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  • new splashes design
    Article: Apr 29, 2022
    By Stuart Bourne for Medway Liberal Democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats are very please that Medway Council has agreed to our plan to allow Medway residents to comment on the new plans for the Splashes rebuild. However, we are deeply disappointed with how they have decided to implement the consultation.

    Medway residents have two options to leave feedback on the plans. They can either login to the council's planning portal and leave a comment, or they can visit one of the two exhibitions at either Rainham or Twydall libraries. However these exhibitions are only on for just four days in May, and there are no plans for further exhibitions in other parts of Medway. So those residents who live outside Rainham and Twydall, who are not computer literate, will have no way to easily leave their opinions.

  • Renewables Lib Dems
    Article: Apr 24, 2022
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign in support of the Local Electricity Bill.

    The Bill, supported by a cross-party group of 300 MPs, would establish a 'Right to Local Supply' - promoting local renewable electricity suppliers by making the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers much more affordable, for more information see attached pdf briefing on Local Electricity Bill.

  • new splashes design
    Article: Apr 23, 2022
    By Stuart Bourne for Medway Liberal Democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats are happy to see the future plans for new swimming facility that will replace Splashes in Rainham has been released. This is the first time the public would have been able to see them and also an ideal opportunity for them comment and make changes.

    After looking over the plans, the Medway Liberal Democrats are overall happy with them as a first draft. Considering the constraints placed on the project by the size of the site and the financial limitations Medway Council has right now, they do deliver a facility that meets the basic needs of the local community. There is both a family pool and lanes for swimming. There is a multi function room and a gym. However, due to the size of the site, these are all relatively small.

  • Fracking
    Article: Apr 22, 2022
    By Stuart Bourne for Medway Liberal Democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats were heartened that our call - which we first proposed in October 2021 - for the council to remove fossil fuel investments from the council's pension portfolio was finally debated on Thursday 21st April.

    We were shocked to hear the comments and suggestions from members of the Medway Conservative group saying that they would like more investment in fossil fuels, that there would be anarchy if we ended our dependency on them, and most shocking of all we heard from a Medway Council cabinet member that we need to permit fracking.

  • EnvironmentPolicyFinal
    Article: Apr 21, 2022
    By Stuart Bourne/Alan Wells Medway Liberal Democrats

    Today (22 April) is Earth Day, a time when each of us is asked to take stock on how they can do their part to tackle the climate emergency facing our planet. Yet there is only so much an individual can do, especially when the major contributions to Medway's carbon emissions are out of their control. A person cannot determine what kind housing is built, the kind of public transport is used or how their homes are powered. Medway Council may only contribute directly to a small percentage of Medway's carbon emissions, but they have the powers to help reduce over 30% those emissions. Therefore if we are going to meet our 2050 net zero target, we are going to need new ambitious policies.

  • EnvironmentPolicyFinal
    Page: Apr 21, 2022

    Green Every Home

    Nationally, energy usage in our homes accounts for 14% of UK emissions. The quality of British homes is amongst the lowest in Europe for thermal efficiency. 2.5 million people live in fuel poverty due to poor insulation and heat loss.

    The cost-of-living crisis - rising taxes, soaring energy prices and high inflation - has reinforced our belief that investment is needed to make our homes substantially more energy efficient. Liberal Democrats will make home insulation a priority.

  • footpath daylight
    Article: Apr 11, 2022
    By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Alan Wells, has welcomed the return of lighting to a public footpath in Frindsbury. In a bid to make the streets lights safer, a campaign was started last winter to switch them back on, the lights have been out for more than a year.

    New street lights were installed last summer by Medway Council, however the power supply to the lights is the responsibility of UK Power Network (UKPN). The council had reported the issue several times to UKPN last year, with no action taken to get the issue resolved. The lights were faulty due to a dead supply on a feeder column in Commissioners Road, which is maintained by UKPN. As well as the path, was also the cause for 4-5 streetlights on Commissioners Road not working.

  • lib dem heating winter graphic
    Article: Apr 10, 2022
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    In these challenging times where energy prices and the cost of living is rising for Medway Residents, only around 180 families in Medway have been supported to better insulate their homes under the government's flagship Green Homes Grant scheme, new figures have revealed.

    The scheme was meant to help people upgrade their homes to net-zero standards and cut their energy bills through fitting better insulation or heat pumps, but was scrapped early last year after just six months. However, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show how the scheme has failed families in the local area.

    The data shows just 180 energy efficiency measures have been installed in homes in Medway under the Green Homes Grant scheme. Of these only 78 were for low income households.

    The figures have led the Liberal Democrat to accuse the government of "abandoning families" facing soaring energy prices not just this winter but as we have seen condemning them to eye-watering heating bills.

    The Green Homes Grant was launched in September 2020 promising to upgrade 600,000 homes, with vouchers of up to £10,000 to make their homes more energy efficient or replace old boilers. However it was scrapped just six months later following low take-up and severe mismanagement. The figures reveal that across the country only 39,474 homes have been helped under the scheme, including 22,000 low-income households.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to announce an emergency programme to insulate people's homes, reduce energy bills and cut the UK's carbon emissions.

    John Castle, Chair for Medway Liberal Democrat Spokesperson said: "It is shocking that so few homes in Medway have been helped to insulate their homes through the Green Homes Grant scheme.

    "This initiative was launched to much fanfare and was meant to help thousands of people make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The Government must show the UK is a global leader in tackling climate change by launching an emergency programme to insulate our homes, reduce emissions and slash heating bills.

    "We need to end fuel poverty and make sure that families in Medway aren't forced to choose between heating and eating."

    ENDS

    Notes to editors

    Full data on the number of energy efficiency measures installed under the Green Homes Grant scheme by local authority and constituency

  • car exhaust fumes
    Article: Apr 10, 2022
    By Alan Wells for Medway Liberal Democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats are calling on Medway Council to apply for new powers to install safe 'School Streets' outside certain local schools - including Luton Primary School.

    School Streets are schemes that close the roads outside schools during drop-off and pick-up times. From May 2022 local Councils such as Medway can apply for powers to enforce moving traffic offences - which can include School Streets.

  • conversion 1
    Article: Apr 4, 2022
    By Paul O'Neill & Alan Wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Responding to the leaked news that Government planned to ditch banning conversion therapy and its almost immediate partial U-turn, Paul O'Neill, Diversity Officer for Medway Liberal Democrats said: "Once again the Conservative Government has shown its lack of interest and understanding on the issues impacting LGBT+ people through its unwillingness to end the dangerous and abusive practice of conversion therapy, only instigating a partial U-turn when they realised the extent of the public and MP support for the ban. However, the fact that the Conservatives have refused to ban the practice in relation to trans people is appalling and further evidence that the Government sees trans people as second-class citizens."