City Centre Labour team launch 12 month manifesto of action ahead of local elections.
Beth Knowles and your city centre Labour councillors have launched the local election campaign with a five point manifesto of action for the next 12 months.
Our manifesto will be delivered to every city centre flat on the front of our election address.
Our pledges reflect your priorities as communicated to us in recent months and we’re determined to deliver on them. Over the next 12 months we will:
1. Get our streets clean
We’ve secured £500,000 for new bins, funding for small grants to allow residents to organise their own litter picks, a tough new education and enforcement campaign and an improved street cleaning service. Over the next 12 months we will make sure this funding is spent effectively and the campaign is rolled out to best effect.
2. Deal with dodgy managing agents
We’ve been supporting residents for several years to address issues with managing agents. Cllr Kevin Peel is currently chairing a council taskforce looking into the issue and Labour nationally secured a redress scheme for tenants and has promised a better deal for #GenerationRent. Over the next 12 months we want to introduce a Manchester Code of Practice and name and shame the worst agents.
3. Bring in a by-law to tackle street urination
Urinating in the street is disgusting and unnecessary. Last year we went out with the police and a mop and bucket to make offenders clean it up and Beth Knowles wrote to the MEN calling for action to be taken. Now we plan to introduce a by-law making it a crime and enforceable with an £80 fine.
4. Plant 100 new trees on our streets
We are delivering a greener city centre. We’re already on our way to meeting our target, after securing funding for new trees in Piccadilly Basin, Stevenson Square and on Tariff Street. We want to create a green walking route from Piccadilly to Oxford Road down Whitworth Street and we’re keen to support residents to deliver other tree planting schemes across the city centre.
5. Sign up 50 licensed premises to our ‘Good Neighbours’ scheme
We launched our scheme to improve relations between residents and licensed premises and get venues to sign up to a series of simple commitments at the end of January. This time next year we want 50 licensed premises signed up.
What do you think of our manifesto? We want to hear from you! Post your comments below.