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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.

  • Bees on flowers
    Article: Jun 2, 2021

    As long ago as the Hertfordshire County Council Meeting on 16th July 2019 the Liberal Democrats took a lead in improving bio-diversity in terms of encouraging wild flowers at the roadside, thereby protecting pollinators of all kinds. At that meeting the Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Royston West & Rural, Steve Jarvis, who also represents the Weston & Sandon Ward in North Herts District, proposed a motion calling on HCC to bring forward proposals to manage highway maintenance in ways that improve bio-diversity.

  • Rosie and Nick Chesham
    Article: May 31, 2021

    Happy smiles from Lib Dem activists on Saturday working for candidate Sarah Green, who is standing in the Chesham & Amersham Parliamentary By-Election, where voters go to the polls in 17th June.

    Shown here Rosemarie and Nick Hollinghurst from Wigginton in Hertfordshire were back at the Lib Dem HQ after a warm day's leaflet delivery in the hilly Chilterns town of Chesham.

    Rosemarie and Nick had been helping with leaflets in the aptly named Hilltop area. "Talk about 'sunny uplands'", said Nick afterwards. "Hilltop is certainly positioned to catch the sun - something that is shown by the lovely gardens and the extensive, productive allotments along the slopes of the valley sides!"

  • bus
    Article: May 28, 2021

    The Conservatives should know a bit about buses. It was, after all, Mrs Thatcher's Transport Act 1985 which accomplished the destruction of nearly all municipal bus companies outside of a small number of metropolitan areas. Barbara Castle's earlier 1968 Transport Act had introduced the concept of public support for socially important but uncommercial services and this principle was retained. However, the deregulation that was a key element in the Thatcher act, led to a focus on profitable routes, destructive competition between companies and a lack of co-ordination or continuity of services.

    The result was a slow reduction in bus service use outside the large designated conurbations - for 36 years so far.

    But now, the Johnson Government, after a sleep nearly twice as long as Rip van Winkel's, has woken up with a belated promise to make buses, "the transport of choice" after the pandemic. A new 'Bus Strategy', headlined as being worth "£3 billion" is to tackle the fragmented bus service market and "reform the fare system".

    There will be a "daily price cap", 4,000 new electric or hydrogen-fuelled buses and additional funding for councils to support bus services in their areas.

    Last month, the Local Government Association's Transport Spokesman welcomed these measures but went on to say, " We would urge ministers also to plug the £700 million annual funding gap councils faced before the pandemic in providing the concessionary fares scheme, which would help protect local routes and reverse the decline in bus services."

    Local Dacorum Borough councillor, Nick Hollinghurst - who is a member of the Green Liberal Democrats - added, "Any help for Britain's beleagured bus services is of course welcome. However lasting change and maximum benefit will only come if the people of the UK recognise the benefits that will derive from an improved and affordable public transport system, and also accept that, apart from a handful of specialised routes, this will require a continued, adequate level of public support."

    "That, the power for local authorities to achieve control and co-ordination through active operating partnerships, and a measure of connectivity with the railways are all fundamental components for a modern socially-beneficial transport network."

    "Or," Nick concluded, "we can all go back to sitting in expensive private cars in traffic jams, breathing in exhaust fumes and cooking up heart attacks as the planet slowly gets hotter and hotter!"

  • plastic bottles
    Article: May 18, 2021

    A report in Local Government First reveals that in 2019/20 more than half a million tonnes of household waste collected for recycling could not be sorted and had to be rejected. This is because non-recyclable material had been placed in the wheely bins.

    However, a Lib Dem councillor on Dacorum Borough Council, Nick Hollinghurst says, "This is a real problem - but we shouldn't blame the public. It is actually quite difficult to know which types of plastic can be recycled and which cannot. Some common ones, including crisp packets, salad bags and plastic wrap are incredibly hard to recycle.

  • Flooding at London Road, Hemel Hempstead (Hemel Today)
    Article: May 16, 2021
    Inadequate road maintenance is a false economy.

    The Tories idea of fiscal prudence is to put money aside "for a rainy day" - but then when it rains, they still don't spend it.

    "There is one simple old trick the Tories kept missing all the 16 years I was on Herts County Council," Tring councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, "And that was... a good way to reduce flooding is to keep the drains and ditches clear! Who would have thought it? They didn't."

  • Cod Fishing
    Article: May 16, 2021
    Sadly, for many species this is old saying is no longer true. In some places cod can be fished sustainably, for example off Iceland, in the Baltic Sea, in the Atlantic off Newfoundland at the Flemish Cap fishing ground.
    However off Norway, the West of Scotland, in the North Sea and off the east coast of America, cod was badly over-fished in 2011 - and at the Faroe Plateau and in the Celtic Sea fishing restraint is also needed.

  • Sam North
    Article: May 10, 2021
    Conservative 155,144 1st preferences 49% (+ 7%)
    Liberal Democrats, Sam North 87,524 27% (+11%)
    Labour and Co-operative 76,941 24% (- 3%)
    UKIP did not stand 0 % (-14%)

    A creditable performance from Sam North who increased the Lib Dem vote share by 11%.

  • Article: May 10, 2021

    Counting has just finished for two Bye-Elections on Dacorum Borough Council, one in Tring Central and the other in Leverstock Green.
    Both were caused by the deaths of the incumbents.
    The win in Tring Central brings the Liberal Democrat seat total back to 19.

    Tring Central

    Liberal Democrats - Sheron Wilkie 925 55%
    Conservatives 438 26%
    Green 172 10%
    Labour 137 8%
  • Nigel Taylor
    Article: May 8, 2021

    BERKHAMSTED COUNTY COUNCIL DIVISION

    Liberal Democrats 2949 votes 51.8% Nigel Taylor
    Conservative Party. 1695 votes 29.8%
    Green Party............. 557 votes 9.8%
    Labour Party........... 487 votes 8.6%
    Total votes cast...... 5688
    Turnout 47.3%

    TRING COUNTY COUNCIL DIVISION

    Liberal Democrats 2814 votes 50.1% Sally Symington
    Conservative Party. 1686 votes 30.0%
    Green Party............. 614 votes 10.9%
    Labour Party........... 504 votes 9.0%
    Total votes cast...... 5616
    Turnout 45.6%

  • Document: Mar 28, 2021
    311.02 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Introducing Sheron Wilkie, Tring Central Borough Council By Election Candidate for the Lib Dems. Sheron is already a member ot Tring Town Council.