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  • car exhaust fumes
    Article: Aug 8, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Alan said "As the UK and the Medway economy recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 'lock-down' cycling has an even more important role as a healthy and green method of transport. Around Medway's urban and rural areas, it provides an attractive alternative to car and public transport, enabling social distancing to be fully observed.

  • Riverside country park
    Article: Aug 8, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Liberal Democrats would improve environmental standards in the Medway Towns by adopting sensible and consistently applied planning policies which are in line with the surrounding environment. The Conservative-led Council, by not having yet adopted a Local Plan, has had less control over developments in order to meet the Government's housing targets and this means developers often win their planning appeals, thereby causing great harm to our green spaces.

    Alan Wells, Lib Dems candidate for the upcoming Strood North by-election said "Whilst I recognise the need for new housing, it must be in the right places, where there is good provision of infrastructure. We would concentrate new housing developments in areas with good bus and rail links to reduce car usage, and in locations where there is scope to provide decent pedestrian, cycling and public transport connections.

    Liberal Democrats want to preserve open spaces around our towns, giving the local community space for leisure and recreation, without causing harm to Medway's most sensitive wildlife habitats and species. We would improve the connectivity of habitats to provide robust ecological networks and provide new allotments on 'brown build' sites to provide for an increased population.

    This is highlighted in the expansion and success of Broomhill Park an open green space that has been growing in strength when the 'Friends of Broomhill' finally fulfilled their ten-year dream of purchasing The Old Orchard. The area is now accessible for many Park users and provides a quiet and relaxed environment for residents and visitors.

  • Riverside country park
    Article: Aug 6, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/John Castle

    Local Liberal Democrats have vigorously [successfully ] campaigned to protect Medway's environment and recently have opposed developments on orchards located in Lower Rainham and rural land in Capstone Valley.

    We want to protect these spaces as a vital local asset for everyone and call on the Council to improve environmental standards in our towns. Adopting a coherent, credible Local Plan would help protect the surrounding environment against developments of this nature, by building on 'brown build' sites as opposed to destroying Green Belt sites.

  • car exhaust fumes
    Article: Aug 6, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - John Castle/Alan Wells

    John Castle, the Liberal Democrats candidate for the upcoming Princes Park by-election believes that we can no longer ignore the reality, that Medway is no longer free from dirty air. We feel that air pollution must be tackled now, not only to save our environment but to save lives. A report produced by the Centre for Cities found that 1 in 16 deaths in Chatham "are exclusively driven by combustion in commercial, institutional, and domestic activities linked to long-term exposure to particulates." Nationally, Liberal Democrats are calling for World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on particulate matter to be adopted into UK law, and met by 2030.

    John said "We believe that there are measures Medway Council could take now, to improve our town's air quality, with initiatives, such as the Council be encouraging people out of vehicles on their daily commute, and diesel car use discouraged, while ensuring those who cannot walk or cycle have alternative clean modes of transport available.

  • car exhaust fumes
    Article: Aug 4, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    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.

    Local Liberal Democrats 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, Lib Dems candidate for the upcoming Strood North by-election said, "As Medway faces new developments at Hoo and Frindsbury, 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

    Notes and additional text for Editors:

    Alan Wells Strood North Candidate

    Alan has been an active member of Medway Liberal Democrats since 2018 and has campaigned in Kent elections for the last 3 years. Alan has previously been a Candidate for River Ward in the 2019 local elections and has been Press Officer for the local party since January 2019.

    Alan is a natural, enthusiastic campaigner on a wide range of issues. He has a strong understanding of social justice and campaigned in the our mental health unit campaign. He has been active on a number of our issues, such as defending the environment, homelessness issues and campaigning on air quality issues.

    Alan Wells said "I feel privileged to represent the Liberal Democrats for Strood North. I have been working in the ward as a care assistant for 2 years and know the ward very well and I am determined to work hard to represent the residents of the ward"

    A vote for Alan will be a vote to:

    Improve Air Quality for Strood North & the area

    Fight to protect local green spaces from unwanted development

    Fight to keep local planning decisions under control of local people

    Safer Streets

    • Alan has lived locally all his life and works as a care assistant in Frindsbury, Strood.
    • Alan also is a great believer in life-long learning, having done a foundation with the Open University and Medway Adult Learning as a mature student.

    • He is also a keen cyclist who understands the trials faced by those cycling around our towns, he lives in Chatham with a cat.

  • car exhaust fumes
    Article: Aug 4, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - John Castle/Alan Wells

    The World Health Organisation recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children's lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  

  • Alan Wells Strood North by-election
    Article: Aug 2, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Alan Wells has been selected as their Candidate for the upcoming Strood North by-election on Thursday 26th August.

    Alan has been an active member of Medway Liberal Democrats since 2018 and has campaigned in Kent elections for the last 3 years. Alan has previously been a Candidate for River Ward in the 2019 local elections and has been Press Officer for the local party since January 2019.

    John Castle, Chair of Medway Liberal Democrats said: "We are delighted to announce Alan as a candidate, he has been an active member for the Party in Medway. Alan is a natural, enthusiastic campaigner on a wide range of issues. He has a strong understanding of social justice and campaigned in the our mental health unit campaign. He has been active on a number of our issues, such as defending the environment, homelessness issues and campaigning on air quality issues."

    Alan Wells said "I feel privileged to represent the Liberal Democrats for Strood North. I have been working in the ward as a care assistant for 2 years and know the ward very well and I am determined to work hard to represent the residents of the ward"

    A vote for Alan will be a vote to:

    Improve Air Quality for Strood North & the area

    Fight to protect local green spaces from unwanted development

    Fight to keep local planning decisions under control of local people

    Safer Streets

    ENDS

    NOTES FOR EDITORS:

    • Alan has lived locally all his life and works as a care assistant in Frindsbury, Strood.

  • John Castle Princes Park by-election
    Article: Aug 2, 2021
    By John Castle/Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that John Castle has been selected as their Candidate for the upcoming Princes Park by-election on Thursday 26th August.

    John is an experienced campaigner for Medway Liberal Democrats. John has a strong understanding of social justice and campaigned to reinstate a mental health unit in Medway. He is also actively campaigning on a number of issues, including the environment, homelessness issues and campaigning on air quality issues.

  • lib dems pets
    Article: Jul 18, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    In a vote on Monday 5th July, 354 Conservatives including Medway's three MPs blocked efforts to make pet theft a crime in its own right, and voted against making it a specific criminal offence. with stiffer penalties for offenders. Under the current law, pets are treated as property, with no distinction between a family's beloved dog and a stolen bike. Meanwhile, pet theft is up 250% in the past year as the value of pets has soared during lockdown.

  • electric vehicle charging
    Article: Jul 12, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that Medway Council have announced it will install electric vehicle charging points in three council owned car parks later this month at Rochester multi storey car park in Cory's Road, in Station Road car park, Rainham, and in the Commercial Road car park in Strood.