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From Peter Harris, Sue Rogers, Tony Brown, Beryl Prentice and your local Lib Dem Focus team

Tories vote for massive expansion of Southwell As reported in the last Focus, the District Council is planning for an additional 425 new houses in Southwell, 292 or more of which will be built on new housing estates many around the edge of Southwell. Some houses from the 425 new houses have already been planned and some built, such as the small group of houses off Newark Road built on the site of the old garage. However, as we reported previously, the District Council consulted on plans for new estates round the edge of the town. Despite residents opposition to building plans the Conservatives are ignoring local people and forcing more housing estates in Southwell.

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Despite over 200 objections from residents, the Civic Society and the Town Council, the Tories at the District Council have now voted to approve the Housing Allocation Plan. ‘The Conservatives have not listened to the views of local people and even their own supporters.

“They are pushing ahead with plans to build many new estates on the south and west of the town” said Peter Harris. One of the issues that still causes problems is the County Council’s insistence that a line of a bypass [drawn over 30 years ago] and unlikely never to be constructed, has to kept as a line in the map. This has meant that a number of contentious sites for housing cannot be developed, or made good use of. Unfortunately, when the County Council ‘consulted’ on the matter a few years ago, they too ignored most local voices and kept a bypass ‘on the map’. So we are now in a position where one Council ignoring the views of local people has led to further problems later. It is high time that the District and County Councillors listened to local residents’’ views and not Conservative party whips.

Audit Costs

The Coalition Government ended the requirement for local Councils to use a Civil Service run Audit Commission to audit their accounts. The costs of the Audit Commission were increasing, and our rep Cllr Peter Harris regularly criticised the high costs of audit. However, now the Audit Commission is no longer, the Conservative controlled District Council, rather than saving up to £100,000 on using local external auditors, has contracted another local government auditor to do the work, saving nothing!

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Labour out of the local race

Belisha Beacons installed at last A number of years ago the Co-op was required to pay money for a pedestrian crossing on the Ropewalk. After years of campaigning by the Lib Dem Focus Team the crossing has finally arrived! We are also campaigning for a proper crossing on Westgate to get safe access to Holy Trinity School. The County Council are just looking to ‘narrow’ the road. The crossing outside the school has had a difficult history – some of which was the responsibility of the County Council itself. Southwell needs the County Council to act properly and build a proper pedestrian crossing to allow parents and children to get across this busy road safely.

In the recent by-election in neighbouring Lowdham and Epperstone, the Lib Dems ran the Conservatives a close second, increasing their vote by a 36% swing. Labour and the Independent candidates gained few votes coming third and fourth. The vote shows how the Lib Dems represent local views effectively in what had always been, up until now, a Conservative stronghold. Labour are also out of the race in our village and the surrounding areas.

Civil War Museum for Newark

With no National Civil War museum in the country, the recent approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new museum in Newark should prove significant. Southwell’s connection with the Civil War, including King Charles’ surrender to the Scots from the Saracen’s Head and the scarring of the Minster by the War should be a draw. We will be working on how to ensure that there are benefits to our town too. Lib Dem councillors have supported the process, including Lib Dem Cllr Brendan Haigh as Cabinet member for the Museums getting the Council to purchase the Magnus building for £1 from the County after it closed it offices there. The building and its Tudor hall will be the centre for the new museum We will be pressing for the new Museum to be interactive and not just a display of artefacts, a vibrant organisation and not a large drain on Council Tax payers. Printed, published and promoted by C Gunton-Day on behalf of P Harris (Lib Dems) all at 14 Hillside Drive, Southwell Nottinghamshrie NG25 0JZ

We’re interested your views...

Labour have been telling voters for months that there is a better way of dealing with the economic mess that they created, without saying what it is. Now they have admitted that this isn’t true, and they have no “Plan B.” Southwell and Caunton Liberal Democrat campaigner Peter Harris said: “Labour lied repeatedly to voters about their economic strategy. They still refuse to accept blame for the mess they caused and they now accept that they have no way out. They owe everyone who voted for them an apology!”

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Labour out of the local race

Belisha Beacons installed at last A number of years ago the Co-op was required to pay money for a pedestrian crossing on the Ropewalk. After years of campaigning by the Lib Dem Focus Team the crossing has finally arrived! We are also campaigning for a proper crossing on Westgate to get safe access to Holy Trinity School. The County Council are just looking to ‘narrow’ the road. The crossing outside the school has had a difficult history – some of which was the responsibility of the County Council itself. Southwell needs the County Council to act properly and build a proper pedestrian crossing to allow parents and children to get across this busy road safely.

In the recent by-election in neighbouring Lowdham and Epperstone, the Lib Dems ran the Conservatives a close second, increasing their vote by a 36% swing. Labour and the Independent candidates gained few votes coming third and fourth. The vote shows how the Lib Dems represent local views effectively in what had always been, up until now, a Conservative stronghold. Labour are also out of the race in our village and the surrounding areas.

Civil War Museum for Newark

With no National Civil War museum in the country, the recent approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new museum in Newark should prove significant. Southwell’s connection with the Civil War, including King Charles’ surrender to the Scots from the Saracen’s Head and the scarring of the Minster by the War should be a draw. We will be working on how to ensure that there are benefits to our town too. Lib Dem councillors have supported the process, including Lib Dem Cllr Brendan Haigh as Cabinet member for the Museums getting the Council to purchase the Magnus building for £1 from the County after it closed it offices there. The building and its Tudor hall will be the centre for the new museum We will be pressing for the new Museum to be interactive and not just a display of artefacts, a vibrant organisation and not a large drain on Council Tax payers. Printed, published and promoted by C Gunton-Day on behalf of P Harris (Lib Dems) all at 14 Hillside Drive, Southwell Nottinghamshrie NG25 0JZ

We’re interested your views... (please lets us know about your local issues, concerns or problems. If you need more space to write please attach another sheet of paper)

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Labour have been telling voters for months that there is a better way of dealing with the economic mess that they created, without saying what it is. Now they have admitted that this isn’t true, and they have no “Plan B.” Southwell and Caunton Liberal Democrat campaigner Peter Harris said: “Labour lied repeatedly to voters about their economic strategy. They still refuse to accept blame for the mess they caused and they now accept that they have no way out. They owe everyone who voted for them an apology!”

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Labour out of the local race

Belisha Beacons installed at last A number of years ago the Co-op was required to pay money for a pedestrian crossing on the Ropewalk. After years of campaigning by the Lib Dem Focus Team the crossing has finally arrived! We are also campaigning for a proper crossing on Westgate to get safe access to Holy Trinity School. The County Council are just looking to ‘narrow’ the road. The crossing outside the school has had a difficult history – some of which was the responsibility of the County Council itself. Southwell needs the County Council to act properly and build a proper pedestrian crossing to allow parents and children to get across this busy road safely.

In the recent by-election in neighbouring Lowdham and Epperstone, the Lib Dems ran the Conservatives a close second, increasing their vote by a 36% swing. Labour and the Independent candidates gained few votes coming third and fourth. The vote shows how the Lib Dems represent local views effectively in what had always been, up until now, a Conservative stronghold. Labour are also out of the race in our village and the surrounding areas.

Civil War Museum for Newark

With no National Civil War museum in the country, the recent approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new museum in Newark should prove significant. Southwell’s connection with the Civil War, including King Charles’ surrender to the Scots from the Saracen’s Head and the scarring of the Minster by the War should be a draw. We will be working on how to ensure that there are benefits to our town too. Lib Dem councillors have supported the process, including Lib Dem Cllr Brendan Haigh as Cabinet member for the Museums getting the Council to purchase the Magnus building for £1 from the County after it closed it offices there. The building and its Tudor hall will be the centre for the new museum We will be pressing for the new Museum to be interactive and not just a display of artefacts, a vibrant organisation and not a large drain on Council Tax payers. Printed, published and promoted by C Gunton-Day on behalf of P Harris (Lib Dems) all at 14 Hillside Drive, Southwell Nottinghamshrie NG25 0JZ

We’re interested your views...

Labour have been telling voters for months that there is a better way of dealing with the economic mess that they created, without saying what it is. Now they have admitted that this isn’t true, and they have no “Plan B.” Southwell and Caunton Liberal Democrat campaigner Peter Harris said: “Labour lied repeatedly to voters about their economic strategy. They still refuse to accept blame for the mess they caused and they now accept that they have no way out. They owe everyone who voted for them an apology!”

Contact local Lib Dem Councillors

(please lets us know about your local issues, concerns or problems. If you need more space to write please attach another sheet of paper)

Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________ E-mail _____________ @ ________________________ Telephone ____________________________________

Return to: Peter Harris & Lib Dem team, 14 Hillside Drive, Southwell NG25 0JZ

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Southwell Focus July 2012