I want you – the local people - to have a say in deciding local issues. I will
be your voice. I will act in your best interests, 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 be seen locally (as am already - I live here) so people can communicate with me on a daily basis.
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.
I pledge to...
-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 to make it difficult for illegal quads and bikes to fill up.
-Pressure the Council to employ 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 a 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.
-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.
The above picture shows that crime is on the up, we need to reverse this trend, the Police are refusing to meet local community groups to work on the problem, is this at the request of our local councillors? I suspect it could be - It shouldn't be this way.
I pledge to...
-Ensure any new housing and retail developments take into consideration the impact on our public services, roads and that the tax payers don't have to pay to rectify problems at a later date.
-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.
-Ensure new housing developments consider the pressure on local amenities and bring additional amenities to rectify the issues they could cause.
I pledge to...
-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.
-Continue to support both Middleton Elderly Aid, Belle Isle Winter Elderly Aid and other organisations to support our Elderly residents.
I pledge to...
-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.
-Ensure the best standard of education for our kids.
- Work with local High Schools to re-asses the current selection process for High School and re-asses the selection criteria to ensure local children are travelling local for School.
- Continue to ensure the new high school in Middleton is built on time.
-Ensure 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 (who are able) 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, local long-term unemployed people.
- Create new well-paid jobs through opening new commercial spaces for start-ups and small businesses.
- Expand the council apprenticeship programme.
I pledge to...
-Reduce dog fouling on local parks and streets by fighting for more enforcement.
-Ensure regular cleaning of our streets is carried out (the pictures show some of the rubbish i have worked with LCC Cleansing to get removed).
-Work with our Schools to encourage children & young people take pride in where they live.
-Ensure better maintenance of our grass verges.
-Identify any need for bins and install them.
-Ensure regular grass cutting and maintenance of flower beds.
-Support 'In Bloom' competitions.
-Support more environmental projects for children and young people in Middleton Park in both Plantations at Westwoods and New Forest.
I pledge to...
-Support community events - such as Galas and Middleton Bonfire.
-Develop our Christmas lights and make the ‘Switch On’ a memorable event.
-Support the current tots 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.
-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.
I pledge to...
-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.
-Our area is one of the top areas in Leeds for respiratory deseases and yet
our council want to bring more traffic to the area in form of a Park & Ride, this will increase the chances of OUR children developing Asthma or other respirotory diseases. Our Councillors
supported this in our area despite lnowing it will effect the health. of those suffering from respirotory illnesses.
-The Council have excluded us from the Clean Air Zone despite the hgh rates of respirotory diseases, are we a scarifice zone? .
- 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.
- Help local people stay in the area they were brought up.
- Ensure Infrastructure needed for new developments is in place.
-Develop a local business forum.
-Encourage local businesses to employ local people and to take on more local apprentices.
-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 or those recovering from illnesses.
-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, Ring Road and especially Belle Isle Road - increase the road to two lanes and a lane for the Motorway from Belle Isle roundabout and before that a bus lane. The road either 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 or the bus stop relocated.
-Campaign for a dedicated lane for traffic going onto the M621 off Belle Isle Road.
-Campaign against any future Stourton Park & Ride expansion, respirotory disease rates are too high!
I pledge to...
-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.
-Develop South Leeds Golf Club into a vital community space with activities for Children & Young People.
I will continue to campaign about the potential for Middleton to have its own railway station. We are surrounded by railway lines and a station would benefit OUR area and other surrounding areas offering more jobs and a better commute to Leeds City Centre. This will also reduce pollution in the City.