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A Greener, Safer, Fairer Brentwood

- We will ensure that Brentwood High Street is not closed again without the prior authority of members of Brentwood Borough Council

- We will install openness and transparency on all the Borough Council's financial dealings.
- We will fight to save all the Libraries in our borough.

- We will build more affordable carbon emission properties for local people to buy and rent.
- We will discourage any development in the green belt. Brown field site development to be encouraged provided it is supported by the right level of infrastructure paid for by the developer.
- We will call on the Police & Crime Commissioner to provide additional police officers for each ward and work towards installing a Police public desk at the Town Hall.
- We will undertake a new public consultation on the redevelopment of Brentwood Town Centre and strive to deliver a mix of retail, leisure, housing and car parking.
- We will work closely with the County Council to make our roads safer for all users and fight for the investment needed in pothole and footpath repairs.
- We will undertake a full review of car parking charges and car parking strategy and develop a commercial strategy that encourages the viability of our economic centres.

- We will work with others to put in place infrastructure that will encourage cycling, walkable neighbourhoods and safer school streets.

- We will encourage more active travel, improving physical health and wellbeing, reducing congestion and pollution.
- We will investigate the current recycling contracts and make changes if it is practically and financially responsible to do so.
- We will fight moves by the Tories in central government that prevent local areas having a say in planning, increase permitted development without assessment and delegate decision making to algorithms.

Your community Liberal Democrat councillors will:

- Continue to actively listen and engage with local residents and promote fairness, equality and opportunity in everything we do.
- Fight to keep Brentwood's identity in any move to make us part of a unitary authority.
- Provide the highest standards of openness, transparency and integrity.

Our natural environment is precious, we will:

- Lead the fight against climate change, working with you towards achieving a zero-carbon borough.

- Search for ways to plant more trees, Borough-wide on the scale called for by the Committee on Climate Change.

- Work tirelessly to achieve a plastic- free borough, and increase recycling and reusables.

- Review the Blue and White Bag Recycling scheme particularly for those in flats.

- Tackle the serious problem of air pollution, with more monitoring and an action plan.

- Promote green transport, electric cars and charging points, on and off road cycle and pedestrian routes, community bus schemes and a joined up plan for public transport.

- Provide a cleaner local environment - and enforce on anti-social behaviour such as littering, dog fouling. pavement parking etc.

- Effectively tackle fly-tipping including more CCTV to catch and prosecute offenders.

- Encourage local power generation- such as solar and wind energy in appropriate locations.

- Insist on the delivery of green principles on all new developments.

Arts, culture and leisure are essential to a healthy, happy Brentwood. We will:

- Support high quality affordable sports and leisure facilities including children's recreation and play spaces.
- Call for an independent review into the financial management of the Brentwood Centre.
- Work with charities and voluntary groups to ensure arts, culture and leisure activities are accessible to all.
- Protect our local heritage and support conservation areas

Tackling crime and keeping Brentwood safe:

- We want to see at least one dedicated police officer for every ward
- We want to see the money from the sale of our Police Station and police houses invested back into frontline policing here and a public desk at the Town Hall.
- We will increase the number of staff in our Enforcement team.

Working with you to make thriving, future proof local communities through creative planning, we will:

- Protect our environment in both the town and the villages by opposing over development and maintaining our green spaces.

- Ensure improvements to roads, public transport, schools, health services and community facilities are funded by developers.
- Prioritise development on sustainable urban and brownfield sites.
- Develop a comprehensive Brentwood town centre plan
- Work with residents, schools and businesses to address problem parking, creating "neighbourhood zones" with improved air quality and 20mph limits on residential roads.
- Call for green renewables for all new builds
- Ensure that accessibility is improved

We need the right type of homes to meet the varying needs of local people. We will:

- Encourage developers to build the right mix of homes for local need, including bungalows and more homes with two or three bedrooms.
- Aim to build 1,000 new council owned homes over the next 10 years, in the right places for local people and key workers, to reduce the current housing waiting list as much as possible which will include affordable housing for our younger generations wishing to remain in the villages.
- If available, we will use new government funding schemes and borrowing rates to enable the council to purchase land and to build high-quality council homes.
- Help the most vulnerable in our communities, particularly those with mental health issues, to find suitable housing.

The Conservatives record of shame in Brentwood:

- Supported plans that could see Brentwood link up with much larger areas like Basildon, Thurrock and Southend on Sea along with Rochford and Castle Point in a Combined South Essex Authority.
- Despite repeated warnings they ignored the historical financial problems at the Brentwood Centre leading to it's eventual closure.
- Failed to plan for the significant practical issues caused by the introduction of the blue and white bag recycling scheme particularly in flats.
- On the local development plan they have ignored communities, disregarded infrastructure, parking, employment and congestion issues when choosing sites and done nothing to address the cumulative impact of their proposals.
- Refused to adequately face up to the nature and scale of the challenge posed by climate change.
- Failed to deliver a car parking strategy.
- Failed to get to grips with the increase in fly tipping.