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  • HWRC
    Article: Jul 29, 2014

    Local residents have only until the end of this week (August 3rd) to make their views known on the county council's proposals to slash the opening hours at the local household waste sites.

    "It's a one-size-fits-all axe, whether for the main St Albans site in Ronson's Way or Waterdale or Harpenden - close each site for two days a week and only open at other times between 8 and 4.

  • gdp graph
    Article: Jul 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour's economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

    The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

    It comes as the IMF predicted Britain will be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014.

    Lib Dem Treasury Minister Danny Alexander has said it vindicated the party's decision to form the coalition in 2010.

    Commenting, Danny Alexander said: "Today we are passing a major milestone on the long road back to full recovery. There is still a long way to go but Britain has recovered the economic ground lost under Labour and is forging ahead.

    "The main reason that we stepped forward to form the coalition was to sort out Labour's economic mess and rebuild a stronger economy and a fairer society for the future.

    "By forming the coalition we gave the country a long term economic recovery plan based on Liberal Democrat values and policies and the stability to see it through.

    "Because we have taken the difficult decisions to stick to that plan we are now seeing strengthening growth and the creation of record numbers of jobs.

    "Growth and job creation, combined with rising business investment is the only way to deliver the higher living standards that the families of Britain deserve."

  • Bedford Bus Station July 2014
    Article: Jul 28, 2014

    The next stages of the multi-million pound project to create a new Bedford bus station are now underway.

    The regeneration project has already delivered a series of improvements in the bus station area, including the popular new surface car park, the refurbished and newly-clad multi storey, the brand new toilets and more. Now, a string of additional projects to regenerate the bus station area are underway, including construction of the bus station building itself.

  • Lib Dem councillors with protestors at William Hunter Way
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    The inaugural William Hunter Way Delivery Group meeting was held in public on Monday 14th July and with contributions, comments and concerns encouraged by Accord members. The Lib Dems on the group are Cllr Karen Chilvers, Cllr Philip Mynott and Cllr James Sapwell.

    The Accord's vision for the current car park site was set out as being one that is to be decided from the ground up. That means that no developers will be engaged or designs drawn, size agreed or commercial deals decided until AFTER the results of an extensive and thorough, multi-channel consultation with residents, resident groups and local traders have been properly reviewed, considered and acted upon.

    This is a refreshing approach from the new administration in comparison to the previous incumbents who had wasted money, procrastinated and ultimately let the original, controversial scheme fail.

    Also present at the meeting along with residents and councillors was the proposed project lead drafted in as expert, private sector assistance to ensure that any new proposal is handled professionally, efficiently and openly. Leadership and Management have been engaged by the Group to act on the council¹s behalf in delivering a development that people want and that Brentwood can be proud of.

  • Cllr David Kendall has asked for a freeze on car parking charges
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    The Brentwood Accord has agreed a three month trial period of night-time car park charges.

    The trial period would see the introduction of a flat rate charge of £2 for night-time parking between 7pm and 6am for Council owned car parks in Brentwood and Shenfield (excluding the multi-storey).

    Throughout this trial period, the Council will monitor any impact that may be created with on street parking and comments from residents and businesses will be fed back to the Business and Town Centre Committee on a regular basis. A full report on the outcome of the trial will be brought to the committee in February 2015.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell signs the Brentwood Accord (Cllr Karen Chilvers)
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Cllr Barry Aspinell talks about this week's press story:

    Brentwood residents have spent ten years beingTOLD what was going to happen so, it would seem, it's going to take time for them to get used to being ASKED what they want... and that can lead to the odd misquote in the press!

    Last week, in my press briefing, I mentioned the possibility of a new slip road into Brentwood servicing The Brentwood Centre. Something like this COULD alleviate the traffic congestion every time there is a popular event on there and this could mean that the area could be developed further to offer restaurants, retail or even as a place where we COULD have a cinema IF THIS IS WHAT RESIDENTS WANT!

  • Cllr Vicky Davies, Mayor of Brentwood
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Did you know you can ask questions of councillors at full council?

    Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Vicky Davies, says:

    "I welcome residents questions at Full Council as we are an open and democratic council."


    How it works:

    Fifteen minutes are set aside at ordinary council, shortly after the start of the meeting, to answer questions from the public. Meetings start at 7pm, in the Council Chamber.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Lib Dem Chair of the Community Committee Cllr Karen Chilvers has ensured that, in future, residents of Warley and Brentwood South will be consulted on matters in and around King George's Park.

    She said:

    "It's fair to say that 92% of King George's Park is in Warley, but it's not fair that that means that the 8% of the park that falls in to Brentwood South does not get consulted on park matters....and what's worse is that this is where the main residential parts are!

  • Cllr Garrick Stevens at the Busy Kingshill Junction
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    In a letter to the Editor of the Berkhamsted Gazette Liberal Democrat Berkhamsted Town Councillor Garrick Stevens has outlined the plans that he and fellow Town Councillor Danny Bonnett have put forward to Berkhamsted Town Council.

    He writes:

    Dear Sir

    Your report [Gazette 9th July 2013] of the Town Council's meeting that discussed the proposal to partner the County Council to fund the planned lights controlled crossing at the junction of Kings Road and Shootersway was somewhat misleading. I'd like to set the record straight.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

    Speaking in an interview for the Sunday Times, Nick Clegg said: "If Russia doesn't change tack on Ukraine, I'm not sure why the World Cup in Russia should go ahead in a rogue state".

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