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    Article: May 26, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    In replying to Medway Liberal Democrats' question to council "When are we going to get electric buses?" Councillor Filmer stated that "bus operators did not currently have any plans to introduce electric buses in Medway. However, the council was planning to bid for a £50million government grant to develop an all-electric bus city and was working with the local bus providers to submit an 'Expression of Interest', the first stage of the bidding process".

  • Article: May 25, 2020

    I would like to send warm wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

    Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan - a month of prayer, personal reflection, and self-denial.

    I'm sure that this Ramadan must have felt unusual and I know that observing a socially distanced Eid will not be easy either.

  • Article: May 22, 2020

    It has been confirmed that Beijing is introducing a resolution that would bypass Hong Kong local law-making processes in order to impose a new 'national security law' on the territory.

    We cannot sit back and watch this violation of rights and freedoms.

    It is clear that China no longer cares for the 'one country, two systems' agreement made between the UK and China during the Handover.

  • Article: May 22, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 18th April

    Monday 18th May

    Monday started with Ministerial Questions to the Treasury and the Department for Transport. Where Munira Wilson questioned the government on what they are doing to protect the aviation industry and prevent the loss of jobs in that sector.

  • CAPSTONE PARK, CHATHAM
    Article: May 22, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells
    Medway Liberal Democrats have submitted responses to the council, outlining why we are against the proposed development to build 450 housing units on Capstone Valley. Hailed as Medway's green lung, an area of outstanding natural beauty and valued landscape would be destroyed, having a detrimental impact on the local bio-diversity and habitats.
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    Vivienne Parker, Chairperson for Medway Liberal Democrats said "Capstone Valley is an important wildlife corridor bringing the countryside into the centre of our towns. It is also an important arable area and building here sends the message that houses are more important than food at a time in the current climate when food imports are likely to be badly affected by Brexit".
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    While we accept the need for additional housing, particularly affordable housing, it must be in the right places. Medway is rich in brownfield areas and these are the sites that need to be rejuvenated for housing as there is a good provision of infrastructure, especially public transport links. The Capstone Valley development does not take into account that without alternative transport options, local car journeys would increase and congestion would impact upon the highway network surrounding the area.
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    We acknowledge the developmental pressures that face the Medway Towns and the need for new housing, but the proposals to build new housing stock on Capstone Park would open the floodgates to develop parcels of open, green land across Medway.
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    The Medway Green Belt of land around Capstone, Darland and the Coney Banks are a vital asset for everyone and in these challenging times, having access to an open rural environment is much valued by Medway's urban population for recreation and a means to escape from the towns.
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    By not adopting a coherent, credible Local Plan which gives clear guidance on where to build sufficient housing to meet government targets, the council is ignoring instruction to develop 'brown build' sites as opposed to Green Belt sites. Developers and local authorities must gain an accurate understanding of the strong local opposition to these types of housing developments and find solutions that address the challenges.
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    We are calling on the council to refrain from any activities which could facilitate a development of this kind and to adopt instead a plan to help protect Medway's environment and simultaneously improve the quality and quantity of new residential developments to stimulate regeneration in our town centres.
    ENDS
    Additional notes for Editors:
    The revised National Planning Policy Framework sets out government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.
  • Article: May 21, 2020

    The latest Immigration Statistics, published this morning, show that 51,906 people are waiting for an initial decision on their asylum claims, an increase of 33% since last year. 31,516 have been waiting for more than six months, a 68% increase.

    People who've come to the UK having fled war or persecution should welcomed, not trapped for months on just £5.39 a day

  • Article: May 20, 2020

    Today we have introduced a Bill to require the Government to seek a two-year extension to the Brexit transition period, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    To choose a No Deal Brexit and crash out, when the option to extend the transition is possible, would be an act of national self-harm - especially when our NHS, economy and food supply chains are already stretched and struggling.

  • Article: May 20, 2020

    Last week, we published the frank independent review into the 2019 general election. It rightly received plaudits in the media for its candour.

    This review challenges us to change as a party and to change the country for the better.

    We now need to get on with that work - and that's what we've done with a set of key decisions by your Federal Board.

  • Article: May 19, 2020

    COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

    Whilst we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the mental health impacts will last a lifetime.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

    Whilst we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the mental health impacts will last a lifetime.