Councils are won and lost through hard work, a consistent Conservative policy message, good campaigning, and good candidates. We must be so careful to avoid losing the mantle of the party of home ownership.
The evidence is clear to our residents everywhere they look – new flood alleviation schemes, new sports facilities, digital connectivity, and free bus travel over seasonal weekends.
Every summer, we face the intimidation, criminal damage, and economic costs. Then the environmental clean-up operations are required.
Newbury Town Council has shown how we can retain services and save money, by community collaboration. It is the triumph of the small state over the nanny state.
Despite our budget being cut, we have achieved bold reforms with libraries, children’s services, broadband roll out and business rates retention. We are open for business.