Posts Tagged ‘royston’

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.


Royston LibDems Have a New Chair and Vice-Chair

30th June 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Royston LibDems Have a New Chair and Vice-Chair

Following the Special General Meeting on the 29th of June, the Royston Branch of the LibDems are happy to announce that we have elected two new committee members for the branch. Ian Stuart was elected as Vice Chair, and Carol Stanier as Chair. They will be in touch shortly to introduce themselves.

In addition, a date was set for the next committee meeting: Wednesday 12th July, at 7.30pm. Local members are welcome to attend; please contact us for the location.


Play Areas Under Threat

11th January 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Play Areas Under Threat

North Herts Council appears to be backing down on plans to close 14 children’s play areas across the area, including those at Betjemen Road, Farrier Court, and Ivel Farm in Royston.

In the face of local opposition and a petition organised by the Liberal Democrats, they are now proposing to keep these play areas open but spend no money on new equipment for them. They plan to ask the Town Council if they will take them over. This of course means that the play areas will eventually be closed when the equipment wears out – unless the Town Council agrees to pay up.

The Council also plans to spend only “limited” amounts on sites at Meridian, Studlands Rise, and York Way.


Royston LibDemPint, January

20th December 2016 by Phil Comments Off on Royston LibDemPint, January

Following on from the success of our initial, informal, Royston LibDemPint in November, we will be holding another of these on Wednesday January 18th, at the Boar’s Head pub in Royston from 8 pm onwards. Come and have a post-Xmas drink and chat about local and national issues close to your heart.

Please note the event in your diary and do feel free to let us know if you are coming, or just to turn up on the night. Bring a friend if you like – the more the merrier!


The New Royston Burial Ground

21st July 2015 by Phil Comments Off on The New Royston Burial Ground

Several members of the Royston LibDems committee attended the public meeting on the 28th of June at which the choice of location for the new Royston Burial Ground was explained, if not usefully discussed. We have considerable sympathy for the opponents of the choice, which is seemingly being presented as a fait accompli rather than being properly, democratically discussed, but we cannot see any clear alternatives at present.

We’d love to see some discussion of this, here and elsewhere; if a better choice is possible, it needs to be presented quickly.


Joe Jordan appointed Parliamentary Candidate for North East Herts

13th April 2015 by Royston Liberal Democrats Comments Off on Joe Jordan appointed Parliamentary Candidate for North East Herts

The Royston Liberal Democrats are happy to say that our parliamentary candidate for the upcoming general election is one of us. Joe Jordan, a scientist and software engineer who lives in Royston, has been appointed the candidate to fight the Tories for the North East Hertfordshire constituency.

Joe said:

I am proud to be standing for parliament for the Liberal Democrats. I stand for a fairer, greener economy, for privacy, and for a society in which people take responsibility for their actions. Nick Clegg and I need your help to fight against the Snooper’s Charter, to extend the £800 tax cut for everyone on low and middle incomes, and to ensure that everyone has a fair chance in life irrespective of their gender, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation.

Joe studied physics at Cambridge University and Imperial College London, and currently works for a technology company in Cambridge. You can contact Joe by email at, or follow him on twitter @geekofhearts.



Royston LibDems Quiz Night: October

8th September 2014 by Phil Comments Off on Royston LibDems Quiz Night: October

One for your diaries; another of our regular quiz nights will be held at the Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston, on Saturday October 18th, 2014, at 7.30pm. Bring a team of six or so, or come alone or in a smaller group and help make up a team.

More details will follow soon!


The Horse and Groom

19th November 2013 by Phil Comments Off on The Horse and Groom

The Royston Liberal Democrat Party committee are unhappy to note that an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for development of the old Horse and Groom site on the A505 just outside town has failed. Hence, the current building on the site is likely to remain a decaying ruin for some time yet.

While we obviously wish to see a sympathetic and appropriate development on the site, we are even more keen to see the eyesore that currently greets new arrivals from the west of town knocked down and replaced. A hotel development on the site could also help resolve Royston’s current unfortunate shortage of accommodation for business visitors. We are pleased to find ourselves in agreement with both Royston Council and the town’s Chamber of Commerce on this matter. Unfortunately, the site, and responsibility for this planning process, doesn’t rest with anyone in Royston; we have to thank South Cambridgeshire District Council for the situation.