The proposed development is a complex issue with competing interests of environment, education and housing.
The green space in Bramcote is an important nature corridor and locally Labour has a record of voting to prevent uncontrolled development there.
However, we are facing a housing crisis and the current Tory-controlled Broxtowe council is falling woefully short of its housing targets – leaving it vulnerable to applications to build on the green belt.
My view is that the best solution is to have a robust, measured and well-tested plan that balances the needs of the community in a sensitive and progressive way.
I believe my pledges:
- To campaign for more affordable homes locally while being sensitive to the need to protect our green spaces and green belt; and
- To fight for proper funding for schools so that ALL our children, in Bramcote and Beeston North have equal access to good quality education
make clear that I will fight for the people of Bramcote and Beeston North to secure the best outcome in a very difficult position. This has been imposed on our community by
- the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition government when they cancelled the schools rebuilding program and;
- the current Conservative government that has refused ALL applications for funding to rebuild the Bramcote School.
I would ask the sitting councillors in Bramcote and Beeston North, Liberal Democrats Steve Carr and Stan Heptinstall: What have you done to balance these competing demands of preserving our greenbelt, providing our children with a safe and fit for purpose school facility and alleviating the housing crisis?
And I would ask the Conservative to stand up to his government, as its policies and refusal to fund the school have created this situation. Perhaps he should consider crossing the floor and backing Labour if his personal pledge to adequately fund and resource our local schools is to be met as it seems to be somewhat at odds with his national party’s position. The Tory government has not only refused all funding applications to assist Bramcote school improve its buildings, but is cutting funding for schools right across Broxtowe.
Only LABOUR can be trusted to negotiate this sensitive situation for the benefit of all. Vote for me on the 4th May and I will work with fierce dedication and commitment to secure the best outcome for our community, something our current Conservative Borough Councillors and Lib Dem County councillors have failed to do.