Prospective District Councillor - Cornelius Kavanagh
I HAVE lived in Henley since 1997. My children loved growing up here, acting in the
I HAVE lived in Henley since 1997. My children loved growing up here, acting in the youth festival and going to the Regal that Henley Residents’ Group helped save, but in recent years I’ve seen our town stagnate and we now risk losing all the benefits of the Townlands development because HRG lacks a national party to give them leverage and keep them in order.
Since I helped Andrew Smith win Oxford East in 1987 I saw Labour make the hard compromises a party needs to make if it wants to govern Britain. I also saw legal equality for all, the minimum wage and peace in Northern Ireland.
Working as an architect, I saw Labour bring in policies to build low-carbon homes, build on brownfield sites to protect our green belt and our high streets and insist on affordable homes for nurses and teachers as part of new developments. I am now seeing these policies struck out and I want to help the district resist this Conservative threat to a green and pleasant Henley.
If elected, I would:
• Try to salvage something from the muddle of the neighbourhood plan.
• Hold the Townlands developers to their promises.
• Help the council defend sensible planning policies.