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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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  • Environment Solar Panels
    Article: Aug 17, 2019

    Last month on 16th July, proposed by the Conservative Leader David Williams and seconded by Liberal Democrat Leader Stephen Giles-Medhurst with Labour Party support, Hertfordhire County Council unanimously passed a motion declaring a "Climate Emergency".

    The motion also called upon the Government to fund the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as set out in the Government's own Policy Paper "A Green Future" and committed the County Council to develop and implement an overarching Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy to achieve these locally.

    The full text of the all-party motion is as follows:

    "In January 2018, HM Government published "A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment". On 12th June 2019, the Prime Minister heralded the end the UK's contribution to climate change by setting a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. At its recent conference in Bournemouth, the Local Government Association (LGA) agreed a motion that:

  • Climate Change Emergency
    Article: Jul 22, 2019

    The main item of the first Full Council since the May Local Elections was a Motion declaring a Climate Emergency in Dacorum.

    Dacorum is now committed to act significantly on the Climate; the Motion directs the Council organisation to put together a Strategy and Action Plan to reduce Carbon Dioxide generation, preserve bio-diversity, improve Air Quality and reduce plastic pollution, across all the functions of the Council, and to lead the local population in each individual doing their bit.

  • Smokey Diesel
    Article: Jul 14, 2019

    In 2018 the then Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, challenged the rail industry to reduce its carbon emissions and a recent report sets out the industry's initial response in the form of an Interim Report.

    In its lack of emphasis on further electrification it does appear that the terms of reference might have been restricted by the diastrous Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling whose cancellation of several rail electrification schemes the year before led to changes to existing procurement orders for rail vehicles in favour of an increased number of hybrid locomotives. This was an inevitable consequence of the cuts to the planned electric network but it led to considerable increases in the costs of those vehicles, reduced efficiency of operating performance, higher maintenance costs for more complex equipment and timetable chaos as operators were faced with a shortage of drivers, many of whom had ended up being trained to operate what was now the wrong type of train.

  • Barbara Gibson and Lucy Netsingha Tree
    Article: Jul 13, 2019
    Two of our newly elected Lib Dem East of England MEPs have been appointed to European Parliament Committees.

    On Wednesday, Lucy Nethsingha was elected as the Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs for a two and a half year term. She said:

    "I am determined the Committee will play a key role in providing legal certainty and stability for the European Union, while advancing rights for Europe's citizens and addressing the central issues of our time, such as environmental crime."

    In addition, fellow Lib Dem East of England MEP, Barbara Gibson, was confirmed as a member of the Committee on International Trade, as well as a substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
  • NLC Hustings for Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Jul 12, 2019

    Rosemarie and Nick Hollinghurst and Patrick Fisher from West Herts Local Party attended the hustings last night for the choice of the next Liberal Democrat Leader

    The Candidates for the post of Leader were Jo Swinson MP and Ed Davey MP.

    The event was held in the Lloyd George Room of the National Liberal Club and was presided over by Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted.

    The members present were very conscious that they were probably selecting the next-but-one Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • Flood Event Puttenham
    Article: Jul 11, 2019

    Six or seven years ago, the government passed much of the responsibility for flood mitigation onto Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) - in our case that is Hertfordshire County Council. Their role is to develop a strategy to monitor local flood risks within the county. They also draw up and maintain a record of structures, such as walls and embankments that might have a significant effeect on flood risk, recording their ownership and state of repair. This data is identified in the Hertfordshire Flood Risk Asset Register.

  • Lara canvaassing
    Article: Jul 7, 2019
    On 1st July, Cllr Lara Pringle, Vice-Chair of Northchurch Parish Council proposed and Cllr Mark Somervail seconded a Motion to the Parish Council on the Climate Change Emergency . It was passed unanimously.

    Congratulations to Lara Pringle, Mark Somervail and Peter Holditch for getting this important motion tabled and passed unanimously.

  • Little Tring Road Footway
    Article: Jul 7, 2019

    With better public health and improved quality of life in mind, Tring County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, has arranged a couple of simple improvements to the local road and footpath network between Dundale Road and Little Tring.

    The only difficulty is in crossing the Icknield Way at the cross roads with Dundale Road and Little Tring Road. Please take care here.

  • Cllr Wendy Conian
    Article: Jul 1, 2019

    Well done, Berkhamsted Town Council!

    On 10th June, 2019, Cllr Wendy Conian proposed and Cllr Rick Freedman seconded the following Motion on the Climate Change Emergency to Berkhamsted Town Council - which is now under Liberal Democrat control.

    This Council:

    a) Declares a Climate Emergency with the aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality in our community by 2030.

    b) Will undertake practical measures within our powers to reduce the impact of Council's activities on the environment.

    c) Will work with all sectors of our community to publicise this declaration and develop initiatives and practical measures that will help our community towards achieving carbon neutrality.

    d) Calls upon the Borough and Hertfordshire County Council systematically to review their services, planning regulations and Local Plans and implement measures to reduce their impact on the environment and climate breakdown.

    e) Calls upon the Government to provide regulations and resources that will enable communities to meet the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

  • RennieGroveFundraiserCeliaBrackenridge
    Article: Jul 1, 2019
    On 23rd June, Diana Woodward held a fundraising lunch at her home in Tinkers Lane in memory of her partner and our friend and neighbour, Prof Celia Brackenridge OBE, who died on 23rd May 2018.

    Celia was an international sportswoman, a campaigner for women's causes and gender equality and a world authority on child protection in sport. Indeed she was one of the very first professionals to raise concerns about child protection in sport and suffered opposition and obstruction when she first sought to raise awareness.