Walkley Liberal Democrats


Langsett - threated by Labour?
Labour at the Town Hall are already beginning to turn their backs on everything they used to say on council housing.

This is a bitter blow to everyone who voted Labour at the last election. They promised to protect homes from demolition and keep the Council as the landlord. They are now tipped to do a U-turn on both. Already they have changed their mind on demolitions.

They have agreed to go ahead and knock down hundreds of properties. They have turned their backs on the tenants' "not one brick" campaign that they used to support.

And they have said that council house management needs to change. They have refused to rule out changing tenants' landlord - something they fiercely opposed only last year.

Already, tenants are saying that the Labour administration in the Town Hall are "hypocrites and turncoats". They are saying that they feel betrayed and let down by a party that promised anything to get elected and knew that they couldn't deliver.

South Road Improvements

South Road
South Road - due for improvements
Thanks to a strong campaign by local people, a South Road improvement scheme is due to be agreed in September.

Cllr Jonathan Harston, who has fought for better traffic management, footpath and parking improvements over many years said "I am delighted that this scheme is to go ahead. I would like to thank everybody, especially the Walkley Forum and the local Area Panel for their support and hard work". ACTION

Thank you from Vickie

Vickie Priestley In May Vickie Priestley lost her fight to keep her seat as one of your local Liberal Democrat councillors. It was a very close contest - Vickie lost by only 111 votes.

Vickie says "I have enjoyed representing the people in Walkley Ward during the last two years, and I would like to thank all of them for their support during that time. I will be continuing to work with Councillors Jonathan Harston and Diane Leek and the rest of the LibDem team to benefit all the people of Walkley".

Graffiti Crackdown

Is there any graffiti in your area?
Last year the Liberal Democrat council launched an anti-graffiti campaign. Private companies were urged to help by keeping their business premises graffiti-free.

The Yorkshire Bank are to be congratulated for responding quickly and removing unsightly graffiti from their cash machine on Howard Road. Also the YEB for cleaning up their substation next to the river on Stannington Road.

Contact Grimebusters on 273-4567 or give Focus Editor Vickie Priestly a call on 234-6837 with any graffiti reports.

Large Council Tax Rise Feared

Fears are growing that next year the Labour City Council will raise Council Tax by well above the rate of inflation.

Are Labour back to their bad old ways? Labour mismanagement means more cuts in crucial council services and higher Council Tax Bills. Labour councillors have admitted that they may have to cut £10m from council services and increase Council Tax by three times the rate of inflation to set next years' budget.

The Labour Government has introduced yet more stealth taxation. Next year the council will have to pay out nearly £3m extra to the government - and that's £3m that can't be spent on council services. Our message to the Labour council is: Tell us now. Which vital services are you going to cut?

August 2002

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