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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Libraries play a key part in the community
    Article: Apr 18, 2018
    By Mark Watkin

    At a meeting of the Education, Libraries and Localism Cabinet Panel on 18th of April 2018, the Liberal Democrat team voted against the County's plans to outsource their much loved and highly popular Library Service.

    The Labour Group Leader abstained.

    However, in spite of Liberal Democrat protest, the Conservative led Panel agreed to the County developing a detailed business case before finally deciding whether to go ahead with the scheme.

  • Rossway RDA (Rossway RDA)
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    ROSSWAY RDA invites you to join their 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Thursday afternoon 28th JUNE 2018.

    Whether you have been a part of their story over the last 50 years - or got to know them more recently - they hope you will be able to join them in their new surroundings at Shardeloes Equestrian Centre, Cherry Lane, Amersham, HP7 0QF

  • road works sign
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Herts County Council Integrated Works Plan is showing the following sites for highway repair work during the current financial year i.e. 2018/19 (year just started).

    1. Slip Road off A41 up to the Upper Icknield Way - south of the roundabout.
    Replacement of failed anti-skid surface with local resurfacing.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2018
  • Charge Point Expansion London (Pic from Chargemaster plc)
    Article: Apr 16, 2018

    Last year, in August 2017, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced a £4.5 million investment in electric car charging infrastructure across the capital. Each of the 25 London Boroughs will be able to bid for a share, which will finance 1,200 new charging points aimed at EV users without access to off-street parking. At the time there were fewer than 1,500 charging points within London, so this announced investment could result in nearly doubling the number of places where EV owners could recharge.

    A recent update has revealed that 650 charge points have been installed since the start of 2017 putting London on target to have a total of nearly 2,700 by the end of 2018/19.

  • Three Rivers Candidates
    Article: Apr 14, 2018
    By Robert Johnston
  • Chichester Win
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    The previous councillor resigned as she is now the local Tory MP.

    It used to be the 6th safest Tory seat in the UK, but it probably isn't now!

    This is a really stunning result.

    But it didn't happen by magic. It was due to a lot of well organised hard work - and a great candidate!

    ROGATE WARD (Chichester) result:

    LIB DEM: 444, 55.8% (+55.8)
    CONSVS: 319, 40.1% (-27.3)
    LABOUR: 21, 2.6% (+2.6)
    GREEN: 12, 1.5% (-18.2)
    Lib Dem GAIN from Conservatives.
    No UKIP (-12.9) this time.

    Congratulations to Kate O'Kelly and the Team!

  • EBA
    Article: Apr 12, 2018

    Following the delivery of the Article 50 letter in which the UK government applied to take the UK out of the EU, both of the EU Agencies at present located in London, have to be re-located.

    The first agency was the European Medicines Agency and moves are already well underway to re-establish its operations in Amsterdam.

    At the moment a second agency, the European Banking Authority (EBA), the key institute of three EU-wide banking and financial services regulators, is located in London.

    Its main task is to contribute to the setting up of a European Single Rulebook in banking by adopting Binding Technical Standards (BTS) and Guidelines, The objective is to provide a single set of harmonised prudential rules for financial institutions throughout the EU. This will mean that depositors, investors and consumers will enjoy the same high level of protection.

    It is also promoting convergence of supervisory practice within the member states in order to harmonise the application of prudential rules across the EU. The EBA is also mandated to assess risks and vulnerabilities in EU banking through regular risk assessment reports and by applying the so-called pan-European stress tests.

    It is not appropriate for the EU's main banking regulation authority to be located in a third-country and now that the UK is to leave the EU, the EBA is having to be re-located.

    Paris, which is Europe's largest financial centre after London, has been selected as the location for the EBA, which will be housed in either the traditional business centre in the south east of the city or else in the new finance centre of La Défense.

  • Chris Grayling MP
    Article: Apr 10, 2018

    Transport Committee claims Chris Grayling 'knew vital bi-mode tech didn't exist' when he scrapped three key rail electrification schemes

    A damning report into the cancellation of three rail electrification projects has been labelled "deeply frustrating" by the Commons Transport Committee.

    The report, by the National Audit Office (NAO), gives details of why and how Grayling cancelled the Midland Main Line electrification north of Kettering, as well as the Oxenholme to Windermere and the Cardiff to Swansea Scheme electrification projects..

  • Wigginton Spring Show
    Article: Apr 10, 2018

    Year after year the Wigginton Gardeners' Association Spring Show has been a chance to admire and show off flowers and blossoms. And so it was again this year - but only just!

    The show was held, as in previous years, in the Village Hall in Chesham Road, and took place on Saturday April 7th.

    With cold snaps, beasts from the east, rain, snow, frost and more rain, germination and growth were very late this year and blooms were in short supply. The cold weather was somewhat intensified too by Wigginton's height of 730 feet above sea level, nearly the highest part of Hertfordshire, though this is in fact in Pavis Wood (height 801 feet above sea level) a mile away at Hastoe near Shire Lane.

    Still, the intrepid gardeners of Wigginton managed to put on a pleasing show, albeit with somewhat fewer entries than usual. Daffodils seemed to cope better with the difficult weather, but there were also some splendid camellias and, from an especially sheltered and sunny spot in one garden, three tulips had emerged and flowered.

    Less inhibited were the childrens creations - home-made biscuits, cakes and flower arrangements "in unusual containers". And for the adult cooks, high quality marmalade, lemon meringue pies, cakes and savoury biscuits.

    More cakes, tea, scones, cream and jam were available and enjoyed as usual.

    Roger Wyborn officiated at the prize giving and the award of cups, drew the raffle and announced details of the Association's Summer Outing.