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  • Watermark West Quay (http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/)
    Article: Feb 27, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Lib Dem former Council Leader Adrian Vinson has welcomed progress on major projects in the city to which the 2003-7 Lib Dem Administration made a substantial contribution.

    Adrian says: "The opening of Hammerson's Watermark Westquay, with its state-of-the-art Showcase Cinema, range of new restaurants and splendid plaza setting off the magnificent city walls, is a strong sign of Southampton's vitality.

    "Work on Southampton's new arts venue, Studio 144, scheduled to open on Above Bar in the Autumn with new performance spaces, art galleries and film and media facilities, continues apace.

    "Centenary Quay on the former Vospers Shipyard site in Woolston and the latest stages of development at Ocean Village are providing new homes and jobs.

    "These major projects join Guildhall Square, the QE2 Mile, Carnival cruise company headquarters and hugely popular IKEA store in fulfilling the City Centre Vision first produced under the Liberal Democrats.

    "Meanwhile planning continues on a scheme, extending waterfront public access at Royal Pier and creating a long-term home for the Southampton Boatshow at an expanded Mayflower Park, underpinned by the major casino license secured when the Lib Dems were in control of the Council.

    "Though the recession has delayed these projects, and developer partners have gone and been replaced, it is a tribute to Southampton's potential and the resolve of successive Administrations under all three major parties that all have survived. I am proud of the part the Lib Dems have played in transforming our city."

  • +30 council gains
    Article: Feb 24, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrats are celebrating the election of 4 new Councillors across the Country, winning a total 4 out of 6 local by-elections last night.

    In Barton Ward on Kettering District Council in Northamptonshire, the Lib Dems stormed to victory with 57% of the vote, despite not having stood their last time round. Similarly in Charlerands in South Hams, Devon, the Lib Dems won with 46.1% vote, again having not stood last time round. In a third seat in Epping Forest, the Lib Dems came second recording at 20% increase in their vote against the Conservatives.

    The results mean that since the last local elections in May 2016, the Lib Dems have gained over +30 seats net for principal local authority Councillors. The Conservatives have lost -23 seats net, and Labour have lost -11 Councillors net.

    "Along with the largest increase share of the vote in the Stoke by-election and pushing UKIP into 3rd place in Copeland, this demonstrates the Lib Dem fightback is occurring right across the country" explains local politics lecturer Simon Foster. "The average increase in the share of the vote is over 9% for the Lib Dems, way higher than their opinion poll ratings. With Labour losing Copeland and the Lib Dems winning Council seats consistently off the Conservatives, this proves that the Liberal Democrats are increasingly the main opposition to the Tories."

    Attention now turns to the House of Lords, where the Liberal Democrats are pushing for Parliament to have a greater say as Brexit negotiations continue, and to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom.

    The night was rounded off for the Lib Dems with parish council wins in Daisy Hill Ward of Westhoughton Town Council with 56.3% of the vote and in Wingates ward of the same council with 53.8% for the Lib Dems. This took the number of newly elected Lib Dem Councillors to 4 in just the last 24 hours.

  • Southampton Liberal Democrats campaigning in the Witney by-election, with Party President Sal Brinton
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    The Lib Dem fight-back continued in the Potteries by-election, as UKIP failed to live up to its own hype in the Leave centre of Britain.

    Liberal Democrat president Sal Brinton, seeing the party's share of the vote more than double, said from Stoke:

    "The Potteries decided there was no need to have UKIP's official leader in parliament when UKIP's unofficial leader is already in Number 10, pursuing a hard Brexit."

  • Adrian Ford - Flytipping
    Article: Feb 23, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    "Fly-tipping and littering are on the increase, and the Labour Council's new charges for larger items and building materials at the depot are not helping," says Portswood Lib Dems' Adrian Ford.

    "Flytippers can now be fined £40 on the spot but only if they're caught in the act. That's easy to avoid.

    "The Council should bring back up to three free collections of bulky waste a year and allow landlords and small businesses free access to the City Depot, bring back City Patrol and be quicker to clear up illegal dumping when reported."

  • Adrian Ford with pothole on Priory Road in St Denys, Portswood
    Article: Feb 22, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Adrian Ford has asked the Council to repair potholes in Tennyson and Belmont Road.

    Adrian says: "You don't have to go far in Portswood Ward to find potholes that need repair.

    "The Council is not delivering on its promise to get to grips with this problem."

  • Adrian Ford
    Article: Feb 20, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Portswood Lib Dem campaigner Adrian Ford attended Southampton's historic Court Leet to petition the City Council to take more vigorous action over bins left out on our pavements.

    Adrian says: "This is a problem particularly with Houses in Multiple Occupation and is a serious hazard for people with sight impairments, mobility scooters or baby buggies, forcing them to walk in the road.

    "We need the Council to ensure bin men put bins back in a safe place. Either landlords could be made responsible, for example when student tenants are away during vacation, or the council could take this on with the cost being added to the HMO licensing fee."

  • Thomas Gravatt
    Article: Feb 17, 2017
    By Thomas Gravatt in dailyecho.co.uk

    In response to calls by some Southampton residents that students should be expected to pay council tax, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Southampton Test Thomas Gravatt says:

    "I've been concerned to read the letters calling for students to pay council tax over the last few days. As a student, I can tell you that we do not have much money lying around and certainly are not sitting pretty.

  • Adrian Vinson
    Article: Feb 16, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Labour-run Southampton City Council voted through a 4.99% rise council tax on Wednesday.

    In his speech commending our 'alternative budget', former City Council leader Alderman Adrian Vinson said:

    "Once again in presenting their budget the Labour Administration has demonstrated its innate conservatism, while once again the Conservatives have demonstrated their unwillingness to put forward a realistic written budget telling the people of Southampton what their party would really do in office, while their Government continues to pass buck for the health and social care crisis to local councils, necessitating an excessively high council tax increase.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Our Spring Regional Conference will be on Saturday, 25th February at Theale Green School, Church Street, Theale, Berkshire RG7 5DA.

    Guest speakers include Baroness Jenny Randerson (Shadow Transport Secretary) and Tom Brake MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary), and Anthony Hook will be delivering a Brexit update.

  • Medina Mosque, Southampton
    Article: Feb 6, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    The Medina Mosque in Southampton had an open day on the 5th February as part of the national 'Visit My Mosque' initiative.

    Visitors were greeted at the door and taken for a guided tour followed by an extensive Q&A session, where the friendly volunteers were happy to answer the myriad questions visitors had. The Mosque and the Muslim Faith were discussed extensively and it didn't take long to realise how important the Mosque was to so many of the city's Muslims (with several hundred regularly attending Friday prayers alone), and not only to Southampton's Muslim population but to the wider city in general.