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More street-sweepers, new council houses and fixed roads: What the Liberal Democrats plan to do for Cardiff if they get into power

More street-sweepers, new council houses and fixed roads: What the Liberal Democrats plan to do for Cardiff if they get into power

Ahead of the council elections on May 5, Cardiff’s Liberal Democrats have released a manifesto promising more street sweepers, electric charging points and to repair the city’s streets with a programme to “fix crumbling roads, pavements and footpaths”. The party also promises to build an extra 3,000 council homes in the next decade.

Other pledges include limiting any council tax rises over the lifetime of the next council term to below the Welsh average, supporting vulnerable adults and children and reviewing the current deal with GLL/Better, who run the city’s leisure centres, to “ensure that every community is getting the services they need”.

In 2017, the Lib Dems won 11 seats, a loss of six on the election before. The ruling party was Labour which took 40 seats, it now has 39 seats. The Conservatives had 20 and now have 21. You can see all our election coverage ahead of May’s election here .

Pentwyn Leisure Centre would be reopened and a tourist information centre would be brought back to the city centre.

Read more:More than 70 councillors have already been elected ahead of May’s election

Group leader, Rhys Taylor said: “We’re optimistic and ambitious for the future of our home and Wales’s capital city, but the first job of a council must be to get basic public services right. Despite inflation-busting council tax rises and eye-watering levels of borrowing for pet projects, the Labour party running Cardiff council is failing to get the basics right. After a decade of Labour leadership, our capital city has been left without a bus station, waste collections are in chaos, our streets are dirty, our city’s heritage has been eroded, woodland and green spaces destroyed, and community facilities written off.

“Our focus will be on cleaner, safer, and happier communities. On making sure everyone has a safe place in Cardiff to call home. On ensuring everyone has access to vibrant green spaces. On affordable, reliable public transport. On creating a new way of listening to residents about your priorities for your communities”.

On education, the manifesto says it would “target resources to the most vulnerable learners, provide digital and other equipment so that all pupils have equal access and fund enrichment centres in the school holidays” and ensure enough school places and open schools up to the wider community.

The manifesto makes bold promises on planning too. “We will change the way planning works in Cardiff from tick box consultations by reviewing the method by which consultations are carried out, meaningfully involving and listening to communities. Communities need to be involved from the outset, rather than being presented with a plan agreed behind closed doors. We will ensure that developers pay the section 106 money they have promised, so that affordable housing, playgrounds and infrastructure is funded properly.”

And it promises police will tackle anti-social behaviour and a pledge to bring communities together. “We will change the way planning works in Cardiff from tick box consultations by reviewing the method by which consultations are carried out, meaningfully involving and listening to communities. Communities need to be involved from the outset, rather than being presented with a plan agreed behind closed doors. We will ensure that developers pay the s106 money they have promised, so that affordable housing, playgrounds and infrastructure is funded properly.”

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