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Combatting road closures by utilities

Liberal Democrat County Councillor David Simpson is highlighting the poor scheduling of maintenance by several utilities.  By ignoring the process of scheduling maintenance the utilities in questions cause  extra disruption at no cost to themselves. David has asked the County Council to call the companies to account and find out how they intend to improve their regular maintenance and reduce the number of immediate or urgent works that cause chaos to us all.

See press release. When is a “Road Closure” not a road closure?.

Whitehill & Bordon must have a swimming pool

Lib Dem Group Leader Andy Tree has said that providing a swimming pool elsewhere in East Hampshire (for example Alton which was suggested by an EHDC director quoted in the Bordon Post) which could be used by Whitehill & Bordon residents is “shocking, out-of-touch and completely unacceptable.”

Andy said: “We need a 6-lane swimming pool WITHIN the boundaries of Whitehill and Bordon. I wrote to the Leader and Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council, urging them to show their support for Whitehill & Bordon by removing this option as a possibility at their cabinet meeting last Thursday. Whilst they reaffirmed their support for the town, which is appreciated, it was disappointing that this was still voted through as a possible option. I hope I can work pro-actively with EHDC to ensure this does not happen, and am grateful that Cllr Cowper and project director Steve Pearce are willing to discuss such issues with myself and Whitehill Town Council – but such conversations must result in actions and fair decision-making.”

East Meon by-election result

An excellent result for Richard Robinson obtaining 29% of the vote at the first attempt in this ward.  This has not been contested at all for many years so a great start.  Labour polled 13% and Conservative 58%.

New Lib Dem leader at EHDC

Cllr Philip Drury has been elected as Leader of the Lib Dem Group on East Hampshire District Council, which means he becomes official Leader of the Opposition.    Philip is a long-standing Lib Dem and district councillor.

He voted for the Woodlark Pub and opposes housing on Viking Park.

Working with Hampshire County County, Philip got crossings put in Firgrove Road and cut 60mph speed limits along Hogmoor and by St Matthews School.

Philip campaigned to get grit bins put in at Hogmoor and set up the Flytip Forum to combat this menace.

Philip Drury said: “As a committed member of the Lib Dem party, I am grateful to be able to serve the electorate as Leader of the Opposition and work positively with Andy Tree and Chris Wherrell from the Town Council to achieve our goals. This is a critical time for our town. The Army move is soon and I am fighting to get the best end result possible for our residents.”

Andy Tree said: “I congratulate Philip in becoming Lib Dem Group Leader at East Hampshire District Council and I am looking forward to working with him to build a strong link with him and our Lib Dem colleagues at EDHC. Our party must now demonstrate over the next year that we have provided results in the past and are continuing to stand up for local people. We also have Justine Henson as our new Deputy Group Leader in the Town Council and the local party is getting stronger and stronger.

I have been speaking to numerous local residents recently and helping where I can with issues ranging from Cycling on army land to seeking answers about the town’s development from the regeneration project director Steve Pearce who now has quarterly meetings with me.”
Chris Wherrell said: “I look forward to working with both Philip on the District Council and Andy at the Town Council, and am pleased to be part of a strong united team moving forward as we try to get investment into Whitehill & Bordon.”

Philip, Chris Wherrell (Deputy Town Mayor of Whitehill, hoping to become Town Mayor next month) and Andy Tree (Leader of Whitehill Town Council), stand united in their resolve to stand up for local residents and push for a fair deal for Whitehill & Bordon.

New by-election – East Meon

There will be a by-election in East Meon on 22nd May following resignation of David Parkinson (Conservative). Same day as the EU election, so hopefully turnout will be a bit better than is normal for a local by-election.

HCC budget – Lib Dem response – “We care about people”

Lib Dem County Leader, Cllr Keith House, writes:

Hampshire’s Conservatives love taking your money and putting it in their bank, rather than spending it on vital local services.

This year, they are going to put your cash into the bank to save it for a “rainy day” yet at the same time take money away from buses, libraries, adult care, even short breaks for children with disabilities.

Hampshire Liberal Democrats say it’s raining now. And we need to protect services, not cut them.

That’s what the Liberal Democrats at the County tried to do as part of the County’s annual budget.

The Lib Dems want a stronger economy. We said we wanted an “Invest in Hampshire” project with £30,000,000 extra on road and pavement repairs, fixing bridges and tackling future flooding.

The Lib Dems want a fairer society. We said we wanted more volunteers to save our libraries and youth services, Hampshire Council to take charge of its own bus services, and to protect children with disabilities, and their parents too.

Hampshire Conservatives said “no ” to these simple, cost-effective plans.

The Lib Dems are a party of government, not of protest. Labour and UKIP had no proposals of their own. They just wanted to protest.

The Lib Dems take responsibility for our County. We care about people, and our County’s future. Sadly, the Conservative don’t.

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