Reacting to the news that the R4U run Uttlesford District Council has delayed the publication of the first draft of the new Local Plan by six months, Cllr Melvin Caton , Leader of the Lib Dem and Green Alliance Group on the council said "The Local Plan timetable has always been very ambitious as it sought to meet government deadlines for completion by the end of 2023. Despite earlier promises from the R4U administration in recent months, when difficult decision had to be faced the timetable has certainly slipped.
Sadly, it has now been confirmed at least one person has died in the Redwood Grove explosion earlier today and a number of others have been taken to hospital.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said "My heart goes out to the family and friends of all those involved. I would like to thank Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Bedfordshire Police, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and everyone who has been helping residents."
Richard is the third new Liberal Democrat MP since the General Election, joining Helen Morgan who won North Shropshire in December and Sarah Green who won in nearby Chesham and Amersham last summer.
This May, the Liberal Democrats were the big winners, gaining 223 seats across the country in local elections - more than any other party.
People are voting Liberal Democrat because we listen. We hear your concerns and frustrations. And we stand up for our local communities, our values and fight for a fair deal.
The Liberal Democrats have a vision for a fairer, greener, more caring Britain. We back our NHS to ensure it stands the test of time. We fight for carers. We understand the importance of building a better society that works for everyone including future generations.
In Bedford Borough we have put these into practice:
The Longholme café on The Embankment celebrated it's 5th birthday with a brand new fleet of dragon style rowing boats.
The new fleet manufactured in replication by casting from the old boats have been lovingly hand crafted by a local fibre glass specialist team 'Tech 10 'based in Wilstead, Bedford. The new fleet has been in the planning since 2019 but with the previous seasons being disrupted by Covid-19 restrictions the project was delayed.
Liberal Democrats sign Dublin Diversity Declaration supporting greater LGBT+ representation in politics.
On 6 June at the recent ALDE Party Congress in Dublin,the Liberal Democrats, alongside 31 of their sister parties from across Europe, signed the Dublin Diversity Declaration, pledging their support and encouraging greater LGBT+ political representation at all levels of government.
Following on from the Platinum Jubilee, last weekend we saw the return of the Armed Forces Parade and entertainment in Harpur Square for the first time since the pandemic started.
This weekend, the Italian Festival will take place on Sunday with food and drink stalls from some of the Borough's excellent Italian restaurants and amazing entertainment. You can find out more, including timings at https://www.spectacularts.co.uk/latest-news/.
Liberal Democrats fight for residents at EWR meeting
This week Mayor Dave Hodgson and Rail Portfolio Holder Councillor Michael Headley met with the government's East West Rail Company representatives and expressed their outrage at the way residents in Bedford Borough have been treated. They also reaffirmed their strong opposition to six tracks north of Bedford and argued the merits of electrification from day one.
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