Cheltenham’s Conservative MP hopeful has set out his stall for the town’s businesses. With less than 70 days until Cheltonians go to the polls, Alex Chalk has chosen to launch his own business manifesto, outlining what he would do differently from the Lib Dems to support local entrepreneurs.
His manifesto has four key themes – the cost of parking, the burden of business rates, the town’s infrastructure and the state of our high streets. Mr Chalk’s promises include pressing the Borough Council to introduce cheaper parking after 4pm, pushing for greater business rate relief for small businesses and sprucing up ‘grot spots’ in the town centre. He also wants pressure to be put on broadband companies to be ‘transparent’ about why parts of town are missing out on fast broadband.
On the eve of the launch, the Conservative candidate visited Marinades Caribbean restaurant on the High Street. He said ‘‘I am determined to stand up for Cheltenham’s small businesses. Independent traders like Marinades are the lifeblood of our town, but we need to support them. I believe our businesses are getting a rough deal as a result of the Lib Dems’ shortsighted policies, such as their refusal to lower parking charges, or foot-dragging on key infrastructure projects like the A417 Missing Link.’’
‘‘That’s why I have outlined my own manifesto, making clear what I would do if elected to revitalise our town centre. I have also launched a survey where people can offer their views on my proposals. You can respond by clicking HERE.''
To read Alex's Business Manifesto in full, click HERE.