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Residents are to be hit with a financial double whammy in the coming financial year, according to Lib Dems in B&NES. The Conservative-run Council has today confirmed that local Council Tax will be raised by a total of 3.25%. However Lib Dems are warning that this will not meet the budget gap and that cuts to public services and increases in fees and charges are to be expected.
B&NES Councillors are being asked to consider local initiatives and policies aimed at improving children’s health at a special session called by committee Chair Councillor Lisa Brett.
This letter from Lib Dem Councillor for Combe Down, Cherry Beath, was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 14 January 2016.
Contingency plans should have been put in place earlier to keep recycling collections running during industrial action, say Lib Dem Councillors. Strikes and an overtime ban have affected collections since the start of the year and recycling has not been picked up in some areas since Christmas.
Lib Dem Councillors in Bath are calling for the Conservative administration to get on and deliver skate ramps for young people in Alice Park. Funding for the scheme was earmarked by the Lib Dem administration in 2014. Now, 7 months after the elections, local people are getting concerned as to whether the new administration intends to deliver this facility or not.
Lib Dem Councillors have said that a recent resolution by B&NES Council gives hope to campaigners in the fight to save Bathampton Meadows and solve Bath’s congestion and pollution problems.
Conservative proposals to build a Park and Ride site on Bathampton Meadows, East of Bath, have been met with fervent opposition by B&NES residents and politicians. The shambolic and rushed consultation process, which only included three sites, has also been roundly condemned.
Now the Conservative administration on B&NES Council is finally showing signs of listening to public opinion.
The Liberal Democrats have become the first major political party to back a campaign to reduce the Value Added Tax on Britain's Tourism Industry. The move came when the party voted to back the campaign at their Autumn Conference in Bournemouth on Sunday (20th September).
Local Liberal Democrats and residents are dismayed that Conservative-run B&NES Council refuses to consult on a popular alternative site for the much needed East of Bath Park & Ride.