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  • PB and JR fracking
    Article: Nov 13, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillor Jerry Roodhouse is urging residents to sign an open letter opposing 'Permitted Development' for shale gas exploration.

    The UK government has proposed changes to planning rules that would allow exploratory drilling for shale gas to be considered "permitted development", removing the need for fracking companies to apply for planning permission.

  • Paddox Junction NN TD JR
    Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Paddox Ward Councillors (Jerry Roodhouse, Tim Douglas and Noreen New) are hosting a drop-in event with Urban & Civic Houlton (Mast site) to update residents as to the current position regarding the Paddox Junction and mast site link road.

    The event takes place on Wednesday 14 November at the Paddox Methodist Church, Dunsmore Avenue from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

  • Notice on Ashlawn Road (4 March 2015)
    Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Borough Council have published their 2018 Air Quality Annual Status Report, detailing changes in air quality in the borough and the actions taken by the council and our partners to manage air quality.

    You can download the Report here https://www.rugby.gov.uk/downloads/file/2088/air_quality_annual_status_report_2018

  • BL NN NS Santa
    Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Would you like to win a £2,000 holiday voucher, in time for Christmas? That's just one of 30 prizes in the Lib Dem Christmas Draw - tickets are on sale now!

    Your tickets will also raise funds for our Lib Dem Rugby, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire campaigns.

    Tickets cost just £1 each and you can purchase as many as you want. Open to all.

  • Noreen and Jerry litter pick
    Article: Nov 2, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillor Noreen New (Paddox Ward), an environmental campaigner, is calling on residents to sign a petition calling on the UK Government to ban "problem plastics" (like black plastic trays and styrofoam).

    The UK produces up to 5.2 million tonnes of plastic waste a year - and it's far too much. 'Problem plastics' - non-recyclable, too expensive to recycle or hazardous to the environment - are some of the worst offenders.

  • Rugby Libdems at work
    Article: Oct 30, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The 2018 Local Party Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22 November 2018 at the Committee Room 1, Rugby Town Hall, CV21 2RR at 6.30pm.

    The 2018 Agenda and Minutes of the 2017 AGM will be available to members online and paper copies will be available at the meeting.

    The Agenda includes the election of officers of the Executive Committee for 2019.

  • Liberal Democrat logo large
    Article: Oct 29, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    This Halloween, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) and Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards are reminding parents and guardians to protect their children from flammable fancy dress costumes.

    Firefighters are urging parents to swap burning candles for safer LED lights this Halloween in a bid to reduce the risk of children's costumes, Halloween decorations and pumpkins catching fire.

  • Cllr Tim Douglas
    Article: Oct 29, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillor Tim Douglas (Paddox Ward) has written to the local papers about the need for Rugby Borough Council to take the lead on reducing plastic waste and help improve our environment.

    Dear Editor,

    Last week the European Parliament voted for an extensive ban on single-use plastic to stop pollution entering the world's oceans. The UK Government has announced plans to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds in a bid to "turn the tide on plastic pollution". But action needs to be taken at a local level too. I proposed a motion in February to ensure Rugby Borough Council does 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 - we all have our bit to do. I urge the Council to take the lead on reducing plastic waste and help improve our environment; the costs of turning a blind eye to this issue are too high.

    Yours sincerely,

    Cllr Tim Douglas
    Liberal Democrats Paddox Ward

  • Lib Dem Budget Yellow Box
    Article: Oct 29, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Britain needs our Liberal Democrat alternative, which would steady our economy and put money back in the pockets of ordinary people.

    Today's Budget takes place against a backdrop of falling growth (2.9% in 2014, down to just 1.7% last year, with the UK now among the slowest growing economies in the G7). The long, slow process of deficit reduction has so far failed to decrease overall debt, which is now 85% of GDP.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Oct 24, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    In a pre-Budget speech to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has called for a series of reforms to Universal Credit. These include the reversal of cuts to the work allowance, worth around £3bn a year, and ending the benefits freeze a year early.

    "The problems stem from conflicting objectives: providing minimum family income; providing incentives to work; simplification; and saving money. Simplification, saving money and work incentives have taken precedence over the first, crucial, priority.

    "Practical problems have been ignored creating real hardship, payment delays in the switchover, penalties for the self-employed; use of a single bank account for divided families; barriers to work from lack of childcare; monthly payments for those on weekly or casual wages; technical complexities in establishing online payment; and the use of Universal Credit to facilitate debt collection...

    "[But] the fact that UC is becoming loathed and is being implemented incompetently and harshly does not invalidate the reasoning behind it. I strongly repudiate the Labour Party's suggestion that Universal Credit should be scrapped without being clear what the replacement is: a classic case of soundbites taking precedence over thought-through policies ."