Don’t gamble with Gloucester’s future say Conservatives
With just a day to go until the local elections, Conservatives in the city are urging voters not to “gamble with Gloucester’s future”.
The Conservatives gained majority control of the Council last May for the first time in 23 years and say that maintaining control of the authority is vital to keeping improvements to Gloucester on track. The Tories have run the City Council since 2004, with the first seven years as a minority administration.
Now with a majority of just two, they claim that a return to other parties running the Council could see Gloucester’s regeneration put under threat and the council tax rising.
City Council Leader Paul James said, “We have frozen the council tax for the last two years and the average rise while we have been running the council is just over 2%. For the previous ten years when the other parties were in charge it was an average of 10%. We have brought in £500 million of investment to regenerate the city with another £200 million in the pipeline, in contrast with the other parties’ failures with Blackfriars and the Westgate car park saga. These elections are not about national issues. They are about whether we keep Gloucester on track or go back to the bad old days.