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North Herts Council is to spend £130,000 removing equipment from play areas if someone else doesn’t offer to take over their maintenance by March next year. The Council’s cabinet decided to press ahead with the plans despite local objections and a petition organised by the Liberal Democrats. Four Great Ashby play areas are on the list, but at the request of the local Conservative councillor, another four are to be considered as well.

Conservative 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 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. Liberal Democrat Councillors voted against the rise. Great Ashby’s Conservative District and County Councillors voted for the rise (our County Councillor is also a District Councillor for Royston). North Herts Lib Dem leader Steve Jarvis said, “Although the increase was recommended by an independent panel now is not the time for a big pay rise for councillors.”

From Steve Jarvis, Terry Tyler 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. 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.

Local Plan: the next steps

By-election results in 2016

Lib Dem +28






Voters are ditching the Conservatives and backing the Lib Dems

County Council objects to development off Mendip Way

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.

Herts County Council says that they will object to the local plan proposal to build 600 houses on site “GA2” off Mendip Way unless a secondary school is included. But they also say that the local road network could not cope with the traffic from the houses as well as the school. Terry Tyler said, “The County Council is right about the potential traffic problems but it is a pity that the County Council and the District Council haven’t been talking to one another to avoid making flawed proposals.”


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