This means that, rather than being run by the council, supervised by our county councillors, they will are likely to be run by some sort of trust. Just like the trusts that now run many other public services local people will have no say over its operation.
Residents in Heath Avenue, Chilcott and Briary Lane have been telling Carol Stanier that they are fed up with their roads used being used as a town centre car park making it difficult to get out of drives and cutting visibility at junctions.
There was supposed to be a review of Royston’s parking problems which should have resulted in yellow lines or residents’ parking areas to address the problems. Unfortunately North Herts Council has been stalling on changes for nearly two years.
Carol Stanier has asked them to get a move on and get the problems sorted.
For several years Liberal Democrat County Councillors have been arguing that the street lights that are turned off at midnight should be kept on later. Particularly around town centres and stations there are people still making their way home at this time who need the lights to be on.
We are pleased to say that the County Council has eventually listened and agreed that street lights that have been converted to LEDs will be left on until 1.00 am rather than going off at midnight. This will be paid for by dimming the lights (which trials show most people don’t notice) after 9.00 pm. This means that there is no additional cost or energy usage.
We have actually come up with a way to save even more money and energy and leave town centre lights on until 2.00 am, but at the moment the Conservatives are refusing to do this.
Ian Stuart is one of our local Liberal Democrat members. He recently visited Parliament to make the case for electoral reform to Sir Oliver Heald, our MP for North East Hertfordshire, and he’s written the following report for us:
It was a very interesting day organised by the group Make Votes Matter, who brought together representatives from around the country. After a briefing in a nearby church hall from national organisers and from two members of the House of Lords we made our way to Parliament in small groups for individually arranged meetings with MPs.
Security was very tight but we were relieved that the Brexit vote due to take place that same day had been postponed as otherwise MPs would understandably have potentially had to cancel at short notice.
I met Sir Oliver Heald in a Committee room (in fact next door to the room where the next day Prime Minister May held her party confidence vote!) and spent roughly 20 minutes discussing reform of the electoral system. He accepted that the current system is not ideal and needs reform although he has some reservations with regard to most PR systems, his primary concern being that it could lead to a weakening of the bond between MPs and the areas they represent. He accepted that Canada and the USA together with the UK are the only democratic countries that still use First Past the Post, but quite reasonably pointed out that the next 12 months will be extremely busy and that there is unlikely to be any movement towards reform in near future. A suggestion by myself that the current mess could perhaps have been avoided if we had a more representative House of Commons brought a wry smile!
It was an interesting and amiable conversation and to Sir Oliver’s credit he was very happy to engage with me, in contrast to many other MPs who I gathered had refused to meet with their constituents.
After the meeting, a group of 40 or 50 of us were addressed by Sir Vince Cable and Stephen Kinnock, both of whom took questions and encouraged us to keep up the pressure. Caroline Lucas of the Green Party also popped in.
I came away more than ever convinced that in order to achieve truly representative government in this country we need to reform our electoral system so that every vote matters.
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.
Please welcome Councillor Paul Marment from Letchworth Grange to the party.
We’ve had a busy few days!
Ruth Brown was elected to North Herts District Council to represent Heath Ward, Royston and four local members were elected to the Royston Town Council: Ruth Brown and Emma Squire Smith in Royston Town West and Tom Perry and Carol Stanier in Royston Town South.
Thank you to all of the Liberal Democrat supporters and voters who made this possible.
The candidates for all the Royston district and town elections have been announced. Royston Lib Dems are putting forward candidates for every District seat:
We also have candidates standing in all areas for the town council:
- West: Ruth Brown, Amy DiCapite, Emma Squire Smith
- South: Carol Stanier, Tom Perry
- Palace: Peter Rice, David May, Ian Stuart
- Meridian: David Lambert
Please give them your support on 3rd May!