Focus on Huntingdon - March 2018


The latest edition includes a wide range of short articles including:

  • Council Tax: A summary of increases that have recently been approved. County (c.5%), Town (4%), Fire District (3%) and District (2%). The impact will, unfortunately, be painful for some, but it is a difficult job to maintain necessary services when the Tory central government is cutting grants to councils!
  • Fire!: Jason Ablewhite, current Police and Crime Commissioner wants to add the Fire Service to his empire despite the fact the Fire Authority members (Tory, Lib Dem, Labour and Independents) are unanimous in opposing this. The decision lies with the Secretary of State!
  • Parking and traffic: Redevelopment of Huntingdon centre is attracting more traffic and parking is becoming an increasing issue. Elsewhere, on-street parking by people wishing to avoid car parking charges at the station and elsewhere is becoming an increasing problem. Liberal Democrats are very active in trying to get action taken. Lib Dems have been successful in getting agreement to yellow lines in American Lane at long last, but we still await them being painted - it takes too long. We also keep banging on about the dangerous chicane on Sapley Way and potholes in Buttsgrove way. The budget cycle (and sheer lack of money) mean that action keeps getting delayed - its not good enough!!
  • Housing: Lib Dem Councillor, John Morris has been been championing the issue of social housing and trying to improve availability. Long term empty housing does not sit comfortably alongside increasing numbers of families in B&B accommodation. New housing developments in the area may start to provide some relief, and now that the District Council has been stung into action by John's campaigning and are promising policies soon, some of the families may be given some hope of a secure roof over their heads!

Your Lib Dem Councillors Mike Shellens and Set Greenall supported by a dedicated core team, including Trish Shrapnel, Michael Humphrey and others, work tirelessly on the behalf of residents all year round. The regular Focus Newsletters make sure residents are kept informed about issues and Lib Dems proactively seek feedback on what is important to people living in Huntingdon. Do you see that from other parties, and the Independents - don't think so!

The local elections to District and Town Councils will take place in early May - make sure that you are represented by people who are there with you and working for you all year round - vote LIBERAL DEMOCRAT!!!!

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