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  • Martin Rose, Alan Bullion and John Castle
    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    The government has announced today that Kent and Medway will be placed in Tier 3 from December 2nd, this is the highest tier. Medway has been placed in this category due to the high number cases seen in Medway over the last few weeks. North Kent, including Medway, Swale and Thanet are recording some the highest numbers of cases in the country.

  • chatham high street
    Article: Nov 22, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Stuart Bourne

    With the news of a Kent and Medway Business Summit in January to look at high street changes, Brexit and the impact of Covid19. Medway Liberal Democrats know how difficult it has been for our businesses, and their response to the lockdown policies that the Government have introduced to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

  • A229 Bluebell Hill
    Article: Nov 19, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Andrew Millsom/John Castle

    The KCC consultation on the upgrade options for the A229 at Bluebell Hill, to address increased traffic flow triggered by the future opening of the Lower Thames Crossing, were not sufficiently progressed. All options presented had significant shortcomings. Both Medway and Maidstone Lib Dem groups have responded to the consultation by saying the proposals lack evidence and may mean that they do not go far enough. Supporting evidence for the changes is vital in order to secure the backing of both communities for the major changes required.

    Maidstone and Medway Lib Dem groups have both broadly backed Option 2, with some reservations and suggested improvements. Environmental protections are vitally important in the design of the upgrade. A grade separated junction at J3 on the M2 is required to ensure the continuous flow of traffic heading eastbound from the Lower Thames Crossing joining the A229 southbound. This additional slip road and bridge would handle the increased volume, whilst separating local and national traffic. The upgrade from the A229 on the M20 heading eastbound towards the coast is also important for the same reasons of flow and separation of traffic.

    Heading from the coast on the M20, joining the A229 northbound is a cause of contention. Here the evidence required to justify any proposal is crucial to the success of the proposals. If the traffic flow increase is significant in this direction, there is an argument that all the proposed options fail to provide a long term solution. Andrew Millsom, a parish councillor and chartered engineer said, "I believe the increased traffic flow from the coast heading north will be sufficient to justify the construction of a grade separated slip road to ensure that local and national traffic is kept separate and ensure continuous flow.

  • medway sunset
    Article: Nov 19, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Local Liberal Democrats believe that we can no longer ignore the reality, that Medway is no longer free from dirty air. We feel that air pollution must be tackled now, not only to save our environment but to save lives. A report produced by the Centre for Cities found that 1 in 16 deaths in Chatham "are exclusively driven by combustion in commercial, institutional, and domestic activities linked to long-term exposure to particulates." Nationally, Liberal Democrats are calling for World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on particulate matter to be adopted into UK law, and met by 2030.

  • chatham high street
    Article: Nov 19, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats are responding to the news of a Kent and Medway Business Summit in January to look at high street changes, Brexit and the impact of Covid19. We know how difficult it has been for our businesses, and the lockdown policies that the Government have introduced to slow the spread of Coronavirus have had a huge economic impact on our towns.

  • capstone valley
    Article: Nov 9, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats/ Alan Wells

    As Medway enters another lockdown, the importance of access to green spaces and nature for physical and mental health has been starkly highlighted. Those who live alone across our towns, or without access to gardens, balconies, or green space, exposure to nature is a key factor in maintaining positive mental health.

  • Alan Bullion
    Article: Nov 5, 2020
    By Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservatives' "reckless" attitude to animal welfare and food standards, following votes on the Agriculture Bill in the House of Commons.

    Conservative MPs voted down Amendment 16B, added to the Bill in the House of Lords, which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained in any trade deals.

  • school meal
    Article: Oct 23, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats

    On Wednesday night Gillingham & Rainham Conservative MP Rehman Chishti voted against a motion in the House of Commons which would guarantee that all children who received free school meals would continue to receive them during the upcoming school holidays.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Gillingham & Rainham Dr Alan Bullion said, "Conservative MPs voted down a motion that would support over one million children who receive free school meals. The government has found billions to fund other projects but will not find the relatively small amount to fund free school meals."

  • clean air day 2020 logo
    Article: Sep 29, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    The World Health Organisation recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children's lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  

  • WMHD logo 2020
    Article: Sep 29, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Local Liberal Democrats are proud to support World Mental Health Day on 10th October. We know this year has been a tough one, particularly for people living with mental illness and in these challenging times, we believe that the future of mental health care should be community-based and locally focused. Helping people experiencing mental health not just survive, but thrive.