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  • Cracked Tarmac Road Surface
    Article: Jul 21, 2022
    "Let's not grind Suffolk's roads to powder! We must use rail as much as possible for construction material delivery and waste disposal." says East of England Liberal Democrat Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst.
    "OK... so if we're going to build a new 'Sizewell C' reactor, then one of the first things to do is to construct a spur off the Aldeburgh Branch Line near Leiston, to enable deliveries, servicing and waste removal by rail for units A, B and C," he said.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2022
    At a meeting of Hertfordshire County Council on Tuesday 19 July the Conservative administration voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to fully fund Free School Meal food vouchers through the 2022 summer school holidays.
    Herts County Council has committed to providing supermarket vouchers to the value of £2.40 per day through the 2022 summer holidays, contrasting with £3 per day received by eligible pupils during term time. Nearly 27,000 children across the County receive benefit related free school meals, representing 14% of all pupils in Hertfordshire.
  • Article: Jul 20, 2022

    On the hottest day ever, Herts Conservatives have voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to require the lowest carbon emissions from new homes built on land that the council sells. Lib Dem County Councillors had proposed that, where government rules allow, the council should insist on new homes being built to the internationally recognised "Passivhaus" standard to cut carbon emissions in response to the climate emergency.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2022

    Hertfordshire County Council revealed that it is returning grant funding for decarbonisation projects as it had not spent the money on time. At the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel meeting on 7 July, it was disclosed that nearly £5m of Salix Decarbonisation grant funding will be handed back to the government as the deadline for spending the grant passed on 30 June. It was confirmed that only £18-£19m of the £23.5m Salix grant had been spent by the deadline due to delays and schemes not being carried forward.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2022

    An update of Herts County Council's Sustainable Herts Strategy presented to this week's Environment Cabinet Panel reveals that this crucial strategy almost completely ignores the negative effect that the council's growth proposals will have on carbon emissions and biodiversity across Hertfordshire. The strategy also takes no account of the impact of goods and services that the council buys and says nothing about the impact of climate change on many of the council's services according to the Liberal Democrat County Councillors.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2022

    Lib Dem Cllr Paul Zukowskyj today succeeded in getting the planners at County Hall to be more demanding and challenging to Boroughs and Districts around Hertfordshire on Biodiversity and the Climate Emergency.

    At today's meeting of the Growth, Infrastructure and Planning Cabinet Panel, councillors were presented with a revised Strategic Planning Engagement Document, which outlines what County are expecting Boroughs and Districts to 'sign up to' when developing their Local Plans.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2022

    Questioning by Lib Dem County Councillors has revealed that Herts County Council has a policy to dispose of any listed buildings that it owns to avoid dealing with the problems they pose for reducing the council's carbon emissions. This was admitted at a meeting of the council's resources and performance cabinet panel this week during a discussion about future library provision in Ware.

  • Article: May 30, 2022
    Liberal Democrat councillors have expressed disappointment that Herts County Council has reduced, by over 50 percent, the number of highway verges where it will apply a wildflower biodiversity cut. It will, instead, revert to full grass cutting.

    In 2020 the County Council started a trial looking at 40 sites. This was reduced to 22 during 2021. Now 12 of these sites are being reverted to full grass cutting rather than a conservation cut and collect regime that would have encouraged wild flowers.

    Nigel Taylor, Lib Dem councillor for Berkhampsted said," The County Council says it is committed to a Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy but it is moving far too slowly and in the wrong direction. We should be increasing the areas that have a conservation cut and lift, not reducing them. It is clear from the reports where this has been done that we have encouraged new wild flowers, including orchids and unusual grassland species."
  • Article: May 20, 2022

    Following a motion from Liberal Democrat councillors, Herts County Council has revealed that it will cost somewhere between £275 million and £500 million to make the county's schools carbon neutral. This figure only includes schools that are the responsibility of the council. Costs for schools which are academies will be on top of this as will any carbon offsetting that may be required.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2022

    Conservative County Councillors have once again voted against providing meal vouchers during the holidays for children who get free school meals during term time. In response to a Liberal Democrat motion calling for this to be done, the council's Resources Panel was told by council officers that the extension of the government's Household Support Fund would probably allow this to happen, subject to confirming the rules of the fund. Lib Dem County Councillor Steve Jarvis proposed that the panel should support this, assuming it was confirmed to be allowed.