John Beresford & Huw Jones, chairs of South Cambs and South East Cambs Labour on the May 3 district council elections
A vote for Labour is a vote for change in South Cambridgeshire.
Our communities in South Cambridgeshire face many challenges. Extensive developments, lack of affordable homes, rising crime rates, our crumbling roads and the threat of a waste incinerator have all figured highly in conversations with you on the doorstep.
Housing: There is a need for real affordable housing to rent or buy – we want to follow the lead of Cambridge’s Labour council, who have built more than 240 council homes since 2015. The lack of a local plan has limited the control that residents have on what is developed in their community. Developers ignore the requirement to include affordable housing. We want to ensure development benefits the community, not just the bank balance of developers.
Austerity: Cuts to local council services have an impact on us all but it is often the most vulnerable who suffer the most. As Labour councillors, we will fight to protect these services and defend those that rely on them. Cuts to police and youth services have resulted in a hike in crime rates. We will campaign to reverse the cuts to vital bus services that many in our villages rely on. Providing safe cycle routes will be a priority.
We are mystified that we pay more council tax in South Cambridgeshire but get fewer services than in Labour-run Cambridge.
Waste incinerator: We’ll put a stop to this unnecessary and potentially dangerous project that South Cambridgeshire residents do not want. It is being imposed by the Tory council and the Liberal Democrats also appeared to support it until its unpopularity became clear.
Listening to you: This year Labour candidates of all ages and backgrounds are standing and campaigning hard in every seat in South Cambridgeshire. They live and work here, and their children go to the same schools as your children. Our candidates have demonstrated the commitment that you deserve. We have been out in all weathers, listened to your concerns in thousands of conversations, and we will continue to listen after the leaflets and the posters have been packed away.
Labour can win in South Cambridgeshire: In last year’s general election Labour came second in South East Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire, leaving the Lib Dems far behind. Labour is the tactical vote to get rid of the Tories. Our latest canvass results suggests that we will cause a political shock in these elections.
Vote Labour on May 3 for the many not the few. Things will only get better if you vote Labour.
Fighting for our villages, listening to our communities...