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  • Tim and Noreen Litter Pick March 2017
    Article: Mar 5, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following a motion put forward by Rugby Liberal Democrat Councillors Tim Douglas and Noreen New, Rugby Borough Council's Scrutiny Committee will now look at how the Council can reduce plastic waste.

    Each year 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced and 40% of it is single-use, meaning it is only used once before being thrown away. More than eight million tonnes of plastic enters the world's seas each year, with most of that coming from land. The television series Blue Planet II highlighted the damaging impact that single-use plastic is having on the world's oceans.

  • Green Bins Thumbs Down
    Article: Mar 3, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018 to set the Budget for 2018/19 the Conservative administration who run Rugby Borough Council have again voted to charge residents £40 a year for a green bin. Rugby Liberal Democrats remain opposed to the green bin charge and continue to propose alternative solutions.

  • Whitehall Rec plans March 2018
    Article: Mar 3, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    After a long running campaign led by local Liberal Democrat Councillors seeking improvements we welcome the release of detailed designs for planned phased improvements at Whitehall Recreation ground and look forward to the consultation on the final plan. We will be continuing to seek the funding needed for improvements to the Band Stand which is a major heritage asset to Rugby.

  • Shop keeper Martin thanking Bill for helping to clear snow
    Article: Mar 3, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    With freezing temperatures set to continue, Rugby Liberal Democrats are urging people to think about how cold weather could affect vulnerable members of our community.

    Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can kill. Older people, those with chronic health conditions and people who have a disability, are particularly at risk during the cold weather.

  • Liberal Democrats, open, tolerant and united
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are proposing that a cross-party task group is set up to review the Special Expenses scheme because Rugby town residents are paying more Council Tax when residents in the Parish areas are not.

    The Special Expenses scheme was introduced April 1993 on the premise that residents in Parish areas should not pay for services that are exclusive to the town (urban) area. The initial services included under the scheme in 1993 were:

  • Liberal Democrats, open, tolerant and united
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At Rugby Borough Council's budget setting meeting to be held on Tuesday 27 February 2018, Liberal Democrat Councillors will be pressing the Conservative administration who run Rugby Council to improve our play areas and invest in upgrading and opening changing rooms for greater community use. Rugby Lib Dems are also proposing measures to kick start a green recycling education programme.

  • 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.