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  • Southwell Minster West Front
    Survey: Aug 15, 2018
    39 questions

    Dear Resident,

    The world is changing and Southwell with it.

    Back in 1986, Liberal Democrat Councillors asked local residents for their views on the town's facilities and services. It helped the Town Council invest in Southwell leading to more football provision at Brinkley, the introduction of the children's play area on the Recreation Ground, conservation at Squire's Pond and support for local Policing. Concerns about planning were voiced at the District Council and the campaign for the County Council to provide better library facilities began.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2018

    We are planning to distribute within this area a cross-party leaflet made up of short contributions from local people, outlining why the EU matters to them personally. The leaflet will be printed and distributed by the Newark and Sherwood Liberal Democrats but will not carry any other Lib Dem party branding as we want to encourage people from all political parties, or none, to have their say.

  • Polish Lunch Poster
    Article: Jul 4, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    Southwell Branch are having a Garden Party on 29th June, All welcome - see the poster adjoining.

  • Focus Election 2017
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    What are the Government's Priorities over School Funding?

    Good news that Newark's schools are beginning to improve. After years of decline in the performance of all secondary schools in Newark a complete turnaround was urgently needed.

    A key part of the problem was the "Lincolnshire Drift" where pupils who passed the 11+ were selected for Grammar Schools in Lincolnshire.

  • Green Lib Dem Logo
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Peter Scorer in Focus 253

    You may have seen on the local BBC news about the recent Green Liberal Democrat conference in Nottingham.

    With growing concerns about carbon emissions, waste and re-cycling, Liberal Democrats held a conference to further develop their Green Manifesto for the future.

    The event was well attended, with keynote speeches from several MPs and the Party Leader, Vince Cable.

  • Potholes Southwell
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Chris Wood

    At last pothole s are being filled. Many potholes have been reported to NCC by the Focus Team and other residents - with temporary repairs now being undertaken/completed. The yellow rings confirm that even sides roads will be treated. There are plenty of potholes to fill. One small cul-de-sac has sixteen holes.

  • Top Town Path with Cllr Peter Harris
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Peter Scorer in Focus 253

    The Pat h at the top of Lowes Wong School linking to Hillside Drive is a popular route for taking children to school. In winter though, it becomes a muddy quagmire.

    Lib Dem Councillor Peter Harris organised the delivery of gravel from the County Council and enlisted a team of volunteers to configure a ramp at the eastern end of the path and later to spread the gravel. This was done in spite of objections from both a Conservative and an Independent Town Councillor. Thank you to all involved.

  • Property Level Protection
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Chris Wood in Focus 253

    How Much Protection will we get?

    The County Council has released more details about its Flood Alleviation Scheme. It combines traditional engineering solutions with surface water management schemes to deliver increased levels of protection throughout Southwell.

    Southwell Flood Forum must be congratulated for the hard work they have done, liaising with the County Council and helping with the technical aspects of the scheme.

  • Southwell Hockerton Road litter picking
    Article: Jun 7, 2018

    Fly-tipping is increasing. Dumped waste has been reported on local roads. Unlicensed waste carriers are a growing problem, but part of it is casual dumping instead of making a trip to the re-cycling centre.
    A year ago the Conservatives made a County Council election promise to investigate the re-opening of Fiskerton tip. At the Town Council meeting in May, Liberal Democrat Cllr Peter Scorer asked our County Councillor how the investigation was progressing. The answer was "no progress".

  • plastic bag waste
    Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    Waste recycling by Newark and Sherwood District Council is shocking. Ranked 303 out of 350 Local Authorities, its 31.9% recycling rate is half that of the top Councils in England. Even in Nottinghamshire it is the second lowest.

    Outsourced Recycling

    Notts. County Council, our waste disposal Authority, has outsourced recycling to Veolia in a 26 year PFI contract.
    The contract bans tetra-paks, meat, fruit and ready meal trays, foil items, shredded paper and lots of types of plastic from recycling.
    Because there are so many different sorts of plastic, what can or cannot be recycled causes real confusion amongst the public.