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  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Barton Ward residents recently received a leaflet claiming that their three Conservative councillors oppose unsuitable student halls in residential areas. Yet when locals attended the planning committee on 10th October that considered 21 units in Havelock Street, the Barton Councillors were nowhere to be seen.

  • Ida
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    "The Conservatives running Kent County Council want to close the Riverside Children's Centre at Kingsmead in Canterbury" says Cllr Ida Linfield.

    "The centre provides on-site health visitor and midwifery clinics and is amongst among the busiest in Kent - with 1890 and 1024 visits each last year. It provides a vital service for local families."

  • Article: Dec 5, 2017

    From the recent political hot air you would think the government or the opposition are about to build a lot more houses. This is a complete con trick. No government of any political persuasion has built a single house for years. Nor has any local authority built more than the odd handful. Developers build houses not governments. The government may be pressing for a huge increase in housebuilding and I agree we need more housing to meet local needs. But that actually builds nothing.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2017

    Letter sent to Kent Messenger on 30th October 2017

    I note from your last issue that CCC is about to spend some £1.3m on new barriers and car parking technology and a further £600k on street improvements. Splendid.

    I hope the barriers will withstand the rigours of the night-time economy better than those in the residents car park in Black Griffin Lane which are almost permanently broken. I hope our continental tourists will understand the system too. The barriers in the Castle Street multi storey car park cause regular heebie jeebies and delays.

    It strikes me that £2m is a lot of money for a Council on its financial knees that is apparently unable to undertake the simple housekeeping jobs of cleaning our streets and dealing with graffiti. I have been trying to get the filthy and intimidating Wincheap subway cleaned for over two years. Even the graffiti is beginning to peel off in places because it's so old. But I'm told there's no money.

    For the sake of tourists, residents and shoppers alike can CCC please get to grips with the basics first and spend a few hundred on housekeeping before they spend a couple of million on vanity projects.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2017

    Proposals have been drawn up for a planning application at Highland Court.

    This massive development of around 300 acres on the parish boundaries of Bridge, Bishopsbourne and Kingston will provide 300 high value holiday
    homes capable of providing 1,000 high value bed nights for the city, 150 high end retirement homes and expansion of the business and industrial areas. Much of this development will be across the Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2017

    The Government's majority is wafer thin - and if MPs from all parties work together, there's a real chance we can defeat them and at the very least, stop them from pursuing a hard Brexit.

    That's why we're asking you to contact your MP and ask them to support four amendments (you can find out more about the amendments below).

  • Article: Oct 11, 2017

    Wincheap 4th Slip Road Plan

    Cllr Eden-Green provides some context:

    "The plan for the 4th slip road shows it ploughing through the park and ride and the allotments. No indication is given of how or where a new park and ride is to be built, let alone funded. There are no plans for the replacement of the allotments which is a legal requirement.

  • Dan Prevett(2)
    Article: May 12, 2017

    Canterbury Liberal Democrats have selected Dan Prevett as their candidate for the Westgate by-election.

    Dan is a resident of Westgate Ward where he lives with his wife Chloë and their two children. He has spent his career working in customer service and dispute resolution.

    "I am delighted to be the Lib Dem candidate in this by-election," said Dan. "The Lib Dems have an excellent track record of serving Westgate residents and I aim to continue that service if elected."

  • C&C LD logo charcoal
    Article: May 6, 2017

    The idea of a "Progressive Alliance" in Canterbury to defeat the Tories is a superficially attractive proposal. However, there are formidable political and practical obstacles to such a scenario. While there are many people who would jump at the chance to see the Conservatives lose in this constituency, there are other non-Tory voters who, if deprived of a candidate from their own party, would not vote at all. There are also significant questions about what manifesto such a candidate would stand on beyond a simple anti-Tory message. It might just work were there a genuinely independent candidate that all the opposition parties could unite behind. Think Martin Bell in Tatton (1997) or Dr Richard Taylor in Wyre Forest (2001 and 2005). There is no such person in Canterbury that we are aware of.

  • Martin Vye
    Article: Apr 14, 2017
  • Nick Eden Green profile
    Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Cllr Eden-Green expands on comments provided to Kent Online today

    The plan for the 4th sliproad onto the A28 has just been published. Significantly without any consultation with, or knowledge by, local Cllrs, local residents or parish cllrs.

    Frankly, I am gobsmacked!

    It shows a pedestrian crossing on the new sliproad before it reaches the bend to slow the traffic. Surely the first pedestrian crossing ever on a slip road from a motorway. Are Thanington lives so cheap?

  • Kent County Election Manifesto 2017
    Article: Apr 10, 2017
  • Martin Vye
    Article: Apr 7, 2017

    Martin Vye responds to the Conservatives attempt to quote him in their KCC election manifesto...

    I note from Off the Record by Paul Francis (Gazette, March 30) that the Conservative manifesto includes a quote from me saying "the KCC Education Department is operating at the very best I have ever seen".

  • Paddy Ashdown Canterbury 4 Europe
    Article: Apr 7, 2017
    Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, visited Canterbury last Wednesday.
    Paddy was guest of honour at the local party's annual dinner, which this year marked Martin Vye's retirement from Kent County Council.
    At the event, Martin was presented with a long service award for his 28 years as a county councillor.
    Before the dinner, Paddy also joined members of Canterbury 4 Europe who were demonstrating near the Westgate Towers against the triggering of Article 50.
    "I was delighted to join celebrations for Martin's long service to Canterbury," said Paddy Ashdown. "I've known Martin for many years and he has served with great distinction as a councillor since 1989. He is a man of integrity, and I know he has respect right across the local community and across all parties. I wish him all the best in his retirement."
    "Martin is liked and respected by people of all parties and none," said local party Chairman Nigel Whitburn. "We are fortunate that as our local party President, he will continue to offer his expertise and wisdom to us in the years to come."
    Martin has represented the Canterbury City South West Division since 2005, and before that the Canterbury South division since 1989. He is the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson on Kent County Council.
  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Apr 6, 2017
    The Gazette reported last week that Canterbury City Council's plans for a supercouncil have hit the buffers and that leader Simon Cook is bemoaning the fact that this leaves him with a £2.2m budget black hole to fill.
    Can we suggest he blocks plans to spend £1.3m on fancy barriers and automatic number plate recognition schemes at our car parks - technology that will cost an ongoing fortune to service. Then he can abandon plans to chop down the trees in the High Street and plant new ones in the name of a so called improvement scheme. That's another £650,000 saved.
  • CCS focus March 2017 Page 1
    Article: Mar 24, 2017
    By Nigel Whitburn
  • CCN focus March 2017 page 1
    Article: Mar 24, 2017
    By Nigel Whitburn
  • Mike Sole Speed limits
    Article: Mar 23, 2017
    By Alex Claridge in Kentish Gazette 23 March 2017
  • C&C LD Logo
    Article: Mar 23, 2017

    This morning James Flanagan spoke on BBC Radio Kent's Breakfast show about the plans for the council merger and put our position forward. Segment starts from 1:32:20 here.

  • Canterbury Jan 2017
    Article: Mar 23, 2017

    Cllr Nick Eden-Green puts his vision across for our area:

    Locally the city council must put its own house in order before going for massive reorganisation. For example over the last few weeks I have been trying to get SERCO to replace the paper waste insert in my bin which they damaged. After 3 emails to SERCO and the council, someone came to my door with an open crate to use temporarily as the bin inserts are out of stock. Great. Putting paper in an open crate in the March winds is a guarantee that my paper waste will litter the streets. That means, you guessed it, more work for SERCO. Then they will eventually come back a second time with the correct insert and take the crate away. Who pays for all this? We do as taxpayers. Get it right first time and stop moaning about lack of money.

  • surgeon hospital doctor medical medicine
    Article: Mar 21, 2017
    Canterbury Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government's failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in the Spring budget, warning that local services - such as the K&C - will struggle to cope with growing demand.
    Ahead of the budget the Liberal Democrats called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services this year. That would amount to an extra £7 million for local NHS services in the Canterbury and Coastal area, and £52 million for social care across Kent. The Budget announced by the Government will instead see the share of national income spent on the NHS fall in the coming years.
  • EU Citizens Right to Stay
    Article: Mar 17, 2017
  • Europe Day of Action March 2017
    Article: Mar 12, 2017

    The Government urgently needs to rein in its attempts to use the thousands of EU citizens living across the UK as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.

    People from the EU make a huge contribution to our local economy and society. Recent figures have shown that EU citizens across Kent, Surrey and Sussex include over 800 doctors and 5,500 nurses. Across the South East, over 8,000 EU nationals work in social care.

  • Europe Day of Action March 2017
    Article: Mar 6, 2017

    Canterbury Lib Dems in town on Saturday 4 March for the party's European Action Day. Lots of other local parties taking part across the country. Great reception from people in Canterbury today, especially for our petitions calling for Britain to remain in the Single Market and for EU citizens to be guaranteed the right to remain in the UK.

  • The Gentil Knyght
    Article: Feb 25, 2017

    The Gentil Knyght which was shut in April last year has been plagued with problems ever since. Cars have been burnt outside the derelict pub, windows smashed, the back door forced open and the inside vandalised. It has been used as a playground by youngsters, and neighbours fear that it is only a matter of time before there is an accident, squatters move in or it is burnt down. Following an urgent request from your councillor, Michael Dixey, Canterbury City Council has taken action to ensure that the developer secures the site. The developers have submitted a second planning application following the refusal of their application last year to demolish the pub and build six three-storey houses on the site. The reference for the new application is CA/17/00149. Let us know what you think of the revised planning application

  • Affordable homes
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    'It has been extensively rewritten but virtually none of the concerns raised by residents have been addressed', says Lib Dem Cllr Nick Eden-Green. 'Furthermore no councillors and no committee were involved in making these changes. The local plan steering group, which was supposed to oversee them, has been deliberately bypassed by the Conservatives in a desperate attempt to get this flawed plan back on track. It is already over a year late.

  • James Flanagan at Westminster
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Responding to today's reports that the Urgent Care Centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital is to close, James Flanagan said, "The threat of closure to this much needed service is very worrying - especially as our area is growing."

    "Canterbury District already has a population of 157,000. Over the next 15 years, 15,000 houses will be built under the local plan, which could see a further 30,000 people across the district."

  • Michael Dixey
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Extracts from Mike's response at this weeks full council budget debate:

    This is a horrible, horrible budget - it's all about cuts, cuts and more cuts.

    I don't think that any of us here tonight stood for election to this council so that we could slash public services - but this is what we are doing here tonight.

  • Nick Eden Green profile
    Article: Feb 23, 2017
    The Gazette sent out a free guide to Canterbury and Thanet with last weeks paper. It listed some of our museums under the heading 'Get your hands on local history'. Top of the list was the Beaney in Canterbury with its 'topics such as the ancient Egyptians......and Greek artefacts'.
    Not exactly local history! Yet there was no mention of the Canterbury Heritage Museum which is stuffed with fascinating local history.
    The City Council is determined to shut the Heritage Museum. Why? Because it doesn't attract many visitors. Small wonder. It is never advertised, even under a specific local history listing. The prices have been raised to £8 for an adult whereas the Beaney is free. The displays haven't been changed in years. It's a bit hidden down a side street and it's not even signed from the Beaney. All this is perfect recipe for closure.
    If you are interested in local history go and visit it. Better still sign the petition to keep it open.
    Cllr Nick Eden-Green
    Lib Dem Wincheap Ward
  • C&C logo
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Canterbury Council is being very short sighted in thinking that tourists come to Canterbury for anything other than our history and our visitors follow in the footsteps all the Pilgrims who "went on pilgrimage" from the 12th century onwards.

    The Poor Priests Hospital was founded in 1240's with, it seems, Simon Langton heading up the fundraising. It cared for the elderly and infirm priests of Canterbury but now houses the Heritage museum which showcases the history of our city and its inhabitants over the years.

    A couple of years ago the Tories introduced new "opening hours" for the museum (which closed it for half the year) and then upped the entrance fee. There has been little publicity for the museum; limited signage or directions to it and there are never any enough publicity leaflets available at the council run Tourist Office - which only opens 6 days a week anyway! Given all these facts Its obvious that visitor figures would decrease.

    To close this museum and say the exhibits can move to the Beaney is not acceptable. Already the exhibits from the Buffs Museum have largely gone and residents have told us that the council is looking to sell other museum exhibits which are hidden away in storage as there is no room at the Beaney for them.

    If the Tory run council is keen to save this museum one answer could be for the Heritage museum to copy the Seaside Museum in Herne Bay which is "run entirely by volunteers through an independent Trust in partnership with Canterbury City Council " - to quote their website. Plans are also afoot to run the Whitstable museum along similar lines.

    Or they can follow the council officers' plans and close it.

    For starters I'm more than happy to collect the names of everyone who would volunteer their time at the Heritage Museum: Ida.linfield@cantlibdem.org.uk or phone 01227 750 146.

    And please remember the council consultation runs until next Wednesday March 1st on Canterbury Councils website so there's still time to have your say.

  • Martin Vye
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    On Thursday the 9th of February the Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council succeeded in making a change in the County Council budget.

    Martin Vye, Canterbury county councillor and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the county council, said: "The Conservative administration presented the budget, said 'It can't be changed now, take it or leave it'. But we looked at the figures very carefully. There was no way, given the cuts the Government have inflicted on local government, that we could make a big difference in the money for education or social services. But we found a way to re-route half a million pounds to a service that will make a big difference to our most vulnerable fellow-residents."

  • James Flanagan and Mike Sole - Calais Camp
    Article: Feb 16, 2017

    The decision to backtrack on providing sanctuary for 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children is shameful.

    Last year, Save the Children estimated there were 26,000 lone child refugees in Europe. Some had been separated from their parents by war, others had been orphaned, and all of them were at serious risk of exploitation, violence and disease.

  • Litter
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    We are organising a litter pick on the London Road Estate on Saturday, 18th February. Are you able to help?

    If you can join us, please meet at the Gentil Knyght at 10.30am. We will supply litter pickers, plastic sacks and high-vis vests, but please wrap up warm.

    We aim to finish at midday, with a team photo for the newspapers followed by refreshments.

  • James Flanagan at Westminster
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    My letter in the Kentish Gazette this week in response to MP Julian Brazier's article last week:

    Julian Brazier paints a very rosy picture of our future outside the European Union ("Time to fulfil our promises", February 2nd). This view is not only far from certain, but one that puts him at odds with his constituents, the majority of whom voted to remain.

  • Martin Vye
    Article: Feb 10, 2017

    "We are nearing breakdown in essential services" says Martin Vye, Canterbury county councillor, and the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education and children's social services.

    "We have a situation where the Conservatives running Kent County Council are being forced to make cuts they don't want to make by their fellow Conservatives in the Government in Westminster. £5million is having to be lopped off education, which means there is less money to help the vital effort to support schools and help them achieve better results for our children.

  • Andrew Palmer
    Article: Feb 9, 2017

    Andrew Palmer - Lib Dem candidate for Canterbury City North in May's County Elections, takes the Tories to task over funding fears.

    Tory Councillor Neil Baker has kick-started his very own Project Fear - if we don't get a Mega-Council, he says, the bins won't be emptied, the streets won't be cleaned, parks and museums will close, and Park & Ride will end.

  • Canterbury Side Street Jan 2017
    Article: Feb 2, 2017

    Canterbury Liberal Democrats have launched a petition calling for a local referendum on the merger of four East Kent councils.

    It follows last week's publication by the City Council of the 'business case' for Canterbury, Thanet, Dover and Shepway councils to merge into one 'mega council' before 2019.

    Local Liberal Democrats have since condemned the plans for the merger, calling them illogical and undemocratic.

    "The arguments in favour of this merger are far from clear," said Lib Dem group leader Michael Dixey. "Canterbury councillors already represent more residents per head than most councils. A merger could treble this number, making it more difficult for local councillors to deal with issues or properly represent local residents."

    "Residents are to be given no say in this decision. At the very least it should be decided by a local referendum."

    Commenting on the financial impact, Lib Dem Cllr Nick Eden-Green said, "The merger will cost almost £7m up front. Ashford have already pulled out of plans for an East Kent merger. We are told we need to save £8m between 2018 and 2024, but nobody knows how realistic this figure is. Even the business case for a merger is uncertain."

    As well as calling for a referendum, Canterbury Liberal Democrats have today published a briefing outlining reasons why they believe the planned merger doesn't stack up.

    If you agree with our call for a referendum please show your support by signing this petition. Many thanks.

  • Nick Eden-Green
    Article: Jan 28, 2017

    The title of this article is taken from this weeks edition of the Kentish Gazette (26/01/2017) in which Cllr Nick Eden-Green shared his vision for the future of Canterbury:

    Canterbury is a small tight knit historic city with two world heritage sites, a brilliant range of shops, theatre, music, lectures, universities. It's a privilege to live here and I'm passionate about where I live.

  • Canterbury Focus Jan 2017
    Article: Jan 20, 2017
  • enhanced care photo
    Article: Jan 5, 2017

    Canterbury Liberal Democrats have revealed that the Government's plan to allow Kent County Council to raise council tax will only raise a small proportion of the council's social care budget - just 1.2%.

    This means that older and disabled people will still face a massive shortfall in funding needed.

  • Traffic South Canterbury Dec 2016
    Article: Dec 22, 2016

    A Christmas Quiz from Nick Eden-Green

    The decision to build 4000 houses in south Canterbury was made by Conservative councillors largely from the coast and the villages. Before the planning meeting a tour of the site was arranged. I asked if we could be shown how cars, buses and cyclists would get around. This was refused. As a result I don't think those councillors understood the implications. How many of the public do either?

  • Traffic South Canterbury Dec 2016
    Article: Dec 14, 2016

    Tonight the Canterbury City Council planning committee approved the application by Corinthian to build 4,000 houses on green fields on South Canterbury.

    Ida Linfield, Lib Dem campaigner said "The committee heard many good and honest reasons to reject this but the majority chose to ignore them. They also ignored the valid arguments of residents' associations from all over the city, from Bekesbourne and Bridge Parish Council and from The Canterbury Society".

  • James Flanagan and Tim Farron
    Article: Dec 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, James Flanagan, would win Canterbury and Whitstable if the party repeats the swing it achieved in the recent Richmond Park by-election.

    Lib Dem Sarah Olney overturned a 23,000 Conservative majority with one of the largest swings to the party in its history - which would hand over 150 Conservative seats to the Lib Dems. This prompted the party's leader, Tim Farron, to declare to Conservative MPs: "We are coming for you."

  • C&C logo
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    It is extremely concerning that the £35million deficit faced by East Kent Hospitals Trust could mean further downgrading at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. It is equally concerning that the chancellor did not address the financial crisis faced by the NHS in his Autumn Statement last week.

    Whilst the Trust faces an unenviable task in trying to balance the books, it is essential that Canterbury is not overlooked as a major centre for specialist services in East Kent.

  • Tim Farron speaking at Christchurch November 2016
    Article: Nov 24, 2016

    Following a successful visit to our constituency yesterday, Tim Farron shared his thoughts on the experience:

    "It was fantastic to meet so many enthusiastic members from Canterbury Lib Dems yesterday. I was able to have a good chat to most of those who attended, and I truly feel that James and our local council candidates have a really strong and dynamic team to support them in the run up to next year's local elections.

    I was also delighted to be invited to outline the Liberal Democrats' post-referendum vision for our country at an event at Christ Church University. The last time I spoke there was when I visited as the only Liberal member of an otherwise socialist NUS exec board, so it was especially great to get such a warm reception and some brilliant questions from last night's audience!

    But a real highlight of the day was visiting the Thanington Resource Centre and seeing the amazing work done by Paula Spencer and Cllrs Charlotte MacCaul and Nick Eden-Green to provide much needed community facilities for their local area.

    And that is what the Liberal Democrats are all about: localism, getting stuck in, and priding ourselves on working hard for our communities all year round."

  • James Flanagan at Westminster
    Article: Nov 17, 2016
    James Flanagan comments on Julian Brazier MP's recent comments in Parliament about the Article 50 ruling - which can be found here.
    "Julian Brazier's assertion that judges are looking to interfere is simply wrong.
    Their decision two weeks ago did not stop Brexit. Nor did it say anything about negotiations with the EU. Nor did it overturn the referendum result.
  • car parking meter
    Article: Nov 13, 2016

    The Council has voted to continue with plans to sell off Hawks Lane and Rosemary Lane car parks, reports County Councillor Martin Vye.

    As many of you will know, your Lib Dem councillors have been fighting these plans along with local residents and businesses. But we have been out voted by the ruling Conservative group.

  • Full House!
    Article: Nov 11, 2016
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    Article: Nov 10, 2016

    This year's Liberal Democrat Annual General Meeting will be held on:

    Wednesday 30 November, 7:30 p.m.

    at St Paul's Parish Centre, Canterbury CT1 2NH

    Members Only

    The minutes for last years AGM will be available at this years meeting, together with written reports from the officers. We will be emailing these out to all members whose email addresses we have in advance of the meeting. However, if you can't attend the meeting and want copies please let us know.

  • Nick Eden Green profile
    Article: Nov 8, 2016
    Developers Pentland have had their 'modern vision' for 52 houses signed off by Canterbury City councillors.
    Whilst the developer's modern scheme was criticised for deviating markedly from the original plans, it nonetheless gained approval from the planning committee by nine votes to one.
    Lib Dem Cllr Nick Eden-Green, who represents Wincheap and voted against the scheme, and was quoted in the Kentish Gazette saying "It does not in any way reflect Canterbury and Canterbury suburbs, or any other part of the district I have seen…Innovative, yes it is, but innovative does not necessarily mean good, and I'm not convinced it does on this occasion."