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Free lateral flow device tests are essential: B&NES Lib Dems

Senior Lib Dems in B&NES are calling for lateral flow device tests (LFDs) to continue to be provided to the public free of charge. Councillor Dine Romero warned that the introduction of charges – reported to be under consideration by the government – would risk further damaging the economy and pushing costs onto those least able to pay.

Setting the record straight

Bus service changes minimised following mitigation efforts

Proposed cuts to local bus services – due to come into effect on 30 January 2022 – have been mitigated following intensive work between local authorities and bus companies.

Some proposed cuts have been cancelled, including the number 8 (Kingsway) and number 178 (Radstock to Bristol) services, which will continue unamended for now. However, some other local services will see amended routes, stops and timetables.

“Save B&NES’s Buses” say Lib Dems

Local buses are facing a funding “cliff edge” and cuts to vital routes, say B&NES Lib Dems, who are fighting to save local services.

Government emergency Covid-19 bus funding is due to end in March 2022. However, passenger numbers have not recovered, and First Bus have proposed changes to up to 30 local routes from the end of January. More drastic measures are possible later in the year.

Celebrating our Keynsham Town Council by-election win

The Lib Dems have taken majority control of Keynsham Town Council, after winning a by-election held in the Keynsham North ward on 9 December. Alex Beaumont becomes Keynsham Town Council’s newest Councillor, in a result which saw him gaining 48% of votes cast with 428 votes to the runner-up candidate’s 141.

Lib Dems will deliver first new Council houses in a generation

The Lib Dems have agreed plans to deliver the first new general needs Council houses for a generation in Bath and North East Somerset.

Cabinet members unanimously approved the first phase of 58 homes to be built in the next 1-2 years, with an ambitious programme of ‘hundreds’ of homes to follow.

Update on Bath's new Police Station

Bath’s new Police Station is a step closer to opening, after Avon & Somerset Constabulary received planning permission to refurbish Bath One Stop Shop on Manvers Street.

Community will give Afghan Refugees a warm welcome

Lib Dem Leader, Councillor Kevin Guy, has commended the warm and welcoming community in Bath and North East Somerset and thanked all those who have come forward with offers of accommodation and other support for vulnerable Afghan refugees.

Bath can’t wait 15 years for relief from HGVs warn Lib Dems

Restricting HGV through-traffic in Bath is essential to reducing air pollution and congestion, protecting public health, and preventing repeated damage to Cleveland Bridge, say Lib Dems.

Government must fix ‘gaping hole’ in EU trade deal

The Liberal Democrats have called for the UK Government to take swift action to support the UK creative industry, which is being hard hit by the current EU trading arrangements.