Labour’s election manifesto vows to invest in CCTV, provide a women’s resource centre and ‘ensure fairness’ in Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 16:11 21 March 2018
Redbridge’s Labour party is launching its manifesto next month.
The Recorder has its Results for Redbridge before it is due to go public on April 3.
The party, which holds 36 seats within the 63-seat chamber, has so far put forward 58 candidates with further candidates to be selected.
Safety is a key priority in the manifesto, which includes pledges announced earlier this year to invest £1.5m in CCTV and number plate recognition cameras, to recruit 30 new enforcement officers and create a £50,000 community safety fund for resident patrol groups.
The manifesto also contains plans to continue investing in the borough’s leisure and health infrastructure by building a leisure centre in Ilford town centre and installing defibrillators across the borough.
Leader of the Labour group Jas Athwal said: “We want to make sure that there is fairness across the borough and that all the residents are getting benefit from paying their Council Tax, rather than just a few.”
Also included in the manifesto are plans to create a borough-wide women’s resource centre, to build 1,000 affordable homes for residents over the next five years and to roll out a landlord licensing scheme aimed at “improving living conditions for renters”.
He added: “This manifesto is balanced and what we’re really doing is ensuring that we use all the resources widely.
He contrasted some of the policies on offer with the motions put forward by the Conservative group during a council meeting on the budget on February 22.
Cllr Athwal said: “They proposed free car parking zones in Wanstead, South Woodford Barkingside and Woodford.
“Are they just the party for the parts of the borough they happen to win seats in?
“That’s not the way a party should behave.”
He defended the council’s decision to increase Council Tax by 5per cent from April 1 on the grounds of 48pc funding cuts to councils from central government.
He said: “If we don’t increase the adult social care precept then we are really throwing the elderly out to the wolves.”
The full manifesto will be available one month ahead of the local elections.
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