Trish Marsh is campaigning to be elected County Councillor for Leominster South ward in the by-election on March 23rd caused by the recent death of Peter McCaull. What would she want to do as a Councillor?
Support a thriving town centre
The Conservative council intends to sell part of Broad Street car park for retail. Green councillors have raised residents’ and traders’ concerns and insist Herefordshire Council must first evaluate impact. The council is forcing Leominster to expand massively in coming years, so adequate parking space and a vibrant town centre are crucial issues.
Provide infrastructure before the town expands
The council gave Leominster no choice on planned town expansion of more than 2,300 houses yet it has so far failed to agree that a new road should be built first. The Greens are no fans of new roads but say bluntly our town cannot cope with a ring of new estates without improved infrastructure.
Safeguard Leominster’s green spaces
Support a tougher stance on planning. Prioritise new development on Barons Cross Camp, long earmarked for housing, rather than allow piecemeal development on valued green spaces in residential areas (such as the land at Westcroft).
A fairer share of resources for Leominster
A spending spree goes on in Hereford (such as a £27 million new link road across the city) – while the council fails to fix pot-holes in Ryelands Road and Ivington Lane! The council economic plan focuses only on Hereford – it should be replaced by a proper county plan.
Crackdown on dog fouling
Reverse the cuts to services which have resulted in more muck in the streets due to the lack of council enforcement.
Clean up our polluted river
The River Lugg is suffering high-risk levels of phosphates and other pollutants. Herefordshire Council has a statutory duty, with other agencies, to protect the river.