St Johns and Meads Wards needs Labour councillors to work for local residents
Town and District Council Candidate
The area now covered by the new St Johns Ward of Burgess Hill Town Council was served by a Labour Councillor from 2012 to 2015. My colleague worked hard to ensure that residents in the area were represented when individual planning applications were submitted and worked to ensure that waiting restrictions were improved at the St Johns Road/Park Road junction. I would continue to work for St Johns residents.
District Council Candidate
Having lived and worked in Burgess Hill nearly all my life and raised my family here, I understand the needs of our residents. I have seen the town decline from a vibrant, thriving community to a mere shell of its former self and, if elected to District Council, I will endeavour to ensure that we attract independent shops and retain something of our own identity.
St Johns Ward needs Labour Councillors in 2019 so that your voice can be heard once again.
Burgess Hill, a town of 35,000 people, has been run by a small Cabinet Team at Mid Sussex District Council, none of whom directly represent Burgess Hill, for too long.
The Conservative-run Burgess Hill Town Council have not challenged the Conservative-run District Council—because many of the Councillors have been running both councils.
In this election there is the opportunity to start to put that right.
Ian Greaterox and Elaine Bolton would:
- Challenge the decision-making process with positive, constructive, suggestions
- Press for decisions affecting Burgess Hill to involve local councillors
- Challenge the way that the redevelopment of the town centre is proceeding. The ghost area of empty shops around the library is a disgrace and the developers have been allowed to get away with not providing a replacement community hall or any affordable homes by the Conservative-run Mid Sussex District Council.
- Fight for a permanent, adequate, library to replace the current facility, which seems to have disappeared from New River Developments’ plans for the town.
Ian Greatorex and Elaine Bolton would like to hear from you at
If you have any comments on the items in this leaflet, good or bad, or to arrange an appointment for a residents’ surgery with our local campaigners at a time convenient to you.
Ian Greatorex says,
- “More housing is being built, but it needs to be truly affordable, with a suitable level of social housing
- I firmly believe that small, independent shops are vitally important, as they are more likely to employ local people, and give it a more ’unique’ feel, rather than just being another clone town
- Our library is being moved to a less satisfactory temporary location and the town centre effectively strangulated, with numerous local companies being forced out of the town, or out of business
- I would like to see Burgess Hill become the vibrant town its population deserves, with councillors that actually listen to their constituents, and are accountable to them.”
Elaine Bolton says,
- “Much-needed additional services are needed whenever new housing developments are approved
- A significant proportion of the housing built should be affordable
- I will resist further privatisation of our services because I believe that public utilities should be run in the interests of the community and not big business
- Our local environment and vital green spaces must be maintained and improved.”
Only by electing Ian Greatorex and Elaine Bolton as Labour Councillors will residents of St Johns Ward get the improvements they deserve.
With your vote Labour can win here.
A VOTE FOR LABOUR IS A VOTE TO:
- Stand up to speculative developers
- Demand high building standards that include renewable energy
- Create more affordable housing
- Be more transparent about how council decisions are made
- Bring back truly representative local planning committees
- Put the environment and green space above profit
- Balance the needs of business with the interests of the community
- Ensure residents are represented when individual planning applications are considered
- • Have your councillors available to hear your concerns both at surgeries and by individual consultation