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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Ivinghoe Dog Walkers (National Trust)
    Article: Jun 28, 2018

    At this time of year, the Ashridge Estate on the edge of the Chiltern Hills is a beautiful place to visit. It is under the care of the National Trust and access is free.

    It's a great place to walk your dog. There are extensive woodlands and open spaces well away from public roads. But please be considerate regarding other visitors and wildlife. The National Trust asks that you keep your dog close by you or on a lead and that you don't let it go out of sight.

    Don't forget Ashridge is a special place for wildlife. Not only that but the law says that during the bird nesting season (1st March to 31st July) dogs should be kep on the lead.

    There are wild animals on the estate (though nor "wild" as in "fierce"!) such as deer and muntjac. Please don't let your dog chase them as it can lead to road accidents.

    In addition there are sheep and cattle grazing in the park and on the chalk grasslands as well as on nearby land managed by tenant farmers. Please take care your dog does not chase these either as this can lead to stress and injury of the animals - especially if these are pregnant females.

    In Ashridge, please could dog owners...

  • Train Indicator: Cancelled
    Article: Jun 25, 2018

    That is the question many local rail users are asking, after a motion of No Confidence in Transport Minister Chris Grayling was defeated with not a single Conservative MP breaking ranks in the vote, despite many of them expressing their extreme concern in the debate. And Grant did not speak at all in the debate unlike MPs for Stevenage, for Hitchin and for North-East Herts, the areas sharing our pain.

  • School Places
    Article: Jun 25, 2018

    L ib Dems were disappointed, but not surprised, when Hertfordshire Tories effectively voted to increase property developer profits by reducing the amount they have to pay to provide school places.

    Counties can fix the amount of contribution developers must pay for new schools from within a range set by the Government. The Tory change in contribution, from the upper end of the range allowed in the regulations to the bottom end, was proposed by officers because it was 'too difficult to argue' after neighbouring authorities and the Government's own agency, the Education & Skills Funding Authority (ESFA), allowed developers to contribute the lowest possible amount for building schools to the lower specification.

  • Northchurch Sign Flattened
    Article: Jun 20, 2018

    At the HCC Council Meeting of 27th March, Lara Pringle, the new DBC councillor for Northchurch presented a petition from the local Road Safety Pressure Group, "Go 20 Northchurch".
    Local residents have been calling for some time for a 20 mph speed limit to be imposed on the centre of the village.

  • 2018 Carnival
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th - Tring Summer Carnival - Four days of fun in Tring.

    Film and music events, Carnival Day on the Saturday , and the RAF Halton Voluntary Band and Castle Choir on the Sunday. Come and celebrate summer with your very own local carnival. All events take place in the Tring Carnival marquee on Pound Meadow, Tring. There is plenty of parking and the site is within a 5 minute walk of Tring town centre.

  • Grenfell Tower
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Police & Crime Commissioner's proposal would strip assets and close fire stations

    Hertfordshire County Council today renewed objections to a bid by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd to take over the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Council's Cabinet voted to continue to oppose the hostile takeover and to refute the PCC's latest claims.

  • Tring Sports Ctr Nick
    Article: Jun 18, 2018

    Cllr Nick Hollinghurst, Liberal Democrat Town and County Councillor for Tring, said "DBC has consistantly negllected our shared use sports facilities. These were originally built and provided at public expense for shared use both by the public and the school. Over the years, access by the public to these facilities has become more and more restricted.

  • Cllr Mark Watkin with concerned parents
    Article: May 27, 2018

    Lib Dem spokesperson for Children's Services, County Councillor Mark Watkin has expressed his dismay at the decision to severly cut funding for the provision of an ongoing services at Nascot Lawn beyond October. This decision was taken without any review ot the current needs of the families.

    He said, "During the meeting a number of the Board members expressed their sympathy for the plight of these children, yet when the moment came for them to support these words with action, they remained mute. It was shameful!"

    They have been warned by the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee that if they don't improve their engagement with parents, their decision will be referred to the Secretary of State." It looks like they have a long way to go."

  • Automatic Train Operation
    Article: May 26, 2018

    Thameslink passengers are now experiencing one of the first self-drive train journeys on a UK mainline - although they may not realise it! In combination with Network Rail's new digital signalling system, trains are being run every 2 - 3 minutes St Pancras and Blackfriars.

    The use of Siemens self-drive technologyis expected to boost capacity by 60,000 passengers across 80 stations on 12 different routes during 2019. The routes will pass as far north as Peterborough and Cambridge, and south down to Brighton and Maidstone.

  • Thameslink train
    Article: May 26, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have unanimously backed an all party motion condemning the problems caused to travellers in Hertfordshire by train companies, Network Rail and the Department of Transport. The County Council agreed to tell them all that they are failing to look after the interests of Hertfordshire residents and businesses.

Nick Hollinghurst