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LABOUR: WE'LL PUT THE LIGHTS BACK ON; Manifesto pledge for county council elections.

Byline: Mike Malyon NUNEATON REPORTER

STREET lights throughout Warwickshire will be switched back on if Labour win control in the forthcoming county council elections. The pledge has been made in the party's manifesto as nominations closed ahead of the May 2 poll.

The document set out major points that would be implemented under a Labour authority, including "restoring street lighting in the interests of public safety".

Tories at Shire Hall voted to turn off 80 per cent of road lamps in the early hours throughout the county to help cut costs and reduce carbon emissions. The decision, which began to be implemented in December, was condemned by opposition councillors and will be high on their canvassing agenda.

In a foreword to the manifesto, Labour group leader June Tandy said: "Councillors themselves should be ready and willing to take some of the pain of the imposed funding cuts by trimming their own allowances.

"This saving would go toward keeping the street lights on and keeping the council tax down."

Coun Tandy, who will be defending her seat in Wem Brook, Nuneaton, added: "Warwickshire has been hit very hard by the Conservative-led government's slash and cut funding since 2010.

"Fire stations, libraries, youth facilities and many more services that were provided for the people of Warwickshire have been lost.

"There is a tough task ahead and no easy solutions. Labour is committed to providing the best possible front line services.

"This will mean working closely with all partners and agencies - voluntary sector, other local authorities, health, police and many more."

Labour have promised to: "Retain passenger transport assistants on school runs; work alongside the business sector to increase apprenticeships for school and college leavers; and review how the road resurfacing and pothole problem is being dealt with and can be improved."

The manifesto adds: "A Labour council will still have to face difficult and even painful decisions, but, unlike the Conservative administration, we will work closely with local communities to ensure that your top priority services are protected as far as possible."

Elections will take place in all 62 county council wards and the full list of candidates will be announced next week.
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