Article: Nov 18, 2020By Andrew Cooley
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill), which was officially published in the Commons earlier this month, offers the UK Government a viable framework for climate action.
It is a private members bill introduced by Green MP Caroline Lucas and officially supported by Liberal Democrats as well as the Alliance, SDLP and Plaid Cymru parties plus many MPs from the SNP and Labour - 88 MPs to date.
Article: Nov 14, 2020By Andrew Cooley
Potholes can cause life changing injuries to cyclists, while for car drivers whose vehicles are damaged, the repair costs can run into thousands of pounds. Pothole damage is costing motorists more than £1million a month, according to Which, but other estimates are much higher.
"We all know that council funding has been slashed by the Tory government," says Cllr Gill Moseley, "but repairing potholes is a road safety matter not just a cosmetic job - it needs to be done. Gloucestershire County Council is not meeting that need at the moment but, at least in this county, when you report a pothole online you can also upload a picture to show the problem."
Article: Oct 21, 2020By Andrew Cooley
People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They've lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.
We have made huge sacrifices and played by the Government's rules - we deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.
Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson. His Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.
It is now clear the Government ignored calls from experts for a 'circuit break' short national lockdown. We urge them to reconsider. No one wants to see businesses close again but if this gives time to fix the Test, Trace and Isolate system, it could be a vital step to getting the virus back under control and keeping it under control.
Alongside a circuit break, the Liberal Democrats demand Government take the following steps in order to get a grip on this crisis:
Article: Oct 19, 2020By Vilnis Vesma
A resident of Clifford's Mesne raised an interesting question with her town councillor. She pointed out that when the District Council issues information about planning applications, the accompanying maps don't show neighbouring properties where consent has been granted but the development has not yet started. This is a good question because an application needs to be considered in the light of what else is going to happen nearby, not just what's there at the moment.
Article: Oct 8, 2020By Vilnis Vesma
On 24 September the District Council's Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which I chair, met to discuss the redevelopment of the former college site at Five Acres in Coleford. This has stood empty for many years. An ambitious scheme to develop a leisure and cultural 'destination' facility was proposed by the relevant parish council. Originally conceived to cost in the region of £23 million, the project has since passed to the District Council where it has been pursued by successive administrations. The story has an extra twist: the built-up part of the site has been offered to the District Council for £1, although there are conditions attached and owning it would entail holding costs of over £170,000 a year in business rates and site security.