THE BROMSGROVE Liberal Democrats have launched their campaign ahead of the district council elections on May 2, promising pragmatic politics and putting residents first.
Members also pledged to tackle traffic congestion, protect the green belt and invest in local services.
The district’s party said it wanted to give voters a fresh start and a real alternative to the ‘tired tribal politics’ of Labour and the Conservatives.
It added it was committed to working with other moderate and responsible councillors to put residents before party politics and work hard for a better deal for the district.
Bromsgrove Lib Dem chair Janet King said: “Residents I talk to where I live in Blackwell are extremely concerned about whether the green belt is in safe hands with the Conservatives.
“We are not against new homes but we need the right homes, in the right places, with the right infrastructure.
“We must make responsible planning decisions.”
Rob Hunter, who is standing in Lickey End and Norton, added he was particularly concerned about Bromsgrove’s overstretched roads.
He said: “The amount of traffic travelling through Lickey End is completely unsustainable, we cannot expect local residents to go on tolerating dangerous levels of air pollution anymore.
“We need better public transport and the time has come to have a proper debate about a western by-pass.”
Siobhan Hughes, a Lib Dem candidate in Bromsgrove Central said she was committed to fighting for more investment in the town centre and wants to see the high street revitalised.
“We are now seeing old party allegiances disintegrate both nationally and locally, with people increasingly looking simply for a strong local
voice who will put residents first, championing investment in local schools, libraries and leisure facilities.
“I grew up in Bromsgrove Central and have seen at first hand the impact of years of neglect from the Conservatives.
“I’m standing as a candidate for the Lib Dems because local residents deserve better.”
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