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Tory council pay rises as playgrounds set to close Printed by Solo Press, 9 Stock Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5QF. Published and promoted by Sam Collins 44 Eastview, Hitchin, SG4 7PD

Councillors vote themselves a £30,000 pay rise as Hitchin children’s play areas are set to close North Herts Conservative party councillors have voted themselves a pay increase of 11%. The Leader of the Council (a Conservative) will get an even larger payrise with her pay going up by nearly 17%. These increases, which will cost the Council around £30,000 per year, come in the wake of plans to close as many as 14 children’s play areas in order to save the council around £30,000 per year. In the face of strong public feeling and at a time when the local council is facing a budgetary shortfall due to government cuts, the Tories still

seem to want to press ahead with the closures which would cost the tax payer £130,000 for the removal of the play equipment. The local Liberal Democrats are leading the fightback against both the pay rises and the closure of the playgrounds. An online petition and action has already seen one playground in Hitchin, Brook View, saved, but others including Dacre Road and Rose Hill are still under threat. Had the Conservatives not awarded themselves a pay rise none of the playgrounds would have needed to have been closed.

While Tory Councillors are refusing to give the money back in what the media call ‘Trump style rants’, Lib Dem councillors will use the extra cash to fund local causes and charities, and will continue to fight to keep the playgrounds open.

No more free parking in Hitchin Plans to charge for parking on Sundays and weekday evenings

It is disappointing to report that North Herts Council is yet again looking at charging for weekend and evening parking across the area. Given the track record they have on wasting our money, as the twin farces of Hitchin Town Hall and Churchgate demonstrate, it is probably no wonder that additional money is needed. “This is a really bad thing for Hitchin in particular as a lot of the business here rely on that weekday evening trade. It is just a tax to pay for the failures of NHDC,” says Sam Collins the Lib Dem candidate in Hitchin North for May’s local elections.

You may have to pay to park in St. Mary’s Square on Sundays

Hertfordshire County Council election candidates revealed! A mix of experience and youth defines the Liberal Democrat candidates for May’s County Council elections. Current Highbury District Councillor Paul Clark will stand in the South of the town while new party member Sam Collins will stand in the North of the town (Bearton & Walsworth). Another new member Dr. Carol Stanier will stand in the rural district, while other current North Herts District Councillors, Terry Tyler and Steve Jarvis, will stand in the areas neighbouring Hitchin.

This blend of new skills and old has been made possible by a huge surge in membership which has seen the party swell to its largest size in more than twenty years. The Lib Dem stance on Europe is one reason for much of this growth as the ‘Hard Brexit’ Conservatives and Jeremy Corbyn’s pro-Brexit Labour party fail to represent the views of many voters. “The Conservatives have run Hertfordshire County Council since 1999 and they’ve become ever more

remote from the real needs of local people,” says Sam Collins. “Over the next 12 weeks we will be campaigning hard and knocking on literally thousands of doors in Hitchin in an effort to convince people that our team can do a better job; bringing a fresh perspective to County Hall and helping to secure sensible and meaningful improvements for local services, including schools, transport, planning, public safety, and social care.” Election day is 4th May 2017.

Six to fix in Hertfordshire


Rubbish! NHDC is planning to operate a joint rubbish and recycling collection service with East Herts. This should make no difference to the service, but could save £400,000.

Hertfordshire Lib Dem Candidates at the launch of the manifesto

Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats have announced six key priorities to fix if they win control of the Council from the Conservatives. The Lib Dems have promised to help reverse cuts to social care and protect key services for vulnerable people, to tackle the shocking state of the roads and pavements and to deal with the crisis engulfing Hertfordshire’s NHS.

services. Our roads are some of the worst maintained in the country, far too little is being done to secure places for primary or secondary school children, our transport links have suffered from huge cuts while at the same time the Conservatives spend money on wasteful propaganda. We believe it is time for a change.”

The party would protect the Public Health budget. The Liberal Democrats will also prevent further cuts to local bus services and help bring an end to the school place chaos in the county.

“We are clear with our six priorities that we want the Council to work for local people and deliver on key services. More and more people have been saying how they are fed with the Conservative County Cllr Stephen Giles Medhurst, the Council and are putting their faith Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in the Liberal Democrats to deliver at County Hall said, “The Tories have real change at County Hall.” run the Council for nearly two decades now without a break but You can read the full manifesto at: simply fail to deliver on basic The Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you have given to contact you. By providing your data to us you are consenting to us making contact with you in the future by mail, email, telephone, website and apps even though you may be registered with the Telephone Preference Service. You can always opt out of communications at any time by contacting us or visiting

Hitchin Town Hall & Museum There is no end in sight for this seemingly endless saga, but we are told it should be soon. In other news we have also been told there is no room for local exhibits for at least two years.

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Sam Collins for Hitchin North


Hitchin North Division (February 2017)  
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