Tories target County Hall with free parking pledge
The Conservative Party may be having a rough ride at a national level but at a local level confidence is high ahead of the council elections on May 2.
Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland Conservatives, believes voters will be seeking an alternative to the current Liberal Democrat administration.
“There is a strong feeling of frustration with the past four years at the county council,” said Coun Jackson on a visit to Berwick to launch the party’s election manifesto.
“It’s been characterised by drift and a lack of direction.
“I think if you asked people right across Northumberland what purpose it’s had and what difference it has had to their lives they would probably say very little.”
He is not unduly worried by the party’s unpopularity at a national level at the moment.
“The reality in Northumberland is that it’s a fight between the Conservatives and Lib Dems,” explained Coun Jackson. “I believe the current Lib Dem administration will be held responsible for the council’s problems when residents make their vote on May 2.”
They have formed their priority list after undertaking a survey of 10,000 residents.
Free parking, tackling potholes properly and controls on wind turbine applications featured prominently in wish-lists.
Coun Jackson said: “We all know that Northumberland is a fantastic place to live but there are problems that need tackling, particularly here in Berwick.”
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