Parties submit pledges for borough council election

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THE GREEN Party and the English Democrats are fielding candidates in two wards at the borough council election on May 5.

The first ever green candidate in Erewash, Philip Hood, is standing in the Little Hallam ward in Ilkeston.

The Kensington School governor has pledged to call for a review of the council’s spending priorities to help young people and the most vulnerable.

He said that he is concerned about changes to education funding in the area as a result of schools’ decisions to convert to academies.

He supports plans to build a railway station in Ilkeston and opposes plans to mine in Cossall and Smalley.

Giles Farrand is standing for the English Democrats in the Hallam Fields ward.

He has pledged to look at ways to provide free parking on market days and provide a separate market selling only locally made produce.

The accountant wants to look at ways to help businesses settle in the borough rather than relocate to Nottingham.

He is advocating a points system for the allocation of housing to ensure local people are housed first.

Meanwhile, Erewash Borough Council has said it is well prepared for the May 5 elections, saying its election team is ‘working hard behind the scenes’.

Returning officer for Erewash and council chief executive Jeremy Jaroszek said: “There is a lot of hard work that goes into preparing for any election and in ensuring polling day itself goes smoothly, right through to the declaration of results.

“This year, Thursday May 5 is election day for the borough council, for parish councils in some areas and will see the UK’s first national referendum in 30 years.”