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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.

  • Cycling Space in Cow Roast
    Article: Jul 3, 2020

    Thank you to everyone (108) who took part in the informal survey on Safer Cycling and Quiet Roads.

    Local Survey results
    June 21st to 2nd July.

    You can still take part in the survey, if you like.

    https://nickhollinghurst.org/en/survey/cycling


    Results.

    1. Would you like to see segregated off-road cycleways alongside suitable roads where space exists?

    Yes: 101, 94%; Maybe: 6, 6%; No: 1, 1%

    2.
    Should the segregated off-road cycleways be?

    For use by cyclists only? Cyclists only: 61, 56%
    Shared use between cyclists and pedestrians? Shared: 47, 44%

    3. In some counties a "Quiet Lanes Policy" has been adopted. To make our country lanes safer for leisure use by walkers, families and cyclists would you like to see a 40 mph limit imposed on all unclassified roads within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

    Yes: 80, 74%; Maybe: 11, 10%; No: 17, 16%

  • First Spinach
    Article: Jul 2, 2020

    The more you learn about Covid-19, the less you want to catch it - especially if you're over 70 or medically vulnerable. Now it seems that the risk with age goes up even more steeply than we originally thought.

    So we're being very careful about where we go (IF we go anywhere), wear a mask and keep strictly to the 2 metre separation.

    But there's still plenty to do - thanks to Zoom - and of course there's always housework.

    And we've also been putting some work into the garden, with Nick specialising on the two vegetable plots.

    The pic shows the first picking of our spinach.

    You forget just how much better home-grown food tastes than stuff from supermarkets (remember them?).

    Not got a big enough garden? Well, rent an allotment from your local town, parish, district or borough council!

    Fresh air, enjoyable and productive exercise, good companionship (usually) and really tasty food.

  • Cambridge Charge Up Leaf
    Article: Jul 1, 2020

    "The expansion of EV motoring is far too slow," claims Hertfordshire County Councillor for Tring, Nick Hollinghurst. "We need to double the number of publicly available fast and rapid chargers and roll out a thousand or more ultra-rapid EV chargers at strategic locations right across the UK network of principal roads and motorways."

    Nick, himself the driver of an battery powered electric vehicle (BEV) for 5 years, claims that the rate of expansion of the charging points is far too slow - and this is holding back the uptake of BEV cars in particular as well as the general longer term electrification of transport.

    "To head off dangerous levels of global heating we need to do many things together", Nick explains. "Not only must we use active travel such as walking or cycling but we need to use public transport far more - and in many countries people combine these. They walk or cycle to a bus stop, parking their bicycles in secure, sheltered bike racks and then continuing their journey by bus or train."

    "We need to do this because we must cut the use of private cars by 20% at least. And the same time, the cars that people continue to own and use, along with light vans and buses, must be 100% battery electric powered."

    Although most people with hybrids and BEVs have a charging point in their home, many other people are unable to do that, and for them, publicly accessible charging is essential. Workplace charging facilities are now being installed and this is most helpful, but for people on holiday or who have to roam far from home or workplace, rapid or ultra-rapid charging points are important.

    Nick Hollinghurst added, "Early last year, when BP took over Chargemaster, who operate the Polar Network, they made a commitment to supplement Chargemaster's 6,500 charging points with additional chargers located in the 1,200 BP service stations. So far I personally have not seen any yet. BP are ambitiously planning new 150kW chargers able to deliver 100 miles worth of charge in 10 minutes. 400 are to be rolled out by the end of 2021 with 100 in place by the end of 2020.

    "Meanwhile, Ionity, a joint-venture comprising Daimler, BMW, Ford and Volkswagen, is planning to install 240 High-Power Chargers operating at an almost unbelievable 350kW at 40 UK sites and 2,400 at 400 sites across Europe."

    "On a less technically ambitious level, Volkswagen have announced a rather more conventional mix of 2,400 fast 7kW and rapid 50kW chargers at 600 Tesco stores."

    Nick concluded, "There's certainly no shortage of announcements! What is needed, if we are going to make a serious dent in CO2 emissions, are usable charging points right here and now. I hope the slow roll out is not due to the inadequate electricity distribution at the local level of the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), though I fear that this is indeed the case - a consequence of the privatisation of the electricity supply industry by the Tories all those years ago."

  • Refrigerated Rail Freight Containers (Network Rail and DB Cargo)
    Article: Jun 30, 2020

    European railfreight giant, DB Cargo, has recently launched two services from Valencia and Murcia to their intermodal terminal at Barking in East London. The services were put in place at short notice to transport fresh produce and medical products to the UK to maintain supplies of food and medicines during the covid-19 crisis. The new service uses the Channel Tunnel and HS1, taking 72-hours for the journey. Each train carries over a thousand tonnes of goods and removes carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to that produced by 30 HGVs.

    A third service goes in the opposite direction and moves steel for Tata fom Port Talbot and Llanwern to customers for the manufacturing sectors of Luxemburg and Belgium.

    This time wholly within the UK, a weekly service has been started up for CEMEX taking aggregates from quarries at Peak Forest, near Buxton, to their Birmingham facility. Trains of 22 box wagons will transport 1,684 tonnes of stone each time, loads which would require nearly 75 HGVs.

    Finally a fifth service, also within UK, has been instituted departing from the new dedicated railfreight terminal at Cricklewood in North London. The terminal is already used by Tarmac and FCC Environmental and two other companies will move in shortly. Tarmac alone is served by trains of 1,500 tonnes of aggregates and gravel each. FCC Environmental processes 250,000 tonnes of waste (planned to rise to 500,000 tonnes) to recover useable building material. The new railfreight service will transport residual un-recyclable spoil to Calvert in Buckinghamshire to the north of Aylesbury, to fill in an old quarry.

    The picture is from Network Rail and DB Cargo and shows refrigerated containers from Spain in the Barking intermodal terminal.

  • Brexit Extension
    Article: Jun 29, 2020

    It's been four years since the EU referendum, the UK has left the EU - and the Tories not only are not ready, but are now trying to go back on what has been agreed so far.

    Liberal Democrats are passionately pro-European and while this is a hard pill to swallow for many of us, the issues now at hand are not about Leave or Remain.

  • John Bowden
    Article: Jun 24, 2020

    John Bowden - a Husband, Councillor, Community Worker a Friend and Colleague.

    It is with great sadness that we record the death of our friend and colleague, John Bowden, on Monday 8th June, 2020.

    John had been suffering from cancer for some time, which he fought bravely and without complaint. He endured numerous sessions of chemotherapy and a number of operations but these were successful in giving him many more years of high quality life, with his beloved wife, Karen, and in the community which was so important to him.

  • floella
    Article: Jun 22, 2020

    A personal tribute from Floella Benjamin.

    Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin, DBE, DL is a Trinidadian-British actress, author, television presenter, singer, businesswoman and politician. She is known as presenter of children's programmes such as Play School, Play Away and Fast Forward.

    "Seventy-two years ago today, HMS Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Its arrival marked a significant moment in British History. Many of the passengers on-board came from the Caribbean, by invitation, to support the reconstruction of our country. Their hard work and skills would later bolster the economy, fill labour shortages and help establish our National Health Service.

  • Viking Link (Offshore Wind)
    Article: Jun 22, 2020

    There's a number of grid interconnectors now in construction across the Channel, the Irish and the North Seas, or being planned e.g. IFA2, France; North Sea Link, Norway; Nautilus, Belgium and Eurolink, Netherlands.

    One important one is just starting construction at the moment is called Viking and runs between Jutland and Lincolnshire. This will be the first high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link between Great Britain and Denmark. The HVDC interconnector will operate at around 525 kV DC and will allow up to 1,400MW of power to be transferred between the two countries passing through UK, Dutch, German and Danish waters.

  • East Coast Main Line (Network Rail)
    Article: Jun 19, 2020

    You are being urged not to travel on the East Coast Main Line on Thameslink services via Finsbury Park or to or from London King's Cross this weekend (June 20th & 21st).

    Work is continuing on the £1.2 billion East Coast Main Line Upgrade.

    The Gasworks Tunnel, a disused railway tunnel on the approach to Kings Cross, is being fitted out with new overhead electric line equipment.

  • UK Aid
    Article: Jun 18, 2020

    The day before yesterday the Prime Minister announced that the Foreign Office and Department for International Development are set to merge.

    The Liberal Democrats have always made absolutely clear our unequivocal support for Britain's role as a world leader in providing aid to those most in need. UK aid prevents suffering.

    By working internationally we can achieve so much more than we can alone.