Ryedale District Council Elections 2019 – Manifesto

Thirsk and Malton Labour Party is deeply concerned by the failure of Ryedale Council to stand up to central government on a range of issues from the undermining of local authorities’ powers to control fracking to austerity cuts in services.

We are calling for:

Housing

A substantial increase in the supply of affordable housing. Urgent action to meet the Council’s own target that 35% of new homes should be affordable.

No more big housing developments in Malton/Norton until road improvements have been made to prevent increased congestion and pollution.

Brownfield sites to be developed before any more greenfield sites are released for housing development.

Make sure new housing is of the size, type, and tenure to meet the needs of Ryedale families first. Including sheltered and extra care.

All new dwellings to meet accessibility standards and 10% to meet wheelchair standard.

Transport

The Council must recognize that without reliable and affordable public transport service communities in smaller villages will not ultimately survive. Areas like Rosedale and Farndale need as a minimum a twice weekly bus service that is not dependent on profit.

Double Council funding for Ryedale Community Transport.

Environment

War on dog waste. A comprehensive campaign to rid paths and verges of the scourge of dog waste including awareness raising, more disposal facilities, CCTV, enforcement of fines and prosecution of persistent offenders.

Action on fly tipping. Same approach as for dog waste.

Take recycling seriously. Get Ryedale’s rate of recycling of household waste up from 46% to the 65% that East Riding achieve.

Lead the way in reducing the use of plastic food & drink containers.

Street cleaning. This used to be a council service and should be again. The Council should be doing more, working with other councils, to fight back against the austerity cuts that are to blame.

Empower Villages

Help local communities to control development in their area through Neighbourhood or Community Led Plans.

Support for small scale community-led housing developments restricted in perpetuity to meeting local housing needs.

Support for village communities which want to control the number of homes being converted to holiday lets.

Young People

Action to meet the needs for facilities for children and young people identified in the Council’s own report.

Fracking

Ryedale Council must now extend its five-year moratorium and develop a strategy to ensure Ryedale is protected from future fracking proposals from Third Energy, INEOS & others.

Ryedale Council to work with the other Councils to put pressure on North Yorkshire County Council to reverse its permissive policies on fracking and to oppose the Government’s proposals to exempt fracking from local democratic control.

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