Posts Tagged ‘County 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.


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.



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:


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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Hugh Parker – Liberal Democrat Candidate for Royston East and Ermine

25th January 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Hugh Parker – Liberal Democrat Candidate for Royston East and Ermine

Hugh Parker is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the County Council elections in May this year for the new division of Royston East and Ermine. This covers that part of Royston to the east of the Old North Road, Kneesworth Street and the London Road, and the villages of Barkway, Barley, Nuthampstead and Reed.

Born and bred in Hertfordshire, Hugh has lived in the Royston area for more than 40 years and has three grown-up children, who all attended local schools. Beginning his professional life at Warren Spring Laboratory in Stevenage, he built a career responding to oil spills from ships across the globe and now runs a consultancy advising on marine pollution. He joined the Liberal Democrats last year as a more positive step than shouting at the radio!

Hugh has the following to say for himself:

I would like to help this corner of North Hertfordshire prosper and reach its full potential, promoting it not only as a great place to live but also one to attract visitors. The road, rail and air transport links make the Royston area an excellent location surrounded by glorious countryside. It is not only within easy reach of Cambridge and London but locally also has its own numerous places of interest.

While there is clearly a chronic need for more housing, it has to be developed in concert with the necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing population, including sufficient school places, medical centres and facilities for the old and vulnerable. Road and rail links need to be upgraded to cope with the increased traffic that more households bring. The current Conservative majority on the County Council has resolutely pursued cuts handed down from Westminster and a fresh approach is needed to ensure that this corner of North Hertfordshire continues to thrive and that the needs of all its residents are better served.

My priorities are:

  • To work toward developing and improving the infrastructure to support businesses and residents in the Royston area, including public transport and road maintenance and repair;
  • To work to increase social care capacity and towards an ever-closer integration of health and social care services;
  • To promote the Royston area as an attractive place to visit and encourage the development of more and varied accommodation;
  • To preserve the rural environment and ensure its accessibility to walkers and cyclists in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

Contact Details
Phone: 01763 848 094
Address: Little Cokenach, Nuthampstead, SG8 8LS.

For a PDF copy of Hugh’s candidate flyer, click on the link below:

Hugh Parker, Liberal Democrat Candidate

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Hertfordshire County Council Election Results

6th May 2013 by Phil Comments Off on Hertfordshire County Council Election Results

The results of last week’s County Council election for the Royston seat were as follows:

Votes % % Change Majority
Baker, Les Labour and Co-operative Party 732 19.0 +9.8
Harmel, Karen Julie Green Party 232 6.0 -6.2
Hill, Fiona Ronan Greenwood
Conservative Party 1,508 39.2 -13.0 298
Hughes, Mark James UK Independence Party (UKIP) 1,210 31.4 (n/a)
Winder, John Liberal Democrat Party 157 4.1 -21.6

(Electorate: 12,316. Poll: 31.3%. Spoilt: 12.)

Source: Herts County Council.