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14th April 2017

A Manifesto for Youth

Our manifesto published this week is packed full of pledges our SNP council team will promise to deliver if we gain control of Stirling Council in the May Election. The SNP Group are the only party that can deliver on all their pledges as we are the only party contesting enough seats to have a controlling say in the council.
Both Labour and Tory have not entered enough candidates to enable  them to honour their promises without reference to the other.

Our manifesto is a manifesto for ALL Stirling residents but we thought it would be good to highlight those pledges that particularly benefit the youth of the area.u

Remember on May 4th, make both votes SNP for a Council that can deliver for our Youth.

Education

•        We will work towards closing the attainment gap to create an equal chance of success for every young person.

•        We support the Pupil Equality Fund introduced by the SNP Scottish Government, which allows an additional £1.4 million to be spent on resources in primary and secondary schools to give every child in Scotland an equal chance.

Music Tuition retained

The SNP Group promise to maintain music tuition with no increase in fees.

•        We will maintain music tuition without increasing fees.

•       The SNP promise to continue providing music tuition for a vast range of musical instruments from Woodwind to Piano and Guitar to voice, whilst not increasing tuition fees.

Transport

Pot holed road in Stirling

Many of Stirling’s Roads are desperately in need of maintenance. Potholes and pitting like this are a particular hazard to cyclists and motorcyclists, many of whom are younger road users.

•        We will improve our roads, ensuring they are of a safer standard.

•        The Tory-Labour coalition has allowed Stirling’s roads to become the 7th worst in Scotland. The SNP are committed to investing in Stirling’s Roads to ensure improvements that will create safe, functioning networks across the Stirling Council area.

•        We will reinvest in public transport, ensuring that vital service cut by the coalition are restored.

•        The SNP pledge to work with transport providers and local communities to ensure that essential services that the Labour-Tory coalition cut are restored. We feel that this is particularly important in rural areas where some communities have been left without vital links. We plan to restore the B12 10:10 and 16:05 service between Stirling and Forth Endrick, in addition to catering to the requirement for improved east-to-west transport links. We also identify the need in rural communities for reliable, regular, cost efficient transport links and will strive to meet these needs.

The Peak Stirling

The SNP will not allow public services like Sport’s provision to fall in to private hands.

Public Services

•        We will keep our local services in public hands and not allow them to be privatised.

•        We will keep public sport and leisure facilities in public hands and not sell them to private corporations who pose a threat to the value for money services provided to the public through these providers.

Housing

•        The Stirling council area has faced a longstanding problem of a housing shortage. The Scottish Government is providing £3 billion to councils across to Scotland to build new and affordable homes. A Strong SNP administration speak up for Stirling to get a fair share, highlighting the need for new homes in areas of Stirling.

•        The SNP welcomes the fact that the private renting sector in Stirling is growing. However, we will fight to ensure that tenants are not exploited by landlords who fail to look after them or indeed the quality of the buildings and gardens. An SNP administration will expect the highest standards, and will establish a local landlord/tenant forum to ensure are at the heart of private renting.

A 4G Base Station

Services like 4G and Fast Broadband are essential if Stirling is to have a modern Economy

Economy

•        We will embrace the Regional City Deal and the opportunities to develop infrastructure it brings in addition to working with communities to determine how they can best benefit from the growth opportunity.

•        Stirling can benefit from over £600 million of investment to improve local infrastructure. The deal will enable a growth in successful local businesses which will create jobs across Stirling and strengthen the local economy, meaning an increase in local government revenue that we can invest back into improving the Stirling area.

•        The SNP pledge to work with local communities across the council to come to an agreement on how the local economic growth can best be achieved, whilst providing vital services to residents.

Stirling has a large rural area

An SNP Council Administration will help to achieve Stirling’s Green Targets

Environment & Planning

•        A strong SNP administration will tackle climate change by setting ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions in Stirling, working to ensure a clean and sustainable Stirling for future generations.

•        We realise that Earth’s fossil fuel supplies will diminish over time and will therefore continue to support Renewable energy, which will play an increasingly vital role in Scotland’s energy plan. We will work to support the expansion of community and locally owned renewable energy projects, such as small scale hydro schemes and wind farms, allowing the renewable energy sector to flourish and provide high quality and sustainable heat and electricity in Stirling.

•        Play parks are a vital community service for people of all ages, providing a safe friendly environment for all members of the community and most notably play areas for children. However, the Labour-Tory coalition has cut funding to parks across Stirling. An SNP administration will take a different approach and instead invest over £900,000 to ensure parks are properly funded and kept to the highest standard ensuring safe, enjoyable environments for communities.

First bus in Stirling

The SNP will work with transport providers  and communities to ensure that essential services cut by the Lab/Tory Coalition are restored.

Rural Areas

•        The SNP pledge to work with transport providers and local communities to ensure that essential services that the Labour-Tory coalition cut are restored. We feel that this is particularly important in rural areas where some communities have been left without vital links. We plan to restore the B12 10:10 and 16:05 service between Stirling and Forth Endrick, in addition to catering to the requirement for improved east-to-west transport links. We also identify the need in rural communities for reliable, regular, cost efficient transport links and will strive to meet these needs.

Both votes SNP for a council that can deliver