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Focus on Buckden, March 2017

Our latest newsletter gives a summary of how the recent budget was set in Cambridgeshire County Council. Despite the best efforts of Liberal Democrats to protect services, Conservatives, UKIP and Independents pushed through a 2% increase for Adult Social Care only. Sadly, this limited increase will cause real problems for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

The other key item in the newsletter is the feedback from the "Life in Buckden" survey. The overall impression is that Buckden is a good place to live, and medical facilities and education opportunities are appreciated, but there are concerns about traffic and mixed views on housing development in the area.

There is also an introduction to Rod Cantrill, the Lib Dem candidate for the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, plus a reminder to all that Council and Mayoral elections are on 4th May. If you are likely to be away, you can apply for a postal vote, so don't forget.

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Focus on Grafham, March 2017

Our latest newsletter gives an excellent summary of how the recent budget was set in Cambridgeshire County Council, including the background, the dilemma and decision, and the stand that the parties took. Despite the best efforts of Liberal Democrats and Labour members to protect services, Conservatives, UKIP and Independents pushed through a 2% increase for Adult Social Care only. Sadly, this limited increase will cause real problems for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Huntingdon District Council items addressed in the newsletter include 1) changes to bin collections, 2) A14 improvements, HDC Council tax increases and 3) voluntary sector funding. There is also an introduction to Rod Cantrill, the Lib Dem candidate for the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, plus a reminder to all that Council and Mayoral elections are on 4th May. If you are likely to be away, you can apply for a postal vote, so don't forget.

To  read the full newsletter click HERE.

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Focus on the Hemingfords, Fenstanton, Hilton, Houghton and Wyton February 2017

The latest newsletter opens with a report back on 1) the negative impact of budget cuts imposed by the Tory-dominated Councils in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, 2) the positive pressure by Lib Dem councillors in Huntingdonshire to improving car-parking and road safety, 3) our success, together with others, in forcing the Conservatives to reinstate the full winter gritting programme. 4) how we are encouraging local parish and town councils, to take more responsibility for their own environment, 5) how we helped to get the streets lights switched back on after concerns were expressed by residents. 

The newsletter also includes key items on traffic issues in Fenstanton, burgleries in The Hemingfords and Hilton, as well as short articles on Brexit, the resurgent growth of Liberal Democrat membership, and Lib Dem council by-election successes

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Focus on Godmanchester, February 2017

The latest newsletter has as its main headline the decision of the Conservatives, supported by Independents on Cambridgeshire County Council to pushed through a 2% rise in the council tax for adult social care alone. Cambridgeshire’s health and education services are already under funded and this decision will mean Cambridgeshire must make harsher and deeper cuts to services! 

In this newsletter, we also introduce Rod Cantrill, our candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Other, items covered include potholes and painting, clearing footpaths for buggy and wheelchair users, and changes to waste bin collection dates.

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Focus on Brampton February 2017

The February newsletter focuses on the financial pressures that are being felt by our councils, and the difficult choices to be made when setting the next budget. We have worked with others to ensure that services are provided as efficiently and economically as possible, however in social care and health services we are reaching breaking point.

Other, local topics covered include Buckden Road traffic issues, clearing footpaths for buggy and wheelchair users, changes to waste bin collection dates.

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Focus on St Neots, February 2017

Our latest newsletter focuses on Priory Park, Loves Farm and Little Paxton issues. It includes items on Huntingdon Road traffic calming, and the urgent need for parking restrictions in Priory Park and Loves Farm. For Little Paxton, we provide updates on the proposed new housing developments (we are interested to hear residents concerns / views), on our efforts to improve A1 southbound traffic safety, and the imminent installation of the Mill Road zebra crossing. 

See the latest newsletter HERE

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Rod Cantrill: Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Liberal Democrats have selected entrepreneur, father and Cambridge City councillor Rod Cantrill as our candidate for the newly created Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Rod, who is well known in Huntingdonshire, has lived in Cambridgeshire for over 30 years, and has a background in finance. He has run his own financial consulting business since 2003 and was first elected as a city councillor in 2004.

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The Fightback Continues in 2017

At the start of 2016, Tim Farron said "I am determined that the Liberal Democrats face the new year with a new sense of purpose, a new drive and a sense of ambition."

Of course we were disappointed by the EU Referendum result, but over 2016 we have made tremendous progress. A short video released by the party over the holiday period sums up the last two years, including the low points and the start of our fightback:- 

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Time to streamline local government in Cambridgeshire?

Most of Cambridgeshire already has three tiers of local government, now yet another tier has been added by the Conservatives – the ‘Combined Authority’ (CA) of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Lib Dems believe that this is not a good idea! There will only be small financial benefits for our area, and there will be significant costs involved in its administration.

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Lib Dems believe that it may be time for a more radical reorganization to reduce the costs of bureaucracy and allow us to provide more of the services people need and expect.

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Focus on Buckden, January, 2017

Our latest newsletter highlights our successes in the County Council in reversing street lighting reductions and winter road-gritting cuts, as well as the initiative we have taken to press British Rail to improve the Offords rail crossing.  We update you on the "Devolution Deal" and our ideas to radically streamline local government in our area. Finally and very importantly, residents are warned to be aware of bogus callers. Click HERE to see the the newsletter in full

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