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Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats

Local and regional news

  • Budget Cuts
    Article: Nov 22, 2017

    It's that time of year again, when Suffolk County Council opens its consultation on budget priorities for the upcoming year (2018-2019, in this case). This year, they are considering increasing council tax by 1.99 % on top of the additional 3% that will be added to support Adult Care Services, so households may face a possible increase of 4.99% in their payments. And even if the extra 1.99% is approved, they say that further savings of £26.9 million will be required over the coming year, so budget cuts will need to be made in some areas.

  • Neighbourhood Plan
    Article: Nov 19, 2017

    On 7th December 2017, residents of the parish of Melton will be invited to vote on their Neighbourhood Plan, being asked the question:

    "Do you want Suffolk Coastal District Council to use

    the neighbourhood plan for Melton

    to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

    If you live in the parish, make sure that you vote -- either by post (if you have a postal vote) or in person at the Burness Parish Rooms. Why is it important to take part in this exercise of local democracy? Because the neighbourhood plan really matters.

  • Pharmacy Logo
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Earlier this year, Suffolk County Council invited feedback on how Suffolk residents use pharmacy services. As a result of that feedback from the public, they "do not believe there are any gaps in provision of necessary pharmaceutical services in Suffolk".*

    They have prepared a draft "Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment" (as they are obliged to do every three years), and are now seeking comments on that draft, which you can download here. It's an enormous document, coming to 256 pages in PDF form, and chock-a-block with maps, tables and graphs. But it contains some surprisingly interesting details, such as health statistics, and projected population growth in particular areas, as well as detailed information on pharmacy provision.

  • Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils proposed merger
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    Yesterday (7th November), the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, made a statement in the House of Commons announcing that he is "minded to" implement the proposal to merge Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils into a single new district council -- the so-called "super district council", which would be (reportedly) the biggest district council in the country. His statement went as follows:

  • Suffolk EU Alliance - Café Continental
    Article: Oct 31, 2017

    Make a date in your diary for Suffolk EU Alliance's second Café Continental event, in Halesworth on Saturday 4th November, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Speakers have been announced, and include:

    • Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for international trade and European affairs.
    • Rob Davidson, from Scientists for Europe
    • John Gummer, Lord Deben, former Government Minister.
  • AGM
    Article: Oct 29, 2017

    If you are a Liberal Democrat member in Suffolk Coastal, you should already have received the calling papers for our Annual General Meeting, to be held in Woodbridge on the evening of Thursday 2nd November. This is a particularly important meeting, where we will be discussing a major proposal concerning the future of the local party. Details are in the calling papers, so please check your email for further information, and let the Secretary know as soon as possible if you plan to attend (to help with planning the catering arrangements). We hope to see you there.

  • Nick Clegg - How to Stop Brexit
    Article: Oct 28, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats Book Group will be holding their second get-together on Saturday 4th November, when we will be discussing the ambitiously titled How To Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) by Nick Clegg. From the blurb on the inside cover:

    "Keep calm - but do not carry on.

    "There is nothing remotely inevitable about Brexit - except that it will be deeply damaging if it happens. Extricating Britain from Europe will be the greatest challenge this country has faced since the Second World War. And as negotiations with the EU expose the promises of the Brexit campaign to have been hollow, even some Brexit voters now wish to exercise their democratic right to change their mind, seeing that the most pragmatic option is to ... stop. It would certainly be the best thing for Britain.

  • Windfarm
    Article: Oct 27, 2017

    ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) is currently building an offshore windfarm off the Suffolk coast, with 102 turbines. They have already received development consent for a second windfarm nearby, which will add a further 172 turbines. As a guide to the physical scale of these projects, the 172 turbines in that second development alone will cover an area of 305 square kilometres (or 118 square miles).

  • Annual voter registration reminder
    Article: Oct 25, 2017

    Have you returned your annual voter registration form, to ensure that you are entitled to vote in future elections? Or do you live in one of the 7,000 households in Suffolk Coastal who have yet to do so? If you haven't yet confirmed your details, you can do this online via www.elecreg.co.uk/suffolkcoastal, by phone/text, or by post.

  • Bypass
    Article: Oct 23, 2017

    The deadline is fast approaching for Suffolk County Council's consultation on options for an A12 bypass route between Wickham Market and Saxmundham, as part of Suffolk's Energy Gateway (SEGWay). The A12 is a critical artery in our region, and decisions or policy positions formed now will have long-lasting and far-reaching effects. The aim of the current consultation is to develop a business case to be submitted to the government by the end of 2017.