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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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  • Tring Brexitometer 250818
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
  • Rectory Lane Cemetery Restoration
    Article: Aug 30, 2018

    While up at Pheasant Close a couple of weeks ago I noticed two gazebos and a small crowd gathered in the cemetery that lies between Rectory Lane and Three Close Lane.

    Wandering in I found the crowd listening in rapt attention to the words of a man standing on one of the gravestones.

    But, no, it wasn't some re-enactment of the Sermon on the Mount - it was part of the events around the restoration of the Rectory Lane Cemetery. The orator was actually taking the audience through the complex lifestyle and habits of bees.

  • Sutton Close Parking Investigations
    Article: Aug 30, 2018

    Well, anything connected with highway work in Hertfordshire is amazingly slow. However, I am still chipping away at the traffic and parking problems in New Mill.

    So far I reckon the prize for the fastest and longest-lasting improvement (so far) was the replacement of those awful concrete paviours in the centre of the New Mill roundabout with heavy-duty tarmac. Unlike the paviours which were forever working loose they seem to be surviving pressure from the Heygates lorries very successfully.

  • EU Funded Electric Charging
    Article: Aug 28, 2018

    I think we can now be very clear that the future for cars and light vans could easily be electric. The following posting is based on a report published on the https://www.nextgreencar.com web site.

    The last four years have seen a "remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK" - new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 166,000 by August 2018. There has also been a huge increase in the number of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid models available in the UK, with many of the top manufacturers in the UK now offering a number of EVs as part of their model range.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Aug 24, 2018

    WATTON-AT-STONE (East Hertfordshire District Council) 23rd August, 2018 By-Election Result:

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: 67.0% (+67.0)
    CONSERVATIVES: 30.1% (-36.4)
    LABOUR: 2.9% (-8.3)

    LIB DEM GAIN from Conservatives.

    51.6% swing Con to Lib Dem

    Well done, Sophie Bell and her team!

    First time there has been a Lib Dem candidate since 1983.

  • Document: Aug 22, 2018
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    Information, news and views about Berkhamsted from the Liberal Democrats

  • Railfreight Locomotive
    Article: Aug 18, 2018

    Britain's roads are congested, noisy and polluting. Road transport by HGVs is expensive, unpopular and a major contributor to harmful climate change.

    Now Chris MacRae, a rail expert at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), in an article in Rail Technology Magazine last year, has claimed that shippers often overlook the advantages that rail freight can bring to the logistics mix. While admitting that rail freight has inherent limitations and can only rarely provide every link in the logistics chain, he argues that, depending on the nature of the goods, the distances involved and the locations of the end-users, rail freight for a high enough proportion of the journey can achieve surprising savings in both cost and time.

    His most spectacular example is the 50% saving compared to sea of rail transport between China and Western Europe. The typical 16-day transit time along the 7,500 route rail route, despite crossing nine countries and involving several guage changes is claimed to be suitable for valuable, non-perishable goods, such as car parts, clothing, luxury items and electrical and electronic consumer goods and bespoke equipment. Whilst there is no saving in terms of time compared to airfreight, the cost savings of rail transport are even greater.

  • Cllr Marment joins the party
    Article: Aug 17, 2018
    By Letchworth Liberal Democrats

    Cllr Paul Marment (Letchworth Grange) has joined the Liberal Democrats from the Conservative party.

    "Since the end of the coalition, which I felt was one of the most productive times for this county in recent memory, I have been struggling with the Conservative party's polices at local and national level. The increasing move to the left and right of both main parties - and the increasing levels of Xenophobia in each organisation - coupled with ongoing issues locally - such as Hitchin Town Hall and the fiasco of the brown bin collections - convinced me it was the right time to shift parties."

  • DB Schenker Freight Train
    Article: Aug 11, 2018

    DB Cargo UK is the UK's biggest railfreight provider and has just gone through a programme of restructuring and modernisation in response to changing patterns of trade. They are using new systems and improved IT to streamline processes and deliver a more reliant and resilient transport service. A key element in all this is a £6 million expansion of its steel coil warehousing facility in Wolverhampton at Horseley Fields, including the addition of a new internal rail line. This will then bring the storage, handling and re-distribution capacity up to 40,000 tonnes of steel in the form of 3,325 coils.

    One of the biggest beneficiaries will be ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, which brings steel into the UK through the ports of Immingham, Hull, Goole and Boston. Moving steel by rail to a central location for the majority of its journey, will significantly reduce the carbon footprint for the products that will be made from it.

  • Tring Fire Station Open Day Visiting Appliance
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Tring Fire Station held a well-attended Open Day last Saturday, 4th August, 2018. However, during that time they had to send both engines out - one to deal with an electrical fire in Berkhamsted and the second to a separate incident elsewhere. Both despatches were handled with speed and efficiency and the first engine returned only just after the second had left. The Open Day was able to proceed without interruption with at least one engine present for the visitors to examine for most of the day.

Nick Hollinghurst