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  • speeding limit
    Article: Mar 28, 2021
    By Alan Wells/Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, Liberal Democrat PCC Candidate for Kent is committed to improving road safety throughout our region and calls for the introduction of 20mph schemes in residential areas and around schools and shopping districts.

    Graham Colley said, "Our county urgently needs traffic calming measures, and parking restrictions are needed with enforcement action from Kent Police. There is a pressing need for more effective police enforcement of speed limits and action against dangerous and anti-social parking and for 20mph to become the normal speed limit where people live, work, shop, learn and play.

  • Police Image
    Article: Mar 28, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    In Parliament and in the press media Ed Davey said "a sensible, reasonable government that cared about Civil Liberties and the rule of law would not be seeking to renew such a flawed piece of legislation". He continued "handing ministers a blank cheque for another six months is unnecessary and unjustified".

  • WORLD HEALTH DAY LOGO 2021
    Article: Mar 26, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Liberal Democrats are supporting World Health Day on 7th April, and this year's theme is "protecting health from climate change".

    Chatham was named in a report last year as one of the worst areas in the country for air quality "exclusively driven by combustion in commercial, institutional, and domestic activities linked to long-term exposure to particulates " - Centre for Cities findings.

    We believe that an understanding of the potential future impacts of warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers is crucial for our towns' future prosperity, environmental quality, and health and well-being.

    We 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.

    Alan Wells, spokesperson for Medway Liberal Democrats said, "As Medway faces new developments, action should be taken by the Council to develop an understanding of air quality around our towns' and by reviewing and upgrading its air quality monitoring network to reflect growth. The Council has an obligation in managing our towns' air quality, by minimising carbon emissions and where necessary extending coverage of monitoring to include more potential pollution hotspots around our region.

    The Council's response lacks urgency, considering it has already declared a climate change emergency, admitting that its previous targets were inadequate. 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, another running from the Lower Lines to Danes Hill and another running the length of Rainham High Street. There is also an air quality management area on 4 Elms Hill, Chattenden, which despite being declared in 2017, does not have a management plan. 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.

    Unless there is urgent action in reducing emissions, our towns' air quality will worsen and the health of future generations will suffer. We are calling for a local development plan that will invest in our local health, people deserve better, and Liberal Democrats demand better."

    ENDS

  • Hoo Consultation
    Article: Mar 26, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats have responded to Medway Council's "New Routes to Growth" consultation on proposed plans to develop the Hoo Peninsula. Having looked at the consultation, we are concerned that the plans for cycling and walking routes around the Peninsula are vague and lack ambition. .

    We feel that a holistic approach needs to be taken, to ensure infrastructure for walking and cycling routes is at a consistent standard across the Peninisula and should be considered from the earliest stages of plan making and integrated into the design of the development. Too many housing developments are built in remote locations with poor public transport, without walking and cycling connections, giving residents little choice but to drive.

  • Police Image
    Article: Mar 23, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley said "Priti Patel's proposals to outlaw aspects of peaceful demonstration that she and her government found inconvenient, embarrassing or unhelpful are authoritarian and antidemocratic. It was reasonable to organise a peaceful demonstration against them.

    However, it seems there were those, whether of the extreme right or left who wanted to turn a peaceful demonstration violent in order to provoke a more extreme response from an authoritarian government.`

  • Please Stop
    Article: Mar 16, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley the Liberal Democrat, Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate for Kent has added his criticisms of the Metropolitan Police action Clapham on Saturday evening and through LibDemLawyers/Rights-Liberties-Justice takes action. " The use of force by the Met Police to exert authority, exemplifies the violence against which the women were protesting. Whilst the Met got this badly wrong and continue to do so, the problem is far deeper than this incident."

  • Police Image
    Article: Mar 15, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent, is calling on Priti Patel not to impose centralised crime targets on local police forces, warning it "would be a grave mistake" that "risks seriously undermining" police officers.

    In a letter to the Home Secretary, Graham Colley, alongside the party's Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael and 26 other candidates for Mayor or Police and Crime Commissioner, writes that "the police need to be responsive and accountable to their local communities, not micromanaged by Ministers in Whitehall."

  • Police Image
    Article: Mar 15, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election for Kent has called for the withdrawal of the Police, Courts and Sentencing Bill, which was only published on 9th March and is having its second reading in Parliament today, 15 March, with little time for consideration of its sweeping powers.

  • keyboard
    Article: Mar 14, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Liberal Democrats have welcomed the key protections being introduced today in the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill that would extend the crime of revenge porn to include threats to share intimate images, and widen the ban on cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse in the civil courts.

    Commenting on the amendment outlawing threats to share private sexual images, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: "Revenge porn is a despicable form of abuse. The number of people who have received threats from a partner or ex-partner to share intimate images is truly shocking, and the harm it can cause is appalling.

  • int nat forests logo 2021
    Article: Mar 12, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Graham Colley

    Every 21 March the United Nations raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

    Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of access to green spaces and nature for physical and mental health for those who live alone across our towns, or without access to gardens, balconies, or green space. This is why Medway Liberal Democrats strongly supports the 'International Day of Forests' on 21st March, and this year's theme ' a path to recovery and wellbeing' .