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  • wysd logo
    Article: Jun 22, 2021
    By Alan Wells/ Medway Liberal Democrats

    On 15 July, UNESCO-UNEVOC will join the global celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD). The aim of WYSD is to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges.

    Medway Liberal Democrats strongly support the local work of the National Citizen Service (NCS), an opportunity for young people to take on new challenges, meet new friends and develop personal and social development skills for work and life. We have participated in a number of local 'Political Question Time' panel discussions organised by the NCS, and found the breadth and quality of the questions asked always impressive and reflects the civic-minded nature of NCS participants.

    The NCS has provided a means for young people in our area to meet different people within our community, respect diversity and equality of others by contributing to a wider society and life in Medway. It also encourages young people from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures, classes and different parts of the Medway area to mix, develop team work skills and work together. Our towns have already benefitted from the NCS experience, with inspiring social action projects, which helps develop skills not taught in schools, and being a part of the NCS can be a life-changing experience for those participating.

    In these challenging times, when more young people are experiencing anxiety over their future and employment prospects, the NCS wants to make its programme of activities and experience safe and open for everyone taking part.

    John Castle, spokesperson for Medway Liberal Democrats added, "Locally, we have campaigned against the closure of Chatham Docks and highlighted the loss of jobs and apprenticeships that the Docks currently provides.

    The Docks support 16 apprenticeships which are projected to grow to 30, and provides training opportunities for local colleges with skills and knowledge, which clearly benefits Medway's youth and future local skill base. Liberal Democrats have visited the site and seen for themselves how important the Docks are to Medway, all this would be lost if the closure were to go ahead."

    Liberal Democrats know that once restrictions have been totally lifted, the work and role of the NCS will contribute to our community and in a post-COVID-19 Medway, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

    For more information on the role of the NCS please visit: https://wearencs.com/ and its 'Staying Connected' hub 'no you can't' into 'No We Can' and for up to date news on their summer programme.

    ENDS

  • Clear Air for Medway
    Page: Jun 14, 2021
  • national clean air day 17th june 2021
    Article: Jun 13, 2021
    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.  

    Local Liberal Democrats are supporting 'Clean Air Day' on 17th June, which is the UK's largest air pollution campaign and the theme for 2021 campaign is 'protect our children's health from air pollution'.

    We have campaigned vigorously on how pollution is affecting our towns. Chatham was named as one of the worst areas in the country for air quality, stating that one in 16 deaths in Chatham "are exclusively driven by combustion in commercial, institutional, and domestic activities linked to long-term exposure to particulates and linked to aggravating heart and lung conditions and causing cardiac arrhythmias, heart attacks, and respiratory effects such as asthma attacks and bronchitis." - Centre for Cities findings.

    Liberal Democrats have been consistent in calling on the Council to play a leadership role by adopting policies which are in line with our local environment, and by investing in infrastructure that will improve the air quality and health of Medway residents. Given electric and low emissions vehicles are key in tackling air pollution, the Council has failed to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points around Medway. The Council should ensure that locations such as public car parks and supermarkets, new developments and large-scale regeneration schemes include electric car charging facilities.

    Electric buses can play a major part in reducing air pollution, and the Council should fast track the procurement of pure electric buses to transform Medway's bus fleet. Promote its existing Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) by encouraging people to use public transport and provide incentives with cheaper fares, a greater frequency of services, more twilight bus services, quicker journey times and promoting eco-driving and car sharing.

    John Castle, Chair of Medway Liberal Democrats added "The lack of action is appalling, especially when we learn more about the huge health impact of air pollution. The Council's response lacks urgency, considering it has already declared a climate change emergency, admitting that its previous targets were inadequate.

    It is our belief that children, and particularly those from low-income families, will be impacted by the turmoil the pandemic has caused for years to come. We all have a role to play in protecting our children's health from the damaging consequences of air pollution - so they can learn and play safely.

    We have an air quality management area running right through the centre of Medway all along the A2 from Strood to Hoath Way, with extensions along Luton Road and between Cuxton Hill and Frindsbury and Four Elms Hill, and another running from the Lower Lines to Danes Hill and another running the length of Rainham High Street. This is a huge area of the centre of Medway where people are suffering poor air quality and the Council is clearly dragging its heels, just as the Government is anxious to reduce poor air quality post COVID by providing millions of pounds in grant funding.

    Unless there is urgent action in reducing emissions, our town's air quality will worsen and the health of future generations will suffer. Action should start now to ensure that children around our towns are protected from dirty air as they learn and play.

    We are calling for a local development plan that will invest in our local health, people deserve better, and Liberal Democrats demand better. "

    ENDS

    Additional Notes for Editors: Clean Air Day 2021

    Website: https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/about-clean-air-day#

    Sustainability charity Global Action Plan today announces this year's Clean Air Day, the UK's largest clean air campaign will take place on Thursday 17th June. the theme for the campaign is 'protect our children's health from air pollution'.

  • centre for cities logo
    Article: Jun 13, 2021
    By medway liberal democrats - alan wells

    A 'Centre for Cities' report which tracks the recovery of high streets in Britain's cities and large towns, lists Chatham as 'being weak' in its recovery. As pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops are opened, the report states 'South East England (outside London) is the UK region which has seen the biggest number of high street store closures since lock down began'.

  • Clear Air for Medway
    Survey: Jun 13, 2021
    10 questions

    Medway Liberal Democrats are campaigning for clean air in Medway.

    There are 4 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) in force covering a large area of Medway and we want to hear about the effect this has on people and how important the issue is from residents.

    Your input is valuable to us for two reason, first it adds weight to our campaign and it increases the urgency for the council to keep promises.

  • Splashes closed for refurbishment
    Article: Jun 3, 2021
    By SB 2021

    Medway Council have announced that the fate of Splashes Leisure centre will be decided at a Cabinet on the 8th June. During this meeting the cabinet will be asked to support the demolishing of the centre. Yet what is strikingly missing from the announcement is an official agreement to rebuild a leisure facility in its place. Their statement has no timeframe, no funding and no guarantee it will happen.

  • Splashes closed for refurbishment
    Article: Jun 2, 2021
    By Stuart Bourne

    Medway Council have announced that the fate of Splashes Leisure centre will be decided at a Cabinet on the 8th June. During this meeting the cabinet will be asked to support the demolishing of the centre. Yet what is strikingly missing from the announcement is an official agreement to rebuild a leisure facility in its place. Their statement has no timeframe, no funding and no guarantee it will happen.

  • WED 2020
    Article: May 24, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    World Environment Day - a UN initiative - takes place each year on the 5th June, and it's a day that raises awareness on environmental issues and challenges. This year's theme is 'Ecosystem Restoration'. Local Liberal Democrats have vigorously [successfully ] campaigned to protect Medway's environment and recently have opposed developments on orchards located in Lower Rainham and rural land in Capstone Valley.

  • rainbow bird
    Article: May 19, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats are proud to support International Pride Month. June is recognised as Pride Month, with events held all over the world to celebrate the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQI+) individuals. June plays a key role in raising the profile of communities and commemorating the history of the LGBTQI+ social movement.

  • UK Bike Week logo
    Article: May 18, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats are supporting UK Bike Week from 30 May - 5th June, which gives an opportunity to promote the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling around our towns. Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, is an annual celebration to showcase cycling, and this years theme is health and wellbeing.