Sunday, 21 April 2019

Tories launch district council elections manifesto

Tories launch district council elections manifesto

HENLEY’S three Conservative candidates for next month’s South Oxfordshire District Council elections have launched their manifesto.

Emma Levy and town councillors Will Hamilton and Laurence Plant each gave a short speech in Market Place on Saturday before greeting onlookers and answering their questions.

The trio say they will protect residents from “inappropriate developments” by enforcing the town’s joint neighbourhood plan while securing more affordable and social housing. They say they will keep council tax low while championing more community grants, improving infrastructure and sports facilities and addressing the town’s air quality and rubbish problems.

They also promised a marketing strategy to bring more businesses into Henley and to improve public events, parking and street lighting as well as carrying out regular deep cleans of the streets to help attract more visitors. The launch was attended by Henley Conservative MP John Howell and Councillor Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council.

Cllr Hamilton said: “We’ve got a great team and feel as confident as we can.”

The elections will take place on May 2 and are also being contested by Ken Arlett, Kellie Hinton and Stefan Gawrysiak for Henley Residents Group. Nominations closed yesterday (Thursday).

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