‘Six to fix’ list of top priorities revealed in Uttlesford Lib Dem manifesto

Uttlesford's Liberal Democrat group has published its election manifesto.

Uttlesford's Liberal Democrat group has published its election manifesto. - Credit: Archant

Uttlesford’s Liberal Democrat group has revealed its election manifesto with a ‘six to fix’ list of top priorities.

Councillor Alan Dean, the leader of the main opposition group on Uttlesford District Council, said: “Our Six to Fix will set Uttlesford on a path to a better district and a better council.

“Our manifesto programme ranging from homes to jobs, our local environment, to regaining public trust will be delivered over the coming four years.

“All these will be made possible by our plans for sound financial management.”

The top priorities as listed in the manifesto are:

• REBUILD TRUST in the council by working with local people to produce a new Local Plan that does NOT get rejected next time

• PLAN our towns and villages as balanced communities, not dormitory settlements, for people of all ages (especially young people) and incomes

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• PROMOTE quiet and protected lanes which walkers and motorists can all use in safety to enjoy the tranquility of our beautiful countryside

• STOP hoarding taxpayers’ money but instead use it wisely for the benefit of the community’s residents and businesses

• SET UP a new Capital Initiatives Fund to pump prime developer-funded community infrastructure for housing, jobs and residents

• SCRAP private and secret decision-making and abolish or reform the elite cabinet system to make decisions transparent and democratic.

The Lib Dem manifesto, published ahead of the district council elections on May 7, states that “the towns and villages of Uttlesford face change in coming years”.

“Its residents and businesses need a district council that has a vision for the future; which faces challenges with realism; and which leads future change in partnership with local people by being open and transparent about the choices it makes,” the document reads.

The Lib Dems also say they will encourage new employment premises, ranging from modern business parks to start-up premises for small and medium sized enterprises, while striving to provide the maximum possible number of affordable homes and council houses.

To read the document in full, click here.