News from the Liberal Democrats across England

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Oct 19, 2021

    Works started on the 'Northern Gateway' in June 2021 to ease congestion around the Clapham Road/Manton Lane roundabout, which will also benefit the A6 roundabout.

    To date, Clapham Road has been widened between the Paula Radcliffe Way roundabout and Manton Lane with a new kerb and pavement, construction has started on the dedicated left-turn lane from Clapham Road to Manton Lane, and extensive road widening on the northeast corner of the Clapham Road roundabout is largely complete.

  • Bedford Borough Council logo
    Article: Oct 18, 2021

    Is your child due to start Secondary or Upper school next September? You need to apply by 31 October 2021 for the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

    Bedford Borough Council's online admissions system is open to all parents and carers who live within the Borough and whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2022.

  • Transporting Bedford article
    Article: Oct 17, 2021

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has written about the Transporting Bedford in this month's Column for the Times and Citizen.

    You can read the article below:

    Transporting Bedford

    Most people are aware of the Transporting Bedford programme, but many do not know the background of what we are trying to achieve.

    Transporting Bedford is a £24 million project to tackle congestion hotspots in Bedford Borough and is the largest ever investment in Bedford Borough's roads.

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    Article: Oct 16, 2021

    Shropshire Councillors in the Bishop's Castle Area have reacted angrily to the sudden closure of the town's hospital on Thursday.

    Heather said "What has really annoyed me is this was done almost by stealth. Very few people knew what was going to happen.

    "On the very day that the closure press releases were being sent out the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee was meeting. An emergency item should have been tabled. (see note). I will be requesting that this is examined next time we meet.

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    Article: Oct 15, 2021

    Heather Kidd has challenged the West Midlands Ambulance Service for its continuing poor response times and its failure to achieve cooperation with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust at a recent meeting of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC)*

    Heather, who is a member of the Committee, said: "The rural south west has had a long history of poor response times and we know that by the end of the day our ambulances are being called away and used in Wolverhampton and Birmingham after they deliver Shropshire patients there. We also know that ambulances are held up at the Royal Shrewsbury in particular. This leaves us with poor ambulance cover here and people facing several hours wait for an essential service.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2021

    Good morning

    The following link may be of interest to you if you are involved in voluntary, community or charity work and are seeking grant funding for projects or events. There are a wide variety of funding opportunities in this October update including funding linked to projects related to Church restoration, heritage, climate change, combatting loneliness, the Arts and many others.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2021

    1.Road Safety. A road safety study being carried out on whole length of the B4386 from A5 to the Powys border looking at aspects such as speed, the character of the road and the traffic using it. In addition, another study is looking at the introduction of 20mph speed limits work going on for Chirbury and Long Mountain Primary Schools. The Parish Councils and I have been lobbying for these for some time and will be pressing for some action on the results.

  • Green Flag Award 2021
    Article: Oct 15, 2021

    The Green Flag Award is celebrating its Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years of excellence. This week the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, has revealed the names of over 2,000 parks and green spaces across the UK that have collected a coveted Green Flag Award for 2021.

    Bedford Park, Addison Howard Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park, and Priory Country Park have once again been awarded the Green Flag.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    In collaboration with the Liberal Democrat European Group, the Federal Policy Committee are organising regional events giving members a chance to shape our policy on Europe. We want to hear your thoughts on what our priority areas should be, what solutions you might have to problems raised and how we can continue to promote a close relationship with Europe.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The autumn party conferences traditionally mark the start of the new political season. They are a time to reflect on the past year and set out plans to succeed in the coming year.

    Both politics and coronavirus have made it a tough time since the last round of conferences. But we can look forward to this new political season with confidence that if we continue to raise our game, we can prosper. We've seen signs of that already, including with Sarah Green's fantastic win in Chesham and Amersham and also with the latest net favourability leadership polling from Savanta ComRes: