"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and
open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values
of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall
be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
From Saturday 28 January there will be four new 'taxi marshals' in Harlow's town centre. Working on Friday and Saturday evenings from 11pm to 3am, their job is to help people leave the town centre quickly and safely.
Two marshals will be stationed at the taxi ranks near Jumpin' Jaks, and the other two in Post Office Road near Quattro's and Liquid.
Liberal Democrat licensing spokesman Cllr Ian Jackson says:
"Anti-social behaviour and alcohol-induced violence can occur once people leave nightclubs. By introducing marshals, we can try and ensure that people are able to leave the town centre by taxi as safely and quickly as possible to reduce this risk. This is one of the many initiatives that we are working on with the police and the taxi drivers to combat anti-social behaviour in the town centre."The scheme starts on the 28 January and will run for twelve weeks. If successful, it is hoped the scheme will be continued.
Tories exaggerate benefits of County budget, say Lib Dems
"Essex residents face a proposed council tax rise of 4.6% - around twice the rate of both general inflation and the increase pensioners will receive in April this year"says Cllr Tom Smith-Hughes, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council.
"The Conservatives say Essex has received the lowest central government grant in the country. They do not say that Essex has received over 6% extra for schools and for other services, the same increase as lots of other shire counties.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Housing estates cleaning blitz
Local Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Cllr Eleanor Macy is delighted that twenty-two housing estates across the town are to be given a special clean by Harlow Council as part of its major clean up campaign Together We Can ... Clean Up Our Town.
The estates have been selected to take part in a trial project starting on Monday 23 January and finishing on 24 February. For one day each estate will be thoroughly swept, litter picked and graffiti removed. A refuse vehicle will also be provided for residents to get rid of any unwanted bulky items. Each estate will receive a newsletter and information pack before the cleaning starts. Eleanor says:
"The estates programme is one part of our major clean up campaign - Together We Can ... Clean Up Our Town. This is something we are trying out and if successful could be extended to other estates in the town. The aim is to get people to be proud of where they live. After the clean up we hope that people will help us keep their area clean and tidy by being more aware of what they can do and what services are available to help.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Government wrong to increase incineration
"The government's announcement that it is to increase the use of incinerators to dispose of waste is bad news for Essex and not what we want"is the view of the Liberal Democrats at County Hall.
Cllr Ian Gale, Liberal Democrat county spokesman for waste management said:
"Whilst some Labour councillors in Essex have tried to deny this, the clear statement by the government that Labour is in favour of incineration both clarifies the situation and, more worryingly, increases the chance of it happening in the county.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tory transport plans inadequate and unaffordable
Conservative plans for transport across Essex are 'not based on a realistic expectation of funding' according to the government. That was the view of GO-East (Government Office for the East of England) when presented with Essex County Council's plans for transport over the next five years.
Keith Francis, Liberal Democrats spokesman for transport on Essex County Council, said:
"The Tories at Essex County Council make much of their competence to manage their budget and keep down council tax. It is now crystal clear that their claims are nothing more than spin, when a major project like the Local Transport Plan is based on money that they merely hope will come from another source. It is like someone booking a luxurious holiday knowing they can't afford it and hoping the money will appear from a kindly aunt.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Recycle - and win a prize!
If you put out your recyclable waste on your usual day between 6 February and 31 March, you could win £100! says Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Cllr Eleanor Macy.
Each week, a cash prize of £100 will be up for grabs in Harlow - and in the last two weeks of the competition, the prize money will double to £200.
Winners' names will be drawn at random each week from a list of households using the kerbside recycling scheme that week. Winners will be notified by a letter or postcard through the door and the names published on the Recycle for Essex web site.
For more information, visit the web site, or call Contact Harlow on 446655 or Recycle for Essex on 0845 603 7625.
There will also be a donation of up to £2,000 to the Little Havens Children's Hospice. The more waste is recycled, the more will be donated!
This competition is funded through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) Household Incentive Pilot Scheme. For more information on this scheme, please visit the DEFRA web site.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Resignation of Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP
Harlow Constituency Liberal Democrats have issued the following statement following the resignation of the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
"Charles Kennedy showed honesty and courage in making his statement on Thursday, and dignity in announcing on Saturday his decision to step down as leader.Chris Robins: Chair, Harlow Liberal Democrats
Cllr Chris Millington: Leader, Harlow District Council Liberal Democrat Group
Cllr Lorna Spenceley: Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Harlow