Ealing’s Liberal Democrats launch local election manifesto

Images above: Ealing Liberal Democrats pose outside of Ealing Town Hall

Ealing’s Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto in the run up to the local elections in May.

Chiswick has three Liberal Democrat councillors in Southfield Ward, which is a part of LB Ealing. Those councillors are Andrew Steed, Gary Busuttil and Gary Malcolm.

The party has come out swinging for the Labour-run Ealing Council, saying residents are “fed up with Ealing Labour’s PR machine trying to dictate what we do and how we do it”.

Candidates are hoping to capitalise on various controversial policy decisions made by the council over the last few years, including the various ‘Low-Traffic Neighbourhood’ schemes and the closure of the Acton Recycling Centre.

Lib Dems want to ‘get the basics right’

Launching their manifesto on Sunday (3 April), the local Lib Dems listed their main priorities should they be elected on 5 May:

  • ‘Listen to Ealing – Bring back Ward Forums and consult on traffic schemes.
  • ‘Better planning system and housing – Stand up to developers, take a stand against inappropriate tall towers and make new buildings net zero carbon.
  • ‘Improving transport and the environment – Sort out road and pavement repairs, invest in parks and green spaces and ambitious climate change plans.
  • ‘Clean & Safe Ealing – Reduce litter and fly-tipping, reverse falling trend in recycling and reverse Labour’s street light dimming.
  • ‘Care for people – Help with the cost of living crisis, stop cuts to youth services and investing in people’s mental health.
  • ‘A well-run Council – Cut or reprioritise wasteful spending, keep Council Taxes low and publish an annual Green Plan.’

Councillor Gary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, said:

“Liberal Democrats wants to see Ealing Council getting the basics right so they can be a Council you can trust. Our priorities are to have Clean and Safe streets and to be Listened to. This means standing up to developers, reducing litter and fly-tipping, reversing the falling trend in recycling and reversing Labour’s street light dimming.”

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