14. NEIGHBOURHOODS AND COMMUNITIES

14. NEIGHBOURHOODS AND COMMUNITIES

(written up by Graham from Anna’s notes)

The Labour Party is the party of competence and sound management. Communities look to local councils to ensure that the “nuts and bolts” of local life are fit for purpose. This means making sure there are always enough litter bins, properly emptied, on time; that dog mess can be a serious health and environmental problem; that car parking must be considerate and that speeding traffic can kill. Labour will take the appropriate measures to deal with anti-social behaviour.

Labour will also:

Recognise that traditional neighbourhoods are under strain and that some communities lack cohesion. Labour would be prepared to take tough decisions to bring empty properties back into occupation, where necessary through Empty Dwelling Management Orders.

Labour would also find ways to give local communities the right to reclaim and use empty shops.

One of the underlying (literally) causes of unaffordable house prices in Cornwall is the failure of government to pursue the necessary land taxes. Cornwall Labour Party would encourage central government to legislate in this area.

There needs to be much greater involvement of communities in planning. Labour recognises that young people move away from areas because there are not enough jobs.

Labour would break out of County Hall’s “silo thinking” and seek to combine services, offering discounted business rates and energy costs for new start-ups.

Labour would encourage developments of small business units and introduce a sliding scale of business rates, exploring ways of offering favourable terms to local businesses in order to retain economic benefit within localities. This will be just one of the ways we would seek to promote the “pasty pound.”

Labour will encourage employment in rural areas, offering a coherent approach to communities which will fill empty shops, offer support to young families, and stimulate arts projects.

Labour recognises that in some cases, the third sector is an appropriate vehicle for progress. Labour applauds the Treverbyn Hall charity, at Stenalees, for its contribution to the local community.