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  • Article: Nov 15, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Leader in Herts County Council, Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has hit out a County Council press release that claimed County Council tax would have gone up £650 or 34%.

    In a stinging attack on the official press release he called it "Trump-like fake news."

    "It simply isn't true. The County part of the Council Tax couldn't possibly have gone up by that much, as the council tax increases have been capped. The savings (or in many cases cuts) are largely due to the necessity forced on all councils by Government." said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Liberal Democrats today opposed the recommendation to approve the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

    Barbara Gibson, Opposition Spokesperson for Community Safety, explained: "Whilst we are highly supportive of the Fire Service and have strong confidence that the appropriate risk analysis has been done, the draft IRMP document itself is lacking key information. Without that information it is not possible to assess the proposals in the IRMP.

    "Missing information includes community risk profiles based on current and projected demographics and growth, analysis of gaps in the service's capability to deal with the risks, station profiles, details of current staff and equipment levels, and risks of reductions. We were particularly concerned at the lack of information on the current workforce levels and how the service is impacted by its ageing workforce".

    "We were disappointed that the Conservatives on the Community Safety and Waste Management Cabinet Panel voted to approve the draft plan as presented, without recommending the missing components be included. This is an Inadequate Risk Management Plan, and the consultation will be less than effective as a result. We urge the Cabinet and Council to go back to the drawing board and present an IRMP that is fit for purpose."

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018


    At Thursday's meeting of the County Council's Education, Localism and Libraries Panel, Liberal Democrats voted against the Conservative Group's proposals to set up an independent charitable organisation to run its Library Service. This new service should be viable only because it will not have to pay £1/2 million business rates, which would otherwise have in part provided income to all the District Councils in the County.
    Using a competitive tendering process, any organisation will be able to bid to run the service as a Public Service Mutual organisation, which unlike the present Library Service, will obtain charitable status. The risk is that while one bid will be spun off the existing service, the others will come from outside organisations. This could result in an organisation like Carillon, which recently collapsed, being trusted to run the service. Even if the provider remains solvent, and in spite of assurances to the contrary, there is a real risk that smaller or unprofitable libraries might be closed or services cut.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    The announcement made this week that, over the next four years, Hertfordshire County Council will be investing millions of pounds to improve local roads has been slammed by the opposing Liberal Democrats. It is announcing what was already agreed back in February all over again and
    it is not "new money" as implied in the Press Release.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018

    The Liberal Democrat opposition on Herts County Council has come up with a costed proposal that, if agreed, could see residential street lights stay on until 2am if residents want that.

    In the roll-out of converting street lights to LED, the county Conservatives have proposed to move the current midnight turn-off to 1am. The Liberal Democrats have always opposed the midnight turn off and pushed for 2am as the earliest.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Herts County Council is now planning to leave residential side street lights on till 1am - this was part of a part-night lighting scheme that has seen lights go off at midnight.

    The proposals are part of the conversion of all street lights to LED lighting but will see the lights being dimmed at 9pm and again at 11pm before being turned off at 1am.

  • school pic
    Article: Jun 24, 2018
    By Cllr Paul Zukowskyj

    Lib Dems were disappointed, but not surprised, when Hertfordshire Tories voted to enhance property developer profits by reducing the amount they have to pay to provide school places.

    The change in policy, from the upper end of the range allowed in the regulations to the bottom end, was proposed by officers because it was 'too difficult to argue' after neighbouring authorities and the Government's own agency, the ESFA, allowed developers to contribute the lowest possible amount or are building schools to the lower specification.

  • Liberal Democrats
    Article: May 29, 2018

    Welwyn Hatfield & Hertfordshire Campaigns Co-ordinator

    The Campaign Co-ordinator will play a pivotal role in delivering the campaign strategy and plan in Welwyn Hatfield and across a number of development areas in Hertfordshire.

    Job Title: Campaigns Co-ordinator

    Responsible to: Chair of Herts County Co-ordinating Committee and Chair of Welwyn Hatfield

  • Thameslink train
    Article: May 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have unanimously backed an all party motion condemning the problems caused to travellers in Hertfordshire by train companies, Network Rail and the Department of Transport. The County Council agreed to tell them all that they are failing to look after the interests of Hertfordshire residents and businesses.

  • Cllr Mark Watkin with concerned parents
    Article: May 11, 2018

    Lib Dem spokesperson County Councillor Mark Watkin expressed his dismay at the decision to severly cut funding for the provision of an ongoing service beyond August at Nascot Lawn without reviewing needs of the families. "During the meeting a number of the Board members expressed their sympathy for the plight of these children, yet when the moment came for them to support these words with action, they remained mute. It was shameful! They have been warned by the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee that if they don't improve their engagement with parents, their decision will be referred to the Secretary of State. It looks like they have a long way to go."