DP puts accent on children in local election manifesto
On Thursday 6 July, the liberal DP presented its framework manifesto for the local elections on 8 October.
The manifesto, titled “With heart and soul”, presents the priorities of the party as a whole, but every local section is free to add to these, explained Marc Ruppert, secretary general of the party and candidate in the capital.
Children a priority
One of the priorities is childcare and development. School infrastructure, better coordination with after school care and activities, improving playgrounds, and flexible opening times for childcare facilities are some of the points in the manifesto. The DP also wants more intergenerational programmes, like supporting contacts between youth centres and seniors’ groups.
Housing and urban development
The DP wants to ensure that there are enough green spaces in urban areas, and is in favour of more regional cooperation between smaller local councils, especially related to infrastructure and transport. It also wants to combat light and noise pollution in urban areas. The party wants to continue developing local industry and trade zones, and offer office space for startups in local zones of activity.
Strengthening Luxembourgish as the language of integration, mentoring projects for newly arrived residents or supporting small local councils to be able to offer more language classes are some of the points in the manifesto.
The DP wants to improve mobility especially in rural areas, and better connect towns and villages through public transport. It plans to test car pooling models, extend 30 km/h zones around schools and in residential areas, and introduce “kiss-and-ride” zones at schools.
It plans to extend the bike lanes network, the park-and-ride network, and residential parking.
The DP is in favour of decentralised infrastructures for homeless people and drug addicts to prevent stigmatisation. It also plans to employ more social workers. The DP wants to increase police presence in “problem areas” to combat drug trade and human trafficking. Some of the other policy proposals relate to crime prevention measures.