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  • Bushey Elections 6th May 2021 (Ordnance Survey and National Statistics)
    Article: May 2, 2021

    On May 6th 2021, there are elections across the UK for councils, Mayors, and devolved parliaments. It's the biggest ever single day of polling outside a general election. And here's what's happening in Hertsmere.

    • We will be electing councillors to represent the borough's residents on Hertfordshire County Council. For this purpose, the borough is divided into seven local areas, each of which elects one councillor. Hertsmere Lib Dems are aiming to gain seats from the Tories, who currently hold all seven. Across the county as a whole, the Lib Dems - currently the second-largest party and official opposition - are seeking to take control of the council, and make a greener, fairer, better Hertfordshire.
    • In Bushey we elect two county councillors, one for Bushey North where Laurence Brass is standing for the Lib Dems, and one for Bushey South where Paul Richards is the Lib Dem candidate.
    • Bushey will also be electing a councillor to represent Bushey North on Hertsmere Borough Council. Bushey North is already proudly represented by Lib Dem borough councillors, but one of the trio, Andrew Melville, is stepping aside as he's moving to Worcestershire to set up home with his partner - hence the by-election.
    • There is also an election for Hertfordshire's police and crime commissioner - in which all Hertsmere's registered voters can cast their ballot.
  • Stop The Stadium
    Article: Apr 21, 2021

    Fairer, greener, healthier: let's make a better Bushey

    Your Bushey Lib Dem county council candidates on May 6th are:

    Bushey North - Laurence Brass

    Bushey South - Paul Richards

    And Alan Matthews is standing in the Bushey North Borough by-election.

    Here is a summary of their election pledges.

    Laurence, Alan, Paul and all Bushey and Watford Lib Dems, oppose Watford FC building a new stadium on Bushey Hall Golf Course.
    We will fight to preserve the site as open, public greenspace - and honour the public consultation.
    Restore a fair share of county funding and fix Bushey's roads and pavements. 20mph limits for residential roads.
    The Lib Dem team will continue the regular residents' surgeries. A new hotline for reporting local problems.
    Expand free school meals for disadvantaged kids. Pay carers a living wage.
    More cycle lanes and rooftop solar power. Improve local bus services and household recycling. Fight back against flytipping.
  • Hertsmere Candidates May 6th 2021
    Article: Apr 17, 2021

    On May 6th 2021, there are elections across the UK for councils, Mayors, and devolved parliaments. It's the biggest ever single day of polling outside a general election. And here's what's happening in Hertsmere.

    • We will be electing councillors to represent the borough's residents on Hertfordshire County Council. For this purpose, the borough is divided into seven local areas, each of which elects one councillor. Hertsmere Lib Dems are aiming to gain seats from the Tories, who currently hold all seven. Across the county as a whole, the Lib Dems - currently the second-largest party and official opposition - are seeking to take control of the council, and make a greener, fairer, better Hertfordshire.
    • We will also be electing councillors to represent Bushey North and Borehamwood Kenilworth on Hertsmere Borough Council. These are by-elections to replace two individual councillors. Bushey North is already proudly represented by Lib Dem councillors, but one of the trio, Andrew Melville, is stepping aside as he's moving to Worcestershire to set up home with his partner - hence the by-election. In Borehamwood Kenilworth, the by-election is to replace the Conservative councillor and former Mayor Cynthia Barker, who sadly passed away last year.
    • There is also an election for Hertfordshire's police and crime commissioner - in which all Hertsmere's registered voters can cast their ballot.
    • And in Radlett and Shenley there are referendums on Neighbourhood Development Plans.
  • We've made our choice
    Article: Apr 12, 2021

    Statement by Jerry Evans, Bushey North councillor and leader of the Lib Dem group on Hertsmere Borough Council.

    Two major concerns dominate the agenda in Bushey. Firstly, the prospect of Watford FC building a stadium on Bushey's greenbelt. Secondly, the proposal to ruin the Bushey Country Club site by fencing off greenspace for a huge new school.

  • Stop The Stadium
    Article: Apr 3, 2021

    "Club doesn't belong in Bushey", say Lib Dems.

    Bushey's Lib Dem councillors have pledged to fight tooth and nail against plans by Watford FC to build a new stadium on Bushey Hall Golf Course.

    The football club, and course owners Veladail Leisure, are bidding to add the site to the borough's commercial development plan - and propose to build a stadium, arena, cinema and hotel in the heart of Bushey's greenbelt.

  • Stadium Update - Golf Course owners seek development
    Article: Mar 31, 2021

    Bushey Liberal Democrats have been working hard with residents to oppose plans for Watford FC to move to Bushey - and specifically, to build their new stadium on Bushey Hall Golf Course.

    In a new development, the course's owners - Veladail Leisure - have now formally put the site forward for potential inclusion in Hertsmere borough's local plan.

  • Bushey Country Club Lib Dem v. Tory Plan
    Article: Mar 19, 2021

    On Thursday 18th March Hertsmere Borough Council officers and elected members held a virtual session to update the local community on their plans for the former Bushey Country Club site.

    Council leaders have somehow managed to devise a plan for Bushey Country Club which ignores everything residents called for - and has precious little benefit for the local community. They ran a long public consultation process but rejected its finding

  • Alan Matthews, Bushey North borough ward candidate
    Article: Mar 19, 2021

    From my long experience in local government, I know the positive impact that can be achieved when socially-responsible people work together at a local level. I want to help make a better Bushey while protecting our green spaces, environment, and local heritage.

    Most of my working life was in social housing; my last job was as Director of housing needs in a large London borough ensuring fair access and promotion of opportunities to those in the greatest need. Following retirement, I have been arbitrating on homelessness disputes between local authorities.

  • Aerial image of BCC, what do you think
    Survey: Mar 19, 2021
    1 question

    Only 2 in 1000 asked for a school

    Hertsmere's Tory council leaders have ignored residents' views on the future of Bushey Country Club. They held a public consultation but took no notice of what local people said. They want to dominate the site with a 1,900 pupil school which the community barely needs and hasn't asked for. They want to shut the public out of at least half the open space. And they refuse to answer questions about how many new homes will be built, or how many will be affordable.

  • Steps to tackle fly-tipping
    Article: Mar 13, 2021

    In the last few days we've visited and reported seven fly-tipping sites in and around Bushey. Two are on Berry Grove Lane and three are off the A41. Another is in Hillfeld Lane South. Our thanks to residents who've helped with this work. We've told council officers about each site, and hopefully they will clear the waste as soon as resources allow.Several of the sites are very unpleasant - with large quantities of domestic and trade waste, including household appliances, cables, bedding, and building debris, dumped among trees and vegetation. The photo above, with our campaigner Alan Matthews, was at a field off the A41.
    Fly-tipping is not just unsightly but harmful for the environment and dangerous for wildlife. And it seems like it's currently on the rise in Bushey.