The Liberal Democrats have had at least one councillor representing Epping Hemnall since 1996. These are just some of their achievements.
Following a petition by local residents Janet Whitehouse got Royal Mail to provide a postbox outside Pelly Court Hemnall St. Residents now (2022) want a larger postbox. Janet contacted Royal Mail who have removed the plate restricting the size of letters that can be posted and Royal Mail are monitoring the usage of the box to see if a larger one is needed.
"If you have received Conservative election leaflets across the City - do they get royalties for the repeats? Most of you know the LibDems answer queries honestly and, we hope, helpfully - no point in pulling the wool over anyone's eyes - so this is our response:
The council does not have the power to hire and fire of police. The Tories cannot promise anything (and just remember who cut police numbers in the first place).
The grass cutting regime is not changing. We are setting aside some green areas for bees and pollinators and there will be local consultation and preservation of areas of parks which are used for other activities. 97% of meadowland has been lost in the UK but it is not even on the Tory radar.
We have NOT voted for 2-weekly waste collections. Food waste is a weekly collection by law if you were worrying. The environmental issues around the waste collection were not considered by the Tories as important in the discussion.
No one has said anything about building on Two Tree Island as they state in Leigh although a Tory councillor suggested we look at building housing on Leigh green belt nearby. We can only assume West Leigh Tory Councillors agreed with him.
And just remember who wanted to close our libraries and Leigh community centre.
We are spending £10m a year on roads and pavements after decades of Tory neglect. It was a Tory councillor that said potholes were good for slowing down traffic!"
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After some electoral reversals last year, the Tory government put on hold multiple controversial changes to the planning system that they had, until then, been proposing. During the Chesham and Amersham by-election campaign, for instance, the Lib Dems were helped to victory by being able to quote ex-Prime Minister Theresa May's criticisms of Johnson's proposed planning changes against the Tories themselves! Unfortunately, this still didn't mean that Britain's planning system was spared from Tory interference.
Shoebury sand dunes to be protected as part of new project
A new scheme to protect Shoebury's coastline using environmentally-friendly methods has been given the go ahead. Plans have been approved to stabilise and restore the sand dunes of East Beach, which are effective in stopping coastal erosion, by planting vegetation, reinstating timber fencing at the top of the dunes and installing fencing to protect these new plants while they grow. The application is part of wider work taken as part of the Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities project led by Southend City Council and coastal defence programe European Intereg 2 Seas which aims to protect the city's seafront from Leigh Port to East Beach.
The hole that has been dug in High Street, Chelmsford has now been largely filled by a tank. This will collect water in the event of sudden downpours (which will become more frequent as a result of the climate emergency).
Following public announcements made today, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expressed strong opposition and concerns about the United Kingdom's plan to export its asylum obligations and urged the UK to refrain from transferring asylum seekers and refugees to Rwanda for asylum processing.
"UNHCR remains firmly opposed to arrangements that seek to transfer refugees and asylum seekers to third countries in the absence of sufficient safeguards and standards. Such arrangements simply shift asylum responsibilities, evade international obligations, and are contrary to the letter and spirit of the Refugee Convention," said UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs.
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