Daisy Cooper and St Albans Lib Dems welcomed the ‘Exit from Brexit’ poster van in St Peters Street on Thursday (March 21). It’s clear that Theresa May and her chaotic Tory government are not listening to the people. We demand a People's Vote – and will be marching on Parliament to make our voice heard this Saturday, March 23. Join us on the march.
St Albans Liberal Democrats are saying ‘cheers’ to a dedicated group of locals from the Great Northern after they succeeded in getting the pub listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV).
Local Liberal Democrats have challenged Hertfordshire County Council to sort out the mess resulting from the failure to get Katherine Warington School in Harpenden approved in time.
The Tories controlling St Albans District Council have come under fire for a series of recent failures and poor financial management, including a thumping £108,000 loss forecast for the city’s new museum and gallery.
For too long now, many St Albans families and friendships have been torn apart due to skyrocketing house prices here in the district.
Young professionals... children of families who have lived here all their lives... key workers, such as teachers and nurses.
People the city should be embracing are being forced to leave the place they love because they simply can’t afford to buy or rent here.
That’s why opposition Liberal Democrats have put forward new plans to build more homes people can afford, including much-needed social housing.
Chris White, leader of the Lib Dem group on St Albans District Council, told us: “The council must become a developer in its own right – it’s the only way it can build the volume of social housing needed to retain our youngsters and keep families together.
“We understand there has to be new greenfield development, but it’s essential that plans are in place from the start to provide new schools, highways and NHS services – not after the houses are going up, which is much too late.”
Conservative leaders have failed to take action for many years now. But a Lib Dem council would deliver on this right away.
As the Westminster stalemate over Brexit continues to drag on, with seemingly no end in sight, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Daisy Cooper is calling for a People’s Vote to end the deadlock.
Daisy, who campaigned passionately for a Remain vote in 2016’s referendum, wants to see power handed back to the general public instead of MPs.
She said: “More than 60% of people now support having a final say on Brexit, which isn’t surprising given the complete mess we’re currently in.
“I believe Britain’s future is brighter if we remain in Europe and I’m doing all I can to secure us a final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain.”
More than 50,000 older people have now died waiting for much-needed care during the 700 days since the government first announced it would publish a green paper on social care.
The shocking findings by Age UK underline the huge crisis in social care and the inability of Theresa May and the Conservatives to deal with it effectively.
The Lib Dems have pledged to put a penny on income tax and directly invest the funds in social care to ensure older people have the support they need.
Dissatisfaction with business rates has reached an all-time high, following a long-delayed and poorly implemented rates revaluation in 2017 and a deepening crisis on St Albans’ high street.
Rising business costs and unsustainable levels of rent are placing disproportionate pressure on local businesses (through tax inequality), leading to closures, loss of jobs and a reduction of investment in the local economy.
In December 2018 Chris Davis, councillor for Verulam ward, tabled a motion to tackle this pressing issue.
The motion called on St Albans District Council to consider abolishing the business rate system and replacing it with a commercial landowner levy (CCL) – a tax on the owner of the property. The result would be a net tax cut for businesses.
An initiative by Liberal Democrats to rectify shortcomings with disability access and pavement safety has received significant cross-party support on Hertfordshire County Council.
A motion put forward “to urgently undertake these issues” by Barbara Gibson, a Lib Dem councillor and opposition spokesperson for community safety, was debated by the county’s highways and environment cabinet panel on Tuesday 12 February.
The Lib Dem motion called for action in six areas:
- Designation of an officer responsible for advocating for disability access issues, establishing a mechanism for reporting problems and raising disability accessibility issues
- Identifying barriers to access (ie – missing dropped kerbs, drastically uneven surfaces, overgrown vegetation and other hazards)
- Investing to bring footways up to minimum safe and accessible standards
- Ensuring current policies for construction and maintenance of footways follow government guidance with regard to accessibility, and
- Ensuring that all new development meets accessibility standards.
The referendum is for the Neighbourhood Plan in Harpenden, which is due to take place on the 7th of February.
Neighbourhood plans were introduced to give local communities an opportunity to set planning policies, and can only be adopted following a referendum. They form part of the planning policies for planning authorities, who have to consider them. You can see what it proposes on www.harpenden.gov.uk or you can pick up a copy in the Town Hall and Library.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a 15 year planning document (to 2033) that has been written and shaped by the people of Harpenden over the last two years, taking into account over 3,600 survey answers. Any planning application for Harpenden put forward in the future would have to be in line with its policies if it was voted in.
The Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan is not the same as the St Albans Local Plan. The St Albans Local Plan is the document St Albans City & District Council are putting together that will cover the whole district and take into account the housing allocation for the district. The Neighbourhood Plan covers only Harpenden, which will sit alongside the Local Plan.
It is a real reflection of the town’s opinions and has been put together by many volunteers and community representatives from a wide range of groups across the town. Many of your fellow residents have given up hours and hours of their time to do this for you. It is your plan.
You might feel that some of the policies really appeal to you – for example, it is big on sustainable transport like walking, cycling and other environmentally friendly methods. It protects some of our green spaces. It focuses on the need for 2-3 bedroom houses.
If the town votes 'No' then we will have no document of any sort representing the opinions, wants and needs of Harpenden when planning applications come forward. Only policies from the National Planning Policy Framework and the St Albans Local Plan will be considered.
Harpenden deserves better. Please vote yes in the Neighbourhood Plan referendum.