Party politics gets in the way of good local government. It discourages collaboration and puts party compliance before common sense.
Your council can and should be more open and better reflect local concerns.
We live in a wonderful place that could be a 21st Century model for living well.
It's time for change.
We'll work differently. We will:
The Biggest Issues:
Transport: we’ll make it easier to choose cleaner and greener ways to travel to improve air quality, health and wellbeing. We’ll give buses priority to improve reliability, increase bus use and so help reduce congestion. We’ll increase the number of public charging points for electric cars to futureproof our streets. We’ll make park and ride a more attractive choice for commuters, and look at extending it e.g. into Radstock and Keynsham. We’ll design safer walking and cycling routes and trial the pedestrianisation of Milsom Street. We’ll support an e-bike share scheme and local e-bike delivery services. We'll fund these improvements by supporting a Class D Clean Air Zone.
Climate change: every policy will be designed to mitigate the effects on our climate. This includes transport, waste and recycling, housing design and location, energy generation, green spaces, public realm, health and wellbeing.
Social care: 80% of the budget is spent on social care, so we have to be smarter with our money without cutting quality. We’ll look at bringing some services back in-house so we’re not lining shareholders’ pockets with council budgets. We’ll partner with neighbouring councils to give us more buying power. And we’ll invest in early intervention for children and the elderly to improve wellbeing and reduce long-term costs.
Housing: we need affordable and social housing for local people. We’ll use the council’s new powers to borrow money to build, and we’ll review every inch of council-owned land to find space for it.
Jobs: We’ll work with our two universities and Bath College to help attract digital, technical, creative and professional companies, providing higher wage jobs for local people. And we’ll help local companies by buying as much as we can from them.
For neighbourhood issues, or things which aren’t listed here, ask us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.