Peter Heaton-Jones MP
Working Hard for North Devon
News Update -
Date: 28th April 2019
Thank you and welcome to my latest Newsletter. Please do forward this on to someone who you think may be interested, and urge them to sign up.
Regular readers will know that this is not generally a ‘political’ newsletter; it’s about my work as North Devon’s MP, not about party politics. However, Council elections happen only once every four years, so forgive me if this edition is a little different.
On Thursday, North Devon will go to the polls to elect a new District Council. This election is vital. It’s about who manages local services, sets your council tax, makes planning decisions, and secures jobs and investment for North Devon. That’s why I’ve been out & about with our local candidates and volunteers – for instance in Braunton this weekend, as the photo shows.
But this election is NOT about Brexit or Westminster politics – it’s about who’ll be the strongest voice for our local communities.
What We’ve Achieved
In the last four years, the Conservative administration at North Devon District Council has been able to maintain or improve our local services, despite a difficult financial climate. We recycle more, we have new temporary housing places, we’ve delivered the Local Plan to control development, and for the first time in many years we’re achieving our target on affordable homes.
But the biggest success story has been the millions of pounds in Government funding we’ve helped secure for projects across North Devon. This includes £83 million for major improvements to the Link Road, £1.5 million for the new Leisure Centre, and £15 million to create a new Institute of Technology, training young people for the jobs of the future. All this has only been possible because a Conservative District Council, County Council and I have worked together as a unified team. Why break that cycle of success?
Some excellent serving councillors are retiring at this election, including council leader Des Brailey. Des has served for 16 years, including the last four as leader. To Des, and the other councillors of all parties who have chosen not to stand again, we say thank you for your public service and all the best for the future.
The Conservative Party has some exciting new candidates. These include two Parish Council chairs, two people with experience of Parliament, and even Devon’s Volunteer of the Year. They’re a diverse mix too: we have four candidates under the age of 30, one who’s nearly 80, and one with pink hair! They are all brimming with energy and enthusiasm for the task ahead.
If elected, these new candidates and returning councillors will build on the work of the last four years. Conservatives will deliver the investment North Devon needs while keeping council taxes fair. We won’t make grand promises we can’t keep. But we will be a strong voice for your community, delivering good services while managing your money carefully, and working together to get the very best for North Devon.
That’s what Thursday is all about. Please consider voting for your local Conservative candidate in these crucial District Council elections. Thank you.
Peter Heaton-Jones MP
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