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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Town Hall at Christmas
    Article: Dec 8, 2017

    The regeneration project for the Cornhill will take a big step forward next Tuesday 12 th December when the Executive of Ipswich Borough Council are likely to give final approval to the scheme and appoint the main contractor. Work should start in the New Year but, in order to get it finished by the end of October, the total cost seems certain to rise. Clearly, after many missed deadlines on major projects in the past (Queen Street comes to mind) , no one wants the works to overrun and ruin Ch ristmas shopping for 2018. While the Labour Executive may raise the budget, some elements of the scheme may be cut with the "four arches" looking particularly vulnerable.

    Cllr. Oliver Holmes says:" It is vital to Ipswich retailers and shoppers that the works finish by the end of October and I want to make sure the contract with the builders contains suitable penalties if they finish late. I am also concerned that the market traders have still not been told what will happen to them either during the work or when it is finally finished. The market is a great asset to the Town."

    If anyone has concerns about the proposals, Cllrs. Oliver Holmes and Inga Lockington may be contacted via the "Contact Us" button at the top of this website.

  • David Oyewobi (Photo by Oliver Holmes)
    Article: Dec 7, 2017
    By Oliver Holmes

    How can the community help in the fightback against drugs gangs?

    Well, Councillors Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes have recently met an inspiring Ipswich resident who used to be involved with London gangs and has now turned his life around. David Oyewobi runs Community Interest Company OJB Ventures which aims to steer vulnerable young people into music projects instead of joining street gangs. He says: "I had to learn the hard way that it is really difficult to break out of gang membership once you are in. I use this experience to connect with kids and young people in a way they can relate to. You have to work really hard with every young person, but the fulfilment I get when they make a breakthrough is incredible."

  • Article: Dec 7, 2017

    The government has carried out impact assessments on policies ranging from songs from ice cream trucks to drain standards to the use of parody in comedy yet still hasn't produced any on Brexit, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

    This is quite literally beyond parody.

    These revelations come after David Davis yesterday admitted that the 58 Brexit impact assessments he claimed his department was working never existed.

  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017
    Article: Dec 7, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Old Town pub music no fun for residents

    Summer in the Old Town is enlivened by a succession of musical events at the pubs. But while visitors can listen, have an enjoyable time and then walk away, the residents of New Road and on the hill behind cannot.

    They are listening to it most of the day and into the late evening, sometimes on both days of the weekends. If two or more pubs have amplified music outside they seem to compete with each other and the noise gets worse.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2017
    By Mary Pitkin

    November's draw for the NEELD 100 club was held at The Robert Burre PH, Burrsville and was drawn by Laura behind the bar.

    The results are:

    Ticket Number Prize Name of Winner
    17 £25 Mary Pitkin
    24 £15 Helen Fontaine
    7 £10 Barrie Coker

    If you would like to join the 100 Club please contact Keith Pitkin by e-mail at kpitkinld@yahoo.com.

  • David Davis (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    After David Davis has been accused of misleading parliament, he must resign.

    David Davis needs to go. He has mislead parliament and under his leadership the Brexit department has turned incompetence into an art form.

    I am not one to call for ministerial resignations every two minutes and I've nothing against David Davis as a person but it is now clear he deceived MP. He is also writing the government's Brexit strategy on the back of a fag packet.

  • The government's
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    The Guardian reports online*:

    "The UK government has produced no economic forecasts on the likely impact of Brexit on various sectors of the economy, the Brexit secretary, David Davis, has told a committee of MPs who have attempted to examine the studies.

    "Answering questions from the Brexit select committee, Davis also said there had been no economic impact study undertaken before the cabinet decision to leave the EU customs union, and no assessment had been made of the possible economic effect of a no-deal Brexit.

    "'There's no systematic impact assessment,' Davis told the committee, which had summoned him to explain why it had not received more information from the studies following a House of Commons vote calling for their release."

    Article: Dec 6, 2017
    By Howard Gibeon in Kursaal Focus October 2017

    Traffic, and as a consequence, air pollution is increasing in Southend and particularly in Kursaal Ward.

    With cars, lorries and vans pumping out noxious gases while crawling through our streets, major concerns have been expressed over the impact on the health of local residents in Sutton Road, Queensway, Southchurch Road, Southchurch Avenue and the Seafront. The Council seems only interested in meeting minimum national standards and not establishing better provisions for our community.

  • AGM
    Article: Dec 6, 2017
    Felixstowe and Martlesham branch of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats have held their Annual General Meeting, and have elected their branch committee for 2018. Branch officers are as follows:
    Chair: Harry Dangerfield
    Vice Chair: Seamus Bennett
    Treasurer: Margaret Condick
    Secretary: Lee Reeves
    Membership Secretary:
    John Wiggill
  • Article: Dec 5, 2017
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    December is the month for planning Christmas gifts - Gifts to charities and Gifts to family and friends. What sort of gifts, I wonder, will the Local Councils give to the people of Bishop's Stortford?

    There is a suggestion that the Town Council might receive a considerable sum of money if it sells the Farnham Road allotment site to the County Council. If this does happen, what will it do with the money? I suggest that it could build some truly affordable Housing for the Town. That would be a fantastic Gift!