We want our council back, voters tell Roland

Residents are telling Rawdon Parish Council candidate Roland Gilmore they want their district council back, to put local services under more local control.

Roland, who is standing for the Yorkshire Party in the Greenacre ward, is hearing on the doorstep that people want to see the old Aireborough Urban District Council revived rather than remain under Leeds City Council.

“Some long-standing residents have been saying how services were much better then, than they are today,” said Roland after recent canvassing.

Roland Gilmore: continue to battle against greenbelt developments

He’s also finding strong support for a Park and Ride rail station serving Leeds Bradford Airport, rather than the current Leeds City Council plan for an expensive new access road.

“A station would provide many benefits; faster airport access and shorter journey times for flight passengers across the region; improve journeys to the airport for airport workers; provide commuters with a quick, convenient, and affordable way to get to Leeds; improve city air quality; reduce congestion and create jobs.

“By using two state-of-the-art hydrogen-fuelled trains (built in York), a five-to-six-train-an-hour shuttle service could give journey times of 10-12 minutes, compared with the current 45-55 minutes by taxi or bus. 

“Leeds Council and West Yorkshire Transport Authority propose new roads, across greenbelt land. We have just finished fighting Leeds Council to protect a large number of proposed housing developments on greenbelt. 

“Their rail proposal is not for a direct rail link but for a new station about 1,000 metres from the existing Horsforth station and a bus service from there, on a new section of road, to the airport. At present, there are just two trains an hour during normal hours.”

Among Roland’s pledges to electors is to continue the battle for much needed homes, on brownfield sites.

“Over the past three years I’ve supported the campaign against local greenbelt development but am in favour of starter homes, retirement homes, sheltered accommodation and social housing – but on brownfield sites only.

“New housing leads to increased population that needs more GPs, dentists, school places, improved transport and road maintenance. Currently, developers do not pay for these, we do.” he said.

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