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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Croxley Station
    Article: Mar 21, 2018
    Transport for London (TfL) recently announced the names of 13 more London Underground stations to be made step-free. But when it came to South West Hertfordshire the list included Rickmansworth - but not Croxley.

    TfL claimed that Rickmansworth is a cheaper and less complex scheme than Croxley. Nick Hollinghurst, Lib Dem County Councillor for Tring, who is a member of the HCC Cabinet Panel dealing with transport, said, "That may be true but both stations need step-free access - and anyway, if one station needs a complex scheme it clearly indicates that there is a greater need there. So actually, what TfL thought was an excuse for failing to make Croxley step-free, was really an admission that they'd got it wrong twice. In fact Croxley is the station they should be doing first!"

  • Document: Mar 19, 2018
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    This is the Manifesto that the Liberal Democrats drew up for the 2017 General Election. It remains an accurate statement of our policies and aspirations. Unlike the Tory and Labour Parties, the Liberal Democrats have not withdrawn any of their proposals.

  • D Train Prototype ()
    Article: Mar 18, 2018

    "D-Trains for Bedford to Bletchley" was the headline that caught my eye.
    VivaRail has signed an agreement with West Midlands Rail Ltd to supply three new Class 230 'D-Trains' for use on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley. This is the first order for Class 230 trains, which are rebuilt London Underground District line stock. The trains should enter service in December 2018. D-Trains are designed to accept power modules that can be diesel, battery or, in the future, hydrogen fuel cells. The first battery vehicle will be ready this spring.

  • Document: Mar 13, 2018
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    The final leaflet of the spectacularly successful Northchurch By-Election - just for completeness!

  • Lara Pringle Wins
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    Conservative complacency took another hit on Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) on Thursday night (8th March 2018) as Liberal Democrat Lara Pringle won a decisive victory in two local By-Elections. One was to fill the vacant Northchurch Ward on DBC and the second to fill a vacancy on Northchurch Parish Council. Both vacancies had resulted from the death in January of Cllr Alan Fantham who had held both seats.

  • Document: Mar 4, 2018
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    Introducing Lara Pringle, the Lib Dem Candidate for the Northchurch By-Election

  • Document: Mar 1, 2018
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    Information about the Lib Dem candidate selected for the Northchurch By-Election

  • Lara's Campaign off to a Good Start!
    Article: Feb 18, 2018

    Lara Pringle lives in Northchurch and has done for over 15 years.

    She has two young sons who went to St Mary's Primary School.

    She has served as a parent governor and is well known in the village.

    Lara Pringle is the Liberal Democrat candidate for both the vacancy on the Parish Council and also for the vacancy on Dacorum Borough Council.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    BY-ELECTION ROUND UP - 15th February was a busy night!

    There were three spectacular gains by the Liberal Democrats from the Conservatives on the same night.

    This achievement was only slightly tarnished by there being three other contests where Lib Dems did not stand.

    However in all cases except one the Lib Dem vote shares increased very impressively.

    York UA, Holgate: Lab hold; LD vote share +19.5%
    Teignbridge DC, Dawlish C & NE: LD gain from Con; LD vote share +47.5%
    West Oxon DC, Carterton S: Con hold; LD vote share +18.8%
    Tendring DC, St Pauls: Con gain from UKIP; LD vote share +8.3%
    Teignbridge DC, Chudleigh: LD gain from Con; LD vote share +28.3%
    N Norfolk DC, Worsted: LD gain from Con; LD vote share +39.4%
    NE Derbys DC, Grasmoor: Lab hold; LD vote share +11.8%
    Northants CC, Higham Ferrers: Con hold; LD vote share +2.3%
    Lancs CC, Morcambe N: Con hold; LD vote share +21.6%
    Halton UA, Halton Castle: Lab hold; LD did not stand
    Falkirk UA, Bonnybrig & Larbert: SNP hold; LD did not stand
    Epsom & Ewell BC, Ruxley: Res Assoc hold; LD vote share -2.5%
    E Northants DC, Higham Ferrers: Con hold; no vote share changes, last election uncontested
    Doncaster MB, Armthorpe: Lab hold; LD did not stand.

  • New Road Bridge
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Lockfield, off New Road, Northchurch is being considered for development after 2031, though this could be earlier. At the moment it is railway land and provides access to the track from a public road. As such it is infrequently used and generates very little traffic.

    In the left hand picture you can see Lara Pringle discussing the matter with her Lib Dem colleague, Tring County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst. They both agreed that residential development would result in significantly more traffic to and from the site - and on a daily basis.

    Lara explained to Nick that there are huge traffic issues in Northchurch in general, with New Road now taking far more traffic than ever before. The narrow bridge acts as a chicane but does not always slow the traffic down. Sometimes traffic actually speeds up to cross the bridge before someone else.

    Lara feels that New Road and the High Street are both part of the same problem.

    She said,"I very much support the group campaigning for 20 mph speed restrictions.

    However, but I feel it should include New Road and start near the junction with Bridgewater Hill."

    She continued, "Personally I feel that the site is completely unsuitable for housing. I certainly wouldn't want to live so close to a high speed rail line. However the government has drastically reduced planning restrictions recently and so it is now much easier to get permission to build on Previously Used Land - which Lockfield clearly is.

    But if Dacorum Borough Council - which is our local Planning Authority - does ever grant permission, then I would look to the developer to make a significant contribution towards road safety in Northchurch - a mini roundabout at the site entrance, traffic calming on New Road and the High Street and speed tables at each of the crossing points."

    She concluded, "But whatever is decided we can't wait till 2031 for our 20 mph zone in Northchurch!"

Nick Hollinghurst