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  • Wera Hobhouse (Wera Hobhouse)
    Article: Feb 9, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Dear {{ salutation }}


    Just a quick reminder for you about a political discussion session for this evening with our Guest Speaker, Wera Hobhouse, the MP for bath and the Party`s Climate Change Spokesperon. It will start at 7.00pm and your ZOOM link is shown below

    Keith Melton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2021

    Southwell's town environment briefing notes February

    Open Spaces


    The Clerk has not heard back from Southwell City FC to consider their strategic move to the Centenary Ground, Brinkley. I will report on future impact on work at the WMRG. Brash currently located at the north end will be looked at to ensure that residents can use their back gates, and the brash area 'bins' already agreed will be marked out, waiting for the mesh panels when they are available.

  • Wera Hobhouse (Wera Hobhouse)
    Article: Feb 2, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Wera Hobhouse MP talks to GLD Chair Keith Melton

    Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Ed Davey, has recently had a mini-shuffle of Spokesperson roles in the Parliamentary Party. Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, has become the Party spokesperson for Climate Change again. She was also recently elected to become one of three honorary Vice-Presidents of the Green Liberal Democrats (GLD) at their recent (delayed) 2020 AGM. Ms Hobhouse also retains her spokesperson role for Equality.

  • Ed Davey ()
    Article: Jan 26, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Green Alliance podcast -
    Interview with Sir Ed Davey,
    Liberal Democrat leader

    Shaun Spiers, executive director at Green Alliance is joined by Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats.
    They discuss Ed's time as secretary of state for energy and climate change during the coalition years,
    his hopes for COP26
    and Lib Dem ambitions for the environment.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Sept 1st prize 47, 2nd 26; Oct 1st 13, 2nd 59

  • COVID19
    Article: Oct 12, 2020

    Tackling COVID19 outbreaks should be the responsibility of Public Health England. However, the agency, underfunded since it was set up seven years ago, was unprepared to deal with a pandemic.

    World Beating Promise

    Instead of rapidly expanding Public Health England, the Government opted for a brand new centralised scheme outsourced to private companies. Spending £10 billion on drive through testing and giving £108 million to Serco for contact tracing, the Prime Minister promised a "world beating" system.

  • Housebuilding
    Article: Oct 12, 2020

    In order to "get more homes built", the Government wants to completely change the planning system.
    Currently there is a two stage planning process. Once the Government has set the number of homes to be built, the District Council develops a Local Plan after extensive local consultation. Once the plan is agreed, individual planning applications are then considered by local Councillors, with input from the public, before final approval is given. The current system enables issues such as flood mitigation to be ironed out at the detailed planning application stage.
    The Government claims that this is too much "red tape", preventing house building. However 90% of planning applications are approved. In fact there are more than a million homes with planning permission that have yet to be built. That represents three years supply of new homes.
    Now the Government wants to take the second detailed stage away from local Councils with a single stage zonal system. Where land is zoned for "Growth", developers will receive automatic planning approval, removing the chance for local objection.
    "Simplifying" planning is not the real problem, it is the private housebuilders sitting on land banks and only building when they can make greater profits.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2020

    In 2018, faced with a £54million funding shortfall, the Conservatives at County Hall wanted to scrap all seven District and Borough Councils in Nottinghamshire to create a super-Council run from West Bridgford. Following fierce opposition, the idea was quickly dropped. Now, this time with Government support, the scheme has been revived.

  • Peter Harris brushing up his skills
    Article: Sep 28, 2020

    When Lockdown eased in June and shops began re-opening, Town Councillors decided it was time to spruce up Southwell's centre. Hanging baskets have been put up in King Street, flags put up where watering is difficult currently, and bollards re-painted.
    A decision to paint the bollards was taken two years ago but with staff shortages the work had not been carried out. To avoid further delays, a group of Councillors aided by several groups of volunteers decided to take on the work to welcome shoppers back.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2020

    The recent COVID19 lockdown brought out the best in Southwell. Once the Government declared a lockdown, the Town Council responded quickly to open its Emergency Communications Hub. A telephone helpline manned by Councillors connected residents in need with local groups who could provide help.
    Volunteers, such as the newly established Torpedoes, Southwell live at Home, Southwell Lions, Turtle Dove, the Scouts and many other groups offered support to help those who were self-isolating and shielding. Practical and emotional support came from Southwell Churches together. Local shops and the business community showed resilience and commitment, providing goods and services throughout the lockdown.
    The Town Council will continue to do everything it can to provide support and keep Southwell safe in the coming months.