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  • Article: Dec 28, 2018

    Tory Plan to Scrap Councils

    Faced with a £54 million shortfall by 2020, Conservatives at County Hall want to scrap all Borough and District Councils in Nottinghamshire to create one "Super-Council" run from West Bridgford. Savings of £20-£30 million are promised to answer the County Council's financial woes. However County Durham, which went Unitary in 2009 and cut 2700 jobs, still has to make £39 million of cuts. It is a similar story for Cornwall and Wiltshire Unitary Councils.

  • Burgage Crossing
    Article: Nov 19, 2018

    Stuart Thompstone reports that the Campaign for a zebra crossing on Lower Kirklington Road at the bottom of The Burgage, is making progress. It has passed the County Council viability test but officers are scratching their heads about the exact location.
    Hopefully this will not drag on too long so a crossing can be quickly installed on this busy road.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2018

    We will be re-launching our Councillors' surgery caravan at the Market on Saturday 17th November 2018. We're sorry that we haven't had a serviceable van for several months. We will be there again on 15th December.

    In the New Year we will revert to our previous timing of the first Saturday of the month. The Surgery will be open from 10am until 12 noon and all are welcome to come along and talk about any issues you may have that relate to the town. We will do our best to follow them up with the appropriate authorities.

  • Surveys with Focus Team
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    We've had an amazing response to our Town Survey - thank you so much to all who replied - we really value your comments.

    It's heartening that people really care about our town and how it develops.

    There were so many hard copies that it is taking us a long time to analyse them but here are the interim figures.

  • Peoples vote stall
    Article: Aug 31, 2018

    We are helping at "The Peoples Vote" stall on Newark Market on September 12th from 11am until 3pm.

    Any help would be gratefully received or just come along for a chat.

    If you wish to help, even if only for a short time, please contact Marylyn Rayner on

    Thank you in anticipation!

  • 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.