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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.

Hard at work in Petersfield Butser

We are delivering our Focus throughout Petersfield Butser.

This covers Petersfield (St Peters, Heath, Causeway & Bell Hill), Buriton, Clanfield, East Meon, Finchdean, Langrish.

If you don’t receive a copy let us know.  There is one for Bell Hill here.

Would you like to be a councillor?

We would welcome individuals putting themselves forward as Liberal Democrat candidates for local elections, both for some pending by-elections and local elections in 2015. Liberal Democrats have always worked hard to represent local residents to try to provide good local services.

The main legal requirement for the candidate to stand for the EHDC seats is to live or work in East Hampshire, for county it’s similar but to  live or work in Hampshire.  For the town and parish councils you must live or work within 3 miles of the parish boundary.
However the key qualification is an interest in local issues and representing residents.

District councillors are paid an allowance of £4500 plus expenses, county councillors about £12000 plus expenses.
If you would like to know more about representing local residents please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Great by-election result in Alton

Pam Jones won the Whitedown by-election gaining the seat previously held by the Conservatives.

Pam JONES, Lib Dem 250

Mike DICKER, Conservative 220

Ruth DUFFIN, UKIP 85

Barbara BURFOOT, Labour 48

Bulmer House threatened closure

Hampshire County Council (HCC) started a consultation regarding the closure of Bulmer House, an HCC run care home in Petersfield, and replacing it with “Extra Care” facilities. There are three other homes in Hampshire affected in the same way.

The information provided was poor with no clear justification for the closure and a detailed explanation of how the new services will work for Petersfield residents is not given. Some of the stated reasons were known to be incorrect as regards Bulmer House.

Lib Dem councillors in Petersfield pressed for a public meeting which has eventually been organised. 7Pm, Monday 30th September in the Rose Room, Festival Hall, Petersfield.

The present consultation arrangements are poor and it is not possible to respond in a really meaningful way until the public hear the answers to many questions.

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/residential-care-consultation

Great by-election result in Whitehill

Following the resignation of four Whitehill Town Councillors by-elections were held in three wards in August. Three Lib Dem councillors were returned a great result considering the local and national political situations. Congratulations to our new councillors.

Dead water – Moira Watkinson

Walldown – Justine Henson and Jane Maines

In Hogmoor our candidate Richard Tilling worked hard and did very well, but the presence this time of an independent candidate could well have affected the result.

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