Lib Dem candidates have branded South Gloucestershire’s Conservative MPs “completely irresponsible” over their voting on eight Brexit options last night.
Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate, Conservative) and Chris Skidmore (Kingswood, Conservative) both voted to reject all eight options presented to MPs – while Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke, Conservative) voted only in favour of a No Deal Brexit with no agreement and against all seven other proposals.Read more
Councillors Maggie Tyrrell and Shirley Holloway are celebrating with local residents since hearing the news that a planning application has been turned down on the site of Alveston House Hotel at the junction of Alveston Hill and the A38. Site owners had wanted to replace this landmark building at the entrance to the village with a three-storey development of apartments.
Cllr Maggie Tyrrell said “We’re so relieved that the Planning Inspector who heard the Appeal on this application agreed with local people that such a development was wrong for this site. It would have been a very urban look on the edge of the village, with apartments built right to the edge of the site, dominating the corner and completely changing the rural character of the area. The decision to turn the application down was absolutely the right one.”
Cllr Shirley Holloway added “The owners of the hotel have told local people that they now intend to keep the hotel running. I do hope that they can make a success of the business and that local people will support them in this enterprise. We really don’t want to be faced with another planning application like this last one.”
Last night, Sir Vince Cable announced he will be stepping down as leader of the Liberal Democrats in May.
In a statement emailed to members Vince said,
“I indicated last year that once the Brexit story had moved on, and we had fought this year’s crucial local elections in 9,000 seats across England, it would be time for me to make way for a new generation. I set considerable store by having an orderly, business-like, succession unlike the power struggles in the other parties.
“So I wanted you, our members, to know that, assuming Parliament does not collapse into an early General Election, I will ask the party to begin a leadership contest in May.”
Cllr Louise Harris, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke, praised the MP for Twickenham.
“While other party leaders have made false promises, vague statements and flip flopped over red lines, the Liberal Democrats have shown leadership and courage in putting livelihoods, public services and jobs before petty party politics through Vince’s stewardship during difficult times.
“Although Vince stepping down is a great loss for the party, we are thankful for his service. However, I’m eager to see what the future holds for our party. We have so many talented, capable MPs and future leaders in the Liberal Democrats. I am in no doubt that the new leader shall rise to the occasion, fill Vince’s big shoes and lead the Liberal Democrats into a new age.”
Council group leader and Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate, Claire Young responded.
“Vince has provided stability in a time of great political uncertainty. As party leader he’s offered wisdom and economic expertise not found in any other party.
"I’m looking forward to seeing what is next for us. Here in South Gloucestershire we have a proven track record and I’m excited to showcase our local manifesto in the next few weeks.”
Lib Dems: Yate residents will feel “once bitten, twice shy” over Tory pre-election promises for a Park & Ride
South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have welcomed renewed council proposals for a Park & Ride for Yate, but say “they will believe it when they see it” – pointing out the Conservatives scrapped similar plans shortly after the 2007 election and divert funding elsewhere…
Cllr Claire Young, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Back during the 2007 council election, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives both campaigned on the delivery of a Park & Ride at Nibley. The Conservatives won the election and promptly scrapped the Park & Ride plans and diverted the money to a pet project in a Tory cabinet member’s ward. Now, two months away from the next council election, and the Conservatives are promising to deliver the Park & Ride they have blocked for the past twelve years! Local residents will be forgiven for feeling a sense of ‘once bitten, twice shy.’ While we welcome any move in the direction of delivering a Park & Ride, history shows that the Conservatives cannot be trusted to deliver for Yate residents on this issue.”
“It’s clear that the Conservatives are still, at best, lukewarm in their commitment to delivering a Park & Ride for Yate. At Thursday’s meeting of Cabinet, Conservative Council Leader, Toby Savage dismissively said that a Park & Ride at Nibley “would have been a massive white elephant” if it had gone ahead in 2007 when they first promised it. That’s pretty rich given that when the Conservatives scrapped plans for the Nibley Park & Ride, they diverted the money to a barely used alternative (pictured) near Parkway Station!”
Cllr Mike Drew (Yate North) said: “If people want to know why Yate transport has remained stuck in the slow lane for so many years, Toby Savage’s dismissive remarks about the Nibley Park & Ride are very revealing. Yate’s transport needs are always an afterthought for the Tories. We could have had a Park & Ride up and running for over 10 years if they hadn’t scrapped plans in 2007. Local people will see through this cynical attempt to get votes at election time. Such promises are easily made and easily broken. We need a Park & Ride with enough parking spaces to serve the growing population of the Yate area. Yate’s Lib Dem councillors will keep fighting for the project to be delivered as we have done for years.”