Cllr Sean Anstee is the Leader of Trafford Council.
The race to control Trafford is upon us again. On May 5th our residents will have the opportunity to vote to secure and retain a high performing, low cost and efficient Council or take a gamble with an unelectable Labour party, who for successive years cannot even muster themselves together to put forward an alternative budget.
As expected, we campaign every week and have done so since the last elections, making sure that our population are aware of what a Conservative administration is seeking to achieve:
- Enabling the best start in life for our children and young people
- Delivering the strongest, most resilient economy in Greater Manchester
- Helping those who need our help the most
- Securing the best schools and children’s services in the country
- Saving working families money with the lowest Council Tax in the North West
- Backing business to grow and be successful.
Since winning back control of Trafford from Labour in 2004, a Conservative administration has transformed the Council from one where services were ‘all but collapsed’. Council Tax increases were the norm (including a whopping 13 per cent in a single year) and overspends were ignored.
Today the contrast couldn’t be more stark: twelve years of delivering a balanced budget; over £100m saved through our Reshaping Trafford programme; Council Tax frozen for the last six years; our children’s services independently inspected by Ofsted as the best in the country; the highest recycling rate of any metropolitan or unitary authority.
Our primary schools are number one; our grammar and high school system does so much to get our young people off to the best start in life; and our care services for elderly residents are funded properly and of a high standard.
We want Trafford to be the most economically prosperous, thriving and diverse part of Greater Manchester and we will achieve this by being a pro-growth, pro-business Council and enhancing capacity in our communities – recognising their individual assets but also their collective strength when they come together.
Under Conservative control, Trafford is a Council that is focusing on what it can do, rather than what it cannot, and is disproving the notion that throwing money at something makes it better. It doesn’t – here in Trafford, despite being the most poorly funded Council in Greater Manchester and having the third lowest spending power of any metropolitan or unitary in the country, our outcomes for residents and businesses are second to none and we outperform our neighbours easily.
A Conservative-run Trafford is on the side of residents, standing up for our collective interests in Greater Manchester, and working collaboratively to lever powers down from Whitehall to a local area. These are opportunities that mean we can be more than just a functional Council, but one that for generations to come will create the conditions for Trafford to thrive and prosper.
As we approach the election, we do so with a proud record of achievement and with a clear view of our future. The choice for our voters is whether to put that at risk with an incoherent Labour party or vote to secure a stronger borough at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, by voting Conservative.
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