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Didn’t know, or didn’t care

by southgloslibdems on 25 January, 2016

Tories on South Glos either didn’t understand how bleak the financial future was going to be – or they did, and they deliberately misled residents. Tories got elected on a promise of re-introducing universal free green bin collections. Cllr Claire Young (Westerleigh) said: “We knew the council wouldn’t be able to afford to keep free […]

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Budget snuck out under cover of darkness

by southgloslibdems on 25 January, 2016

Residents reacted in shock as South Gloucestershire Council snuck out their budget plans at 4pm on a Friday afternoon, as the sun set, and most people went home for the weekend. Cllr Ruth Davis (Liberal Democrat leader) said: “I’m amazed. They couldn’t have timed this to go more under the radar if they were trying. […]

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Park and Fail

by southgloslibdems on 15 January, 2016

Residents of South Gloucestershire were shocked to learn that Highways England have no idea about long standing hopes for more sustainable parking at the Tormarton motorway Junction. Highways England closed the Picnic /Parking Site last year without any consultation, resulting in more cars dangerously parked on the nearby verges. Sue Hope (Liberal Democrat, Cotswold Edge […]

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Stealth cut to councils slammed

by southgloslibdems on 14 December, 2015

Government has been slammed for secret cuts to Towns and Parishes across the country. Liberal Democrat leader in South Gloucestershire, Councillor Ruth Davis, raised the issue at South Glos council’s powerful Policy and Resources committee at lunchtime today (14th December). Town and Parish councils across the country raise their money through a ‘precept’ on every […]

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Food waste blamed on you

by southgloslibdems on 10 December, 2015

Last night (9th December) Tories on South Glos forced through support for big business in a council debate on food waste. The Labour group suggested backing a bill on reducing supermarket waste and getting edible food to poor people. The Liberal Democrats backed this, but the Tories, led by Hanham Councillor Heather Goddard, ripped out […]

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Acton Turville broadband – fast chance!

by admin on 10 November, 2015

People living in Acton Turville have spent the autumn writing to South Gloucestershire Council, trying to get the area faster broadband. South Gloucestershire is co-ordinating the local roll-out of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) money, and the village is not yet certain to be included. Councillor Sue Hope (Lib Dem-Cotswold Edge) said: “There’s a massive demand […]

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Tories fail to live up to promises

by admin on 4 November, 2015

Tories on South Gloucestershire were elected in May on a promise of re-introducing universal garden waste collections, despite the cost. Liberal Democrats have now given them a chance to meet that promise – which they refused. At a meeting of the Council’s Communities committee on the evening of 4th November, the Conservative controlled Council considered […]

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Standing Up for Small Business

by southgloslibdems on 22 July, 2015

Anyone who uses a works van as their only vehicle was nearly banned from using South Gloucestershire’s Sort-It centres for their personal waste – but the Tory plan was stopped by Liberal Democrats. In a meeting of the Communities Committee, Tories proposed that vehicles will need to be registered to use the Sort-It facilities in […]

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Democracy deleted

by southgloslibdems on 16 July, 2015

A row broke out on South Gloucestershire Council when the ruling Conservative group destroyed the rights of opposition Councillors to force a rethink on bad decisions. The “reference up” used to be possible by minority groups, but can now only be done by the majority Conservatives.   Councillor Claire Young (Westerleigh) said: “Almost every council […]

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Tory no-show leaves the public at the bus stop

by southgloslibdems on 9 June, 2015

Last night (Monday 8th June), the new Tory administration failed to turn up at the S.Glos. Public Transport Forum. This left the Managing Director of First Bus along with other Public Transport operators, members of the public and Council Officers waiting for half an hour while it was established that nobody was coming to chair […]

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