The clock is ticking…
As election day looms closer, some residents have asked if they can have a little information about what the campaign for the Lib Dems consists of. As we don’t have the financial resources to be able to get printed literature to people en masse, the internet will have to do! (Why publish to 5000 homes, when the whole planet could get access instead??). I shall be trying to ‘do an Obama’ and point people in this general direction as much as I can!
The local candidate
Paul Jenkins has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Ramsbottom. Living locally in the area of Holcombe Hill, Paul has been a Liberal Democrat campaigner for over fifteen years. As a drama teacher and father of two young boys, Paul’s main priorities are for high standards in Education. He is a governor at St Andrew’s Primary and pupil voice co-ordinator within his secondary school, working with young people to ensure that their views are represented within the community.
Other areas that Paul would like to see gaining more attention from Bury council include improved leisure facilities in the area (he completed the London Marathon in 2008 and is a keen amateur road runner) and the development of more community arts based activities in the borough. Finally, Paul would like to see the heritage status of Ramsbottom maintained and would actively look at ways of improving publicity about the area to increase trade for local businesses based in the “Jewel in the Crown” of the borough.
As well as this, local Liberal Democrats in Bury have identified four key areas to improve the local council.
1 – Get the Basics Right
We’ll concentrate on making sure that the basic services that everyone needs work well. This will include spending more money on street repairs, getting bin collections working and better gritting.
2 – Better Place to Live
We’ll make sure everything we do helps make our towns and communities better places to live. Our first priorities will be improving our environment and making people feel safe from crime. This will include providing extra community policing in each town of Bury.
3 – Power to the People
We’ll cut back Town Hall bureaucracy and give power back to local towns and citizens. Everything we do will be open and fair and involve local people. We will immediately give back the right of people to ask questions at every meeting of the Council.
4 – More Money in Your Pocket
We will keep Council Tax as low as we can, and make what Bury Council does great value for money for local people.
Thank you for your time
Ramsbottom Liberal Democrats