Author: Andy McGuinness

The very sad loss of Cllr Sherma Batson

Stevenage Liberal Democrats were very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Cllr Sherma Batson, a stalwart of the community here in Stevenage. Robin Parker, Leader of Stevenage Liberal Democrats had these words to say on this sad loss for Stevenage: “I was truly deeply shocked and saddened today to hear of the sudden death of borough and county councillor Sherma Batson. I knew Sherma through her service for 12 years on the borough council and 12 years on the county council. “Sherma was enthusiastic and committed to all of her many roles in the local community. She...

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Tories to blame for state of Hertfordshire County Council

Letter from Chells County Councillor Robin Parker as published in the Comet Dear Sir Your correspondent Jacqui Fallowes (Comet letters, 8 December) shoots herself in the foot magnificently several times. She rightly complains about pot holed roads, broken pavements and damaged street lights whilst extolling the virtues of the Conservatives. Clearly she does not know that all these things are the responsibility of the Conservative dominated Hertfordshire County Council (HCC)! As the main opposition group at HCC, the Liberal Democrats have continually raised these and other failings of the Highways operation and we have been met with denial and lack...

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Scandal as County Seeks to Hide Cuts to Gritting Routes from Schools

Hertfordshire County Council has been accused of seeking to hide cuts to winter gritting routes from 245 affected schools.   Despite Liberal Democrat opposition the County Council decided on 12th September to remove 49km of roads from its pre snow winter gritting routes. This is affecting up to 245 schools meaning the roads those schools were on would only be gritted after prolonged snow fall and not before as they were last year. Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst who, along with Chells County Councillor, Robin Parker, opposed that move at the Highway Panel has since found out...

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Lib Dems call for County to think again about cuts to homelessness support

The Liberal Democrats at last week’s County Council meeting called for the Conservative administration to think again about its proposals to cut support for people with homelessness problems. Lib Dem spokesperson County Councillor Ron Tindall said: ‘The homeless in our society are not voters, they often exist in the twilight of our communities, isolated, and often difficult to reach.   ‘But it is a measure of a civilised society how we care for those less fortunate than ourselves. “Many have mental health issues or learning difficulties and I do find it disappointing that shortly before the homeless motion was debated,...

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Comet Article – ‘People are moving out’ – Concern over growing number of bedsits in Stevenage’s Great Ashby area

A law was passed in 2010 which means landlords do not need planning permission to turn a house with up to six occupants who share at least one facility into bedsits. People living in Great Ashby say this lack of planning control has led to a high concentration of ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation’ in the area, causing an unsustainable pressure on parking and destabilising the community – since there is no sense of ownership. Please read rest of article via Comet Newspaper 2016...

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