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  • Cambridge Charge Up Leaf
    Article: Oct 4, 2015

    Hybrid vehicles, despite their complexity, are a good half-way house towards the goal of greener motoring - but all-electric vehicles are the full Monty.

    However one thing must be taken into account, there is no fossil fuel back up and van-based generators, such is claimed to be as provided by the AA under its EVRescue scheme are very few and far between. So electric motoring does mean more thoughtful motoring and a certain amount of forward planning is needed for a return journey to somewhere more than 45 miles away or to a destination more than 90 miles away.

  • Event: October 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS

    We return to Chuchill College, Cambridge for this year's regional conference. Speakers include Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, others to be announced shortly.

    Deadline for amendmets to motions is 10am Friday 9th October. The prliminary and final agenda can be found on http://eastlibdems.org.uk

  • The Former Porter Blacks Building on Bedford High Street, with Scaffolding
    Article: Oct 3, 2015

    The long-derelict former Porter Blacks building on the corner of Bedford's High Street and Dame Alice Street is among three more properties set to be transformed with help from the Council-led High Street regeneration scheme. The owners of the former Porter Blacks at 100 High Street, Sira Building and Development Limited, have formally accepted a grant offer from the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a partnership project to revitalise the High Street environment and to protect and promote its heritage. The grant funding will be used to help reinstate the grand shop front and ensure this important gateway property is once again occupied.

  • Bicester Chord First Train
    Article: Oct 2, 2015

    The first train on the line between Bicester and Oxford Parkway ran on 28 September 2015.

    In the early morning the first train passed across the new Bicester Chord which has been constructed to allow an alternative route between Oxford and London Marylebone via the Chiltern main Line.

    The test train continued on renewed track to Oxford Parkway Station. This marks the start of the month long period of driver training ahead of the reintroduction of passenger services on 26 October 2015.

  • Free school meals all primary schools
    Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Thousands of children across Norwich could lose their right to a free school meal under Conservative plans to review the scheme.

    Universal free school meals offer every infant child a healthy meal at lunchtime, which saves families more than £400 per child per year.

    Evidence shows where children have been given a free school dinner, their results improved compared to youngsters who didn't get one.

  • Bedford Bus Station Departure Hub
    Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Essex County Council will introduce a one-year trial of a special shuttle bus service from the Chelmer Valley Park & Ride to Broomfield Hospital. Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the move, for which they have argued for many years.

    Said Lib Dem Highways spokesperson Cllr. Stephen Robinson, "Many years ago we argued that the Park & Ride site should be further north, to make it easier to run buses into the hospital. We are delighted that at last something along these lines is happening."

  • Market Still Doing Well 1
    Article: Oct 1, 2015

    There was a lot of thought that went into the Tring Market move.

    There were at least two surveys, consultation with the traders and with the public. There were legal issues to take into consideration. Road safety had to be taken into account, provision of services, adequate parking and allowance made for the continuance of the bus services. Finally there was the need to sek permission from the Lord of the Manor.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2015
    By Cllr Malcolm Cowan

    After all the self-promoting press releases from Herts County Council over many years, finally an admission of failure, over the queues and early closing of Household Waste sites ('the tips').

    A report to a recent Resources and Performance Cabinet panel states: 'High levels of demand resulting in queuing at certain times and centres, with sites having to shut early or operate a reduced service. It appears that the reduction in opening days and hours may have exacerbated these issues at some of the busier centres, with a resulting increase in numbers of complaints'.

  • Chorleywood Garden Party 2015
    Article: Sep 30, 2015

    Held towards the end of August on a splendid summer's evening, Chorleywood Liberal Democrats gathered for a garden party at the home of Iona and John Copley in Blacketts Wood Drive to welcome new members to the local branch of West Herts Liberal Democrats.

    Since the General Election in May over 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats nationally and total membership has now hit 61,000.

  • Cllr James Wright and Cllr Caroline Ackroyd at the London refugee march
    Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Councillors in Norwich have voted unanimously in support of a motion about the current Syrian refugee crisis.

    Council resolved to:

    a) reaffirm its long held commitment to help shelter and protect refugees in Norwich;
    b) communicate a message of thanks to those Norwich residents who have responded to the crisis by offering and giving help and support to refugees;
    c) support citizen initiatives to help all refugees' resettlement and integration in local communities;
    d) ask cabinet to continue to :-

    i) work closely with the county council as the 'lead agency' and with other public, voluntary and private sector bodies;
    ii) participate in schemes to house refugees and work with the UK Border Agency to support people of all nationalities granted refuge in Norwich;

    e) call on the Government - in recognition of the need for long-term assistance - to fund support from national resources (without use of the international aid budget) for at least five years with a review after that time;
    f) call on both Norwich MPs and MEPs for the Eastern Region to support the suggested funding proposal; and
    g) ask group leaders to write to the Prime Minister asking him to recognise and respond positively to the refugee crisis in Europe.

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