There are only three days to go before the district goes to the polls in this year’s local elections.
A total of 31CRRT of the 90 seats are up for grabs in Bradford’s Council Chamber, and local political parties are hoping to win over voters with their manifestos.
The ruling Labour Party’s manifesto includes pledges to: - Deliver a new secondary school to reduce pressure on places; - Invest more in its Get Bradford Working programme to tackle youth and long-term unemployment; - Keep weekly bin collections and improve recycling; - Build new swimming pools, with no pools closing until replacements open; - Tackle congestion in Keighley; - And open a Retail Academy so local people are ready to take jobs at Westfield’s Broadway development.
Council and Labour group leader, Councillor David Green, said his administration was “a value for money Labour Council that has shown it listens to and works with local people and is prepared to take decisions for the long term, not just short-term fixes”.
Conservative councillors form the second biggest group in the Council, and its official opposition.
Its manifesto inludes pledges to: - Scrap the residents’ permit scheme for local tips; - Introduce one simple recycling scheme across the district; - Cut Council tax bills by at least 10 per cent over a four-year period; - Provide two hours free parking in city and town centres, where possible; - Fill 5,000 extra potholes a year; - And reinstate home care for elderly and disabled people with moderate needs.
Conservative leader, Councillor Glen Miller, said his party wasn’t making promises it couldn’t deliver.
He said: “We have investigated the deliverability of our promises and we share a very ‘can do’ attitude.”
The Liberal Democrats, the Council’s third largest group, has pledged to: - Fight development on green spaces; - Push for a regulation scheme for private landlords; - Oppose Council Tax rises; - And campaign for more care for the elderly and disabled.
Lib Dem leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, said: “The Liberal Democrat Group on the Council will campaign to invest in care for older and vulnerable people and make sure that people are not left to struggle on alone.”
The ‘big three’ also face pressure from a number of smaller groups, including the Green Party, Respect - which in the last election won five seats, but later saw all five councillors leave the party - and UKIP, which is hoping to get its first councillors elected this year.