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  • EU Funded Electric Charging
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    The popularity of all-electric vehicles is growing all the time. When visiting Aylesbury last week to sound out the possibilities for upgrading his Nissan Leaf to a new 30 Kilowatt-hour capacity model, Nick Hollinghurst who has been driving an all-electric car since August 2015, was pleasantly surprised.

    The Brexit-induced fall in the value of the Pound has been partially off-set by a fall in costs as battery manufacture expands meaning little or no cost increase like-for-like. This has all been helped by an upsurge in demand for all-electric vehicles - and with good manufacturers' offers still around it has meant that a range-enhancing upgrade is affordable.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017
    • Peers debate Article 50 bill paving way for start of Brexit
    • Theresa May wants to invoke Article 50 - the formal two-year mechanism by which a state must leave the EU - by the end of March
    • Peers will seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Brexit process
    • Follow our live coverage of today's events
  • Cash
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Essex County Council Conservatives have voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:

    • address the Essex NHS and social care crisis by increasing funding for partnership working with the NHS and care providers
    • put more of the Highways budget under local control, to speed up the repair of local roads and deliver important safety schemes
    • invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
    • address Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres
  • Rickmansworth
    Article: Feb 18, 2017

    Welcome to 'Rickmansworth This Week e-news'

    Nearly 90 motorists per week are compensated by Highways Authorities for pothole damage to their cars. Last year this cost c £12m, average £650 per incident.

    The number of private renters made homeless since 2010 has trebled. Last year it was 18,820.……………………………………..

  • Article: Feb 18, 2017

    The scene of an accident just before Xmas outside John Lewis has been abandoned with no further work planned, even before any restoration work is done.

    LibDem councillor Malcolm Cowan reported the damage on 23 December. Loose parts that came off the vehicle that crashed were removed, but that is all. Now Malcolm has received a report saying nothing remains to be done - no repair of the broken cycle racks, no repair to the smashed paving, no removal of the temporary protective fencing. It is both potentially dangerous, as well as an eyesore. The report from HCC highways says:

  • Mione Goldspink
    Article: Feb 18, 2017
    By Mione Goldspink

    February 2017

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    There seems to be no end to all the different plans, consultations and schemes for Bishop's Stortford's Town Centre. The District Council employed some consultants to look at the Town Centre Planning Framework, and then the Town Council paid for another group of consultants to look, and to suggest some ways of attracting more visitors to the Town. Some of the suggestions would cost more money: £12,000 to create a Town Brand, £10,000 to promote hotel development, and £10,000 to improve access to the Flitch Way. I wonder if these would be good value for money?

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Councillor Carole Mulroney wants clarity on section 106 agreements
    Article: Feb 17, 2017

    There are no plans to close Leigh-on-Sea's Post Office, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Leigh, Carole Mulroney, reassured residents.

    Councillor Mulroney contacted the Post Office back in January to clarify their plans and stress the importance of providing a comprehensive service in the town.

    Contrary to claims made by Southend Labour Party at the weekend, the Post Office also confirmed to Councillor Mulroney today that there is no closure programme and a partnership arrangement is being explored. This may take some months but there is already interest and proposals will be put forward for public consultation.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.