Labour's key aim is to take back control of the highways budget from Essex County Council ensuring that potholes are filled in, road and pavement repairs are done quicker, the street lights are switched back on and school crossing patrols are maintained.
We want to build a significant number of new council homes over the next few years for local families to ease the affordable housing crisis in Colchester. Labour has led the programme to build the first new council properties in the town for more than 20 years. These will be let to local tenants in 2015.
Anti-social behaviour must be tackled in a fair but robust way so that Colchester has a vibrant but safe night time economy.
We want to make Colchester an even more attractive tourist destination by highlighting and promoting its many assets.
I am standing as a Labour & Co-Operative Party candidate as I believe in the values of socialism and co-operation. We need more mutual businesses and social enterprises to create a fairer and more dynamic economy and society.
Mike Dale, Labour & Co-Operative Party candidate for Prettygate.