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Redbridge Conservatives launch election manifesto with promises of free parking, affordable housing and help for vulnerable residents

PUBLISHED: 14:39 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 21 March 2018

Councillors and supporters gathered at the launch event of the Tory 2018 election manifesto. Picture: Redbridge Conservatives

Councillors and supporters gathered at the launch event of the Tory 2018 election manifesto. Picture: Redbridge Conservatives

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Redbridge Conservatives promised to bring back meals on wheels, scrap first car parking permits and support residents with an affordable housing scheme, at the launch of their election manifesto.

Conservative Party chairman, MP Brandon Lewis, and Redbridge Conservative leader, Councillor Paul Canal, revealed their 2018 local election campaign with the rallying cry of “If you care about Redbridge, vote Conservative on May 3” in the walled gardens of Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford, on Sunday, March 18.

As well as pledging to scrap what they call Labour’s plan for a “whopping 20per cent Council Tax rise which would cost households more than £300 per year”, the party said it would restore Redbridge’s community police team, ensuring 25,000 extra hours of visible policing on the streets.

Councillor Canal declared the manifesto a blueprint for a better Redbridge, with better services, better finances, and a better future.

“Redbridge residents can choose between a bold, sustainable future that puts individuals, families, local businesses and the most needy at the heart of what the council does, or a 20per cent hike in Council Tax, yet more potholes, more debt and more wasteful spending under Labour.”

He also pledged to bring back axed day care centres to “reverse four years of failure”, and promised extra advice and support for the borough’s elderly, disabled and vulnerable.

In addition, he promised a “parking revolution” which includes two hours free parking on streets and in parks.

The party also unveiled plans for a £10million roads fund “to fix a million potholes and broken pavements”.

Ideas for a new university campus were revealed, along with a 14-18 vocational training college and the doubling of Redbridge Council apprenticeships.

“Investing in the future of our young and lifelong learners will be a core commitment,” Cllr Canal added.

The party said it will invest in a new 21st-century theatre, arts and performance space in Ilford, named after renowned Ilford-born actress Dame Maggie Smith.

The complex will include a rebuilt fully accessible Kenneth More Theatre, youth drama centre and a seven day a week café and restaurant, linked by a footbridge to Redbridge Library and Museum.


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