Parties make their manifesto pledges

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WITH VOTERS in Ripley and Heanor preparing to go to the polls on Thursday, May 3, in Amber Valley, the party manifesto pledges are in.

Fifteen of the 45 borough council seats will be up for grabs.

The Conservatives will go into the election in control of the authority, holding 28 seats to Labour’s 15.

Tory leader of the council Stuart Bradford said the party’s pledge was to continue delivering ‘excellent community services’ and to continue with its two-year target of savings.

He said: “We set out a year ago to deliver £2 million savings and we have achieved that objective - that’s on course to continue.”

Mr Bradford added that the party aimed to focus on town centre improvements, including working to improve Heanor and to deliver new recreational facilities to Nottingham Road in Ripley.

Labour will be hoping to make gains on the authority this year, with nine of the 15 seats up for grabs held by Conservative members.

The party’s manifesto focuses on bringing the borough’s finances in order.

Labour group leader Cllr Paul Jones, said: “We will ensure that this council is run on a sound financial basis and not put into debt for the sake of electoral success. The Tories are building up problems for the future in the hope that someone else will pick up the bill.”

If they gain power, Labour promises to provide free parking at borough council-run car parks on weekends and after 6pm on weekdays.

The British National Party current holds two of the seats to be contested, which are both in Heanor, and vows to “oppose the building of inappropriate new development, which threatens the local environment and green fields.”

A party spokesperson said: “Without our re-election, the town (of Heanor) will once again be abandoned.”

The Liberal Democrats currently do not hold a seat on the council, but has candidates contesting nine wards in the Ripley and Heanor area this year.

The party’s 2012 local election manifesto focuses on promoting jobs and growth.

UKIP is contesting the Somercotes seat and promises to cut councillors’ allowances and expenses and slash the wages of high-ranking civil servants.

n We will post the results at ww.ripleyandheanornews.co.uk as soon as they are available on the Friday, May, 4, when the count takes place.