Pledges: Our neighbourhoods
We will work to ensure that the Highways budget is protected and spent on key local priorities:
- A Labour Council will work with constituents to identify key areas of required work on their streets and roads.
- We will be working with increasing budgetary constraints, but we will protect the budgets that deal with our roads, pavements, public footpaths, crossing points and disabled facilities.
- Drop kerbs, crossing points and disabled facilities will be prioritised.
We will work with the police and local residents’ groups to launch initiatives that prioritises Community Safety:
- A Labour Council will work in partnership with GM Police to deploy visible Neighbourhood Policing across our communities.
- We will work with the Police and local residents’ groups to launch Community Speed-Watch initiatives across the borough. Residents will take a lead in policing speeds in their streets, under a Labour Council.
- We want to strengthen and expand Neighbourhood Watch schemes, including actively promoting new ones where there are geographical gaps.
- We will further invest in our current youth outreach programmes and seek financial support from the police and other agencies to do this. New outreach programmes will be created where there are geographical gaps.
We will work with community groups and residents to introduce Green initiatives across Bolton:
A Labour Council will support community groups to protect and improve the natural resources of our Borough. we will actively encourage environmental schemes through grants and capital funds to make our neighbourhoods an appealing place to live:
- We will oversee a huge increase in the planting of new trees and wildflower meadows. Any trees lost through development should automatically be replaced.
- We will create new ‘Pocket Parks’ – owned and managed by the local residents, and we will prioritise neglected and unused pieces of wasteland for these projects.
- We will constantly strive to access new funds for a much-needed expansion of accessible electric car charge points.
- We pledge to protect our playing fields and our parks and play areas. Any loss of any facility must be replaced.
Let’s work together to reduce our carbon footprints while protecting and enjoying our natural resources.
We will work to restore pride in our neighbourhoods:
A Labour Council will work in partnership with residents and community groups to clean up our streets and public spaces so we can be proud of our neighbourhoods that we live, work and play in.
- We will develop and work with community champions and supporting local voluntary groups to hold community and social events in our parks and neighbourhoods.
- We will invest in regular community clean up days, including the provision of community skips
- We will review and re-look at the charges for bulky waste collections, with the long-term aim to remove the charges.
- We will protect our Environmental Enforcement budget, so that offenders face the full weight of the law. Fines for littering, fly tipping and dog fouling will be at the maximum possible.
Decent Homes for Bolton people:
In some parts of Bolton, there are major problems with poor quality private rented properties. This can often include poor landlords and/or absent landlords. This must be tackled:
- A Labour Council will raise the quality of private rented accommodation by introducing a Mandatory Private Landlord Registration Scheme.
- The renting of a property will not be permitted unless the landlord is able to demonstrate a high set of standards related to the property and tenancy agreements.
- We will introduce a Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation. HMOs are essential in our society, but they must be of the highest quality and cannot be allowed to be concentrated in small pockets of the borough.
- We will protect the rights of renters, both in private and social housing.
- Labour will support and enhance our Homelessness Services.
The Right Homes in the Right Places
There is a national crisis in much needed housing and the Government is failing to tackle it. The Governments set targets for planning permission for new house building across the country, and this has often led to new houses being approved on green sites, despite the refusals by the local Council
- Labour will continue to pursue a ‘brownfield sites first’ policy for new builds.
- We want the Government to release additional funds for land clean ups and remediation of brownfield sites, so that builders are able to easily develop these sites
- Green belt policy protects our wonderful open countryside from urban sprawl. We will always seek to protect our valuable green belt.
- We will use existing resources and limited powers to bring empty homes back into use and will continue to lobby the Government for additional powers in this area.