Monday, 23 April 2007
The Abbeygate LibDem Leaflet
I have just cycled furiously to my remote PC to put right the statements I have just read. They are either uninformed, mistaken or intentionally misleading. Take your choice. Here is the truth, under their own headlines: Housing Crisis Are the LDs against 500 new houses a year in St Edmundsbury (NOT '10K in Bury St Edmunds')? Don't they know Conservatives have created about 500 affordable houses by finding £16M for this since 2003? Campaign Against Global Warming Exactly how will 'capital spending go on reducing carbon emissions in Bury St Edmunds'? Don't they know that the Conservatives' two big building programmes (Cattle Market venue and PSV) are very environmentally friendly? How Your Money is Spent Where do they get these figures from? Haven't they consulted our budget book? The venue was never going to cost £6M but £16M (a printing error both times?). Nor is it now costing us £20M but more like half that amount. Their PSV figures are equally wrong The building will not cost us £20M but more like £7.4M and the savings to us (amazingly quoted almost correctly) will allow breaking even in about 7 years not '63'. Local residents reject Cattle Market design - well, why not say only 5.8% of them did. Our Middle Schools were proposed to be 'scrapped' by LibDem Cllr Julia Truelove when the all party Policy Development group proposed the school review - not just a 'Tory proposal'. The Manor House Museum's situation has nothing to do with a World Heritage bid, because one has not been made. Don't they know that? The Town Council was not rejected by '4 to 1' in the parish poll but by 257 to 101 out of a possible 27,937 electors. Residents denied double glazing LD's seem not to understand about conservation. Don't they know that this policy only applies to a minority of homes in St Edmundsbury conservation areas? Don't they know that it has applied for many, many years? Don't they know that approximately 500,000 people use the cinema each year? Are they against that? Rule from Ipswich shows a complete misunderstanding of the pathfinder status. Perhaps if both the existing LibDem Borough Councillors had attended all the meetings held about this they would have a better understanding of the project.