12:00PM, Thursday 23 April 2015
Earlier this month, we contacted candidates standing for the Windsor parliamentary seat and asked them to give their pre-election views and outline the key issues they will be fighting for should they be elected.
Read what they had to say below.
Adam Afriyie, Conservative
It's been a privilege to represent the Windsor constituency over the last 10 years.
If re-elected, my top priority will be to continue my 10-year campaign against Heathrow expansion or any increase in flights which will expose residents to higher levels of aircraft noise.
As a resident of Old Windsor I am acutely aware that flooding is a worry to many residents. Phase one of the River Thames Scheme is underway and if re-elected, I’ll continue to speak on behalf of those at risk.
Anti-social behaviour remains a key issue. Having already opposed supermarket plans to sell alcohol late at night, I’d like to see an increased presence of community wardens and volunteers to deter disturbances.
The Windsor constituency is a beautiful part of the country. We must do what we can to conserve it for future generations so I will continue to attend local meetings, write to the local authority, ask parliamentary questions and campaign with local councillors against overdevelopment.
Wisdom Da Costa, Independent
The people in our Windsor constituency suffer unfairly from damaging aircraft noise on easterly operations. I will continue to support Heathrow to implement ‘works’ to achieve full runway alternation on its existing two runways.
Heathrow seems to show no concern for the dangerous effects extra runways will have on our traffic, our town planning, our green spaces, congestion, pollution, or the health of those around Heathrow.
Heathrow will not close, so I would quickly expand Gatwick.
-The greenbelt is under threat. We need to protect it.
-Current planning and licensing rules give local authorities little scope to manage the development of our towns. We should re-introduce community sensitive planning and licensing clauses.
-Local authorities need to produce holistic town plans to provide for appropriate open spaces and civic amenities.
-Tighter regulations on fracking are needed.
Fiona Dent, Labour
Windsor constituency is a fabulous mix of communities with a lot going for it but it still needs a hard-working, local MP to fight its corner. The quality of life could be so much better for local people if there were some real work done to tackle the negatives.
Local state schools are over subscribed and underfunded. Air quality is appalling due to slow moving, heavy traffic, aeroplane fumes and the Colnbrook incinerator.
Waiting lists for GP appointments have lengthened to two weeks. Serious threats to our wellbeing include having the highest number and percentage of properties in the country that are at high risk of flooding. Commuting by bus or train is a nightmare.
These are all issues that I have already campaigned on and would pursue in Parliament if elected as your MP.
Your vote would be a clear message that we must stop the break-up and privatisation of the NHS. It will also COUNT across the country, as the actual total number of votes, not just numbers of seats, for Labour will be a deciding factor in a close-run election.
George Fussey, Liberal Democrats
It is obvious to me that a third runway at Heathrow is environmentally unsustainable.
It is the biggest threat we face as a community.
With about 50% more flights planned (up to 740,000 per year from the current 480,000) it is inevitable that flight paths will fill our already overcrowded skies.
Once we have endured the disruption of six years of construction, we will then suffer the sheer nuisance of daily flight noise, as well as all the air pollution and congestion caused by traffic to an enlarged Heathrow.
This will make our lives in Windsor increasingly intolerable.
Unlike the other main parties, Liberal Democrats are unequivocally opposed, nationally and locally, to additional runways being built on environmental grounds.
Another vital threat to Windsor is flooding. We need to put all our weight behind the Environment Agency and its River Thames Scheme to develop a viable flood risk management strategy as soon as possible.
Tariq Malik, UKIP
There are a number of issues we will be fighting hard on behalf of the residents of Windsor.
Aircraft noise and the expansion of Heathrow are key concerns for the people of Windsor.
Congestion remains a problem, Windsor is a successful town with the castle, Ascot Racecourse and Legoland being some of the most popular attractions in the UK – we want to ensure proper investment is put into the infrastructure to allow these attractions to continue to thrive without impacting on the local residents.
Parking in the town centre remains a problem and the council needs to look at bold options that will satisfy both the increased demand from shoppers and residents.
Finally, we want to see more proactive policing in the area – the policing strategy needs to focus on anti-social behaviour and zero tolerance on pretty crime – instead of policing by speed camera.
Derek Wall, Green
Our economy is too unequal, too reliant on the banking sector and failing to meet real needs. The 2008 financial crisis meant tax payers bailing out banks, voters know we still haven’t sorted this out.
Many of us are angry about changing flight paths and the expansion of Heathrow will make our lives worse.
As a commuter I and other local voters face a poor rail service and some of the most expensive fares in the world. Bringing in private corporations to run the NHS will mean the same monopolistic expensive and poor service for health care as we have with trains.
The Green Party will renationalise rail and cut fares, defend the NHS and pay for services by targeting avoidance and making those who are millionaires pay more tax.
We will get serious about climate change, stopping Heathrow expansion, funding renewables and energy saving.
We need to build affordable homes. Above all, we will make sure the poorest and most vulnerable are protected.
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