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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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  • HS2 Colne Valey Viaduct
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    The new HS2 railway line, when it is extended to Leeds and Manchester, is currently estimated to cost £56 billion. To put this into context it is roughly the cost of keeping the NHS going for about 6 months. However, while the NHS benefits everyone (at least potentially) the benefits of HS2 are restricted mainly to the travellers along the lines. The headline benefit is that it will reduce the journey time between London Euston and Birmingham by 49 minutes. Indirect benefits are that it will take traffic off the West Coast Main Line and potentially increase capacity for people commuting into London and provide more longer distance services from stations like Watford Junction. This will also enable Crossrail to be extended up the West Coast Main Line to Tring and possible onwards to Milton Keynes. HS2 Phase 1 services are due to start in 2026.

  • chinnor copy2
    Article: Jul 26, 2018

    Chinnor Railway is always well worth a visit - it will be even better when this important extension is completed!

    Big news! Princes Risborough Platform 4 will officially open to passenger services on WED 15 AUGUST when through PR to Chinnor services will become a reality again!


    Tickets will go on sale 1 July when full details of servs & @chilternrailway through ticketing will be on the website

  • Steam Roller
    Article: Jul 26, 2018

    These works will take place some time between 13 AUGUST 2018 and 12 FEBRUARY 2020. The highway will be closed during the works only for as long as necessary to carry out the work

    1. Chesham Road, Berkhamsted; ALL


    2. A416, Chesham Road, Berkhamsted; from Ashlyns roundabout to the A41 access roundabout

  • Halton Curve
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Despite the minority Conservative Government and its harsh austerity programme, there is still a trickle of infrastructure improvements reaching completion. However, these were originally commissioned under the Coalition Government by Liberal Democrat Transport and Environment Ministers.

    One of particular interest to North Wales and the North West is the 1.5 mile Halton Curve near Runcorn which was completed as planned during the Spring Bank Holiday. It will allow additional passenger services to run in the area from December 2018.

  • roadwork sign
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Please note that although very welcome, these could result in serious disruption in Tring.

    Note Nos 3, 4 & 5.

    1. A41 Tring By-pass; slip road off to Upper Icknield Way. Local re-surfacing to replace auto-skid surface; Dates to be Announced
    1. B488, Upper Icknield Way; De-restriction signs to No 134 before Northfield Road. Major Patching; August 2018
  • Lara Pringle Thank You Party
    Article: Jul 12, 2018

    Friends, colleagues and local electors gathered to celbrate Lara Pringle's election to Dacorum Borough Council and to Nothchurch Parish Council in March.

    It was a full house in the Northchurch Social Centre on the 29th June at a party in celebration organised by the local Liberal Democrats, as you can see from the picture!

    The last time there was an election in Northchurch the LIberal Democrat share of the vote was 19%, with the Conservatives on 60%.

    This time the Liberal Democrat vote share was 59%, with the Conservatives on 28%.

  • Ash3
    Article: Jul 11, 2018

    We all know Ashridge as a beautiful open space, freely accessed by the pubic.

    Most of us of course take advantage of the woods and hills and appreciate it greatly.

    But, did you know that the National Trust is also there to help if you wish to organise an event or activity in Ashridge for charity, community group or a family?

  • An EfW Plant on Teeside
    Article: Jul 9, 2018

    The oldest and the most famous Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in UK started operation in 1971 in Edmonton, North London, near the North Circular Road. An industrial accident in Seveso in Italy in 1976 led to the exposure aof a significant proportion of the surrounding population to polychlorinated dioxins. This led over the years to an investigation into dioxins in the environment, either naturally occurring or due to combustion. It became realised that these chemicals were present in small amounts in the environment but more was produced, and in significant quantities, when organic material was burned - especially if the combustion was at low temperatures and/or inefficient. This led to a flurry of chemical research to understand the ways in which dioxins are produced and destroyed during different stages of waste combustion.

  • ballot box
    Article: Jul 7, 2018

    Lichfield DC, Curborough - 5th July 2018

    Lab 309 [60.4%; +27.2%]
    Con 169 [33.0%; -8.4%]
    LD Lee Cadwallader-Allan 34 [6.6%; +6.6%]
    UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -25.4%]]
    Labour gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015

    Well done, Lib Dem candidate Lee Cadwallader-Allan standing for the first time. Labour beat the Tories, but notice where the votes came from. UKIP did not stand this time and it's clear that their votes went back to Labour - whence they had originally come from. Tells us something about Labour voters in Lichfield, I think.

    Bath & North East Somerset UA, Kingsmead - 5th July 2018

    LD Sue Craig 545 [41.1%; +10.0%]
    Lab 326 [24.6%; +11.6%]
    Con 282 [21.3%; -6.8%]
    Grn 172 [13.0%; -9.5%]
    UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -5.3%]]
    Lib Dem gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015

    Clearly a very good result for the Lib Dems and congratulations to candidate Sue Craig for this gain from the Tories. In Kingsmead UKIP again failed to stand, but this time had little to offer the other parties, not having got many votes in 2015 in the first place. However, the Greens and the Tories both fell back and these votes plus the UKIP votes seem to have been divided almost equally between Labour and Lib Dems. The electoral arithmetic then delivered yet another by election gain by the Lib Dems.

    Shropshire DC, Shifnal South and Cosford - 5th July 2018

    Con 362 [38.3%; -18.9%]
    Ind 210 [22.2%; -9.3%]
    Ind 207 [21.9%; +21.9%]
    LD Jolyon Hartin 167 [17.7%; +6.3%]
    Conservative hold
    Percentage changes from 2015

    A brave attempt by Lib Dem Jolyon Hartin in a difficult situations. However with two independents standing and splitting the their votes - that's independents for you - the Tories held the seat despite a 19% drop in their vote share this time.

  • Herts County Council
    Article: Jul 5, 2018

    Herts County Council, like other councils, reviews its performance against key indicators every quarter.

    Rather randomly some points are mentioned below:-

    Bed Blocking

    After a peak last year its good to see that there has been a reduction in Delayed Transfers of Care Attributal to Social Services. This means "bed blocking" where the county social services have not prepared a Care Package in time and so the patient has to remain in hospital.

    However in 44% of the cases West Herts Hospital Trust itself had contributed to the delay. Other reasons for the delays were:
    * lack of homecare availability (51%)
    * lack of nursing care (22%)
    * lack of residential care (17%)

Nick Hollinghurst