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  • Article: Jul 20, 2021

    At today's meeting of Hertfordshire County Council, the Conservatives turned down a proposal from the Liberal Democrats to top up - by £31 per child - the Government's £50 part-funding of vital support over the summer holiday for each of the 34,400 children receiving free school meals.

    County Councillor Mark Watkin, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children's Services and proposer of the top-up motion, commented;

  • Article: Jul 6, 2021

    At the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel meeting on 5 July 2021, it was revealed that Hertfordshire County Council failed to deliver £102m of budgeted improvements to residents during the last financial year 2020/2021. Hardest hit were children and young people, with £27.8m of the schools' expansion program and a further £12.5m of schools' repairs and maintenance being reprogrammed. Capital projects valued at nearly £2m (£1.7m) for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) children and young people were reprogrammed, despite investment in this area being widely acknowledged as essential.

  • Stadium FAQ
    Article: Jun 26, 2021

    Bushey Hall Golf Club and Watford FC stadium: your questions answered.

    Q. What are the recent developments?

    A. The bid to build a new Watford FC stadium on Bushey Hall Golf Club has been rejected from the borough's Local Plan. This emerged at a Hertsmere planning meeting on 17th June, and now makes it extremely unlikely the stadium could ever happen, because the only really plausible route to winning approval has now been closed off. It also means the golf club site will remain on the greenbelt.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2021

    Herts County Conservatives voted at a recent meeting to charge double the amount they require for providing education if a home is built as a council house compared to one for sale on the open market.

    At the Growth, Infrastructure and Planning Panel on Tuesday 22nd June, a proposal to change the 'planning obligations' required from housebuilders was tabled. Part of that proposal was to charge more than double for any home built as a council house compared to one expecting to be sold on the open market. A 3 bed house for market would expect to see an education provision payment of £17,719, whereas if it was a council house, the County would expect £34,630.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2021

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have welcomed plans for a Hertfordshire tree strategy that could see more than a million additional trees in the county but called for big changes in the way the council deals with existing roadside trees. The tree "establishing" plans were discussed at a meeting of Herts County Council's Environment Panel on 10th June.

  • 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.