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  • Traffic Scaled
    Article: Nov 30, 2015

    Martin Vye, Liberal Democrat county councillor for Wincheap and Thanington, is sounding the alarm about the impact of major new housing developments on highways in the ward.

    He says: "The developers who want to build over 700 houses on greenfield land at the back of Thanington have offered to pay for a slip-road coming off the A2 from the London and Faversham direction. All well and good-but in fact unless other things are done, all this new traffic from the A2 and the new housing in Thanington will choke Wincheap."

  • Sarah Smith on Townwall Street
    Article: Nov 30, 2015

    "I'm glad the Government has recognised the need for investment in our roads. But a giant lorry park will not banish gridlock." said Sarah Smith, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Dover & Deal, speaking after the Chancellor announced in the Autumn Statement that the Government is to spend £250m on a permanent new lorry park to take pressure off the roads in the event of Operation Stack.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2015

    Recreational Open Space issues in Barton ward:

    Suffolk Road (Spring Lane estate)

    At the beginning of 2015 Paula Vickers, the previous Barton ward councillor, worked with council officers and the Chairs of the Spring Lane Residents Association towards the provision of open air gym type apparatus for adults and older teenagers to use on the estate.

  • UK Blood Donation award (10 donations)
    Article: Nov 27, 2015

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has welcomed news that rules which currently stop gay men from giving blood are to be reconsidered.

    The government has confirmed it will review the current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. At present in England, Wales and Scotland, men who have sex with men are deferred from giving blood for 12 months. A permanent ban remains in place in Northern Ireland, subject to ongoing legal action.

  • Tim Farron Speaking
    Article: Nov 26, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review.

    Commenting, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "This was a deeply political budget from a deeply political Chancellor. It looks good in the theatrics of the Commons, with Labour divided, weak and inept, but the budget will unravel.

  • Focus Team members Cllr Charlotte MacCaul, James Flanagan, Mike Sole and Cllr Nick Eden-Green at the air quality monitoring unit at Military Road
    Article: Nov 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are calling on government to improve air quality in towns and cities.

    At its recent Autumn conference, the party proposed a National Plan that includes:

    ● Low Emission Zones in the most polluted towns and cities;

    ● New incentives to encourage walking and cycling;

    ● Greater investment in cycling including bike lanes, high- volume secure bike parking, and road safety measures to keep cyclists safe;

    ● Banning Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) moving in city centres in rush hours;

    ● More planting of large trees in urban areas to help cut air pollution.

    Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Michael Dixey said, "Canterbury suffers from traffic congestion and air pollution now. How can it make sense to build 8000 houses in southern Canterbury without insisting that Lib Dem policies like these are built into our local plan?"

  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    Tim Farron said:

    "The Liberal Democrats know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. We will consider supporting extending airstrikes against ISIL in Syria provided the Government's plans meet the five points that I and colleagues have set out today.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

  • Dorothy Lucy
    Article: Nov 24, 2015
    Kent County Councillor for Maidstone South, Brian Clark has highlighted the plight of residents at the Dorothy Lucy Centre who have received little in the way of reassurance that suitable alternative provision will be provided should the centre close. This is despite the assurances given to Cllr Clark by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services at the full council meeting of 22nd October 2015 that residents and day visitors would continue to receive high quality care at suitable alternative locations.