

The Party’s deputy leader in Calderdale Coun James Baker added: “On May 7 there are two elections and people will have two decisions to make.

“This manifesto demonstrates our serious commitment to improving local services and the difference voting Liberal Democrat locally will make.”