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  • Article: Oct 25, 2020
    By SW Wilts Lib Dems
    Productive day for local residents and Lib Dem's, out litter picking next to the Gloucester Rd allotments.
    Lots of rubbish collected, great the sun was out.
  • Westbury Incinerator
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    The objections to the Westbury incinerator continue to be uploaded, and there are well over a thousand objections on the Wiltshire Council Website now. Good to see local South West Wiltshire residents and local Lib Dems so passionate about protecting the residents and environment in Westbury.
    One of the latest ones is the #Westbury Arla consultants' report and has recommended refusal for planning of the Westbury Incinerator (The report is added under the name of Redmore Environmental Ltd.).
  • Tim at Heaves Farm
    Article: Oct 23, 2020

    Lib Dem MP Tim Farron is calling on Conservative backbench MPs to put country before party and vote to protect British food and farming standards.

    The Agriculture Bill will once again return to the House of Commons after the House of Lords voted this week for amendments which would require food imported into the UK to meet the same standards as food produced in this country.

  • Test Trace Isolate
    Article: Oct 23, 2020

    Responding to figures released showing that the Test and Trace system has had its lowest weekly figure since the scheme began, with less than 60% of people in England reached in the week ending 14 October, Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "We already knew that national contact tracing is an utter disaster - but it has now reached rock bottom. The figures released today show the test and trace system has had the lowest weekly figure of contacts traced since the scheme began back in March, not to mention the fact they're being forced to draft in untrained staff to cope with the level of rising cases.

    "How can the Health Secretary allow this to happen on his watch? The test, trace and isolate system is crucial for not only slowing the spread of this virus, but for us to have any hope of ever getting out of these restrictions.

    "The Health Secretary must come to Parliament urgently to explain what this Government will do to overhaul their shambolic test, trace and isolate system.

    "Tests need to be turned around in 24 hours, tracing needs to be led by experts in local authorities, and people need more practical and financial support to isolate. Otherwise, this virus will continue to threaten lives and livelihoods as a direct result of this Government's incompetence."

  • Elm Grove Development
    Article: Oct 22, 2020
    Trowbridge Town Council leader Cllr Stewart Palmen, a Wiltshire Council member, said: ""I am very pleased to see that there is finally going to be access onto the site from the A363.
    "This has been the main blocking point for support of the application from Trowbridge Town Council. This revised plan is a great example what can happen when all three of the Drynam Ward Town Councillors work together.
  • Free School Meals ()
    Article: Oct 22, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The coronavirus pandemic has brought new focus on the issue of child hunger, but this is a not a new problem. The absence of any support equivalent to free school meals in the holidays is a long overlooked problem. Now families have the added worry of how they will access school meals during lockdowns too.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2020

    THIS article is a short article to help explain the differences in responsibilities between Trowbridge Town Council and Wiltshire Council and who does what.

    Several residents have asked for clarification about who they should contact about various issues or support in the town. This article aims to clear some of that up. Will do this in a question and answer format again as I think that works well.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2020

    Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement that Manchester will face tier 3 restrictions from Friday, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "The utter mess the Government has created today came as a result of a shameful plan to wipe millions of pounds of support away as a punishment. This Government is hurting some of the most vulnerable people in our society by playing politics with the lives and livelihoods of the people of Greater Manchester.

    "People across the country will be watching in alarm, under no illusion that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will not be there for them to ensure they can financially survive the coming months.

    "Boris Johnson must swallow his pride and bring back furlough and give communities the funds they need to survive these restrictions. Equally, Ministers are ignoring the fact they must focus on fixing the broken test, trace and isolate system, and work properly with local authorities, so we can beat this virus and get our economy back up and running."

  • Elm Grove Development
    Article: Oct 20, 2020
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    Delighted to see many of our concerns have been addressed in the revised Elm Grove application. New, major entry/exit onto A363, bat corridor and movement of the main road. All very positive changes and greatly appreciated.

    At the start of 2020 Wiltshire Cllr for Drynham and Town Councillor Andrew Bryant rightly called in the Elm Grove Farm development planning application for discussion by Wiltshire's Strategic Planning Committee, rather than by officers making an executive decision to approve or refuse.

  • House of Lords / State Opening of Parliament 2015 (Copyright House of Lords 2015 / Photography by Roger Harris. This image is subject to parliamentary copyright. www.parliament.uk)
    Article: Oct 19, 2020
    By Mark Johnston

    This letter was first published in the Financial Times

    Letter: Internal market bill undermines the strength of our union

    As the Anglican primates of the four nations of the United Kingdom and Ireland, we wish to highlight the grave responsibility of peers in the House of Lords today as they debate the UK internal market bill.