Conservative Councillors on Hampshire County Council and New Forest District Council have approved a massive hike of 4.99% in council tax during the pandemic despite services being cut and further cuts expected. The Liberal Democrats opposed the tax rise.
Richard Murphy, Liberal Democrat candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, visited Totton today to meet local councillors and discuss the rising visibility of crime and anti-social behaviour in the New Forest.
Liberal Democrats in the New Forest have welcomed the news that Hampshire County Council will provide a funding package to food banks and charitable organisations to support vulnerable families and children. However, they say more must be done to prevent children going hungry at Christmas.
In a policy motion adopted today at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference, the Party has warned that the Government’s planning proposals will “disempower” councils and allow developers to “run roughshod” over local communities’ wishes.
The Liberal Democrats motion to Hampshire County Council tackling air pollution outside schools has been successful.
The Motion was proposed by Jackie Porter, a Lib Dem Councillor from Winchester. The motion was seconded by New Forest member, Malcolm Wade, and is as follows:
This Council resolves to:
1. Work with districts, schools and local partners to swiftly identify those schools in the county that could put a “school streets” scheme in place.
2. Work with districts, schools and local partners to enable all schools that wish to take part in the “school streets” scheme to do so – taking advantage of experimental traffic orders and new statutory guidance over fast-tracked Traffic Regulation Orders where necessary.
3. Measure air quality around a sample of schools in all six districts at child-head height to identify the level of air pollution children are being exposed to at school drop-off and pick-up.
4. Pilot additional measures to improve air quality near schools in 2020/21, such as ‘living green walls’ and tree planting.”
I know that there are a number of schools in the local area that will benefit from a focus on this, so I am very pleased to see Lib Dem Councillors lead on this with such success.