A better place and environment

We want Stockton on Tees to be a borough where the environment makes a difference to people’s quality of life, drives green business growth and helps deliver social justice.

Continuing to regenerate the borough will provide better housing and give people more options to buy or rent affordable homes. We will improve standards in the private rented sector, tackling rogue landlords and nuisance tenants. We will develop housing where there is increased demand – for older people, single, and young people – and also family homes, as our population continues to grow.

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions alongside helping our powerhouse petrochemicals, process and other industries. Stockton can become a centre for attracting investment in new, low-carbon sectors, renewable energy, and other green-tech industries and jobs

Great parks and green spaces, highly-valued refuse and recycling services and innovative community energy solutions are also high on our list.

We will continue to focus council teams on tackling antisocial behaviour so people can live in safe and cohesive communities.

We pledge to:

• Continue weekly general refuse collections – as requested by a large number of residents – while improving recycling and sending less than 1% of household waste to landfill

• Focus our teams on areas suffering the most antisocial behavior, and work with residents and other agencies to intervene

• Continue to regenerate neighbourhoods across the borough including Victoria estate

• Bring 300 empty homes back into use

• Work with partners to build 2500+ new homes – including more than 500 affordable homes for local people – prioritising ‘brownfield’ sites and doing all we can to encourage developers to build on them

• Improve private rented housing; making landlords more accountable and work with public services, and improving living conditions for tenants

• Work with housing associations to provide more one bedroom accommodation and specialist Extra Care homes for older people

• Maintain the Safer Stockton Partnership and continue working closely with the Police to ensure Stockton remains the safest place in the Tees Valley

• Build a crematorium and memorial facilities so local peoples’ loved ones can be cremated in our Borough

• Work with partner agencies to build flood defences for communities affected by Lustrum Beck flooding and tidal flooding at the Clarences

• Improve our road networks including turning Myton Way in Ingleby Barwick into a dual carriageway

• Deliver our Green Vision

• Maintain our great parks – such as John Whitehead, Preston and Ropner – and green spaces, improve Littleboy Park in Thornaby, and involve local communities in developing and caring for these and our countryside parks

• Cut the Council’s own carbon emissions by a further 5% by the end of 2016 and 21% by 2020, including replacing street lights with low energy LED lighting – aiming to save £1.8 million per year and cut energy use

• Help reduce domestic and industrial carbon emissions across the borough

• Lead a council that delivers quality services, manages its finances well and provides real value for money