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  • Petition: Aug 17, 2016

    We, the undersigned, believe that all EU citizens settled in the Welwyn Hatfield borough on June 23rd 2016 should have the right to remain in the UK. We call on Grant Shapps, as our MP, to lobby the Government for their right to remain under the same conditions that applied prior to the referendum.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016
    By Cllr Malcolm Cowan

    The recent demand from Herts County Council for the site of the WGC fire station in Bridge Rd East to be designated for housing has now been rejected by the borough council. The county council's previous hope was that both WGC and Hatfield fire stations would become housing sites, forcing both stations to close and one new fire station to replace them.

  • Brenda Bus stop
    Article: Aug 2, 2016

    Time for Hertfordshire to benefit from London-style bus operating

    Sandy Walkington, Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson on the county council, gained unanimous all-party support when he proposed a motion that the county council seize the bus franchising opportunities offered by the Bus Services Bill.

  • Southern train
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has welcomed the county council's letter to new Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP calling on him to get a grip on the appalling rail services offered to Hertfordshire commuters by Govia Thameslink on the St Albans and Welwyn-Stevenage routes.

    "This letter was prompted by LibDem questions at County Hall," Stephen said. "Enough must be enough for our hard-pressed commuters. And the same company's disastrous performance on its Southern franchise leading to huge cuts in scheduled services has had a knock-on effect for Watford through to Tring as well."

    LibDem transport spokesperson Sandy Walkington added, "Govia needs to go figure what running a passenger railway is about, or it's time for the Government to step in and remove the franchise."

  • anti-racism
    Article: Jul 25, 2016
    Unity broke out at the most recent County Council meeting as a Lib Dem motion condemning racist attacks and hate crime was seconded by the Conservatives and Labour spoke strongly in favour.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst called on the council to publicly condemn all acts of racism and hatred and to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources to tackle the issue. The motion received unanimous support.

    The Conservatives seconded the motion and the Labour Group Leader spoke in support of it. All county councillors present voted in favour of it.

    Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst said, "I am proud that here in Hertfordshire and the UK we live in a diverse and tolerant society in which racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place.

    "We wanted to reassure all people living in Hertfordshire that they are valued members of our community, irrespective of their beliefs, nationality or ethnic origins, or gender. They all make a great contribution to this diverse and vibrant area and they are very welcome here.

    "We also wanted to make clear that should there be any acts of this nature, they should be reported and the Police Commissioner has assured residents that any reports will be taken very seriously and acted upon.

    "Any of us who sees or witnesses any example of intolerant attitudes has a duty to say it's unacceptable in this day and age and will not be tolerated," Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst concluded.

  • Homeless youth
    Article: Jul 20, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats at Tuesday's County Council meeting called for the Conservative administration to think again about its proposals to cut support for people with homelessness problems.

    Lib Dem spokesperson County Councillor Ron Tindall said: 'The homeless in our society are not voters, they often exist in the twilight of our communities, isolated, and often difficult to reach.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2016
    By Cllr Helen Quenet

    On Monday 4th July, newly elected Cllr Helen Quenet attended her first Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    As someone used to working with statistics, after 16 years of client work in the NHS and also as a local secondary school governor of 6 years standing, she was very surprised that the reports given to Councillors are far below the standard she would have expected.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2016

    Liberal Democrats have expressed concern about the County Council's plans to cut day services for some groups in the county, on which it has begun consulting.

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Adult Care Services County Councillor Ron Tindall comments:

    'I urge all users and carers to respond to this consultation and demonstrate the overwhelming need for day services to improve, not be cut. We know that Government cuts have forced the County Council to look at where to spend their diminishing resources, but we call upon the Council to fund day care services fully from the millions they are tucking away for a rainy day: Conservative councillors need to wake up - it is already raining.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2016
    By Michal Siewniak

    Our huge efforts paid off! Our annual Peartree Fun Day was, without a doubt, probably the best so far.

    At least 800 people came to the Woodhall Community Centre to enjoy a rich variety of games, stalls, entertainment and sports demonstrations.

    Former borough councillor Michal Siewniak, the principal organiser, said: "We have planned and delivered one of the best, if not the best, Peartree Fun Days ever. The place was truly buzzing. People had so much to do, inside and outside. Mobile stadium, Irish School of Dancing, Holwell and Our Lady's Primary Schools, raffle prizes, fencing and martial art demonstration meant that the event had so much to offer.

  • Page: Jul 3, 2016

    This page will collate thoughts from members on Brexit and next steps

    A letter from Michal Siewniak - 'The life after Brexit - what next for the EU migrants?'

    A letter from David Bird to Tim Farron:

    Dear Tim

    I am a party member in Hertfordshire. Like so many others, I am distraught by the outcome of the referendum and the consequences for my country and my two young children in particular. I think the British public will quickly realise the huge mistake they have made, but even if that is true, can they stop the inevitable?

    I have been thinking of the aftermath of the Scottish referendum in which the losing party there galvanised enough support to make first past the post work for them. If you can take 40%+ of the votes in each constituency you can win virtually all the seats under our ridiculous electoral system.

    There may be an autumn election. I am not au faix with the details of the Single Parliament Act, but I imagine it is a possibility. Imagine if we could persuade all those young and not so young disaffected remainers outside Scotland to vote for us at a single issue election. Given the volatility of UK politics today, it is not inconceivable that we could actually win an election if people are genuinely and sufficiently concerned about that issue. That would give us a mandate to put Brexit on hold and call a second referendum. We might also have a mandate to reform the voting system, though not without a referendum. Frankly, I would vote Labour as a one-off if I thought they could deliver such a plan, but they are divided and incapable. We are the only united pro-European party and the electorate would believe us in such a campaign. The only other credible option would be a coupon election with labour again as a single issue election, but their divisions on Europe probably rule that option out.

    Castles in the sky most probably, but I once I thought I would go to my grave with all the Glasgow seats being in Labour hands and that situation reversed overnight. You wouldn't get media time for such a plan, but it could be started through social media, especially with younger people, and if it gathers enough momentum the press would have to pick it up.

    I just wanted to share my thoughts.

    Thank you for listening.