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  • Article: Nov 15, 2018
    Two public events are being held in November about plans for a new roundabout on the A40 northern bypass.
    The Innsworth Gateway Project has been proposed to facilitate the houses that will be built in Innsworth.
    The scheme will provide an upgrade to the Longford roundabout, which will increase its capacity to accommodate predicted future traffic flows and assist in relieving existing congestion.
  • Jeremy, Declan and Rebecca at bus station
    Article: Nov 9, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are developing a set of radical policies to reverse the Conservatives' Vanishing Council and kick-start the regeneration of Gloucester.

    Underpinning this will be the pledge to relocate the city council offices from the Docks to the King's Quarter.

    They also want to see a new civil justice centre built there as part of the project.

  • Jeremy Hilton and housing
    Article: Sep 20, 2018
    There are calls for Gloucester to get its fair share of a £2 billion Government fund to build more social housing.

    Prime Minister Theresa May announced that housing associations can bid for a share of the funding, which runs from 2022 until 2028/29.

    Now Gloucester Liberal Democrats are demanding that council bosses make sure the city gets its fair share of the funding - after it missed out on previous Government housing cash.

    Only last month it emerged Gloucester did not get a penny of a previous £2 billion social housing allocation, which was announced at last year's Conservative Party conference.

    The money was targeted to areas where there was a large discrepancy between the cost of renting in the open market and that offered in the social rented sector.

    If, like Gloucester, the gap is under £50 a week, local authorities get nothing.

    "At the beginning of 2017 there were 3,846 families in Gloucester on the housing waiting list," Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of Gloucester Lib Dems, said.

    "It means that many families in Gloucester will never get the chance of a home to call their own.

    "We need to build many new homes with secured social tenancies and it is absolutely vital that Gloucester gets a fair share of this new funding."

    Councillor David Brown, Liberal Democrat housing spokesman at Gloucester City Council, said: "I shall be asking questions of Councillor Colin Organ, the cabinet member for planning and housing strategy, about this cash at the next meeting of city council.

    "I will be seeking reassurances that Gloucester will not be missing out like last time.

    "There are too many people in Gloucester who will never ever be able to call a house a home. People should not have to live in fear of receiving a couple of months' notice to vacate a property."

    During her speech to the National Housing Federation, the prime minister said people who live in council houses should be made to feel proud of their homes.

    Councillor Hilton added: "I welcome the language the Prime Minister used about residents who live in social housing.

    "The Prime Minister is right they are not 'second-rate citizens' and should not feel marginalised or overlooked.

    "But it should also be remembered that it was Margaret Thatcher who introduced the right to buy policy in the 1980s which saw thousands of local authority homes sold off and not replaced."

    A Lib Dem Government would end the voluntary right to buy pilots that sell off housing association homes and the associated high value asset levy.

    They would also lift the borrowing cap on local authorities and increase the borrowing capacity of housing associations so that they can build council and social housing.
  • Jeremy and Linda
    Article: Sep 18, 2018
    Gloucester Liberal Democrats have reiterated calls for a new secondary school to be built in the north of the city.
    It comes after forecasts prepared by the Department for Education reveal a shortfall of 477 secondary school places in Gloucester by 2023/24.
    Across the country 130,000 children are at risk of missing out on a secondary school place over the next five years, according to the Local Government Association.
  • Elmbridge Lib Dem councillors Emily Ryall and Howard Hyman
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have branded proposals to move Elmbridge out of Gloucester and into Tewkesbury as "farcical".

    The Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for the review of parliamentary boundaries which will see the Elmbridge area of Gloucester be represented by an MP from a town 12 miles away.

  • Jeremy Hilton - recycling boxes
    Article: Sep 5, 2018
    Liberal Democrat councillors have questioned Gloucestershire County Council's decision to close its household recycling centres one day a week.
    The Conservative-run county council has announced from the end of October changes to the opening hours of the five household recycling centres it owns.
    These are Fosse Cross near Cirencester, Hempsted in Gloucester, Wingmoor Farm at Bishops Cleeve, Pyke Quarry near Horsley and Oak Quarry near Coleford. They currently open at 9am and close at 6.15pm 12 months a year.
  • Jeremy Hilton & Rebecca Trimnell with team at Gloucester Day 2018
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Liberal Democrats in Gloucester will be taking their campaign to remain in the European Union to Gloucester Pride on Saturday when party members will be handing out cards encouraging everyone to support having a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.
    This campaign will proceed a major debate at the county council when councillors will be encouraged to support a Lib Dem motion calling for a People's Vote on the Brexit deal.
  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Aug 31, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 20% in Gloucester.

    Dr Rebecca Trimnell, the Lib Dem Parliamentary spokeswoman for Gloucester, said the plans would boost local investment and ensure businesses in the city thrive.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2018

    Redrow Homes has appealed to the Secretary of State about Gloucester City Council's non-determination of their planning application to build 89 dwellings on the former Civil Service Sports Ground off Estcourt Road. Application reference 16/00968/FUL.

    This controversial application raised many objections from local residents when it was originally deposited with the council in 2016.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2018

    Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are calling for a greater recognition and understanding of Type 1 Diabetes.

    Councillor Klara Sudbury has tabled a motion at a meeting of the councillors on September 12 calling for the county council to coordinate with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, schools and independent academies to raise awareness of the distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as the symptoms of the disease.