UKIP Bath and North East Somerset Branch campaigns within the parliamentary constituency of North East Somerset. This is a large and diverse agricultural and urban district, which prior to 1997 was known as Wansdyke.
If you live in Bathavon North, Bathavon South, Bathavon West, Chew Valley North, Chew Valley South, Clutton, Farmborough, High Littleton, Keynsham East, Keynsham North, Keynsham South, Mendip, Midsomer Norton North, Midsomer Norton Redfield, Paulton, Peasedown, Publow and Whitchurch, Radstock, Saltford, Timsbury or Westfield then you are in the North East Somerset constituency.
At a local level, UKIP is committed to work on behalf of people who live in the North East Somerset constituency and the wards contained within it.
UKIP Councillors are free from party whips and act on behalf of their constituents, not the party. People are justly worried about local issues such as crime, hospitals, schools, transport, population growth and the environment.
UKIP Bath & North East Somerset is working to increase UKIP’s representation on Bath & North East Somerset Council and to give local residents what they lack, such as control over their communities and more say in what happens in our towns, villages and streets. We want to bring back democracy to local decision making. We are honest about immigration, jobs and housing and we put local residents first.
In North East Somerset, UKIP councillors can offer an alternative to the local Tory and LibDem councillors who dominate our council and constantly vote along party lines. By voting in line with residents’ wishes and not following a party whip, our councillors can add an opposition voice and stand up for the community to propose fresh ideas. The current Tory council has been getting away with reducing local services and failing to deliver value for local residents. Their latest mass housing scheme will damage our rural constituency, destroy traditional Somerset villages like Whitchurch, and will spoil the way of life for many. UKIP believes that there is a population crisis not a housing crisis. By taking firm action to curb immigration there will no longer be a need for so many new houses across Bath & North East Somerset. Unfortunately, the Tory government is failing to meet its immigration reduction target and that is driving up the national population by around half a million people annually. That, coupled with a irresponsible housing policy means that our rural area is under threat like never before. Our sitting MP is a Conservative who toes the party line, meaning that if you oppose the new mass housing developments planned for North East Somerset, then you have no representation in Westminster.
North East Somerset is under threat from too much building on green belt land and if things go on as they are, Keynsham will soon join up with Whitchurch. UKIP believes the Green Belt must be protected in order to resist urban sprawl and preserve our quality of life. The most significant threat to the Green Belt, and the UK environment in general, especially in England, is unsustainable population growth. Developments should be restricted to brownfield sites and wasteland. Large-scale housing developments and transport schemes should be subject to binding local referendums to give residents real power.
Local people need suitable homes and jobs, such as affordable homes, bungalows and sheltered homes instead of huge new housing developments to meet external demand. Local people and service veterans must have priority for social housing. Young people need affordable homes to help them to live and work in the area they grew up in. The Council has not provided adequate infrastructure to cater for people moving into the area. In particular, our major North East Somerset towns and villages need school places, hospitals, GP surgeries and transport links to relieve pressure on services. There is poor internet access in some parts of North East Somerset, especially our rural villages. UKIP councillors strongly support the extension of the high speed fibre Broadband network to cover all parts of our area.
Commuter rail services are almost non-existent in North East Somerset. Even where they do exist, such as Keynsham, train services and station parking spaces are insufficient. UKIP is strong;y n favour of re-opening Saltford station and providing a new park and rail facility to the West of Bath. North East Somerset needs new and better roads to get the large volumes of out of area and airport traffic moving around rather than within our area. We oppose our council wasting money on cycle or bus lanes, bus gates and other vanity projects which are of no help to us in North East Somerset.
Road maintenance in North East Somerset is poor, (far below the standard in Bath). UKIP will campaign for repairs and improvements to our local roads. In particular we see road markings that are all too often worn out and, in some cases hardly visible; road signs are frequently damaged, unsightly, and go without repair for long periods and illuminated or reflective traffic bollards are frequently dirty and not performing as intended.
UKIP is concerned about the lack of expenditure on road safety projects across North East Somerset, particularly on the major roads such as the A37 where there is a health and safety risk from the increasingly large numbers of heavy goods vehicles that pass through the North East Somerset villages. There is a lack of protection for pedestrians in residential areas but the Tory council refuses to increase spending in North East Somerset, preferring to spend its money in Bath. UKIP would prioritise safety of local residents over and above the heavy goods vehicles passing though our area and would ensure sufficient financial resources are allocated to achieve this.
Shops and banks are closing and being replaced by coffee shops, salons and charity shops. Shops are finding it difficult, in part due to high business rates and our own council’s own policies (such as lack of free parking or the inappropriate one-way system in Keynsham). Our High Street and local shops need support so as to attract more business which would boost jobs and our local economy.
Council tax goes up, while services (such as waste collections) suffer cutbacks. UKIP councillors will work hard towards finding responsible ways to reduce Council Tax. Our local policy is to bring back weekly black bin collections, and we would cut council executives and managers, rather than public services, and spend money in North East Somerset first, rather than on Bath’s tourists.
We want to restore police officers on the beat and bring back front-line police officers and police stations to reduce the high crime rate.
We support the provision of quality local education, such as grammar schools, technical colleges and vocational apprenticeships.
UKIP will end subsidies for wind turbines and solar arrays. We will support renewable energy where it can deliver electricity at competitive prices.
We believe passionately in finding better ways to deliver local services while keeping tax as low as possible within an independent and prosperous nation. By voting UKIP in North East Somerset, you will get a conscientious, dedicated MP or Councillor who wants to make a difference.
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