Article: Jun 22, 2022By Stuart Bourne for Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway council's plans to fight the climate emergency has been given an embarrassing set back after it emerged that they might not get planning permission from themselves to install solar panels on their own building at Gun Wharf.
Medway council declared a climate emergency in 2019. Since then there has been very little concrete action by them to actually do anything to stop climate change. One of the few actions was the commitment to install solar panels on their office buildings, though that is more to do about them cutting their energy bills rather than a firm commitment to protect the planet.
Article: Jun 5, 2022By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are calling on Medway Council take a lead on tax avoidance and promote companies and organisations that pay their fair share of tax.
We are calling on the Council to sign up to the Fair Tax Declaration - which calls on Councils to lead by example in their own tax conduct, demand greater transparency from suppliers and consider the tax-record of any company they buy goods and services from.
Article: May 31, 2022By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are supporting UK Bike Week from 6th - 12th 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.
Article: May 29, 2022By Paul O'Neill/Alan Wells - Medway liberal democrats
We are pleased to announce the launch of the our online petition to ban conversion therapy. Last year when the Medway Liberal Democrat team were at Medway Pride, LGBT+ people, friends, family and allies signed our petition calling for the practice to be banned. The link to our petition is here: http://medwaylibdems.org.uk/BanAllConversionTherapy
Survey's show that Peel L&P are exaggerating support for closing Chatham Docks' - say local Lib DemsArticle: May 29, 2022By John Castle for Medway Liberal Democrats
Recently Peel L&P announced the results of a survey of 101 people showing 77 people supported their proposals. Medway Liberal Democratic ran a survey, 212 people responded and 203 voted for keeping the Docks. These two surveys demonstrate that the issue does not have the clear cut support Peel L&P is claiming.
Article: May 26, 2022By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
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 Only One Earth, highlighting the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature by bringing transformative changes - through policies and our choices - towards cleaner, greener lifestyles.
'Local Lib Dems launch plan to tackle Medway's environment, supporting World Environmental Day on 5th June'Article: May 26, 2022By Alan Wells/Stuart Bourne for Medway Liberal Democrats
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 Only One Earth, highlighting the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature by bringing transformative changes - through policies and our
Article: May 24, 2022By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
We are pleased to announce our latest residents survey is now available online. This is an opportunity for residents to share with us, their thoughts of Medway and what issues are important, and what we can do to help. It will help Medway Liberal Democrats to understand and act on the needs or issues that the community experiences. Access to the survey can be found here: https://medwaylibdems.org.uk/Engagement2022
Article: May 10, 2022By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
May is 'National Stroke Awareness Month', an observance that highlights the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Time is of the essence in terms of suffering a stroke, and Medway Liberal Democrats want stroke services that best serves the health needs of Medway residents. We have been consistent for calling for local stroke services, to be retained at Medway Maritime Hospital.
Article: May 9, 2022By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
New analysis reveals farming income in the South of England has fallen by £61 million in just one year. The Government's new overseas trade deals have been partly blamed for the hit to our region's farming industry and farmers are now coping with spiralling costs.
To improve the lives and purses of Medway's farmers and consumers, we are developing policies to improve food and farming, We are looking at the future of farming and fishing, food security and supply chains, food poverty, nutrition and healthy eating, food production and animal welfare. British farmers and food producers are amongst the best in the world and they are ready to deliver high quality, sustainable food produced in harmony with the environment and animal welfare. Yet time and time again this Conservative Government has badly let down farmers and rural communities. This is a pivotal moment for farmers with food security never a more important issue than today.
Alan Wells, spokesperson for Medway Liberal Democrats said: 'It is time politicians spoke up for rural communities who urgently need help and support. Medway Liberal Democrats want to listen and engage with local farmers who have been taken for granted by the Conservative party. We are determined to campaign for our local the farming industry, buying Medway produce and encouraging others to do the same has always been important to Liberal Democrats. We have always backed British farmers, recently proposing new legislation to protect them from being undercut by deals with countries with lower environmental and animal welfare standards than the UK.
One of the many things that makes Medway so special is its rich agricultural heritage, it is part of who we are. We want to increase support, reduce bureaucracy and open up new markets, to ensure that Medway's agricultural industries have a positive future. There's a real need to ensure that rural and agricultural voices are heard and Medway Liberal Democrats want that conversation. Our goal is to give new hope to communities in every corner of Medway and Kent."