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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Ringway Fail
    Article: Nov 20, 2017

    Malcolm Cowan, LibDem councillor is furious with a response from the county council's highways service. He reported an upturned drain in Heather Rd WGC. The response he got was:

    This is an update to the highway fault reported on 06/11/2017 2:20 PM
    The reference number is: 201013199114
    Fault type: Road and cycle lane
    Location:: Heather Road, Welwyn Garden City
    We have inspected this location and the necessary works have been carried out. No further action is planned.
  • Neighbourhood Plan
    Article: Nov 19, 2017

    On 7th December 2017, residents of the parish of Melton will be invited to vote on their Neighbourhood Plan, being asked the question:

    "Do you want Suffolk Coastal District Council to use

    the neighbourhood plan for Melton

    to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

    If you live in the parish, make sure that you vote -- either by post (if you have a postal vote) or in person at the Burness Parish Rooms. Why is it important to take part in this exercise of local democracy? Because the neighbourhood plan really matters.

  • Baroness Joan Walmsley (3 of 3) 161117
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    On Wednesday 15th November 15th, the Hemel Hempstead Branch of the Liberal Democrats was delighted and privileged to host a talk delivered by Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Joan Walmsley. Baroness Walmsley is deputy leader of the 100-strong Lib Dem Peers in the Lords.

    Many councils, the Baroness pointed out, can no longer even provide their basic statutory duty; the result, amongst many others, is the glaring and calamitous growth in inequality. As a Liberal Democrat, Baroness Walmsley spoke passionately about the importance of empowering the individual and the local community to decide on many aspects of their local provision. In contrast to the Tories, who have been systematically disempowering local councils by centralizing powers and cutting budgets, Lib Dems want councils to have more authority over deciding what the local community needs.

  • Nascot Lawn Entrance
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    Yesterday the Herts Valleys CCG made the appalling announcement that they had confirmed their previous decision to withdraw their £600,000 annual support for Nascot Lawn children's respite care home. Cynically they claim their decision was taken because the County Council had failed to engage with them in looking for a workable way forward, when it has been their failure to engage from the outset that has caused this dreadful situation to occur.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2017

    Tantamount to admitting that her priority has been on her career, in a recent article in the Braintree and Witham Times, Priti Patel offered to turn her focus to her constituency. After her embarrassing departure from the Government, her statement has been met by skepticism and mistrust from many of its readers online.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2017

    Letter to Welwyn Hatfield Times

    12/11/2017

    Dear Sir

    If buses often come long in twos, so it seems do U-turns by our local council. So just days after the welcome U-turn on allowing food waste into the brown bins - where was the justification for banning it, and where is the justification for suddenly changing once the £35 subscriptions were banked, comes another far less welcome, this time on the WGC Estate Management Scheme (EMS). A scheme to help preserve the uniqueness of WGC and stop it being slowly turned into yet another town but increasingly difficult to use.

    For years the council has complained about the complexity of EMS and the difficulties of enforcing even-handedly between leaseholders and freeholders. Finally they brought forward plans to replace almost all of the scheme by changing the planning rules, giving us a simple transparent way to help protect the design of the town and equality of enforcement. Everyone was signed up - all 3 political parties, the council's staff, outside heritage bodies. All systems should have been go. Many of us were even hoping it would open the door to make the protected area boundaries more sensible.

    But then months of delay, as usual unexplained. Then bombshell, not only is the council sticking with the current EMS, it introduces charges for applications, so in many cases, you will pay twice, once for planning permission, once for EMS permission. Did someone say another stealth tax?

    To add insult to injury, WGC councillors representing the areas affected were not consulted, nor the ones who had worked to come up with a better alternative. Just 4 cabinet members were needed to push it through last week, none representing WGC. No prior notice, no debate. And it would seem no budget to publicise and explain the scheme to residents. You really couldn't make it up. Don't the Tories realise what a jewel they have here in WGC and how easily it can be destroyed?

    Yours sincerely

    Malcolm Cowan

    LibDem councillor, Peartree ward

  • Broomhill Pool
    Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Fusion Leisure have been granted planning permission for the renovation of the Broomhill Swimming Pool following a meeting of the Ipswich BC planning committee today. The art deco lido was a much loved leisure feature in the town but closed to the public over 15 years ago.

    Cllrs. Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes have been monitoring progress on the plans for some time. As a Borough and County Councillor , Inga has for many years supported the Broomhill Pool Trust who have worked tirelessly to bring back outdoor swimming to Ipswich.

  • Liberal History Journal
    Article: Nov 15, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have many special-interest groups, one of which is the Liberal Democrat History Group, which organises events and discussion meetings and publishes material of interest in this area. They produce a quarterly journal, the Journal of Liberal History, of which the current edition is the 96th issue. The Autumn 2017 issue contains (amongst other things) articles on:

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, today set out the Liberal Democrat approach to the Budget. The full text is below.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it is one of my responsibilities to give a serious Lib Dem analysis of the economics around the Budget, and to present an alternative.

    I have recently been returned to Parliament from exile.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.