NewS from Uttlesford Lib Dems

  • Uttlesford District Council
    Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Geoffrey Sell

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SAY NO TO R4U U-TURN ON CABINET REVIEW

    The Residents for Uttlesford election manifesto in 2019 promised: "We will review
    and improve or replace the current Cabinet system to make the District Council fairer
    and to ensure all that all voices are heard."
    "Fine words, which we agree with. But what is the reality", says Stansted Lib Dem
    councillor, Geoffrey Sell? "The recommendation at last week's meeting of the
    Governance Review Working Group was to stop work until Spring of 2021 on
    reviewing the current Cabinet system. A reason given for this was that the Corporate
    Plan had allocated no resources for the review."
    Lib Dem councillors Ayub Khan and Geoffrey Sell both expressed their opposition
    and labelled it "a failure of political will".
    Said Cllr Khan, (Lib Dem, Stansted South & Birchanger): "If you think something is
    important the necessary resources will be found".
    The two Liberal Democrat councillors fortunately managed to secure the support of
    colleagues from other parties. They are now recommending the continuance of the work of
    the Governance Review Group.
    Cllr Khan added "Now is not the time for R4U to put this on hold. We have to look at
    how we can do better as a Council in communicating with and being accountable to
    local residents."
    Cllr Sell called upon the R4U administration to honour its manifesto pledge and to
    commit the necessary resources so that the review can go ahead.

  • Uttlesford District Council
    Article: Aug 24, 2020
    By Melvin Caton

    Uttlesford Liberal Democrats have responded to reports that the Government is expected to publish plans next month to reorganise councils in Essex. The leader of Uttlesford Lib Dem councillors, Cllr Alan Dean said that "the time is not right for such an upheaval whilst local councils are still dealing the
    consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging economic recession.
    "Reorganisation would be extremely resource intensive and an unwelcome distraction at a
    time when we should be completely focused on responding to the recovery our communities
    in Uttlesford need", Cllr Dean said.

  • LD Stock Housing in countryside photo
    Article: Aug 13, 2020
    By Alan Dean

    Cllr Alan Dean, leader of the Lib Dem Opposition, said "Back in April, when R4U persuaded the Council to vote to withdraw the emerging plan, the Lib Dems warned that the decision meant the Council would lose control over the number of houses the Government required to be built in the district. We said it would also leave the district prey to more unplanned development without the necessary infrastructure".

  • Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Alan Dean

    Uttlesford Liberal Democrat and Green councillors are seriously concerned and distressed at the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA two weeks ago.

    They decry discrimination and injustice that still exists for Black, Asian and all minority ethnic communities, whether in Uttlesford, elsewhere in the UK, the USA or in other countries.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020

    Callum Robertson, Chair of the East of England Policy Committee, interviews Ed Davey MP.

    Photo credit: Uk Parliament licensed under CC BY 3.0.

  • Article: May 1, 2020

    The second of Callum Robertson's interviews is with Dr Julian Huppert, Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College Cambridge and Visiting Professor at King's College, London. He was MP for Cambridge from 2010 until 2015. Julian is a former research scientist and has a particular interest in science and technology policy.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2020

    Residents who are encountering problems making their council tax payments due to the COVID-19 outbreak should consult the following web page provided by Uttlesford District Council. It sets out support available and the possibilities for deferrals.

    https://www.uttlesford.gov.uk/article/6622/Council-Tax-support-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020

    East of England Liberal Democrats launch a series of podcasts about the wider party to engage members during the covid-19 crisis

    During the Covid-19 crisis, East of England Liberal Democrats are working to provide more information about the Liberal Democrats and how we work to our members and supporters. Presented by Regional Policy Chair Callum Robertson, the new series features a number of discussions, interviews and round tables with Council Leaders, MPs and other party figures.

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