Article: Nov 22, 2021By Alan Wells/ Paul O'neill for Medway Liberal Democrats
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Medway Liberal Democrats are hoping to bring a splash of colour to Medway - and send a clear message about diversity.
Liberal Democrats are calling on the Council to consider remarking a pedestrian crossing in Rainbow colours as a way of supporting and highlighting the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in Medway.
Article: Nov 20, 2021By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Sarah Manuel has been selected as their Candidate for the upcoming Rochester East by-election on Thursday 16th December.
John Castle, Chair of Medway Liberal Democrats said: "We are delighted to announce Sarah as a candidate, standing in the Rochester East by-election to allow Liberal Democrat party members & supporters in the ward to have a Liberal Democrat vote.
Article: Nov 18, 2021By Stuart Bourne for Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are deeply disappointed by Tuesday's cabinet meeting, where the ruling Tory administration approved Medway's city bid. What is also deeply concerning was that they approved it without sharing the cost of the bid with the public, and potentially giving the council unlimited funds to spend on this vanity project.
Article: Nov 12, 2021By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway's local plan has been the subject of much discussion and the lack of current Council leadership has had far-reaching consequences for our towns.
The importance of having a valid local plan can't be understated. It provides the basis for a considered and strategic approach to housing, employment and other forms of development for our area, and so governs planning applications and wider planning matters.
' Health Secretary's decision will mean Medway Hospital will be losing its stroke provision' - say Liberal DemocratsArticle: Nov 6, 2021By alan wells - Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are disappointed at the Health Secretary's decision to close Medway Hospital's stroke provision in favour of Hyper Acute Units. Since the announcement in September 2018 of the decision not to place a 24/7 hyper acute stroke service here in Medway, we have called for the retention of this life saving service to remain at Medway Maritime Hospital. The decision of having vital support services located an hour away as being unacceptable.
John Castle, Chair of Liberal Democrats said "Judicial review, the legal route to protest was the last chance to recognise the resistance to move the stroke unit and correct the decision and to appeal for the Secretary of State to reverse the plans. The Health Secretary's decision impacts on over half-million people who use Medway Hospital and the availability of critical stroke care to the 400,000 people within the catchment of Medway Hospital.
Article: Nov 4, 2021By Stuart Bourne - Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are concerned that Gillingham town centre and its High Street is yet again, being ignored by the Conservative administration of Medway Council. During the recent budget, central government announced the first winners of its 'Levelling Up' fund, and Medway Council received over £14million for three projects within Chatham town centre. Though we welcome the funds and agree with the need to improve Chatham town centre, we are deeply concerned that all recent funding and attention is on Chatham, whilst other places like Gillingham are ignored.
Article: Nov 3, 2021By Stuart Bourne Medway Liberal Democrats
We are delighted to see that the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed AC Goatham's planning appeal for a development to be built on apple orchards in Rainham.
The development of over new 1200 houses would have destroyed precious orchards that are hundreds of years old, whilst also overloaded the already strained infrastructure of lower Rainham. That is why Medway Liberal Democrats have been against the development from the start (PUMP LANE, RAINHAM DEVELOPMENT - AN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT (Medway Lib Dems).
Article: Oct 31, 2021By Stuart Bourne Medway Liberal Democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats continue to be disappointed by the lack of communication surrounding the project to rebuild Splashes leisure centre in Rainham.
From the outset the project has been surrounded by confusion, with what was originally going to be a simple refurb, the sudden details of the unsafe nature of the building and now required the building to be demolished and rebuilt. During all of this none of the local councillors have regularly updated people of its progress and has sown a huge amount of doubt within the local residents.
Article: Oct 31, 2021By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats
Medway Liberal Democrats are calling on Medway Council to end all of its investment in Fossil Fuels after it was revealed earlier this year that the Council's Pension Fund invests [£210 million] in Fossil Fuels - https://www.divest.org.uk/councils/
The Council's pension fund - (Kent Pension Fund) is one of several local authority pension funds that invest a combined £10 billion in coal, oil and gas industries.
Article: Oct 21, 2021By Stuart Bourne - Medway Liberal Democrats
In May this year, Medway Council joined many other councils and members of public across the country in undertaking 'No Mow May', which encourages people not to cut their lawns during May to allow more flowers for bees to feed on. Medway Liberal Democrats supported them in this as this campaign is a vital tool in helping to halt the declining numbers of British bees, who are essential for pollinating our food crops.