Liberal Democrats painting Royston Green

Recent discussions on sustainability and biodiversity generate enthusiasm for Royston Liberal Democrats. 

Royston Liberal Democrats welcomed South Cambridgeshire Councillor and Liberal Democrat Lead on the Local Government Association’s Environment, Housing and Transport board Pippa Heylings to Royston on Wednesday, 14th July to lead a discussion of how to deliver the green recovery and build a more sustainable Royston.  Pippa shared her experience of working on environmental themes all over the world through VSO, the United Nations and directly advising Governments.  She gave eyewitness insight into the impact of the everyday plastics we take for granted, travelling from our high streets to polluting the high seas.

During a lively discussion session the group reflected on the best options to deliver a more sustainable Royston, covering themes such as improving sustainable transport, the importance of recycling, and protecting local green spaces and biodiversity.  Liberal Democrat County Councillor Steve Jarvis commented “This session with Pippa has generated some great ideas and underlined how many people in Royston believe in building a sustainable local economy based on transferable green skills”.

Royston Liberal Democrats Chairman Graeme Fell thanked Pippa for facilitating the discussion and for a productive and enjoyable evening.  He underlined the group’s commitment to sustainability through concrete actions such as working with all levels of council to introduce recycling bins in the town centre and develop a better network of cycling and walking routes.  Royston Liberal Democrats will continue to work with the community in Royston to deliver a greener town.

Thank you!

In the recent local election Steve Jarvis was re-elected as County Councillor for Royston West by a margin of 691 votes over the Conservative. This is a big increase on the 62 vote margin which Steve won by in the previous County Council election four years ago.

The full result was:

Steve Jarvis 2591
Conservative 1900
Labour 519

In Royston East Ruth Brown increased the Liberal Democrat share of the vote by 12%.

The full result was:

Conservative 2317
Ruth Brown 1255
Labour 669
Green 311

Across Hertfordshire the Liberal Democrats gained five seats – taking them to a total of 23 – with the Conservatives down five and Labour down two seats.

The new County Council has 46 Conservatives, 23 Liberal Democrats, 7 Labour, 1 Green and 1 Independent.

In the District Council by election for Meridian ward Alex Prosser-Snelling also saw a big increase in the Liberal Democrat vote, coming a clear second to the Conservative.

The full result was:

Conservative 889
Alex Prosser-Snelling 579
Labour 176
Green 154

North Herts Council now has 11 Liberal Democrats, 15 Labour and 23 Conservative councillors. It is run jointly by the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

Our Annual Report is now available

Please click here to read our Annual Report which describes some of the changes and improvements that your Royston Liberal Democrat councillors have achieved on your behalf in the last year.

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

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