Barnet Conservatives launch manifesto

Barnet Conservatives have launched their manifesto for the council elections on May 3rd with pledges to maintain weekly bin collections and keep Council Tax low.

Launching the manifesto in Barnet on Saturday 7th April, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: “There has been a stark contrast between local services provided by the Conservatives & Labour over the last four years.

“Conservative Barnet has built over 6,600 more new homes than any of its Labour neighbours. Conservative Barnet has kept all 14 libraries open; Labour Brent has closed half of theirs. Conservative Barnet has kept weekly bin collections; neighbouring Labour boroughs have moved to fortnightly collections. Conservative Barnet has reduced Council Tax bills by £97 in real terms; Labour would have added almost £200.

“The choice on May 3rd is between an efficient and innovative Conservative Council and a Labour Party which will always make you pay more for less. Vote Conservative on May 3rd.”

A key pledge in the manifesto is to maintain weekly bin collections. The effects of neighbouring boroughs’ moves to fortnightly collections, such as increases in vermin and litter, have made Barnet Conservatives determined not to follow this course.

Another sees Barnet Conservatives pledge to pressure the Labour Mayor of London for more police officers in the borough.

Cllr Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “Labour’s Mayor takes more from Barnet taxpayers than any other borough but gives us the fewest police officers per head in return. And Barnet Labour’s manifesto would give him an extra half a million raided from the reserves. This is irresponsible and short-sighted.

“A vote for Barnet Conservatives would send a strong message that you want the police officers you’ve already paid for. Labour’s Mayor has turned the Metropolitan Police’s three-year run of ‘Good’ efficiency ratings by the Inspectorate of Constabulary to ‘Requires Improvement’ in just one year of being Mayor. This is simply not good enough. Londoners, and Barnet taxpayers, deserve better.”

Barnet Conservatives’ key pledges are to:

● Keep Council Tax low
● Keep weekly waste collections
● Fight the Labour Mayor’s police cuts
● Stop overdevelopment and resist the Mayor’s plan to build in gardens & green spaces
● Invest more money in street cleaning and our roads & pavements.

Read the manifesto here.