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Conservatives under pressure over “very poor” devolution deal

Liberal Democrats in B&NES have hit back at claims that the government devolution agreement represents “the best possible deal” for local residents and are accusing the Conservative Council of failing to negotiate effectively with government.

Lib Dems welcome review of HMOs

Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES have called for consideration to be given to additional controls on the development of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and purpose built student accommodation in Bath and North East Somerset.

Letter: Amazed at Osbourne's Avon Mayor move

This letter from Andy Wait was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 24 March 2016.

“Reject Meadows Park and Ride” say Lib Dems following Scrutiny Inquiry Day

Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES have renewed their calls for the Conservative Meadows park and ride plan to be dropped. This follows a 'Scrutiny Inquiry Day' held on 22 March, which was intended to examine a wide range of integrated transport solutions for the East of Bath. However Councillors have said that one day was “woefully inadequate” to cover all the issues and options.

Letter: Not a vote for no change whatsoever

This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Dine Romero of Southdown ward was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 17 March 2016. 

West of England Metro Mayor Announcement

The government has today (16 March 2016) announced the creation of a new “West of England Mayoral Authority”, which will create a new directly elected Mayor for the former Avon area.


EU membership to be debated by B&NES Council

Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES are bringing the debate over Britain’s membership of the European Union to the Council Chamber. A motion endorsing Britain’s continued membership of the EU has been registered by Councillor Paul Crossley. This will be discussed by Councillors at the next meeting of Council, which takes place on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 6.30 p.m.

Mayoral Election fund could be reallocated

Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES are calling for funding earmarked for a possible 2016 Mayoral election to be reallocated to support community services.

B&NES votes NO on elected Mayor

The results of the referendum on how B&NES Council should be run have been announced. 30,557 B&NES residents voted in favour of the maintaining status quo of the Leader and Cabinet system; only 8,054 voted in favour of moving to a Directly Elected Mayor system. The turnout was 28.97%, with 38,672 votes being cast.

Letter: Schools funding freeze is a threat to education

This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Lisa Brett of Walcot ward was originally published in the Western Daily Press on 7 March 2016 and in the Bath Chronicle on 10 March 2016.