With elections on Thursday this week (22nd May), residents have the chance to not only decide who will represent their interests in Europe but also who will run Crawley in the years to come and, with only a third of seats up for election this year, only two parties are in a position to form a majority.
After the recent Conservative Council chaos it is clear that without real leadership at the Town Hall, Crawley is at risk of decay. Labour is the only political party in Crawley that has a full manifesto, the product of many months work and with a clear and costed plan of what we will do for the town.
Labour’s plan is built around the three things which can make the most difference to the lives of residents: jobs, homes and the community. The council is not all powerful and budgets are limited but if we are to secure the kind of town residents deserve we are going to have to fight for it.
That means fighting for decent jobs. Campaigning to make Crawley a Living Wage Zone, working to attract new opportunities to the town and planning how to give the next generation the skills they need to get a better deal out of the economy.
It also means ensuring people have a place to call home. Half of all new Crawley households can’t afford private sector housing, that’s why 40% of new housing in the town must be affordable and so local residents benefit we will require 5-years of Crawley residency to join the Housing Register.
Lastly, we need to strengthen our community. Yes, this will mean working to improve public spaces but more importantly, handing over more control over the decisions affecting neighbourhoods to the residents who live in them and making the Town Hall more transparent and accessible.
The elections this year are important to the future of Crawley. Labour believes you want and deserve a council that is on your side but only you have the power to decide what sort of council will steer the town through the years to come.
Labour Ifield and Ifield West