20/04/2017 – Franklands News - District Council By-Election Special
Vote Elaine Bolton for Mid Sussex District Council on Thursday 4th May
Labour Party Candidate for Burgess Hill Franklands Ward of Mid Sussex District Council
I have lived in Burgess Hill most of my life, the last 10 years in Franklands Ward, and so have a good understanding of the issues facing the area. My two daughters were both educated locally, including at Birchwood Grove School.
I have been a translator for the past 20 years, running my own small business from home. Prior to this, I spent several years working in the international aid and development sector in Africa and Latin America.
I have seen the impact Tory cuts are having on our health, education and social services locally and am committed to fighting to protect these. I have a strong sense of equality and social justice and you will often see me out campaigning in Burgess Hill town centre on a Saturday morning! I also volunteer for our local community food bank.
I strongly believe that our Conservative councillors need some opposition on the District Council and, if elected, pledge to make the needs of Burgess Hill people heard at every opportunity.
In my spare time, I sing in a choir and am learning Arabic at evening classes. I also sometimes help out backstage at a local community theatre and enjoy walking my dog, Gus.
Conservative-run councils are failing Burgess Hill
The District Plan
The lack of an agreed District Plan or a 5-year Housing Supply Target is giving Developers the green light to build virtually wherever they want. Without an agreed District Plan planning rules presume that development should be agreed. Twice the District Plan proposed by the Conservative-run Mid Sussex District Council has been found to be inadequate by the Government Inspector. This is not the fault of the Developers or the Government Inspector - it the fault of the Conservative Mid Sussex District Councillors who have not managed to get a plan agreed. And without an agreed District Plan the council cannot access as much money to improve the community from the developers. This can be seen in the constant planning applications being submitted for housing developments south of Folders Lane and in back gardens along Keymer Road, without any consideration for local residents or the environment or, indeed, the actual housing needs of Burgess Hill.
Woodlands Meed Special School
When the new school was built to replace dilapidated buildings elsewhere, it was always intended that land at the Oakmeeds School site would be used for further buildings for older children aged 14-19. However, when Oakmeeds School became an academy all of the land was handed over to it meaning that the land earmarked for the new building cannot be used as it is no longer under Conservative-run West Sussex County Council control.
The planning for the revamped Burgess Hill Town Centre included giving the developers the site of the Martlets Hall without any thought being given to what may replace it. Now, with the plans in place and demolition likely in the next couple of years, Conservative-run Burgess Hill Town Council has belatedly started looking around for a replacement facility, but with a suitable site to find, money to raise and building to be done there seems little chance of the replacement facility being ready when the Martlets Hall has to close.
Charges at Council Tips
The unpopular charges imposed by the Conservative-run West Sussex County Council for dumping some waste at Waste Disposal sites have been suspended following the campaign waged by Labour Councillors at County Hall. As the Council say on their website "householders visiting any West Sussex amenity site will no longer be charged for the deposit of material which results from the sort of work householders would normally carry out on their homes - what most people would refer to as DIY waste". It's a pity they didn't think of that, and all the fly-tipping that has taken place, before they introduced the charges. However, charges for the disposal of tyres remain in place
Vote for Elaine Bolton on May 4th all 54 councillors elected to serve on mid Sussex District Council in 2015 were Conservatives this by-election is your opportunity to change this
Elaine Bolton will provide the challenge and scrutiny that every democracy needs to function effectively. The Conservatives dominate each of the three local Councils yet they have failed the people of Burgess Hill. Labour came second in Mid Sussex to the Conservatives in the 2015 General Election and Elaine Bolton is best based to provide opposition on Mid Sussex District Council.
Elaine Bolton says:
“The Conservatives old promises are again being recycled-town redevelopment, several thousand extra houses, major infrastructure improvements, and improved shopping centre, a new science park, or a new business park. The reality is potholed roads, crumbling pavements, a run-down shopping centre, social care in crisis, warnings of larger class sizes and a shorter school week. Don’t fall for it again!
- Always put the best interests of local residents above the interest of housing developers and big business
- Insist on the future growth of the toen being properly planned with guaranteed benefits to the community
- Press for future funding for education in the County to be used to provide a good education for all in excellent schools rather than being spent on fancy projects such as free schools and grammar schools
- Be an active councillor, always available to hear your views and standing up for Burgess Hill rather than just a face with a party label putting my hand up to vote as instructed
- Always support efforts to look after our environment – unlike the Conservatives I am against Fracking