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warrenmorgan_1__1__1__1__1_.jpgReacting to the launch of the Conservative local manifesto, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

This is a set of populist and un-costed policies that they know they won’t be in a position to deliver. Voters won’t be impressed by a housing strategy that promises ‘better administration of the waiting list’. They want to see positive action to get more council homes built, which is what Labour are committed to doing.

They talk about financial responsibility yet they back the Green Party’s £36m i360 loan and the open-ended commitment to five years of roadworks in Valley Gardens. They talk about a cleaner city, but it is their Conservative-led Government that is cutting over £100 million from the council’s Budget meaning street cleaners are being laid off.

No one doubts that Tory plans for Cityclean are a thinly veiled disguise for privatisation. There is nothing in the manifesto about tackling poverty and homelessness, and nothing on what front-line services they would cut to pay for their promises.

Labour will deliver a council that works for you wherever you live, not just the well-off Tory areas.

Labour reaction to Tory local manifesto

Reacting to the launch of the Conservative local manifesto, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said: This is a set of populist and un-costed policies that...

Outside1_s_1_.jpgIn response to the news that the Whitehawk Inn will be joining Brighton Housing Trust, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

This is good news for Whitehawk residents and a great development for both BHT and the Whitehawk Inn. The future of services in the city is one of partnerships, and with two trusted and valuable organisations like this working together there is new hope for residents who badly need their services.

Labour welcomes merger of two Brighton charities

In response to the news that the Whitehawk Inn will be joining Brighton Housing Trust, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said: This is good news...

warrenmorgan_1__1__1__1_.jpgAfter Green and Conservative councillors united to vote through a five-year plan for roadworks in Valley Gardens, Labour has renewed its pledge to suspend and review the scheme if elected in May.

Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

We have very real concerns about the open-ended way this project is being funded. If cycle lanes and footpaths are needed in Valley Gardens and the Old Steine, then there ought to be a way of providing them that does not involve removing the Mazda Fountain, the Aquarium Roundabout and two lanes of traffic at a cost of over £18 million.

It is shocking that the Tories are supporting this Green scheme that will mean five more years of city centre roadworks and take millions of pounds out of the council's already depleted transport budget, needed to repair the ailing seafront. There is no money identified to maintain the huge new park that will be created. As with the i360, which they also supported, this scheme exposes the council to huge financial risks.

Labour has asked that no contracts are signed and no further money spent on the scheme until after May's local elections.

  • Seafront repair costs are estimated to be around £100m, and the council is facing cuts of over £20m a year.
  • The council will have to meet 25% of the overall costs, and the Greens only won funding from the government's Local Enterprise Partnership by claiming cross-party support, which it did not have.
  • A public petition to save the Mazda fountain has already gained over 800 signatures.

Labour expresses serious concerns over Valley Gardens scheme

After Green and Conservative councillors united to vote through a five-year plan for roadworks in Valley Gardens, Labour has renewed its pledge to suspend and review the scheme if elected...

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