Cllr Sean Anstee is the Leader of Trafford Council.

We have been improving the economy, education, transport and healthcare – and creating jobs – in Trafford for 14 years. It’s working. Vote Conservative in Trafford on May 3rd to Keep Moving Forward.

This is our simple message to fellow residents when they head to the polls in just a few short months. Backed up with facts, it’s a strong platform on which we stand, and one that sees Trafford go from strength to strength.

Our schools are the best in the country and our services for children are independently inspected by Ofsted as amongst the highest performing of any local authority.

Conservatives have halved council tax for special constables who live and volunteer in Trafford – and for young people under 25 leaving care, we’ve stopped them from paying it all together.

As Labour councils around us abolish libraries, we’re building four new ones and abolishing library fines. In our town centres shoppers benefit from an array of free parking and where charges are applied they start at just 20p for the first half an hour.

And because we know that the poorest households pay a higher proportion of their disposable income on council tax, if you live in Trafford you will pay less than anywhere else in the north west.

We’re green too. Our recycling rate for last year was 61.3 per cent – the only northern authority in the top ten nationally and the highest performing of any metropolitan authority in the country.

Our economy is the fastest growing in Greater Manchester and the Trafford Pledge has helped more than 1,500 residents out of work, in to work.

We’ve focused on new homes, town centre growth and investment opportunities to generate additional income to support our services. It’s working. Our budget this year has been set with no job losses and significant investment in our priorities, including:

  • £14.4m to improve roads and mend potholes
  • At least £30m to refurbish Urmston and Sale leisure centres with new ones to be constructed in Altrincham and Stretford. In Davyhulme we’re looking forward to welcoming Manchester Giants to their new home alongside a sport, physical activity and wellbeing hub
  • The removal of burial charges for anyone under the age of 18 and;
  • £350,000 to fund lollipop men and women to help children arrive at school safely

The Labour group in Trafford voted against these choices and have dogmatically opposed many of our plans for no more than ideological or political gain. In fact, such is their disarray they stormed out of Full Council in December just because they disagreed with an amendment.

You can see what is happening in Labour groups with Momentum infiltrating. It’s happening here too and we shouldn’t be surprised therefore that our Labour group no longer seem able to think independently. This is worrying and would be a disaster for our residents. Trafford would head backwards.

I’m proud of our achievements here but they haven’t just happened by chance. They’ve happened because of the ambition of a Conservative administration and our determination to achieve for all our residents and businesses. We’re working flat out to win in May, to earn the trust of our residents and to get the message out that if you want to Keep Moving Forward you have to come out and vote for it.