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  • Southwell Market stall
    Article: Apr 21, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    We held our stall this morning and signed up 31 people for the petition in spite of a quiet morning on the market. One couple took away a Lib Dem membership application form. We'll follow up some of the signatories in due course

  • Article: Apr 20, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    We're having an Exit from Brexit stall on Southwell Market tomorrow from 9am, all welcome!! NG25 0EN

  • Plastic Bags
    Article: Mar 30, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    The Liberal Party and later the Lib Dems, have always championed the environment, unlike the other major parties, who lay claim to be recent converts but whose policies do not reflect their words. Join us in our campaign to stop the planet from drowning in plastic!
    The amount of plastic we use and then dump has been in the news lately. It has been revealed that many types of plastic and other materials that are laminated, cannot be re-cycled and end up in landfill, or worse, in the oceans.
    Supermarket packaging is a major source but many everyday products have changed over to plastic in recent years. Newspaper supplements and magazines through the post are usually wrapped in plastic (even the National Trust's, which should know better!). Pet food now comes in sachets rather than recyclable cans. Cereals come in plastic inside the cardboard box instead of paper. Notably, Weetabix has returned to paper after a spell using plastic. Tetra Packs (which orange juice comes in) aren't recyclable locally. The list goes on.
    The imposition of a 5p charge on plastic "one use" shopping bags has led to a brilliant 80% reduction in their use. However even buying loose vegetables and fruit in a supermarket leads to putting it in plastic bags to weigh them.
    Shopping locally can certainly reduce the amount of plastic we use. Use the local milkman - you can still get milk in glass bottles which are washed and re-used rather than in throw away plastic bottles. We need to apply pressure to local and national retailers to reduce the plastic in our packaging. Or at least use plastic we can re-cycle .

  • Gates Close on Carillion
    Article: Mar 26, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    Privatising the Profits
    Nationalising the Losses

    The demise of Carillion, builder and supplier of countless outsourced services to the Government, is the largest in a long line of failed outsourcing contracts.
    Government deals with the likes of G4S, Serco, National Express and Virgin East Coast have run into trouble with poorly run prisons, the debacle over security for the Olympic Games and the bailing out of the East Coast Main Line railway franchise, only a few of the problems.
    All over the country, local councils are slowly realising that outsourcing simply costs more and provides a poorer service than in-house services.
    Notts County Council is locked into a poor recycling contract with Veolia. As a result, Newark and Sherwood has one of the worse recycling rates in the whole country. Lib Dems want the contract to be re-negotiated.
    Lib Dem MPs and Councillors fully support properly funded Public Services. Whilst not fundamentally against outsourcing, they have tried to scrutinise outsourcing contracts to no avail.
    Even Conservative run Councils are taking these failed and costly contracts back into their control, directly employing local people to sort out the mess.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2018

    Southwell Market Sat 21st April

    Whilst there is a National Day of action on 31st March, the Local Party have decided to have a stall on Southwell Market on Sat 21st April.

    We will be there from 9am until the crowds die down - usually just after lunch. Please come along and offer some time to man the stall. We have T shirts and Leaflets, Stickers and Balloons to hand out and will be encouraging people to sign a petition.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Hitting families with substantial Council Tax rises year after year will not solve the social care problem.

    Ten years ago a cross party finance agreement collapsed when the Conservatives called it a "Death Tax". In 2011 the independent Dilnot Report recommendations were not implemented. Last year the Conservative election social care plan failed after Labour dubbed it a "Dementia tax".

  • Southwell Church Street Commissioners' Bridge
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Flood defence work to help protect Southwell's homes and businesses has been approved by the Government. Almost five years ago, flash floods caused nearly £10 million of damage to more than 250 properties throughout the town. Costing £5 million, the main engineering work could be completed by the end of the year.

  • Southwell Pothole 1
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Mansfield 13, Farnsfield 5, Southwell 0

    The County Council has listed 111 residential roads for pothole repairs but not one is planned for Southwell, despite many deep potholes.

    To make matters worse, Cllr Stuart Thompstone reports that many of the few repairs that were done in Southwell last year have already opened up again.

  • PCSOs
    Article: Mar 6, 2018

    Southwell to contribute £500,000 a year for one PCSO

    Nottinghamshire police numbers are at their lowest level for 30 years, down by 331 in the last five years.
    Southwell Residents contribute around £500,000 in Council Tax to the Police Authority but cuts have reduced the Police presence to one Police Community Support Officer.
    Late last year the custody suite at Newark Police Station was mothballed. Now there is talk of the Police Station, which was purpose built only ten years ago, closing altogether.
    At the same time as these cuts are being made in Newark and Southwell, there are plans to build a brand new £15.7 million custody suite in Nottingham!
    People have the right to feel safe in their own communities and Liberal Democrat Councillors will be lobbying for adequate policing for Southwell and the surrounding villages.

  • Southwell Leisure Centre
    Article: Feb 28, 2018

    Southwell Leisure Centre is one of a very few Centres that is owned by the residents of the town, and run by a Trust. It is very well used. At the moment it makes a modest surplus and the Trustees are planning to invest the money in further improvements.

    However, the District Council is planning to remove £90,000 worth of support from the Trust over the next three years and this will put pressure on resources.