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Lib Dems on Bath and North East Somerset Council are pressing on with key policy priorities, despite the financial impact of the pandemic, according to B&NES Cabinet member for Resources, Richard Samuel.
Owners of empty properties that have been vacant for 10 years or more are being encouraged to bring them back into use with an additional premium being introduced to Council Tax charges from April this year.
B&NES is taking wide-ranging action to tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergencies, including updating planning and transport policies, developing a vision for green renewal, planting trees, and investing in retrofitting and renewable energy. That’s according to a report approved by Councillors this week.
The Lib Dem Leader of B&NES Council has spoken out about the controversy around the decision of the Council’s non-political Planning Committee to reject a 5G mast in Charlcombe during its December meeting.
The Liberal Democrat administration in B&NES is looking to "bring recycling in Bath into the 21st century", as it begins to consult with local residents on ambitious proposals for neighbourhood waste and recycling centres across the city, to replace the outmoded site at Midland Road.
In spite of this heartless Tory government the Lib Dems are fully committed to ensuring no child who receives Free School Meals in B&NES will go hungry.
B&NES Councillors unanimously declared an Ecological Emergency at a Council meeting last Thursday. This resolution complements the Climate Emergency declaration made in March 2019 and underscores the Lib Dem Council's commitment to take measures that will protect our natural environment.
Local Liberal Democrats have chosen two-time MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, to contest the election next May for the important post of Mayor of the West of England.
The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to commit to a Summer Learning Fund that would support 3,541 disadvantaged children across Bath and North East Somerset to get ready for returning to school.
Lib Dem Council leaders are still committed to delivering for residents and are taking swift action to put the Council on a firm financial footing, after coronavirus-related costs left a sudden £53m hole in the B&NES budget.