Council Tax will be frozen again next year – if the Conservatives regain control of Hyndburn Council at the election on May 5. And Labour have vowed to consider reopening the bus station toilets if electors vote to give them control of the local authority.
Both pledges were made as the gloves came off in the battle for Accrington town hall.
The two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - are slugging it out in all 12 wards up for re-election.
With the council currently formally under no overall control but run by the Conservatives with the backing of one independent, any gains could decide the council’s power balance.
The Tories have attempted to land a pre-election blow by promising not to increase council taxes next year, for a third year in a row.
Conservative group leader Peter Britcliffe told the Observer: "We have found that people are saying it’s great that council tax is not increasing, so we have promised that we will definitely do it again if we are elected.
"We are warning that a return to Labour would mean a return to high council tax increases and car parking charges."
Other campaign issues announced by the Tories include continued regeneration of Accrington town centre, retaining area management councils and cheaper transport for college students and the elderly.
The Labour group is bidding to wrestle control of the town hall back after eight years in opposition.
Group leader Miles Parkinson has pledged to consider permanently reopening the Accrington bus station toilets.
He said: "Keeping council tax rises at zero per cent is a priority because inflation is now outstripping wages.
"We would also want to listen more to the traders in the Market Hall. It needs a proper discussion with the traders and not a top down approach."
Mr Parkinson is also personally standing for re-election in Altham, against Conservative Paul Todd.
The Labour group is also campaigning on refuse collection, housing and better enforcement of absentee landlords.
The current state of the parties is: Conservative 17, Labour 14, Independent 1, Independent in Hyndburn 3. The Tories are defending six wards, Labour three, Independent 1 and Independents in Hyndburn 2.
Independents in Hyndburn group leader Coun David Mason said: "People will be looking to vote in these council elections because of local issues like council tax and deprivation, but it really depends where you are and which ward you are in."
Netherton in Great Harwood, St Andrews in Oswaldtwistle and Peel and Spring Hill in Accrington will not elect new councillors this year.
Nearly 11,000 postal voting packs will also be dropped through letter boxes and postal voters are being urged to make their vote count and read the instructions carefully.
- Altham: Miles Parkinson (Lab), Paul Todd (Con);
- Barnfield: Paul Barton (Con), June Harrison (Lab), Tony Hindley (Ind);
- Baxenden: David Hartley (Lab), Kath Pratt (Con);
- Central: Bobby Anwar (UKIP), Mohammed Ayub (Lab), Razaq Hussain (Con);
- Church: John Broadley (Lab), Mohammed Hussain (Con);
- Clayton-le-Moors: Nick Collingridge (Ind in Hyndburn), Chris Fisher (Lab), Janet Storey (Con);
- Huncoat: Sam Cudworth (Lab), Jean Hurn (Con), Dave Parkins (Ind in Hyndburn);
- Immanuel: Judith Addison (Con), John McCormack (Lab);
- Milnshaw: Paul Cox (Lab), Roger Jepson (Con), Malcolm Pritchard (Ind), Christian Rayner (Ind);
- Overton: Roy Atkinson (Con), David Mason (Ind in Hyndburn), Gareth Molineux (Lab);
- Rishton: Clare Cleary (Lab), Stan Horne (Con);
- St Oswalds: Stewart Eaves (Lab), Brian Roberts (Con)