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  • Medway Pride 2021
    Article: Sep 19, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats stood side by side with other organisations to take part in Medway's first Pride event on Saturday 21st August and helped us to highlight our campaign to ban conversion therapy.

    While it is wonderful to be out at Medway's first Pride event, we in the Medway Lib Dems are mindful that Pride has its roots in protest against oppression. We in the UK are incredibly fortunate to be able to celebrate Pride publicly with our families - this is a hard-won right which Liberals have been at the front of the fight for, for decades.

  • Universal Credit logo
    Article: Sep 19, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Hard-pressed families across Gillingham and Rainham face being left worse off when the government ends the uplift to Universal Credit next month.

    New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Medway Liberal Democrats.

  • Universal Credit logo
    Article: Sep 19, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Hard-pressed families across Chatham and Aylesford face being left worse off when the government ends the uplift to Universal Credit next month.

    New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Medway Liberal Democrats.

  • Universal Credit logo
    Article: Sep 19, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Hard-pressed families across Gillingham and Rainham face being left worse off when the government ends the uplift to Universal Credit next month.

    New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Medway Liberal Democrats.

  • Frindsbury Development
    Article: Aug 24, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Alan Wells, Lib Dems candidate for this week's Strood North by-election said "The news that Medway Council's planning committee has deferred a proposal to deliver 181 houses in Frindsbury, alongside a new academy for 1,150 pupils and a wedding venue, highlights the Council's poor housing planning.

    This is not an urban area, this is an area on the edge of the countryside where the density of development should be reduced. The deferment will give an opportunity to scrutinise the Frindsbury development plan and its impact on local residents.

  • Broomhill Park
    Article: Aug 20, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Alan Wells, Lib Dems candidate for this weeks Strood North by-election said "Whilst I recognise the need for new housing, it must be in the right places, where there is good provision of infrastructure. We would concentrate new housing developments in areas with good bus and rail links to reduce car usage, and in locations where there is scope to provide decent pedestrian, cycling and public transport connections.

    Liberal Democrats want to preserve open spaces around our towns, giving the local community, space for leisure and recreation, without causing harm to Medway's most sensitive wildlife habitats and species. We would improve the connectivity of habitats to provide robust ecological networks and provide new allotments on 'brown build' sites to provide for an increased population.

    This is highlighted in the expansion and success of Strood's Broomhill Park, which has had a huge impact on the health and well-being of the children and families in the surrounding areas. The group is run by enthusiastic and able members who are determined to improve the park for the benefit of the local residents and to engage the local community and young people. Money raised has also been used to improve the park by providing notice boards, benches, picnic benches and the park trustees worked successfully with Medway Council's greenspaces for S106 funding to benefit the park's meaningful projects.

  • Broomhill Alan
    Article: Aug 11, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Liberal Democrats would improve environmental standards in the Medway Towns by adopting sensible and consistently applied planning policies which are in line with the surrounding environment. The Conservative-led Council, by not having yet adopted a Local Plan, has had less control over developments in order to meet the Government's housing targets and this means developers often win their planning appeals, thereby causing great harm to our green spaces.

    Alan Wells, Lib Dems candidate for the upcoming Strood North by-election said "Whilst I recognise the need for new housing, it must be in the right places, where there is good provision of infrastructure. We would concentrate new housing developments in areas with good bus and rail links to reduce car usage, and in locations where there is scope to provide decent pedestrian, cycling and public transport connections.

    Liberal Democrats want to preserve open spaces around our towns, giving the local community space for leisure and recreation, without causing harm to Medway's most sensitive wildlife habitats and species. We would improve the connectivity of habitats to provide robust ecological networks and provide new allotments on 'brown build' sites to provide for an increased population.

    This is highlighted in the expansion and success of Broomhill Park an open green space that has been growing in strength when the 'Friends of Broomhill' finally fulfilled their ten-year dream of purchasing The Old Orchard. The area is now accessible for many Park users and provides a quiet and relaxed environment for residents and visitors.

  • Clear Air for Medway
    Article: Aug 11, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/John Castle

    Medway's poor air quality can have a big impact on our health and well-being. John Castle, our candidate for the upcoming Princes Park by-election is are calling on the council to do more to promote cleaner air in the Medway towns. To do more to encourage people to use public transport, or to travel by bike or on foot and to investigate how it can make our bus services more affordable, especially for families travelling together, where a return ticket to Chatham could cost over £10. There should be an arrangement between Medway Council and bus providers in the Towns to promote green transport methods.

  • capstone valley
    Article: Aug 11, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Lockdown, highlighted 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.

  • Housing Liberal Democrats
    Article: Aug 8, 2021
    By john Castle/Alan Wells Medway Liberal Democrats

    The government white paper on the future of planning policy in England states that changes are needed to stimulate housebuilding, without any evidence of how this would work in practice. Top down planning from the centre does not recognize that England is a very diverse country and what is right for one part of the country would be wrong for another.