Posts Tagged ‘Council’

Susan van der Ven Cycleway Talk and Fish and Chip Supper

10th September 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Susan van der Ven Cycleway Talk and Fish and Chip Supper

On Thursday, October the 19th, popular local County Councillor Susan van der Ven will speak about The Royston-Melbourn Pedestrian/Cycle Link: Cracking and Connecting the County Border at Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston, SG8 5PT, from 8pm-9:30pm. Please contact Carol on for tickets, or see the event’s page on Eventbrite (follow that link).

Separated by an administrative county border, Royston and Melbourn sit in close proximity and share a great deal of travel to and fro. A safe off-road connection for walkers, cyclists and mobility scooters would be transformative to daily life.

In 2013 the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign was formed to create a Cambridge-Royston cycle route, with huge support from Royston residents. Even in the age of austerity, most of the route has now been funded or built – with the final stretch to Royston in sight. Key to success is total collaboration, and persuading the funders to see beyond administrative domains to a common cause.

The talk will be accompanied by a fish and chip, chicken and chips, or veggie burger and chips supper. Please email your choice to or we will be unable to provide you with food on the night.


Stop the Brown Bin Tax

25th July 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Stop the Brown Bin Tax

Did you know that Conservative-run North Herts District Council are consulting on whether they can get away with charging residents upwards of £40 to remove garden waste for them? This service is currently covered by our council tax.

Introducing an additional charge for this service could mean that people who cannot pay end up fly-tipping their waste, burning it in harmful backyard bonfires, or just overloading the general, non-recycled waste disposal system. Those who want to dispose of garden waste correctly but who are unable to get to the tip don’t have any option but to pay, and no exemptions for elderly or disabled residents have been discussed.

The implementation of a similar tax in nearby Welwyn/Hatfield has been poorly managed, mistake-ridden, and extremely unpopular. Has NHDC not learned from these mistakes?

Please sign our petition at in opposition to these changes, and help us send the Council a clear message on this latest Tory stealth tax.


Local Election Results

5th May 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Local Election Results

Results are now coming in for the local elections yesterday, and we are very happy to note that Liberal Democrat candidate Steve Jarvis has taken the Royston West and Rural Herts County Council seat from the Conservatives. In addition, Liberal Democrat Susan van de Ven held her Melbourn seat in the Cambridgeshire County Council elections. The Royston Crow has details.

In many other seats at different levels across the area, the Lib Dems candidate achieved solid second place positions, confirming our status as the only credible challengers to the Conservatives – something to bear in mind at the General Election next month.



Our Council Candidates

21st April 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Our Council Candidates

The Local Plan

18th April 2017 by Phil Comments Off on The Local Plan

North Herts LibDem leader Steve Jarvis speaks on the Local Plan for housing in North Herts:


Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Heath Ward

11th April 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Heath Ward

Ruth Brown is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Town Council in Heath Ward.

Ruth has lived in Royston for nearly 30 years and her three children attended local schools. As well as serving as a parent governor at Tannery Drift First School, she has been active in local clubs and communities and is currently vice-chair of the Twinning Association.

Ruth works as a training manager for a local mental health charity.

Ruth has an active interest in green issues, and will work with the Council and community to promote Royston as a safe, open, and inclusive environment and improve public transport and leisure facilities. She is determined Royston will be where local shops, businesses, and community organisations can grow and flourish.

Published and promoted by Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrats, at 9 Stephenson Close, Royston, Herts. SG8 5TT. Hosted by


Carol Stanier, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Heath Ward

by Phil Comments Off on Carol Stanier, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Heath Ward

Carol Stanier is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the District Council in Heath Ward.

Carol has lived in Royston for the past seven years and is a scientist by training, and self-employed. Her children attend local day nursery and school. Carol loves Royston but feels that the time is right for change and that the Conservatives no longer represent the best interests of the people of the town. She wishes to be responsive and accessible to all the people she represents.

Carol said, “The Tory-led council in this area has been in charge for too long; it is complacent and stuck in a rut. They voted themselves a pay rise recently despite making cuts in many other areas, including provision of playgrounds.”

Carol will provide the dynamism and fresh thinking required for a town that is rapidly changing, with population rising and services already stretched.


Facebook: @CarolStanier4RoystonHeath

Published and promoted by John Hully on behalf of Carol Stanier (Liberal Democrats) both at 16 Betony Vale, Royston, Herts SG8 9TS. Hosted by


Steve Jarvis – Liberal Democrat Candidate for Royston West and Rural

3rd February 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Steve Jarvis – Liberal Democrat Candidate for Royston West and Rural

In His Own Words

“Conservative-run Herts County Council is bad at maintaining our roads and pavements, has reduced bus services and does a poor job of ensuring that there are enough school places where they are needed. They have made almost no progress introducing 20 mph speed limits in villages and residential roads where local people want them. At the same time the Council spends millions on public relations and is building up massive reserves rather than spending money on services for local people.

I want to see a County Council that addresses these issues, manages the contractors who deliver services like road maintenance better and is more responsive to the needs of people in Hertfordshire. People in the area covered by the Royston West and Rural county council seat need a strong voice to make this change happen.”

Contact Details

Phone 01438 727 122
Address 26 High Street, Graveley, Hertfordshire, SG4 7LA
Twitter @stevekjarvis


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