Langsett's Winter Warmer
Cllr Jonathan Harston's campaign to force the Labour Council to invest in
Langsett has finally succeeded.
|Cllr Jonathan Harston telling a Langsett
tenant the good news|
After months of empty promises the Council has finally agreed to provide a
modern and reliable heating system. Local Liberal Democrats have been
campaigning with local tenents for many years. However, the Labour Counil
appeared not to care.
Cllr Jonathan Harston said: "It is disgraceful that the people of
Langsett have been forced to endure a winter of sub-zero temperatures with
an ancient and unreliable heating system."
LibDem councillor Diane Leek added, "We are pleased that our campaign
has forced an uncaring Labour Council to act. We will continue to fight for
the people of Walkley to ensure they get the best service from the
Background February 2003.
Walkley Deserves Better
Resurfacing South Road pavements should have been completed months ago. The
street's ironwork was exposed back in September. Nearly six months later and
the Council have only managed to seal about 200 yards of pavement. The
exposed ironwork is a hazard to local residents, and several people have
already fallen over on the uneven surfaces.
|Cllr Jonathan Harston highlighting the substandard
work of the Labour council|
Local campaigner Cllr Jonathan Harston said, "This is simply
unacceptable, local residents deserve better than this. This matter has been
taken up with the Labour Council. I will continue to persue this issue
despite being told that the Council doesn't have enough money to do a proper
job of resurfacing the pavements. Local residents deserve the best from
their councillors and only the Liberal Democrats are capable of
Council Tax to soar!
Local LibDem Councillor Jonathan Harston has condemned the Labour council's
announcement that they will increase Council Tax by at least 7%. The
announcement comes after months of Labour councillors promising that thet
would only put council tax up by 5%.
The 7% figure might be topped by inflation-busting increases from the Labour
controlled police authority which would push the total increase for each
household close to the 10% mark. This would be the largest increae in local
tax for almost a decade.
Local councillor Jonathan Harston said, "Labour are showing themselves
to be the party of high taxation and poor services. The Labour Party came to
power promising that a Labour council working with a Labour government would
deliver a good deal for Sheffield. So far they have increased taxes by a
record amount, cut funding for vital services and failed to consult the
public on issues that affect their everyday lives. They have been nothing
but a disaster for the city of Sheffield and a great disappointment for all
the people who voted Labour last time"".
Background January 2003.
LibDems campaigning for a greener city
Liberal Democrats are challenging Labour to hit Sheffield's tough new
recycling targets. At a council meeting last year Liberal Democrat
councillors successfully forced through their plans for Sheffield to recycle
45% of its waste by 2016.
|Cllr Jonathan Harston supporting local
It is now up to the Labour council to begin making plans to ensure that this
target can be hit. Despite the Labour council leader describing the LibDem
plans as "potty", the Labour government has announced that it
wants the whole country to hit the target that the Liberal Democrats want
Local LibDem campaigner Cllr Jonathan Harston said, "Labour councillors
talk a lot about trying to make Sheffield a green city. Only the Liberal
Democrats are actually pushing for the major decisions that will really turn
Sheffield into a greener city."
Labour cannot be trusted with a piggy bank!
Once again we are back to the bad old days of Labour mismanagement last seen
in the mid-1990s when libraries were shut and the city earned the nickname
Labour's inability to make the finances of the city balance have resulted in
a record shortfall of £6 million. In an attempt to mask their
financial incompetence the Labour Council have arranged for a multi-million
pound loan from the NHS. They are also plundering Council funds that were
supposed to be used to buy library books and maintain our roads as a
desperate measure to make the books balance.
Despite the huge loans and the slashing of basic services the Labour council
seem unable to stem the financial heamorraging.
Local LibDem councillor Jonathan Harston said, "After only a year back
in office they have shown that that they are arrogant, incompetant and
totally incapable of managing a city in the 21st century.
"Local people are constantly telling me how dirty their streets are
looking, what a poor state their roads are in, and all since Labour took
control. People want to see the Liberal Democrats back in power. People want
a council which is working for them."