Free parking, more social housing and opposition to fracking are in Labour’s Banbury manifesto

Sean Woodcock, Surinder Dhesi and Steve Kilsby NNL-160328-110605001
Sean Woodcock, Surinder Dhesi and Steve Kilsby NNL-160328-110605001

Free parking, more social housing and an anti-fracking stance are three central policies announced in the Banbury and Bicester Labour Party’s manifesto for the forthcoming May local elections.

Leader Sean Woodcock said the manifesto offers a ‘unique opportunity to choose a better and fairer way of running local government’.

The document promises re-invigorating town centres, putting planning decisions back into local hands and a focus on ‘fairness not austerity’ in the way the town and district councils are run.

Mr Woodcock, leader of the Labour group on Cherwell District Council said: “The issue of car parking charges is a symptom of the lack of commitment to businesses and shoppers in the town centre which we want to change.

“This is just one example in our programme for positive change in the district so that we can make it an even better place to live and to do business.“

Cllr Steve Kilsby, Labour’s leader on Banbury Town Council said: “Our commitment to take over management of Banbury Charter Market and to provide more town WCs demonstrates our total commitment to maintaining the viability and integrity of our town centre.

Mr Woodcock said: “On May 5 every district and town seat is up for grabs and we believe our manifesto offers voters a unique opportunity to choose a better and fairer way of running local government for the benefit of everyone. We in Banbury and Bicester Labour Party care passionately about this area and about unlocking its unfulfilled potential.”