Pledges: Our neighbourhoods
- Labour will guarantee that the highways budget will be protected.
Budgets are tough in any council and the Governments swinging cuts to highways over the last ten years have made our roads much worse. These budgets cannot be cut any further.
We will protect the budgets that deal with our roads, pavements, public footpaths, crossing points and disabled facilities.
- We will work with the police and local residents’ groups to launch Community Speedwatch Initiatives across the borough.
The Police budgets have been cut to such an extent that they are no longer able to properly police our roads. Under a new initiative piloted in Bolton by Andy Burnham, we want to expand the notion of residents taking charge of their streets by introducing Community Speed Watch Schemes. Local people policing speeding cars, with the police issuing the fines.
- We will make available a new capital funding pot for a huge increase in tree planting, and new wild flower meadows.
Local Labour commits to a increase in capital funding for improvements to our environment, including new trees and wild meadows.
- We will create new ‘Pocket Parks’
There are many small plots of land across the borough that are undevelopable for many reasons. We do not believe these pieces of land should just be left to rot.
Labour will make available a new capital funding pot to identify these pieces of neglected and unused pieces of wasteland to create new ‘pocket parks’ for all of us to enjoy and appreciate.
We will work with local communities so that residents can take ownership of these new pocket parks.
- A Labour Council will sign up to Selective Licensing Schemes for private landlords.
In some parts of Bolton, there are major problems with poor quality private rented properties. This includes poor landlords and / or absent landlords.
Labour will introduce a Mandatory Private Landlord Registration Scheme in selected parts of the borough.
The renting of a property will not be permitted unless the landlord is able to demonstrate a certain set of standards.
Labour will also introduce a Licensing Scheme across all the whole Borough for Houses in Multiple Occupation. We recognise that there is a need and a demand for HMOs, but we also recognise that an over concentration in particular areas can lead to additional problems.
- Building and Improving Homes
The right homes in the right places.
There is a national housing crisis and the Government is failing to tackle it, but Labour will continue to pursue a brownfield site policy first, thus protecting our Green Belt.
We will continue to protect the rights of renters, both social and private.
Our homelessness services in Bolton do a tremendous job and Labour will support and enhance these services, as well as new initiatives to bring empty homes back into use.
- We will restore Pride in our Streets
A Labour Council will work with and properly fund our amazing community groups who help to keep out footpaths, parks and streets clean.
We will invest in regular community clean up days, including provision of community skips. We will review and re-look at the charges for bulky waste collections.
We will review the spend on Dog Fouling and look to more targeted and innovative work to bring about more prosecutions.