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New city quarter must include affordable housing - Lib Dems

Bath Quays North – illustrative view from Churchill Bridge. Artist’s impression of how a future scheme could look. Image: B&NES Council.

The Bath Quays North development in Bath City Centre has been granted outline planning permission, following a vote of the Council's development management committee this week (1 August 2018).


Lib Dems demand transparency over Council merger ideas

Councillor Paul Crossley

B&NES Council should tread cautiously as the debate over possible Council mergers develops, warns Lib Dem Councillor Paul Crossley.


Twerton campaigner tackles dog fouling

Fed up with the small number of inconsiderate dog owners, who fail to clean up after their dogs, Twerton community campaigner Sarah Moore decided to launch her own Dog Fouling Campaign.


Community action on neglected London Road

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Tired of seeing London Road’s landmark planters full of weeds and litter, local residents and Lib Dem Councillor Richard Samuel have taken matters into their own hands.


Lib Dems call for reform of school admissions system

Secondary school admissions in Bath should be reorganised to give more weight to where pupils live, according to Lib Dem Councillors.

At a hearing of the Council’s Children and Young People committee on Tuesday (15 May), opposition Councillors argued that the current system gives “an illusion of choice” whilst penalising some families.


Lib Dem challenge to ‘unfair’ school places plan

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Lib Dem Councillors have issued a formal challenge to B&NES Council’s school places plan on the basis that it unfairly penalises families in South West Bath.


Walcot community up in arms over Riverside building and London Road planters

Over 100 local residents packed into the Riverside Youth Centre on Monday evening (16 April) to protest against Conservative plans to scale back youth services and, in the words of one resident, “degrade London Road” by removing planters and trees installed by the last Lib Dem administration.

Addressing the meeting, Walcot Councillor Richard Samuel called for extra time to be found to plan the changes to the youth service properly and for the London Road planters to be kept where they are.


Conservatives accused of ‘smoke and mirrors’ over garden waste collections

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The Conservatives are trying to hoodwink local residents over charges for garden waste collections say Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES.

Residents are receiving their annual bill for the garden waste service this month. The letter includes a claim that the price has been frozen at £44 alongside an announcement that the service will no longer be provided for three winter months. This means the price per collection is actually going up by 30%.


Conservatives refuse to be transparent about affordable housing

Lib Dem development spokesperson, Councillor Will Sandry, has pressed the Conservative Cabinet to improve transparency around the affordable housing element of new housing developments.


More children should get free school meals say Lib Dems

Changes to eligibility criteria, which come into force next month, will mean some local children will miss out on free school meals say Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES. They have called for the current rules to be maintained so that more children from poorer families can benefit.

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