Communities

Our vision for better local communities

In order to ensure that local residents play an integral part in making the everyday decisions that affect them we will:

  1. Build on our national policy of investing an extra £300 million on front-line policing by committing to work with local police to make our communities safer.
  2. Introduce local planning and licensing boards to ensure decisions are taken as close to our communities as possible.
  3. Allow the retention of local mayors in those communities that wish to have one.
  4. Support and enhance the roles of town councils, parish councils and other local bodies in those communities that wish to have them.
  5. Ensure that representatives of ALL political groupings have a voice in the new local authority by insisting on proportionality of representation on committees.
  6. Create a 'Town & Gown' forum to further enhance communication and cooperation with our universities.

Economy

Our vision for a better local economy

To support our local economy we will:

  1. Engage local residents and businesses in developing a retail regeneration strategy to breath new life into the town centres of both Poole and Bournemouth, as well as our smaller district shopping areas.
  2. Engage local residents and businesses in producing a sustainable development strategy that increases economic activity in Christchurch whilst preserving the unique character of its town centre and surroundings.
  3. Support local businesses to develop employment opportunities in a bid to end the scandal of poverty in our communities.
  4. Work in a partnership with the operators of Bournemouth Airport and the Port of Poole to secure a sustainable increase in the levels of commercial activity and to enhance the conurbation's trade links with the rest of Europe and the wider world.

Environment

Environment

OUR VISION FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT

Building on our track record of successfully protecting Canford Heath in Poole, we will make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole one of the most environmentally conscious areas in the UK.

We will:

1. Achieve Plastic Free Coastline accreditation within four years of taking control of the local authority.

2. Aim for every council-run park and green space to achieve the Green Flag Award.

3. Promote and enhance the provision of sustainable transport across the conurbation. This will include working with local transport partners to investigate the development of a new network linking the whole conurbation, relieving congestion and protecting air quality with an innovative, low or zero-carbon rapid transit system.

4. Reduce waste by taking a zero tolerance approach to littering of our parks, open spaces and beaches. We will also enhance household recycling and refuse collection services, ensuring that food waste collections will be available to all.

5. Oppose any extension of oil and gas extraction operations (including ‘fracking’) within or neighbouring our communities.

6. Develop a policy promoting sustainable, local energy production and other environmentally friendly schemes.

7. Strengthen protections for our coastline, local heathlands, nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest by ensuring that our environment is placed at the heart of all local planning policies.


Housing

OUR VISION FOR BETTER HOUSING

In order to start addressing the scandal of homelessness we will:

1. Aim to change the balance of new housing developments. We will seek a sustainable mix of new affordable and social homes alongside homes for sale at market rates that meet the needs of all our local communities.

2. Seek to protect our open spaces and green belt wherever possible by giving preference to brownfield development and/or re-development.

3. Enhance partnerships with local housing associations and homelessness charities in order to improve provision for those in most need.

4. Work in partnership with local landlords and tenants to ensure that all privately rented accommodation provides a decent home at fair rents.

5. In order to relieve seasonal pressure on our parks and open spaces (and to meet legal obligations) we will provide a permanent site for use by traveller communities.

 


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Demand Better

Liberal Democrats in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole conurbation are the only credible alternative to the Conservatives and we believe that residents across all our communities deserve better. It is therefore our goal to put the needs, concerns and hopes of local residents at the very centre of our programme for the next four years.

Our priorities are:

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