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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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  • Office View 1
    Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Today saw the safe arrival and handling of a pallet from a printing firm.

    The pallet arrived on time, the Office Manager was on hand to receive, open the rear doors and roll the pallet straight over to our office on the same level.

    He was then able to remove the shrink wrap, handball the boxes inside ready for colleagues to sort the material ready for delivery in the New Year.

  • Road Sign small
    Article: Dec 20, 2018

    Herts County Council are giving notice of three stretches of Road Works that could be potentially quite disruptive.

    All to be carried out in a period starting on 28th January 2019 and probably having to be completed (for financial reasons) before the end of March.

    1. Hempstead Lane, Potten End, from no. 64 south eastwards for a distance of about 180 metres.

    2. Miswell Lane, Tring, at the top from B488 Icknield Way back down to Windmill Way.

    I have asked that the signs at the junction with Icknield Way are relocated - both are badly positioned and the one obscures the other. I have also asked for more effective hedge cutting to take place!

    3. Station Road, Tring, from Beggars Lane past the station and as far as the junction with Northfield Road - a distance of 536 metres.

    The road surface down here has been in a poor state for about a year with a number of repeated temporary repairs having been required. It is hoped that this surface relaying will produce a lasting improvement.

  • Wigginton Shop Interior
    Article: Dec 20, 2018

    In a first class example of local initiative and community action, plus numerous residents investing in shares, the Wigginton Village Shop was successfully launched the week before last.


    Apart from investment and donations from local people and well-wishers the team secured funding from the Leader Programme, the Shanly Foundation and the National Lottery

  • solar
    Article: Dec 19, 2018

    "The privatised electricity supply industry has been a rip-off from the word go!" claims Hertfordshire County Councillor for Tring & the Villages, Nick Hollinghurst "and Ofgem, the complacent so-called regulator is complicit in all this."

    He continued "The electricity supply industry is nothing but a number of trading intermediaries who add little by way of value, but a lot of cost.

  • youth mental health
    Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Last March, Councillors were concerned by the figures in a presentation on Under-18 Mental Health Hospital Admissions. The figures for Children and Young People where mental health issues were a primary cause, showed a statistically significant rise between 2015/16 and projections for 2017/18.

    Moreover, there was a steady rise in inappropriate admissions to acute hospitals - as distinct from specialist mental health hospitals where more appropriate care and treatment are available.

  • sandy Sopwell
    Article: Dec 4, 2018

    At the County Council meeting on 27 November, Sopwell Residents Association (St Albans) brought a petition signed by more than 1,000 residents, against the closure of the right of way across Cottonmill Railway Crossing.

    The crossing predates the construction of the railway and continues to be a vital link for local residents to access schools, shops and businesses. It also forms part of a 'Green Ring' route around the centre of St Albans, used by thousands of cyclists and walkers each day. Should the closure take place it would in fact cut the Sopwell community in two. Pedestrians and other users would be forced to use alternative and less safe routes in order to reach their destinations. Residents currently avoid using Cottonmill Lane because it is a fast road with limited pedestrian walkways. It would also add 30-40 minutes to journeys and inevitably put more cars on the road.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2018
    Politically and personally I believe the Brexit Project has been a complete failure and we now need a People's Vote to decide between May's Deal and Remaining.

    However, in an effort to be positive and recognise other people's concerns I feel a compromise along these lines - while not being as good as withdrawing Brexit completely - should be something that could attract support.
  • Tring and Berkhamsted Branch AGM 2018
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    With everything that's going on at the moment - the Three Rivers Rural County Council By Election, Brexits, marches and regular campaigning, the Tring, Berkhamsted & Northchurch Branch Liberal Democrats decided to hold their AGM relatively early this year.

    Despite competing with so many other activities, social as well as political there was a reasonable attendance at the Sacred Heart RC Church Hall in Park Street, Berkhamsted on Thursday 4th October in the evening.

    There was no guest speaker but representatives of the different council gave short reports and each answered a numerous questions from an interested and lively audience.

  • Wigginton Best in Show 2018
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    It has in truth been a dreadful year in the garden, both for vegetables and flowers.

    Not that Nick does flowers - "too girly!" Nor does he do lettuce - "real men don't grow salad!"

    But despite these prejudices, there's still plenty of scope.

    And it wasn't a bad year for everything - greenhouse-grown tomatoes for one thing.

    So a strategic choice, with an eye to the competition, resulted in a "Best in Show" in the 2018 Wigginton Flower and Produce Show held in the Village Hall on September 8th.

    And to compound the embarassment for undeserved recognition, he was awarded the Edmunds Cup for best all round performance.

  • Luton DART Map
    Article: Oct 30, 2018

    Construction work began on the confusingly named "Luton DART" this May. "DART" stands for Direct Air-Rail Transit but also refers to the Dublin Area Rapid Transit rail route from Bray to Malahide and Howth through Dublin - a line that is well familiar to Luton's 20,000 Irish residents (over 6% of the population).

    The 2.1 km route will run from the new Bartlett Square development adjacent to the existing rail station to the Luton Airport Terminal with a journey time which will be "less than four minutes".

    The transport link will run 24 hours a day and and will be a fully automated double shuttle sytem driven by cable. It will be supplied by Doppelmayr Cable Car, part of the Austro-Swiss Group, Doppelmayr Garaventa, based in Wolfurt, Vorarlberg. Doppelmayr Cable Car already have a similar air-rail link operating at Birmingham International Airport. The civil engineering is being carried out by a joint venture firm, Volker Fitzpatrick Kier.

Nick Hollinghurst