There is a by-election for a seat on the Eden District Council in Penrith South on Thursday 5 September. Dave Knaggs has been selected as the Labour Party candidate to contest the seat and he will be up against candidates from Cumbria First, the Conservatives and an Independent. The Green Party and the Liberal Democrats have not be put up candidates.
The campaign will be organised around the Labour Party manifesto for the Eden District agreed for the recent election May 2019. An extract of key points are as follows:
- Initiate measures to create a cleaner greener Eden District to address issues of global warming and climate change
- Consult on the idea of a ‘tourist tax’ that will benefit the whole of the district.
- Campaign for Council contracts to go to local businesses and to end out-sourcing and to develop a community wealth-building strategy (similar to he Preston model https://youtu.be/iNQKaDYtmjs)
- Consult on an innovative plan to combat the decline of local retail outlets and high streets.
- Continue to oppose a Penrith Masterplan until it delivers direct benefits to the whole Eden District and oppose a flyover at the Kemplay roundabout on the A66
- Campaign for more social and affordable housing for local people.
- Bring workable solutions to issues of fly tipping, litter and dog fouling.
Our candidate has got the support of an ex-Councillor for the Liberal Democrats, Elissa Robinson and Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Copeland and County Councillor, Tony Lywood.
“I know Dave as a hardworking well-organised person who has great enthusiasm for supporting Penrith’s citizens and businesses in regenerating the town into a vibrant centre for the area.” Tony Lywood, Cumbria County Councillor & Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland
Dave is committed to working with others to address the issues and concerns of local residents in order to ensure that Penrith continues to be a great place to live and work for all age ranges. Elissa Robinson Ex-Liberal Democrat Councillor
In launching the campaign Dave commented, “I am currently a Penrith Town Councillor: I chair the Neighbourhood Planning Group and am a member of the Planning Committee, Community, Culture & Economic Growth Committee, Youth Advisory Group and the Plastic Clever working group. I am particularly interested in policies to ensure a ‘greener and cleaner’ environment, regeneration of our town centre, an arts & culture strategy, preserving our valued local services and involving young people in decision-making processes. I believe that Penrith is not yet all that it could be and I’m highly motivated in playing a role in unlocking the potential of the town and its residents.”