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  • Article: Aug 13, 2022
    In www.southend.gov.uk

    Group shot of people in High vis and hard hats standing outside the LaunchpadOur Councillors have seen the great progress being made at The Launchpad, a project led and funded by Southend City Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership which is now nearing completion.

    The Launchpad sits at the entrance to Airport Business Park Southend (ABPS), and will champion real innovation in the area for start-ups and SME's, and provide a facility where businesses based there can support each other and share knowledge and creativity. Three storeys in height, it will contain a mix of offices, workshops, research facilities and break out spaces, along with a café and seminar space. The building has been designed to achieve an 'Outstanding' grade of the BREEAM environmental standard and will be highly energy efficient to contribute towards the Government's net zero targets from sustainable construction. The site also includes a secure cycle store and shower facilities.

    Cllr Paul Collins, cabinet member for asset management and inward investment visited the site earlier this week alongside the leader and deputy leader of the council and fellow councillors from Rochford District Council. Cllr Collins, says: "I was delighted to see the excellent progress being made on this landmark building. The LaunchPad is a vital piece in the jigsaw for Airport Business Park Southend - an ongoing success story that is helping to create local jobs for local people and drive economic growth. As the name suggests, this is a truly important investment in our future local businesses, to set them on their way to success.

    "With the current cost of living crisis that the country is facing, it has never been more important to help create local jobs, and I am very pleased to see so much positive progress on site and opportunities being provided for entrepreneurs, for local businesses to expand and for new businesses to invest. I cannot wait to see it open later this year."

    Cllr Danielle Belton, Portfolio Holder for Climate and Economy at Rochford District Council said "Our thanks to colleagues at Southend on Sea City Council and the Morgan Sindall group on what appears to be a successful project and well run site. I look forward to completion and seeing the vast spaces filled with vibrant and exciting new businesses to benefit our local economy."

    ABPS is a vital £150m project that is already driving opportunity, prosperity and economic growth of Southend-on-Sea, Rochford and the wider region. It is creating more local employment, and providing opportunities for local business to expand and new ones to invest. ABPS is already home to IPECO Holdings' 124,000 sq ft unit, a Costa Coffee, and the relocated Westcliff Rugby Club. The Quad is also underway, delivering flexible industrial/warehouse units finished to a shell finish for occupiers to complete their own fitout works. The offices are finished to a category A standard.

    Find out more about the South East Local Enterprise Parnertship.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    Serving on a committee is one of many great ways you can support the Party, and we are always keen to encourage new talent. The Party website has lots of information in the internal-elections hub.

    We have upcoming Federal elections for:

  • rabbit on path
    Article: Aug 12, 2022

    A family-friendly interactive app has been launched as part of a project to help transform Chelmsford residents' relationship with The Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve - known locally as the Bunny Walks.

    The app (from the Lib Dem-led Chelmsford City Council) is part of a Safer Streets programme for the area, made possible through funding the Council obtained from the Government. It will engage with families using quizzes, interesting facts about the history, flora and fauna of the reserve and help residents feel more confident when they're walking or cycling through the area.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    With our Brighton conference approaching (agenda and registration here), I've recently written the latest report back to conference on the Board's work. Here is a slightly expanded and updated version of that report.

    The next general election

    With a new Conservative Party leader nearly upon us, the range of plausible dates for the general election is wide open. As it now may well be much sooner than seemed likely at the time of our last conference, the Federal Board has been reviewing our general election plans.

  • Hilde Hendrickx and Jake Sampson at Newnham Allotments
    Article: Aug 12, 2022

    During National Allotments Week, Newnham Liberal Democrat Councillors Hilde Hendrickx and Jake Sampson speak about the importance of the natural environment and green spaces across the Borough.

    Councillor Sampson said "I love walking my dogs through Newnham Allotments. It's fantastic to see all the little plots so full of life with a huge variety of plants and food being grown. Green spaces like this are so beneficial for the environment and our own mental health."

  • Bedford Borough Council
    Article: Aug 12, 2022

    The Annual Canvass of households, to update the Electoral Register, is now live. Each year we have to, by law, find out who is eligible to register to vote.

    Communications (via email, letter or form) were sent, in stages, to all residential properties in Bedford Borough from 21st July 2022. You can respond by internet or by phone. If these options are not accessible to you, the response can be posted back. If you have received a form, please do not return it if you have responded using one of the digital methods, as we only need one response.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson
    Article: Aug 11, 2022

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has reassured residents that vital frontline services will continue to be protected despite years of government grant cuts and with the country facing a cost of living crisis. Unlike many other councils who have had to stop some of their services, Mayor Dave has ensured that bins have been regularly collected, no libraries have closed and no Children's Centres shut down.

  • The John Bunyan Boat
    Article: Aug 11, 2022

    This week is Afternoon Tea Week, did you know afternoon tea was 'invented' by the Duchess of Bedford.

    Anna Maria, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with inventing the English custom of afternoon tea around 1840. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o'clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

  • Blue Green Algae (Bedford Borough Council)
    Article: Aug 10, 2022

    Bedford Borough Council has issued a warning to residents and visitors over growing concerns about blue-green algae blooms that are appearing on areas of the lakes at Priory Country Park and some of the Borough's watercourses.

    Blue-green algae naturally occur on inland waters such as rivers and lakes, estuaries and in the sea. It plays an important role in freshwater and marine biodiversity but excessive amounts can result in the forming of blooms.

  • Scrap the price rise
    Article: Aug 10, 2022

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to spare families from soaring energy bills by cancelling October's price cap increase, accusing the Conservatives of "stalling in the face of a national emergency".

    The bold plan would save a typical household in Bedford Borough around £1,700 a year. The 70% increase in the energy price cap expected to be announced by Ofgem later this month would be cancelled, with the Government instead paying the shortfall to energy suppliers so that they can afford to supply customers at the current rates.