Labour are distributing a leaflet in Park Ward with misleading information. You can check the facts here:
Council tax – Labour have cut £12.6 million worth of jobs and services. In their budget papers – in black and white – this includes cuts to children's special needs transport. Rejecting a small increase in council tax this year means that Labour will either have to hike it massively next year or cut services even further.
The budget papers are 176 pages long so we have linked directly to the Directorate of Education and Children's Services budget savings proposals page here. The relevant line in the Business Transformation section is "Improvements in the administration of special needs transport service eligibility – £140,000 [cut]":
Maiden Erlegh – parents, not politicians, won this battle. Deservedly, they had the support of people from all parties - and Labour’s attempt to claim all of the credit is wrong.
Casework – quite simply, these are the official numbers from the Council! For the last quarter published for Park Ward:
Cllrs Rob White and Melanie Eastwood (Green) – 137
Jon Hartley (Labour) – 0.
Green space – Labour have permitted developers to chip away at the site between Green Road and Crescent Road for a number of years. They allowed a nursing home to be built on the tree covered Mockbeggar site on Whiteknights Road and houses on precious education land by Green Road. Labour's transport plan also still talks about putting a park-and-ride car park on Broken Brow by the Thames.
We will let the voters decide on Thursday, May 3. Vote Jamie Whitham for a third hard-working Green councillor.