What will I do for the local area?
I want you – the local people - to have a say in deciding local issues. I will be your voice. I will see you as my customers, and I want you to know that your opinion counts and, if difficult decisions have to be made, I want you to have a say in anything that affects you.
I will be open and transparent, and anything I spend will be shared with you to enable you to scrutinise it. I will also look for ways of saving money and using funds to offer more for the local community.
I will concentrate on all issues local to Middleton and Belle Isle, and will campaign for more money to be spent in our area rather than in the just the City Centre or North Leeds. I will look for innovative ways of making things happen for the community. I will also have my office base in the area so that local people can access my advice easier.
My main focus will be on families and reducing the pressure on working parents when it comes to childcare, but also to provide children and young people with the chance to take part in activities they are passionate about and, in turn, help them to reach their full potential and hopefully increase the aspirations of our young people.
I understand that some people will have different views from me and I will be open to them and respect your points and find a way of constructively developing new ideas to benefit our area that please the majority of people locally.
If I am elected I will focus on the following areas;
-Support community events - such as Galas and Middleton Bonfire.
-Develop our Christmas lights and make the ‘Switch On’ a memorable event.
-Develop more Tots Groups and support the current groups.
-Increase family activities in the area that are accessible to working families (eg, evening and weekends), so more of the community can access family events.
-Develop Middleton Golf club into a Community Activity Centre that will benefit the wider community before anyone else. It will consist of many different sports and activities, such as cycling, but also allow local groups to use the space.
-Oppose any Community Centre closures in our area.
-Create more playgrounds and develop existing ones further.
-Develop more access to local amenities, Parks
and other areas for wheelchair users.
-Support our schools to ensure breakfast clubs and after school clubs are sustainable.
-Help schools to link with local community groups to develop more activities for children out of school hours.
-Work with charities to support school activities.
-Develop ‘Aspiration’ in our young people and encourage them to be anything they want to be and support them in their dreams.
-Develop activities and help make activities sustainable to avoid them becoming victim to funding cuts.
-Support the local community to develop places for young people to go and support provision at South Leeds Youth hub.
-Support our sports clubs and help them grow and become more sustainable.
-Help to create new sports clubs such as a Rugby League in Middleton and more sports clubs in Belle Isle.
-Support all local dance groups by helping them to secure affordable venues and sponsorship from local businesses.
-Encourage new sports to the area and give young people more choice.
-Develop groups for boys and girls, and also mixed groups that look at young people’s issues.
-Reduce dog fouling on local parks and streets.
-Regular cleaning of our streets.
-Work with Schools to help instil a sense of ownership of their area.
- Better maintenance of our grass verges.
-Identify any need for bins and install them.
-Regular grass cutting and maintenance of flower beds, etc.
-Support more environmental projects for children in Middleton Park.
-Support Middleton and Belle Isle ‘In Bloom’ competitions.
-Develop a local business forum.
-Encourage local businesses to employ local people and to take on more apprenticeships.
-Create a support network for self-employed people or those considering working for themselves.
-Work with local businesses to offer them
support around employing the long-term unemployed.
-Create an offer of 5 days a week job search support for those seeking work (Monday-Friday).
-Ensure support for parents coming off Income Support to move into work, prior to their child turning 5.
-Ensure support for ESA claimants to gain qualifications and employment advice in preparation for a return to the job market.
-Ensure more support for ex-offenders to move into work.
-Work with local businesses to offer them
support around employing the long-term unemplyed.
-Improve access to doctors and dentist appointments in the area.
-Improve support for local groups that promote healthy lifestyles.
-Work hard to attract more Doctors & Dental
surgeries to open locally.
-Improve support for charities, such as; Health for All, Middleton Elderly Aid and other vital services in our community.
-I will campaign for the Council to allow
local sports clubs in Leeds to be allowed to have long term leases at peppercorn rents for their sports grounds to enable them to grow, gain funding to improve their facilities, but
also to get more people active by bringing the cost of playing sports down. This will in turn reduce obesity in our community and promote active lifestyles to everyone.
-Improve the standards of our council housing and start to make the housing worth living in again.
-Work to solve issues of overcrowding for families.
-Campaign for more social housing to be built locally for local people in the places local people want them.
-Ensure any new developments take into consideration the impact on our public services and roads.
-Ensure we don't have any public buildings without a use, building such as the Middleton Mauraders/ Cranmore & Raylands Community centre have been left empty for far too long and could be an assett to the community.
-Develop a relationship with the bus companies to try and make bus journeys more affordable.
-Develop more initiatives to tackle speeding, such as more speed cameras.
-Campaign for a Middleton train station.
-Look at ways of easing traffic at peak times on, Middleton Park Avenue, The Ring Road and especially Belle Isle Road - increase the road to two lanes - perhaps a lane for the Motorway from Belle Isle roundabout and before that a bus lane, i also think the road needs to be widened near the junction of Town Street so that buses don't stop the traffic moving when stopping at the Nesfield Bus Stop.
-Campaign for a dedicated lane for traffic going onto the M621 off Belle Isle Road.
-Campaign for a more Speed cameras to help reduce speeding.
-Work with Police to develop a working relationship with the community.
-Work with Police to develop a bigger presence of officers in key hot spots of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and other crime.
-Develop more young people’s activities to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB).
-Work with local businesses to stop fuel being sold to young people who have no vehicles with registration plates on.
-Pressure the Council to emply more staff to deal with Anti-social behaviour to act quicker to the reports - Anti social behaviour has been an issue in Middleton and Belle Isle since the 80's and probably before that, as i child i always remember stolen cars, motorbikes riding around and kids throwing stones at the buses etc, yet we still have the same Labour council running the area without any of it changing - time to look at better options i think.
-Pressure the council to employ more enforcement officers to deal with dog fouling - This has also been a problem in our area since i was a child in the 80's, so why has it never been sorted?
- Campaign for the Council to fund
more Police on our Streets.
-Develop more groups and activities for our elderly residents and their families, provide support for elderly carers.
-Reduce loneliness in our community and promote inter-generational activities.
-Find a way of reducing the numbers of takeaway
leaflets we get through the door!
-Reduce the charity canvassers knocking on our doors.
Promoted by Wayne Dixon, 39 Shelldrake Drive, Middlton, Leeds, LS10 3NB.