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.
Article: Mar 31, 2022
Herts County Council has been awarded nearly £6 million pounds to introduce 27 electric buses in Stevenage - which is good news - but this is much less than some other councils who made more ambitious bids. In comparison Oxfordshire County Council successfully bid for £32 million for 159 electric buses from the same government fund.
Article: Mar 18, 2022Not content with failing to centrally fund social care forcing local authorities to raise council tax again, a new report now identifies the Tories latest blunder which could put the survival of Care Homes into question. The all party County Council Network report has confirmed that the Government has seriously underestimated the costs of adult social care charging reforms.
Article: Mar 18, 2022
Liberal Democrats have exposed a claim by Herts County Council about cutting the council's carbon emissions which is completely untrue. The council has delivered copies of its "Your Hertfordshire" magazine to every house in the county including the claim that by switching the fuel used by the Fire Service to a type known as GTL (Gas-To-Liquid) it will save 90% of previous carbon emissions. The council has now admitted that this is untrue.
Article: Mar 2, 2022
Hidden inside yesterday's announcement of Hertfordshire Secondary Transfer Allocation are some alarming figures which show that across the County 778 children were not allocated any of their four chosen schools and in Watford alone 174 children will be going to schools they did not want to attend. Hemel Hempstead children fared little better with 41 allocated a non-ranked school. For other areas parents may have to travel miles because their local school has a faith restricting admissions policy.
Article: Feb 24, 2022
The Liberal Democrat alternative budget was proposed at the meeting of the Full Council at Hertfordshire County Council on 22 February 2022. Key proposals to address the cost-of-living crisis and rising inequality including £4.2m for extending Free School Meals to cover holidays; a £15 subsidy for school uniform per child eligible for Free School Meals; and an additional £6m to increase the number of qualified school nurses by 40 over the next four years, were voted down by the Conservative administration.