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Fiasco on gritting of local roads

Councillors vote themselves an 11% pay rise North Herts Conservative Councillors have voted themselves a pay increase of 11%. The Leader of the Council (a Conservative) will get an even larger rise with her pay going up by nearly 17%.

The County Council has been forced to scrap plans to cut the roads gritted in cold weather.

Herts County Council has abandoned a plan to reduce the number of roads gritted when bad weather is expected - at least for this year after a petition against the changes run by the Lib Dems.

The rises, which will cost the Council £30,000 a year, come just weeks before the Council is expected to be asked to find substantial savings because of government cuts. The Council’s staff are expected to receive rises of 1% or 2%. Liberal Democrat Councillors voted against the rise.

The council had agreed new criteria for the roads gritted but then failed to select the roads correctly. They also failed to tell the contractor who does the work of the changes in time for them to be introduced by the start of the gritting season.

Lib Dem Councillor Steve Jarvis said, “Although the increase was recommended by an independent panel now is not the time for a big pay rise for councillors.”

They have now said that the changes will not be introduced until next winter.

All the Conservatives including our District Councillor and County Councillor (who is a District Councillor from Royston) vote for the rise.

From Steve Jarvis and the Lib Dem team

Voters backing Liberal Democrats in best results since 1996! 2016 ended as a year of enormous growth for the Liberal Democrats, with fantastic by-election results, and tens of thousands of new members. People across the country are now voting to reject a politics of fear and division and instead voting for Liberal Democrat Councillors who represent the united, open and tolerant Britain we live in.

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Not since 1996 have the Liberal Democrats been getting better results. Then John Major was still the Prime Minister. Then, like now, there is an ever increasing sense that people feel taken for granted and ignored by Labour and the Conservatives. By-election results from across the country show that voters are now choosing to support the Liberal Democrats.

Savings on rubbish collection North Herts Council is planning to operate a joint rubbish and recycling collection service with East Herts Council. This should make no difference to the service, but could save ÂŁ400,000 a year.

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Voters are ditching the Conservatives and backing the Lib Dems

Local Plan: the next steps Several thousand people responded to the public consultation on the North Herts Local Plan before the deadline at the end of November. The Council now has to go through the comments, removing duplicates (some people responded both by email and on the web site) and identifying to which policy each comment applies. In March or April councillors will have to decide whether to send the plan to the Secretary of State. Despite what some of them are saying they can decide to think again at this stage.

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Royston West and Rural Division - Arbury (January 2017)