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Local Liberal Democrats are celebrating the opening of Bath’s new Police Station in Lewis House on Manvers Street.
Bath has been without a proper city centre Police Station for seven years, after the previous Police and Crime Commissioner sold the original building. Local Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a new Station to be opened.
‘Clean up our rivers!’ is the rallying cry from B&NES Councillors, who are calling for more action from government, agencies, and water companies to cut pollution and protect an ‘irreplaceable’ natural asset.
The government must put in place a long-term funding plan for buses, say Lib Dems who are raising concerns about the latest round of service cuts coming into effect next month.
Lib Dems have been fighting to save local bus services following the announcement that government would be withdrawing Bus Recovery Grant support. This funding has now been extended to October. However, the two further instalments of bus recovery fund are small compared to the previous funding and are shared across the whole WECA area.
B&NES Lib Dems are allocating investment in vital public services and key priorities, including housing, cleaning streets, sustainable transport and tackling the Climate Emergency.
Councillors have this week approved spending plans for the 2022-23 financial year at the annual budget council meetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.