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Meet our County Council Candidates David Busby: Belstead Brook

April 7, 2021 9:02 AM

iop0Better Planning …..Joined-up Thinking

Whether you are travelling by car, cycle or foot how many times do you complain about the state of the surface, the signs and the hedgerows. It can be an
expensive journey if your tyres or wheels are damaged. Cycle routes are incomplete and are often dangerous.

Money (that we don't have) could be thrown at the problem but it is often more a case of working more efficiently. When roadworks are undertaken, signs could be
cleaned, litter picked and pathways re-established. We shouldn't be seeing workers sitting in their lorries waiting for the work to be completed so that they can collect the
traffic signals.

More worrying is the volume of new housing being targeted to villages surrounding Ipswich. Many thousands of houses but with no plans to improve the infrastructure. If it can't cope with the current volumes how will it fare with all of the additional traffic?

Planning needs to be more inclusive and designed with an understanding of existing problems. We can build more schools, more surgeries but what about roads?
Villages understand these problems best and should play a more significant role in the next Local Plan.

Education needs a purpose - Training is essential

CoVid19 is going to shine a spotlight on our failure to provide school and university leavers with the skills necessary for them to form a career. Isn't it almost criminal that we have the created the situation where students struggle to find work at the same time that employers can't find suitable candidates?

The education system is totally geared towards getting students to university, but the vast majority don't go there and consequently start their working lives feeling failures.
We will encourage a much greater connection between schools and employers. We must help our children to aim higher and achieve more. Currently many face a life of being on minimum wage.

David's Record of Action