Labour Care About Bo’ness and Blackness – Local Elections 2017

May 2, 2017

A Winning Team for Bo’ness and Blackness


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We are extremely proud of our community. So many people contribute to making Bo’ness and Blackness a great area to live in.

We want to work with the community to continue to improve our local services and facilities.

Bo’ness


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We want to build on the work that has been done by Falkirk Labour and continue to find ways to preserve and enhance our
local facilities such as our library and Bo’ness Recreation Centre. We understand how important these are for so many
people.

We will work together as an effective team, fighting hard to ensure Bo’ness gets the improvements to services and
facilities that are needed and well used by people of all ages.

Blackness


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Blackness is a jewel in the crown of Falkirk Council. The expansion of the John Muir Way has been positive, but we want
to do more.

We will work with local people and community groups to strengthen links between Bo’ness and Blackness.

Although we are extremely serious about honouring all of our manifesto commitments, we feel that the following three in particular are of critical importance to Bo’ness and Blackness communities.

Investing More in Council Houses


We feel there is a shortage of council housing stock across Bo’ness and Blackness. We are committed both to building
more council houses in the area and extending Falkirk Council’s buyback scheme of former council houses.
We will also upgrade the fabric of our existing council stock.

Valuing Carers and The Cared For


We will extend the amount of time carers can spend with their service users to ensure an enhanced level of care provision.

We will also increase post diagnostic support for people with dementia and deliver more care at home for those who
need it.

Publicly Owned Buses


To compliment the great work of Bo’ness Area Community Bus Association, we will use new council powers to introduce a
publicly owned bus service at affordable prices. This will focus on areas the private sector doesn’t deem profitable, particularly more rural areas such as Bo’ness and Blackness.

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Falkirk Labour Manifesto 2017 (For Bo’ness and Blackness Labour)

April 18, 2017

Falkirk Labour Manifesto 2017

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Falkirk Labour has launched its manifesto for the 2017 Council Elections. Our candidates for the Bo’ness and Blackness ward, David Aitchison and Michael Burnett, were present at the event to talk about the manifesto and the focus on people and local communities that runs through it.

David Aitchison commented “The Falkirk Labour manifesto contains a great number of ideas to help improve things for people in our area. It looks to build on the achievements of the previous Labour led administration, that has seen cuts to its budget on a year by year basis.

We will show that we value local carers and the cared for by extending the amount of time carers can spend with their service users.

By investing more in council housing through new builds, buybacks and upgrading our existing stock, we will help more people into accommodation in the areas they want.”

I am a member of the Bo’ness and Area Community Bus Association, which is doing great work to get a community bus service to and from Edinburgh. Falkirk Labour will continue to campaign for new powers to be granted to councils to allow them to introduce publicly owned bus services that will benefit even more people”.

Michael Burnett added “This manifesto is the culmination of a great amount of work by members, activists, councillors and new candidates. It is a document we are proud of and we think it will really resonate with people in our area.

The council elections should be about communities, not the constitution. Our campaign is focused on what we want to do to help people in Bo’ness and Blackness as councillors.

The Falkirk Labour manifesto underlines this with solid commitments for more community wardens, the extension of employment schemes for young adults and extending the number of breakfast clubs available to school children, along with the introduction of summer holiday lunch clubs. Having been part of a group working on introducing a breakfast club to St Mary’s Primary, I can really see the benefits of ensuring our children get regular meals in a sociable environment.

We ask voters to take the time to read our manifesto. Our election address summarises the key themes of the document and this will be delivered to voters across Bo’ness and Blackness in the coming weeks. We are asking voters to give us their 1 & 2 votes in this election to help Keep it Local, Keep it Labour”.