Hugo Pound
Hugo Pound

A Fairer, Greener and Safer Tunbridge Wells

Labour’s Local Election Manifesto 2024

This year we have ‘all-out elections’ for a new slimmed down council. Our local manifesto is focused on creating a better future for all our residents. Our vision is for a Borough with great opportunities for all to have good homes, good jobs, good schools, good support and live in places which are strong vibrant communities.
Tunbridge Wells Labour has helped run your Council since 2022. Our values and vision have shaped the second year of the three-party Borough Partnership and Labour currently has two Cabinet members for areas which are Labour’s top priorities.
I have Housing and Planning and Jayne Sharratt has Carbon Reduction and Sustainability. All of our seven Borough Councillors are working hard for their communities and are active members of the Council.
We must tackle our major challenges now to secure a prosperous future for Tunbridge Wells. We are being held back by the chronic lack of affordable housing, low wages, high rents and traffic gridlock. We need to support our residents to be able to stay here while encouraging others to visit.
A vote for Labour is a vote for the only party that has the ambition and vision to change Tunbridge Wells for the better. By electing more Labour councillors working hard for their communities, alongside a future Labour government, we can deliver a fairer, greener and safer Tunbridge Wells.
Hugo Pound
Leader of the Labour Group, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, until 14 May 2024
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Tunbridge Wells Constituency

What we’ve helped to achieve so far

1 Cleared up the previous Tory financial mess, blocked the failed theatre project and achieved the first balanced budget in the last five years.
2 Delivered a second round of £100,000 Community Support Fund to help our most vulnerable residents hit by the cost-of-living crisis
3 Speeded up climate change action including a plan to protect our bio-diversity and reducing carbon emissions from our buildings and vehicles.
4 Progressed a new local plan that will provide much needed genuinely affordable and social housing across the Borough.
5 Purchased the leasehold of the Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells to revitalise our shops and provide leisure opportunities to revive our town centre.
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