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  • Article: Nov 15, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Leader in Herts County Council, Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has hit out a County Council press release that claimed County Council tax would have gone up £650 or 34%.

    In a stinging attack on the official press release he called it "Trump-like fake news."

    "It simply isn't true. The County part of the Council Tax couldn't possibly have gone up by that much, as the council tax increases have been capped. The savings (or in many cases cuts) are largely due to the necessity forced on all councils by Government." said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Liberal Democrats today opposed the recommendation to approve the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

    Barbara Gibson, Opposition Spokesperson for Community Safety, explained: "Whilst we are highly supportive of the Fire Service and have strong confidence that the appropriate risk analysis has been done, the draft IRMP document itself is lacking key information. Without that information it is not possible to assess the proposals in the IRMP.

    "Missing information includes community risk profiles based on current and projected demographics and growth, analysis of gaps in the service's capability to deal with the risks, station profiles, details of current staff and equipment levels, and risks of reductions. We were particularly concerned at the lack of information on the current workforce levels and how the service is impacted by its ageing workforce".

    "We were disappointed that the Conservatives on the Community Safety and Waste Management Cabinet Panel voted to approve the draft plan as presented, without recommending the missing components be included. This is an Inadequate Risk Management Plan, and the consultation will be less than effective as a result. We urge the Cabinet and Council to go back to the drawing board and present an IRMP that is fit for purpose."

  • Luton DART Map
    Article: Oct 30, 2018

    Construction work began on the confusingly named "Luton DART" this May. "DART" stands for Direct Air-Rail Transit but also refers to the Dublin Area Rapid Transit rail route from Bray to Malahide and Howth through Dublin - a line that is well familiar to Luton's 20,000 Irish residents (over 6% of the population).

    The 2.1 km route will run from the new Bartlett Square development adjacent to the existing rail station to the Luton Airport Terminal with a journey time which will be "less than four minutes".

    The transport link will run 24 hours a day and and will be a fully automated double shuttle sytem driven by cable. It will be supplied by Doppelmayr Cable Car, part of the Austro-Swiss Group, Doppelmayr Garaventa, based in Wolfurt, Vorarlberg. Doppelmayr Cable Car already have a similar air-rail link operating at Birmingham International Airport. The civil engineering is being carried out by a joint venture firm, Volker Fitzpatrick Kier.

  • Hero Vince
    Article: Oct 29, 2018

    September's Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton was a great success.

    And as well as being one of the best attended Lib Dem conferences ever, it reaffirmed the Party's commitment to Green Policies and Environmental protection.

    This is a summary of the Lib Dem's existing policy highlights.

    They featured among the Party's 2017 election manifesto commitments:

  • ballot box
    Article: Oct 28, 2018

    The Three Rivers Rural Division resulted from boundary changes and an additional county division that was added in 2017 in response to Hertfordshire's growing population. In the 2017 county council elections, which were overshadowed by Theresa May's snap election call, the Conservative who held the former Chorleywood Division won the new division but with a majority of only 153 votes.

    However the Conservative Councillor who is also a City of London councillor recently resigned from Hertfordshire County Council to concentrate on his London responsibilities, thus causing the by-election that was held on October 25th, 2018.

  • london euston sign
    Article: Oct 24, 2018

    Observant passengers into Euston will already have noticed the demolition of a couple of sheds and depot on the west side of the station. Now it has been announced that Platforms 17 and 18 will be taken out of use after the May 2019 timetable changes.

    This is to enable HS2 and Crossrail work to proceed. Platform 18 will be removed completly but Platform 17 will be converted into a siding for trains delivering construction materials.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018


    At Thursday's meeting of the County Council's Education, Localism and Libraries Panel, Liberal Democrats voted against the Conservative Group's proposals to set up an independent charitable organisation to run its Library Service. This new service should be viable only because it will not have to pay £1/2 million business rates, which would otherwise have in part provided income to all the District Councils in the County.
    Using a competitive tendering process, any organisation will be able to bid to run the service as a Public Service Mutual organisation, which unlike the present Library Service, will obtain charitable status. The risk is that while one bid will be spun off the existing service, the others will come from outside organisations. This could result in an organisation like Carillon, which recently collapsed, being trusted to run the service. Even if the provider remains solvent, and in spite of assurances to the contrary, there is a real risk that smaller or unprofitable libraries might be closed or services cut.

  • Wherry Norfolk
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    A £68 million upgrade to the Wherry Lines - one of the infrastructure investment projects originally initiated by the Lib Dem Coalition Government - is likely to cause disruption in the Yarmouth area as re-signally work takes place.

    This essential work will mean that the line from Reedham to Yarmouth will be closed for 6 months from the end of October 2018 till April 2019. In addition, trains from Reedham to Lowestoft will also be cancelled between October 20th and 28th.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    The announcement made this week that, over the next four years, Hertfordshire County Council will be investing millions of pounds to improve local roads has been slammed by the opposing Liberal Democrats. It is announcing what was already agreed back in February all over again and
    it is not "new money" as implied in the Press Release.

  • Dacorum Athletics Track
    Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Cabinet is set to withdraw proposals to move the Jarman Athletics track to Cupid Green fields, after a consultation report showing deep and reasoned objections was championed by LibDem Councillors Adrian England and Lara Pringle, at wednesday's "Oversight & Scrutiny Committee" meeting, at The Forum.