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  • Paddox Crew TD NN JR
    Article: Feb 21, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are encouraging Rugby Borough Council to do more to reduce single use plastic waste within the authority, adopt the Waste and Resources Action Programme and engage more with local environmental groups, businesses and residents to cut their plastic waste.

    A motion put forward by Paddox Ward Councillors Tim Douglas and Noreen New will be debated and voted on at a full meeting of Rugby Borough Council on Tuesday 27 February 2018. The full council meeting is open to all members of the public to attend.

  • MN & NN McDonalds
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are very concerned about a planning application for a drive through McDonalds on the former Gala Bingo Site at Evreux Way and have 'called in' the application to the Planning Committee.

    The site is identified in the existing Town Centre Core Strategy as a major redevelopment site. It is also in the emerging Local Plan as a prime leisure and retail venue.

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: Feb 17, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats have called on Warwickshire County Council to support the retention of the Five Acre Community Farm, which is based at Ryton Organic Gardens, after the site was listed for sale at the start of February.

    Five Acre Community Farm, an organic vegetable business which has been based at Ryton Organic Gardens for six years, has put in a tender to buy the field, agricultural buildings and gardens to keep them in the community. If successful, the farm would raise the money through a community share offer, enabling the land to be protected as a community growing space for the future.

  • Cllr Tim Douglas
    Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillor Tim Douglas (Paddox Ward) has written to the local papers about the future of funding for health and social care services following recommendations from a panel of experts in a report on healthcare reform commissioned by the Liberal Democrats.

    Dear Editor,

    We will all rely, at some stage, on our NHS and social care system to treat and support us or our loved ones. Therefore, last week I was very pleased that the Liberal Democrats worked with expert healthcare professionals to launch a report on future healthcare funding. The report provides some convincing answers on arguably the greatest domestic crisis facing the country - how to deal with the severe pressures on health and care services and retain the staff who selflessly keep it going. We must never again be in a position whereby funding is so short that more than 50,000 operations have had to be postponed over the course of a single month. The report says that the health and care budget should be financed by an earmarked tax, which could replace national insurance. It also says to create an Office for Budget Responsibility for Health and provide additional revenue for local authorities to invest in public health. These decisions are never easy but Liberal Democrats want to find proper funding for our health services; seek innovation in the way it does its work and involve people much more in the crucial decisions about their own health and that of their families and community. That's surely something worth paying for.

  • TD, NN, JR St Andrews 2016
    Article: Feb 8, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Rugby Town East Police Team will be holding a Crime Prevention Event on Saturday 10 February 2018 from 10:00am at St George's Church on St. John's Avenue in Hillmorton, Rugby, CV22 5HR.

    There has recently been a high number of vehicle crimes reported in the area to Police over the Christmas and New Year period. The local Police Team are inviting residents to the event where they will be able to meet the Team and discuss these issues.

  • A better way
    Article: Feb 6, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Today (Tuesday 6 February 2018), at the Warwickshire County Council budget-setting meeting, Liberal Democrats will call on all political parties to unite behind their call for action on child poverty.

    Liberal Democrats are accusing Labour of once again trying to wriggle off the hook as they have previously done when voting with the Conservatives that set in motion the cuts to children's centres across Warwickshire. The Labour proposals are nothing but a cynical political move and if adopted would see Warwickshire County Council run out of money.

  • Neil Sandison
    Article: Feb 2, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats urge residents to attend a public workshop at Rugby Borough Council next month to discuss issues for councillors to review in 2018.

    Councillors have started to plan the programme of overview and scrutiny work for the coming year, and have urged residents to raise issues of local concern which could benefit from a detailed review.

    The public workshop takes place at the Benn Hall's Rokeby Room, Newbold Road, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 7 March.

    Each issue included in the overview and scrutiny programme becomes subject to an in-depth review by a cross-party group of councillors.

    Recent review topics have included homelessness, Public Spaces Protection Orders, town centre heritage, and waste and recycling.

    Cllr Neil Sandison (Eastlands Ward), a Chair of one of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny committees, said:

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: Feb 2, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats want to see Rugby Borough Council adopt a Private Rented Sector Charter to help tenants and support landlords.

    Private Renters' Charters exist to set out standards the law demands from all private landlords and agents.

    If the landlord or agent does not meet these standards, tenants can contact any of the organisations signed up to the Charter. They will then work to find the best way to improve the tenant's situation and take effective action.

  • Houses of Parliament
    Article: Jan 16, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On Thursday 11 January 2018, Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Diana Maddock spoke up about Rugby's affordable housing crisis in the House of Lords.

    During a debate, Baroness Maddock highlighted the failure of national housebuilding companies to include affordable houses in their scheme.

    She said, "The Rugby Gateway site has 1,000 houses planned with only 10% of them being affordable. On the Rugby radio mast site, 6,000 houses are planned with only 3% of them being affordable. As others have said, it is quite clear that a major hurdle when building more homes is the structure of the housing market, which works mainly in the interests of the volume housebuilders."

  • Cllr Bill Lewis Rugby Police Station Jan 2018
    Article: Jan 6, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Police in Rugby are facing a real-terms cut of £950,000 in 2018, Rugby Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    In December, the Government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year.

    Taking into account inflation, that means Warwickshire Police will face a real-terms cut of £950,000.

    The additional £270m of funding the Government claims to be investing in the police nationally depends entirely on local Police and Crime Commissioners raising the police precept in their areas, which the Liberal Democrats have branded a "stealth council tax rise."