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Town Council is suspended

11th May 2020 by The Lib Dem Team No Comments »

Royston Town Council decided at its Extraordinary meeting on 23rd March 2020 (draft minutes are available here) to suspend many council functions, including regular meetings. All necessary decisions are being made by two councillors and the clerk. Virtual meetings are now permitted by law, and many parish councils locally are holding meetings in this way. However, so far there have been no virtual meetings of Royston Town Council and none are scheduled, though we have been told that options are being investigated.

We believe that regular meetings with a full complement of councillors and public participation should be reinstated virtually as soon as possible and we will continue to push for this to happen.

Royston Liberal Democrats are committed to democracy and transparency at every level of government.


More changes delivered by Lib Dems in Royston

16th June 2019 by Tom Comments Off on More changes delivered by Lib Dems in Royston

Progress on parking problems

Carol Stanier is meeting the District Council officers responsible for parking to press for progress on Royston’s parking review. Steve Jarvis has secured agreement for double yellow lines to be installed next year on the bend near the entrance to Layston Park.

Town Council Action on Environment

Royston Town Council recently agreed to reassess their environmental policy following criticism from Lib Dems that it was neither robust enough nor did it provide SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed) goals for the council. Ruth Brown and Carol Stanier are both appointed to the four-member cross-party working group to look at this. Any suggestions from the public are welcomed.

Climate Change Commitment

The first action of the new North Herts Council was to agree (with all party support) to declare a climate emergency, to become a “zero carbon council” by 2030 and to look at ways in which it can help people and businesses across the district reduce their impact on the climate.


Thank You!

2nd June 2019 by The Lib Dem Team Comments Off on Thank You!

A big thank you to local people who went out and voted in the local elections this May. Carol Stanier now joins Ruth Brown as your second Lib Dem District Councillor.

Thank you also to those who voted in the European elections. Liberal Democrats topped the poll in North Herts, helping to elect Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha as MEPs for the East of England.


Carol Stanier elected in Royston Heath!

3rd May 2019 by Tom Comments Off on Carol Stanier elected in Royston Heath!

Carol Stanier has been elected in Royston Heath ward by a sizeable margin.  The full results are as follows:

Labour Party 119
Conservative Party 538
Green Party 134
Carol Stanier – Liberal Democrats 963

The turnout was 40.34%.

A number of other Liberal Democrats were elected in other wards in North Hertfordshire, including Sean Prendergast who unseated the Conservative leader of the council, Tom Tyson in Arbury, Sam North in Cadwell, Keith Hoskins in Hitchin Highbury and Steve Jarvis who was reelected in Weston & Sandon.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the campaign — we couldn’t have done it without you.


Our District Council Candidates for Thursday 2nd May 2019

3rd April 2019 by Tom Comments Off on Our District Council Candidates for Thursday 2nd May 2019

The District Council elections are less than an month away!  Here’s some information on the candidates that are standing in Royston on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.

Royston Heath – Carol Stanier

Carol made her home in Royston nearly ten years ago and loves the area. She is an active Town Councillor for part of Heath ward and her young children attend a local school. This makes her passionate about children’s and family services, which are being cut back and back in the current climate. She is active in the community, running a local German conversation group and being involved in her school’s “Friends” group. She has campaigned on, amongst other things, the brown bin tax and on-street parking in Royston. As a scientist by training, she always tries to make decisions based on rational thought and evidence. Her experience of living abroad has taught her to be curious about and inclusive of other cultures and mindsets. She said “I have always been a Liberal Democrat supporter and voter, though I joined the party just after the referendum in 2016. Whether we are in or out of the EU, I want to make sure that the whole of the British people get the facilities and services that they require and deserve. I intend to be as approachable and open as possible to all those from my ward who come to me with ideas and questions, or asking for help.”

Royston Meridian – Peter Rice

Peter Rice is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the District Council elections in Meridian ward on Thursday 2nd May. A Royston resident himself, he is a professional open-source software developer for biology and medicine. He has been a church warden in Royston, and Hertfordshire chess captain. He has also represented Royston Bridge Club, winning twice. Peter took a lead locally campaigning for StrongerIn in 2016, helping to secure a victory for ‘Remain’ in North Hertfordshire, if not the wider country! Peter is passionate about improving parking in town and about protecting and enhancing Royston’s high street.

Royston Palace – Amy Di Capite

Amy relocated her young family from Cambridgeshire just over two years ago and now lives in the heart of Royston. Although currently a full-time mum, Amy has a degree in Chemical Engineering and previously worked on fluid flow for a Cambridge-based company. She is a frequent visitor and customer of Royston town centre and passionate about supporting the local businesses and regeneration of the High Street. Amy is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the District Council in Palace ward. She said, “I’m always out and about with my children using the public services and spaces Royston has to offer. As such, I want to help maintain and improve them for others to enjoy too.”

Ermine – Suzanne Anderton

Originally from the Peak District in Derbyshire, Suzie moved to the rural community of Barkway ten years ago. She is passionate about environmental issues, particularly the impact of single use plastics and the increase in the amount of plastic litter we see in our countryside and farmland. She commented “The volume of litter strewn across our country lanes and fields has grown at an alarming rate. It is worrying to see empty cans, bottles and plastic wrappers polluting the local farmland and ruining the beautiful countryside in which we live. More has to be done, on both a central and local government level, to ensure that litter and commercial waste is disposed of properly and where possible recycled.” Profoundly against Brexit Suzie believes that it is local businesses who are taking the brunt of the chaos currently being witnessing in Westminster. “The UK voting to leave the European Union saddens me greatly. I voted Remain and I still believe that as a nation we are stronger and more secure being in the EU rather than out. The Referendum was divisive and the result has split the nation. Regardless of what the future brings we now have to work together to unite our communities and regain trust with the people of this country who have lost faith in the political system. I believe that it is time to challenge the political status quo and that’s why Liberal Democrats supporters have to come together to challenge the Tories and Labour.”

Agent for all Royston and Ermine candidates: John Hully, 16 Betony Vale, Royston, SG8 9TS


Join us for our autumn quiz!

10th October 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Join us for our autumn quiz!

Date and time: Saturday 17th November at 19:00

Location: Market Hill Rooms, Royston

Tickets are £12 per person to enter and they include a choice of fish, chicken or veggie burger with chips for dinner.  We’re happy for people to come along in teams or alternatively to join a team when they come along.

Please let us know if you’d like to attend so we can estimate numbers in advance.


Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Hertfordshire District Council

6th February 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Hertfordshire District Council

Ruth has lived in Royston for nearly 30 years and her children attended local schools. She was parent governor of Tannery Drift First School and is active in many local clubs and community activities including currently being Vice-Chair of Royston & District Twinning Association with responsibility for the link with Groβalmerode. She was co-pastor of Trinity Life Church, Royston for 15 years and am still an active member. All of these roles have given her insight into the local community she wishes to serve.

She is passionate about fairness in society as well as public services and believe that everyone deserves to have an equal chance in life, starting in school with every child deserving to have a good/outstanding school place whatever their background or family income.

If elected to North Herts District Council Ruth would work constructively and collaboratively with officers and other representatives of the local community to promote a safe, open and inclusive environment in which all residents can participate.

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Quiz quiz quiz!

by Tom Comments Off on Quiz quiz quiz!

Our annual quiz will now be on 3rd March (please note date change from any previous communications).

A fun night out, bring your friends and form a team (political affiliation not required). Maybe you will win or maybe you will earn the wooden spoon.

Venue – Market Hill Rooms.

Time – 7 for 7.30pm.

Teams – up to eight people.

Cost – £12 to include Fish & Chips.

Bar – Bring your own drink and glasses.


Pay in advance please via Eventbrite at or by cheque/BACS (please contact us on for details if you do not have them).