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Vote for Robert Woodbridge - your local Lib Dem candidate for White Oak

January 29, 2017 1:32 PM
By Alan Bullion

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You have a golden opportunity to change White Oak for the better at the next Swanley town council by-election on Thursday March 2.

Your Liberal Democrat candidate, Robert Woodbridge, has lived with his family right at the heart of the White Oak community for many years.

Robert is well-respected for his hard work and dedication in helping local people with many issues, and highly experienced as a former councillor and council leader, as endorsed by several prominent former Swanley town mayors.

Barrie Wigg, who was Mayor of Swanley from 2005/2006, has endorsed Robert as follows:

"There are lots of problems in Swanley, which need to be tackled, and Robert Woodbridge is a man who is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. He is an extremely hard working man, who works tirelessly for his local community and is very familiar with council rules and regulations."

Conservative council follies

In contrast, since they took control of the Town Council, the Conservatives have systematically undermined Swanley through their sheer financial incompetence and mismanagement of what were once profitable local community assets such as the Woodlands and the Olympic, which they are now looking to sell off and build on to prevent further decline of their own making.

This latest by-election is a result of further resignations from fed-up Tory town councillors, following several defections such as the Mayor, his wife and others.

Only Robert Woodbridge is holding the ruling Tories to account for where the missing £800,000 has gone and for vital local facilities to be saved for all. The latest example is the losses from a contract awarded by the Tories to an outside contractor for Swanley Park.

It was also Conservative policy to build thousands of houses on fields at Archer Way, which has now fortunately been resoundingly defeated through community action.

Local Lib Dems campaigned vigorously for the defeat of Fleming's folly and welcome the victory. Questions remain however about who would have benefited financially from the proposed development.

We have instead identified several brownfield sites in Swanley that could be used for more affordable housing to avoid Green Belt use in the future.

Both the Tories and Labour have voted to increase your Swanley Town council tax at above the inflation rate this year.

Lacklustre Labour opposition

Voting Labour will also not help to improve matters for people on White Oak. They have been spectacularly lacklustre in opposition to Tory policy in Swanley both on the council and mega-housing development proposals, being much more preoccupied with loyally supporting the actions of their leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Momentum acolytes at national level, in the process alienating many of their former Swanley councillors and voters.

What is more surprising still is that Labour has selected a candidate from neighbouring Christchurch ward to stand in White Oak, Jackie Griffiths, who is now calling for another housing development on the Birchwood school site, against local wishes.

Remember, Labour was beaten into third place at the last White Oak by-election in October, which Robert missed taking from the Tories by just one vote. Voters are increasingly calling for positive change from the two tired old parties in Swanley by voting Liberal Democrat.

Please rest assured, Robert Woodbridge and his Lib Dem team will continue to vigorously oppose all Green Belt housing development proposals from the Tories and Labour across White Oak, both at Archer Way and Birchwood school.

Robert will not only listen, but will speak out and act on behalf of local people. Both the little and big things that need fixing in Swanley matter to him.