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  • Roofs before greenbelt for solar power
    Article: Feb 8, 2021

    As a borough we need to play our part in generating green energy. But there are huge concerns over plans to create a giant solar farm on greenbelt land in Aldenham. The 320 acre site (west of Hilfield Lane) is the size of twenty fields. It would tear a huge chunk out of our local greenbelt and fence off views from important footpaths.

  • Mayne Avenue, St Albans
    Article: Feb 8, 2021

    Liberal Democrats at Herts County Council are delighted that at last a new root and branch review of how flooding issues are dealt with has been agreed.

    They had been pressing for urgent action on the growing flooding issues.

    In December Liberal Democrat county councillor Sandy Walkington tabled a motion calling for action. This has now resulted in a detailed report to council panels which highlighted the growing problems. As a result, the Conservative administration at County Hall has had to rethink how they deal with flooding and have agreed a root and branch review of the whole issue.

  • Laurence Brass at Elstree Aerodrome
    Article: Feb 4, 2021

    Bushey Lib Dems secure new measures to quieten Elstree aircraft

    While some residents enjoy the spectacle of the light aircraft flying out of Elstree Aerodrome, other residents have for years been disturmbed by the noise caused by planes overflying North Bushey.

    New measures are being introduced following a summit at the aerodrome, where Bushey Lib Dem campaigner Laurence Brass presented manager Mike Murphy with a dossier of noise complaints he'd received from members of the community. Brass outlined the damage to Bushey residents' quality of life caused by noisy, low-flying aircraft, which is often exacerbated by pilots using non-permitted routes.

  • Post box
    Page: Jan 27, 2021

    If you have not done so before, you may want to consider a postal vote. Signing up is easy.

    What you need to do:

    Print a postal vote application form and send it to Hertsmere Borough Council. Generate a pre-filled in form by clicking the button below:

    Get a postal vote ➜

    Print the form in the link above and it send to:

  • Police Officers
    Article: Jan 27, 2021

    The latest survey conducted by the Police Federation shows that Hertfordshire Police has the lowest morale of any force in the country.

    Recently selected Liberal Democrat Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Sam North is calling for urgent action to address this problem.

    Sam says, "As a former police officer, I know the strain that the police are currently under and the difficulties that both officers and staff face. This survey demonstrates with absolute clarity that change must come to Hertfordshire Police, and it must start at the very top. It is no longer good enough to overlook the needs of the officers and staff who work tirelessly, risking their lives daily to protect ours."

  • Lib Dem PCC Candidate Sam North
    Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Sam North has been announced by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Sam is a former police officer who is passionate about policing and crime prevention and has a deep understanding of the current limitations of the police service, of the difficulties that they face, and of the very real concerns that have been raised by the police time and time again. Sam has set out a six-point plan for policing in Hertfordshire which includes: Supporting our Officers, Reducing Crime, Mental Health provision, Equality and Opportunity, 21st Century Policing and tackling Serious, Organised and Gang-Related Crime.

  • TPO
    Article: Jan 16, 2021

    Our team of Lib Dem borough councillors for Bushey North have long been fighting plans for Watford FC to build a new stadium in Bushey.

    As a key part of our campaign, we set out to protect Bushey Hall Golf Course - the proposed stadium site - from being redeveloped for any scheme along these lines. And we now have some very good news to report.

    Back in June last year, Cllr Paul Richards applied to Hertsmere Borough Council for a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), which would protect the extensive wooded areas at the golf course, some of which are around a hundred years old.

    After months of Paul working to push the TPO through, it has now finally been approved by council officers. On Friday 15th January, the order was formally served on the course. What this means is that the site's owners are not allowed to fell trees on the principal areas of the site - and therefore, developers could not dig up the course to build a stadium on it.

    In theory, the order could one day be overturned, and the owners have the right to appeal to Hertsmere's planning committee. Nevertheless, there is now a huge new obstacle in the way of any attempt to progress the stadium plan.

    We'd like to thank the many hundreds of Bushey residents who've supported our campaign, and we're also very grateful to the council officers at Hertsmere for all their hard work in expediting the TPO.

    The documents relating to the order will shortly be published on the planning and parks pages of the Hertsmere website.

  • Students unable to access their campuses during lockdown
    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Lib Dem Councillors and Activists from across Hertfordshire have written to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire asking for clarification regarding its position on rent expections for on-campus accommodation at the University. Lib Dem Hertford Rural candidate Daniel Newton says:

    'It is essential that students are supported at this worrying time. We want to work with the University to make sure they are not paying the price for services they cannot access.'

  • Bushey Hall Farm, Bushey Mill Lane
    Article: Jan 8, 2021

    From Andrew Melville, Jerry Evans, and Paul Richards - Lib Dem borough councillors for Bushey North

    For nearly three years, we've been battling to put a stop to the problems at Bushey Hall Farm, where the owners are using the site to run an industrial tarmac business without planning permission.

    Their lorries and machines create huge amounts of noise and disturbance on a daily basis - often from as early as 5.00am. This has blighted our neighbourhood and caused misery for hundreds of North Bushey residents.

  • Bushey Hall Farm, Bushey Mill Lane
    Petition: Jan 7, 2021

    For more than three years, Bushey Lib Dems and local campaigners have fought to put a stop to the problems at Bushey Hall Farm, in Bushey Mill Lane, where the owners are running an industrial tarmac business without planning permission. Their lorries and machines create huge amounts of noise and disturbance, which blight the neighbourhood and cause misery for residents on daily basis.