MANIFESTOS were launched for the district elections this week.
The Conservatives, who currently hold the majority, are pledging to keep council tax at its current level, help create at least 500 new jobs a year and ensure a significant number of affordable houses are built.
They are aiming to tackle traffic congestion, investigate ways of introducing links to Birmingham Airport and roll out wi-fi across the district.
In their manifesto, they have pledged to increase the number of safe cycle routes, assess the viability of the ‘Boris bike’ model and evaluate ways of making the town centre more pedestrian-friendly.
The group are also looking to partner with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to identify a site for a museum dedicated to Shakespeare.
The Lib Dems, who currently hold 12 seats on the council, are hoping to establish an up-to-date local planning policy.
They are also making the protection of front-line services a priority by sharing resources between councils and introducing a form of unitary authority in Warwickshire.
The party is keen to provide more affordable housing and will look to ensure the district meets renewable energy targets.
Labour currently has only one representative on the authority in Jeff Kenner, but the party will be contesting all 36 seats in the upcoming election.
If elected, they say councillors will look to get a Core Strategy in place and tackle traffic congestion in Stratford by backing a relief road and a new river crossing over the Avon.
The party also say they will provide help for private renters, start building council homes, improve the quality of local services, combat poverty and open up decision-making on the council.
Members of the Conservative party at their manifesto launch. 15.015.011.strat.jm1
Labour launch their manifesto. (s)