BCP Lib Dems bring motion calling on Council to challenge government housing targets

BCP Lib Dems will be submitting a motion at the full council meeting tonight, calling on the Conservative administration to write to the government on behalf of residents to challenge these figures and assess the feasibility of meeting these targets as a coastal area surrounded on multiple sides by ocean and protected heathland. You can read the motion at www.middorsetlib dems.org.uk/housing_motion

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What we can learn from our stunning Chesham & Amersham Victory - Vikki Slade

It was a privilege and a joy to be back in Chesham and Amersham again on polling day last week to play a small part in the historic win for the Liberal Democrats, over-turning a Tory majority of 16,000 into a Lib Dem victory of more than 8,000!
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Parliament gagged on International Aid cuts

This week Parliament was denied its voice by first the Speaker and then the Prime Minister. He faced a rebellion of his own MPs over the cut to foreign aid from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5%, led and supported by a former PM in Theresa May and several former Cabinet members and Ministers such as David Davis and Andrew Mitchell and even some of our local MPs. But no vote was allowed to take place.

 

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Bearwood & Merley Councillors' response to traveller site application.

 

Your three ward Councillors have recently learned of the planning application APP/21/00503/F for a "gypsy / traveller transit site" on Magna Road and we have met near this site to discuss the application. A number of local residents in Canford Paddock and across Bearwood have already commented on this proposal and we would encourage you all to go online and add your comments for the Planning Officer to consider.

You can comment by following this link: click here

 

 

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MDNP Lib Dems pay tribute to "trailblazing" Shirley Williams

 

Baroness Shirley Williams
27.07.30 – 12.04.21

Daughter of Vera Brittain (author of A Testament to Youth) and George Caitlin, Shirley held many positions over her life time including: MP, Cabinet Minister, a member of the Gang of Four who founded a new political party - the SDP, President of the SDP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, a Professorship at Harvard University and much more.

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Decision Due on Bearwood development

Two large developments in Bearwood and Merley are likely to go to the BCP Planning Committee this spring. These sites were taken out of the greenbelt by the former Conservative led Poole Council.

The first one is likely to be the application to build 695 new houses on land north of Magna Road and Knighton Lane known as UE2, or Canford Park, application number APP/19/00237/P. It will be going before committee on the 18th of March. (This application should not be confused with the Canford Paddock development which is already under construction.)

 

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Dorset Local Plan now out for public consultation

Dorset Council’s Local Plan began its public consultation period last week and residents are now able to make their voices heard. Once public consultation is complete and this Local Plan is published later in the year, following further consultation and pending its approval, it will form the basis for all housebuilding and development in the Dorset Council area until the year 2038. The plan proposes what areas are the most suitable for development over the next two decades, contains detailed policies to promote high quality development and aims to keep with the character of each area. 

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Local planning area committees for Poole and Christchurch blocked by Bournemouth Conservatives

Late Tuesday night, Conservative Councillors voted against exploring setting up three area planning committees for the three areas of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch with a central board for strategic applications to replace the current, unwieldy single committee of 15 members for the whole conurbation. The move would have given greater levels of control over local planning decisions to councillors from these immediate area rather than keeping all decisions within Bournemouth town hall by councillors who have nothing to do with your area of the BCP conurbation. Almost all the votes in favour of the amendment came from Poole and Christchurch councillors whereas Bournemouth tories voted to keep planning decisions  in their hands. 

The Lib Dem led Unity Alliance administration asked the Audit and Governance committee to consider this change to the constitution in early 2020 to bring it into line with other large unitary councils like Wiltshire, Dorset and Bristol, and ensure that residents are served by smaller, localised committees of councillors with more relevant local knowledge.

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A massive thank you from all of us

Residents across North Poole have supported our councillors over the last few weeks in making sure that local children don’t suffer.

At half term, a pop up pantry was set up in the Broadstone Liberal Hall and residents filled the space with food and essentials to get through a week without Free School Meals.  Charities, social workers and community groups referred families to the pantry and we delivered parcels around Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.

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Dorset and BCP to remain in Tier 2

In an address to parliament today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave an update to the House of Commons of coronavirus tier restrictions, in the run up to Christmas many authorities will be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 in the South and East of England. However, very few areas will be moving in the opposite direction. Despite a significant decline in case rates Dorset & Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils will be remaining in Tier 2.

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