Statement on delivery of literature during COVID-19

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Royston Liberal Democrats supporting our community through lockdown

Royston Liberal Democrats have been supporting Royston through lockdown and helping people to find the support they need during these very challenging times.  You can read our February 2021 letter from our Councillors to residents here which sets out the services people can reach out to.  Alongside providing information like this we’ve also been providing practical help with Councillor Ruth Brown working with North Herts District Council to establish a £150,000 fund for groups and organisations coping with Covid-19 related issues.  We hope you find our letter informative and if you think there is anything one of our Councillors can help with please do get in touch.

Councillor Info letter Feb 21 Royston

Councillor Ruth Brown welcomes new greener bins for Royston town centre

Royston Liberal Democrats welcome the introduction of several new recycling bins in Royston town centre this week. The new bins make it easier for everyone to reduce landfill when out and about just as we do at home. Cans, plastic bottles, glass & paper are placed in a single compartment of the bin which will be collected separately by NHDC (North Hertfordshire District Council) and sorted for recycling. We’re encouraging everyone to use the new bins as part of our commitment to making Royston a greener town.

The new bins have been provided by NHDC through the Royston Town Centre Working Party lead by Royston Liberal Democrat Councillor Ruth Brown. Ruth commented “We’re delighted that Royston Town Council supported this NHDC initiative as these bins make it really easy for visitors and shoppers to both keep Royston tidy and increase recycling.”

Royston Liberal Democrats campaign for a greener Royston through initiatives like this, our support for Royston becoming a Sustainable Travel Town and our support for a Plastic Free Royston.

Tories up to their old tricks

In a fraught Town Council meeting on Monday 30th November, Conservative councillors voted to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of ex Labour councillor Amy Bourke-Waite with a Conservative party member.

There were four applicants for the vacancy: Cathy Brownjohn, Brian Bylett, Dave Carter and King Mills.

Cllrs Ruth Brown and Carol Stanier said that they had voted for Brownjohn as she was the replacement for ex-Cllr Bourke-Waite, as nominated by the local Labour party. Cllr Stanier said “The residents of Palace ward voted for two Labour councillors in May 2018 and now they have none. This appointment does not reflect the wishes of the public and is an insult to democracy”.

The Lib Dem councillors were told previously that the local Labour party had agreed with the town council Conservative leadership that the Conservatives would not stand a candidate against the Labour candidate. In the spirit of co-operation the Liberal Democrats also agreed not to stand a candidate and to support the Labour one.

Bylett has previously spoken on behalf of the local Conservative party, stood as an unsuccessful Conservative party candidate and is a current party member.

The event is a bizarre rerun of the events following the resignation of UKIP councillor Paula McGlynn in 2016, in which the Conservative majority appointed a Conservative councillor in place of a UKIP one, making front page news and causing outrage locally. Cllr Ruth Brown said “I am outraged that they have again co-opted a Conservative to a Labour seat. They have demonstrated that they have no respect for the electorate and cannot be trusted.”

Graeme Fell elected as Chair at our AGM

Graeme Fell

In our AGM on November 16th 2020 we elected the following members to our committee:

Chair – Graeme Fell
Treasurer – Bill Sterland
Secretary – Liz Beardwell
Membership Development Officer – Bryony May
Webmaster – Tom Perry
Vice Chair – Carol Stanier
Press & Publicity – Alex Prosser-Snelling
Social Secretary – Ruth Brown
Data Officer – Emma Squire-Smith

Closure of Morrisons store

We have just heard that Morrisons plan to close their Royston store on 25th October 2020. We are saddened by this decision, which we as County, District and Town Councillors, and as local campaigners, have done everything in our power to prevent. We believe this closure could adversely affect the whole town centre and in particular those people less able to travel for their shopping. Our thoughts now are with the current employees, who we hope will find new jobs quickly in the local area.

Zoom councillor surgeries

Our Councillors are available to meet residents remotely in our Zoom councillor surgeries, where we welcome questions, comments or suggestions on any local issues. From 5th September onwards, they are held monthly on the first Saturday of the month at 11am.

The meetings are hosted by County Councillor Steve Jarvis and the Zoom meeting ID is 828-7170-6730 (no password is necessary). You don’t need a Zoom account to join the meeting on a computer/tablet. To access from a smart phone you need to install the Zoom app. Please join us, we’d love to meet you!

Statement on recent Twitter comments surrounding the Royston Museum

Black Lives Matter. Royston Liberal Democrats reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, colour, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation and oppose all forms of entrenched privilege and inequality. We do not celebrate historical figures that have strong associations with slavery or oppression of any sort, and will work via democratic means to remove any racial or other prejudices within our local society.

We do not advocate criminal damage. We strongly believe that any removal or modification of statues, memorials, or other exhibits should be performed in a consensual way, by the owners of the items and taking into account societal changes since such memorials were produced.

We uphold the right of council staff, as anyone else, to hold and express their own personal opinions via their own personal channels. However this does not mean that we agree with or endorse those views. Any views that express criminal intent should be investigated by the appropriate authority.

Where somebody is accused of an offence we believe that it is an important principle that they should have the right to a fair and impartial investigation.

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