Will Cambridgeshire Mayor candidate Paul Bullen win your vote?
PUBLISHED: 12:49 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 24 February 2017
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Candidates for the May 4th mayoral election tell the Cambridge Independent why people should vote for them.
Paul Bullen, Cambridgeshire county councillor, UKIP
Why should people vote for you?
Because, as a UKIP politician, I am not under a party whip like the old parties’ politicians are. UKIP politicians are truly independent and are free to represent the people that they serve, not the party that they belong to. I will offer the people of Cambridgeshire what they deserve, more power for local people and local communities, and more say over what happens in their street, village, town and city. I’ll offer an alternative of direct democracy and empower our residents to influence everything that I do by putting democracy back into local government.
Cambridge has £70m for new housing – how should this be spent?
I believe that local homes should be prioritised for local people, but, at the same time, our green spaces should be protected. I will do all that I can to protect food security and farming. I will direct new housing to brownfield sites wherever possible and will not allow any special treatment for special groups such as travellers – rules should apply equally to us all and not favour one individual over another. New housing must be affordable as our children find it more difficult to buy or rent as costs escalate. I will ensure that all new housing built in Cambridge will be social housing that will provide real homes for our young and old alike.
How would you approach working with the City Deal and Cambridgeshire County Council to improve transport/infrastructure?
I am well aware that partnership working is the only way to get things done and I will work closely with everyone involved in transport and infrastructure in Cambridgeshire. However, improving road maintenance will be my priority and mending potholes is more important than council vanity schemes.
I will upgrade public transport, especially maintaining and reinstating rural bus routes that many communities depend on and which feed town centre businesses and markets. I will increase the provision of free parking to regenerate town centres and boost business.
Notwithstanding the above, I will fight to reduce local government and bureaucracy whenever possible.