Article: Jun 24, 2022
Following the biggest majority ever overturned in a by-election as seen last night in Tiverton and Honiton, the Tory Blue wall is now crumbling. Tories now fear losing their seats in the next General Election, and are distancing themselves from Boris Johnson, as seen this morning in Oliver Dowden's decision to step down as Chair of the Conservative Party.
Article: Jun 24, 2022"The British people are fed up of having their expectations managed. For years, Boris Johnson has said things will get better. But things keep getting worse. So let me tell the Prime Minister: the British people expect to be led, and to be led with decency."Ed Davey
Article: Jun 9, 2022
Questioning by Lib Dem County Councillors has revealed that Herts County Council has a policy to dispose of any listed buildings that it owns to avoid dealing with the problems they pose for reducing the council's carbon emissions. This was admitted at a meeting of the council's resources and performance cabinet panel this week during a discussion about future library provision in Ware.
Page: Jun 7, 2022
Unbelievably, Harts Farm developers told site is "is unlikely to result in any significant environmental effects"
The developers, who want to build 310 houses on a primary school on Harts Farm on Little Bushey Lane, have asked for and received, permission from Hertsmere planners allowing them to avoid conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment on the site.
Petition to reduce Hertsmere housing target presented to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and CommunitiesArticle: May 31, 2022
The Local Plan is so far only shelved, not cancelled or changed. As things stand, Bushey will lose 220 acres of greenbelt to make way for 2,900 new homes. The primary reason is the housing targets imposed on the borough by government - which are 40% above the national average and take no account of our greenbelt status.
Article: May 30, 2022Liberal Democrat councillors have expressed disappointment that Herts County Council has reduced, by over 50 percent, the number of highway verges where it will apply a wildflower biodiversity cut. It will, instead, revert to full grass cutting.
In 2020 the County Council started a trial looking at 40 sites. This was reduced to 22 during 2021. Now 12 of these sites are being reverted to full grass cutting rather than a conservation cut and collect regime that would have encouraged wild flowers.
Nigel Taylor, Lib Dem councillor for Berkhampsted said," The County Council says it is committed to a Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy but it is moving far too slowly and in the wrong direction. We should be increasing the areas that have a conservation cut and lift, not reducing them. It is clear from the reports where this has been done that we have encouraged new wild flowers, including orchids and unusual grassland species."
Article: May 20, 2022
Following a motion from Liberal Democrat councillors, Herts County Council has revealed that it will cost somewhere between £275 million and £500 million to make the county's schools carbon neutral. This figure only includes schools that are the responsibility of the council. Costs for schools which are academies will be on top of this as will any carbon offsetting that may be required.
Article: Apr 29, 2022
Council leaders have refused to lobby for lower government house-building targets for Hertsmere borough.
That's one of the most significant outcomes from the full council meeting on Wednesday 27th April - where the agenda was dominated by the Local Plan.
The plan is the blueprint for future housing and commercial development - and will determine how much greenbelt will be built on, and at which sites.
Housing targets are the biggest factor in the pressure to use greenbelt land. That's why Hertsmere Lib Dems have long campaigned for lower, fairer numbers. But Conservative councillors voted to defeat a motion which would have required them to actively challenge the government and demand a better deal.
Article: Apr 4, 2022
Conservative County Councillors have once again voted against providing meal vouchers during the holidays for children who get free school meals during term time. In response to a Liberal Democrat motion calling for this to be done, the council's Resources Panel was told by council officers that the extension of the government's Household Support Fund would probably allow this to happen, subject to confirming the rules of the fund. Lib Dem County Councillor Steve Jarvis proposed that the panel should support this, assuming it was confirmed to be allowed.