Manifesto for the west

The UUP have launched a manifesto for the specific needs of the Constituencies in the west of Northern IrelandIt reads:

* Recognising the educational and social benefits of small schools – and opposing any hasty implementation of the Bain Report

* Extending NHS Direct to Northern Ireland, and rolling out midwife-led maternity units – securing accessible health care and advice for families throughout the West

* Encouraging local government, communities and businesses in the West to prepare to work in partnership with the Executive to strategically invest an economic package – improving the infrastructure and competitiveness of Northern Ireland plc

* A Northern Ireland Renewable Energy Plan – stimulating environmental businesses in the West and providing new economic opportunity for rural enterprises

* Ensuring that the West is fully integrated into Northern Ireland’s public transport network – offering choice and access to communities across the West

* Realising the tourism potential of the West – marketing the Fermanagh Lakelands, the Sperrins and the Walled City as premier tourism locations

* Supporting the EverybodyOnline initiative to increase internet usage and access in the West – overcoming the digital divide for the benefit of communities and businesses

* A balanced rural planning policy – protecting the countryside from random development while allowing for sustainable development of rural communities

* A Sustainable Rural Communities White Paper – developing an agenda for the Executive to support the rural way of life

* Implementation of the Report of the Interim Victim’s Commissioner – ensuring that the needs of victims are met and their voices heard