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  • 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."

  • Liberal Democrats, open, tolerant and united
    Article: Dec 27, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    A proposal for Rugby Borough Council to create its own lottery to support local good causes has been passed by Councillors on Thursday 14 December 2017.

    An amendment by Liberal Democrat Councillors Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox) and Neil Sandison (Eastlands) calling for greater scrutiny to take place before the scheme is given the go ahead was also voted through by Councillors.

  • Jerry bin pic
    Article: Dec 27, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At the last full Council meeting of 2017 on 14 December, Councillor Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox) asked the Councillor responsible for Environment and Public Realm for an update on the work that is currently being undertaken by Warwickshire Waste Partnership.

    The Warwickshire Waste Partnership was first established in 1998 and was set-up to forge closer working relationships between the County and District/Borough Councils, particularly with respect to developing a joint Waste Management Strategy. The Partnership is made up of elected Members and Officers from all the Warwickshire Authorities.

  • Rugby Borough Council
    Article: Dec 14, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to proposals to introduce a Council-led lottery for Rugby to ensure that greater scrutiny takes place before the scheme is given the go ahead.

    On 4 December 2017 the Cabinet of Rugby Borough Council considered a report concerning a potential council-led lottery for Rugby to help support the local community and voluntary sector. The indicative start-up costs for launching a council led lottery for Rugby would be in the region of £8,000 with on-going annual costs likely to be £10,000.

  • Warwickshire CC Offices
    Article: Dec 10, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    An 'extraordinary' meeting was held on Wednesday 29 November 2017 to discuss plans to use £1.5million cash from Warwickshire County Council reserves to fund Warwickshire's under threat children's centres.

    A joint proposal was put forward by Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green Party Councillors, but this was unsuccessful as Conservative Councillors voted against the plans, which will now see children's centres axed as part of £1.1milion cost-cutting exercise by the Council. The cuts have been made in a bid to save money after the council was faced with a £67milion reduction in government funding.

  • A better way
    Article: Nov 29, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Ahead of a meeting of Warwickshire County Council on 29 November 2017 to look at funding for Warwickshire's under-threat children's centres, Liberal Democrats Group Leader, Councillor Jerry Roodhouse, has tabled an amendment seeking more family support.

    Under the proposals the county's 39 children's centres would be reduced to just 14 children and family centres. The plans, which have been met with fierce opposition from Councillors and residents, are scheduled to come in by October 2019.

  • Green Bins Thumbs Down
    Article: Nov 26, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrat Councillor Marion Nash (Rokeby and Overslade) has raised concerns that those who pay for the green bin collection have been told the bins won't be collected on two collection dates over the Christmas period.

    Information from Rugby Borough Council says that they are suspending the service for a short period this Christmas. The last fortnightly green garden waste collections before Christmas will take place between 4 December and 15 December 2017. The Council will restart the fortnightly collection service between 8 January and 19 January 2018.

  • TD VC JR Birmingham Nov 2017
    Article: Nov 21, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On Saturday 18 November 2017, Vince Cable MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrats was guest speaker at the party's West Midlands regional Conference at the University of Birmingham.

    The event was attended by Rugby Councillors Jerry Roodhouse, Tim Douglas and Neil Sandison.

    Speaking to nearly 200 delegates Vince Cable said health, housing and inter-generational justice were his top three priorities beyond Brexit.

  • Inconsiderate parking Southfields Nov 2017
    Article: Nov 18, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following a campaign led by Councillor Jerry Roodhouse and supported by local residents one of the Rugby Town East Police Team's priorities, which are set every three months, will be for the team to focus their patrols on the Southfields Estate.

    High visibility patrols will be made by the team to deal with any inconsiderate parking in the area. The Southfields estate includes Cromwell Road, Pytchley Road, Naseby Road, Benn Street, Faraday Road and all the roads coming off these. This area has a bus route where it has been highlighted that buses struggle to get through and therefore would also cause difficulties for emergency vehicles.