Opposing politicians went head to head in a pre-election debate in front of an audience this week.
The first hustings meeting for this year’s local elections facilitated by Loughton and Great Holm Parish Council, was held on Wednesday, April 23, at the National Badminton Centre, Loughton Lodge, and was attended by over 50 local residents.
A wide variety of questions were asked ranging from parking, school expansion, health facilities, the condition of the redways, pot holes, maintaining the open green spaces, the lack of affordable housing, education and skills training, and attracting more employers into Milton Keynes.
The panel consisted of Councillor Andrew Geary (Leader of the Council and Conservative Group), Councillor Peter Marland Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Robin Bradburn of the Liberal Democrat Group and Mr Ronen Ghose of the UK Independence Party.
Each panel member was asked to speak on what their programme would be, if their political group were to form the next administration, after the local elections are held on Thursday, May 22.
The chairman of the parish council Councillor Peter Todd, who chaired the lively session, said: ”This was the first hustings meeting arranged by the parish council, which formed part of the annual parish meeting. Past meetings had very little attendance and it was thought that this format would encourage more local residents to come along and take part. It was a very successful event and I would like to thank the panel members and residents for taking the time to come along.”