Broxtowe Enews 22nd October 2016

Posted by David Watts on David Watts
Sun 23rd Oct 16 - 00:00

Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week. 1. Council Budget Consultation Broxtowe Borough Council is consulting on its budget and the services it intends to provide for next year. The Council is inviting you to have your say on shaping budgets and services in 2017/18. The Government grant to the council has reduced by 42% since 2010 and it is expected to reduce to zero by 2019. The Council needs ... (more)

Village community looks to take on local facilities

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 23:37

I was contacted recently by a friend and constituent in Marley Hill to ask for advice on taking over the running of the tennis courts in the village. I went up last night, after finishing a meeting at Gateshead Civic Centre about appointing a new council chief exec. The courts in question have largely been ignored by the council over the years, even when money was available for the council to (more)

In search of the Newhaven Marine ghost train

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 22:57

Vicki Pipe attempts to track down the 'Parliamentary train' that runs once a day (weekdays only) at 8.15pm from Newhaven Marine to Lewes. Except that Newhaven Marine station is closed, so you can't get on it. We had a line like that in the East Midlands. The branch from Derby to Sinfin Central reopened in 1976 but had its passengers trains removed in 1993. Latterly there had been just one early-morning working each day. After that, if you presented yourself at Derby station at the right ime and demanded to be taken to Sinfin North or Sinfin Central, you would ... (more)

Hope that Ryehill Police Station will not close following community campaign

Yesterday, the Chair of West End Community Council, Peter Menzies, and I met with senior Police Scotland representatives to hand in a petition from 300 West End residents to make the case to retain Ryehill Police Station at the Pennycook Lane/Perth Road junction. We met with two senior police officers, Superintendent Andrew Todd and Chief Inspector Gary Ogilvie, and stressed that the community is strongly of the view that the Ryehill Police Office is a crucial resource in the West End and closing it would be highly detrimental. Peter and I made the point to Police Scotland that a possible ... (more)

Saturday reading

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 21:14

Current Kings of the North, by Cecelia Holland Last books finished Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in honour of Jack Vance, eds. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois SPQR, by Mary Beard Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann Next books AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers, ed. Nnedi Okorafor Angels & Visitations: A Miscellany, by Neil Gaiman Tolstoy, by Henri Troyat (more)

Crossrail 2: see why it is needed

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 20:46

Here's a handy interview from last year which explains the case for Crossrail 2 - and in particular how much of the money can be raised to pay for it via the London property market. (more)

The Witney campaign offers the Liberal Democrats a road out of the wilderness

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 20:06

Embed from Getty Images It's not me saying that: it's Bagehot in The Economist. You can add his name to the list of journalists saying encouraging things about the Liberal Democrats after our result in Witney. Stephen Bush and Chris Deerin are already on it. Bagehot writes While the Lib Dems have been doing well in council by-elections in such places in recent months, this was the first parliamentary test. Their campaign focused heavily on Brexit. Residents were urged to reject Mrs May's nativist overtures at her party's conference and to send the government a message about the need to ... (more)

Want a parking ticket? I know the perfect place for you to park in Ludlow

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 20:01

There has been quite a hullabaloo over parking in Ludlow of late. More than 200 fines have been issued after six in the evening during the last few months. There is no doubt that we have problems with parking in the town centre that we need to address. Parking on pavements and in disabled bays... Continue reading Want a parking ticket? I know the perfect place for you to park in Ludlow → (more)

I retweeted Julian Knight - you won't believe what happened next

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 19:37

Following the encouraging performance by and the Liberal Democrats in Witney, I had something at the back of my mind. Hadn't some Tory MP or other said on Twitter that we would do well to hold our deposit? A bit of searching and I was able to retweet the above - with the words "Look what I've found..." preceding it. Guess what happened next? I had not heard of Mr Knight before, but - despite his best efforts - I shall keep an eye on the member for Solihull in future. (more)

200 year commemoration voyage flotilla arrives in Lydiate

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Sat 22nd Oct 16 - 18:48

Tonight saw canal barge Kennet and its flotilla arrive in Sefton Borough to moor at Mersey Motor Boat Club in Pilling Lane, Lydiate. It's on a voyage from Leeds to Liverpool to commemorate the full opening of the Leeds Liverpool Canal 200 years ago. My previous recent postings refer. [IMG: Kennet arrives at Mersey Motor Boat Club , Lydiate r] Tomorrow at 7.30am it will set sail on the last leg of its journey into Liverpool. Fly Boat Ribble was also in the flotilla [IMG: Fly Boat Ribble was part of the foltilla r] (more)