With only 3 borough councillors, as opposed to 33 Labour members at Stevenage Borough Council (SBC), the Liberal Democrats continue to be the main opposition group in terms of issues raised – as we have been since 1981.
In the last two full council meetings alone (8.10.2014 and 10.12.2014), we have, for example:
- Raised 6 formal questions on:
– the state of the Arts and Leisure Centre walkway
– factually incorrect information issued by SBC on proposed bus cuts
– car parking charges at Fairlands Valley on match days
– the state of the grounds and anti-social behaviour around The Towers
– effects of cuts by HCC in the opening hours of the Stevenage Household Waste and Recycling Centre
– penalty charge notices issued for parking offences.
- Raised the problem of overflowing litter and dog waste bins following Labour’s cuts in the emptying of these.
- Criticised spending council meeting time on information sessions and anodyne motions.
- Highlighted the poor web site at SBC for Local Community Budget applications.
- Made clear that the proposed 500 new council homes are possible only as a result of changes carried out by the Coalition government in local authority housing finance.
- Praised the involvement of Stevenage engineers and scientists in the Rosetta and Philae craft and celebrated the success of Stevenage in this with a unanimously accepted motion.
“We intend to continue or constructive opposition to the huge Labour majority at Stevenage Council, into 2015, as we have now been doing since 1981” said Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Democrats, Cllr. Robin Parker C.C. “and we will do this by tabling formal questions or motions or raising issues as other opportunities arise.”