Opposition councillors on East Sussex County Council are furious at a decision by the ruling Conservative administration to prevent councillors discussing controversial cuts to Adult Social Care. Councillor David Tutt, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council explains:
“We have continually asked for issues to be brought to full County Council so that the views of all councillors can be taken into account, particularly where these involve the kind of cuts to the bone that are being proposed for Adult Social care. The Conservatives have refused to do so on the grounds that we have the opportunity to speak at Cabinet, although of course, we do not have a vote.
Now they are preventing full discussion at Cabinet. This is a shocking attack on democracy following on from their seizure of the chairs of all the scrutiny committees and the awarding of a controversial pay increase to the Leader of the Council.
We call on the Conservative administration to uphold democracy and to allow councillors to do the job for which they were elected and to speak on behalf of their residents.”
Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE says,
Today is the first ever National Windrush Day – 70 years since the arrival of HMS Empire Windrush.
Onboard the former German cruise ship were around 500 settlers from various Caribbean islands, including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago, who had been invited to help rebuild post-War Britain. They would go on to build their lives in Britain, contribute to our way of life and help make Britain prosperous.
Many, including my family, filled labour shortages in the National Health Service, which was founded just a fortnight after the ship reached Britain.
Lewes Liberal Democrats are proud to support Lewes Clean Air Day 2018. Clean Air Day is on 21st June and in Lewes it will be celebrated on Saturday 23rd June by putting people first and taking cars off Cliffe High Street from 10:30am until 5pm.
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed today's ruling by the Supreme Court categorising Pimlico Plumbers' employees as workers rather than self-employed, meaning that they are entitled to basic employment rights such as holiday pay.
The ruling is likely to have a knock-on impact on ongoing legal battles against other prominent businesses in the gig economy such as Uber and Addison Lee.
LibDem Janet Baah has been made mayor of Lewes. At her ceremony, she called Lewes a town of courage and champions.
She thanked councillors for, in her words, "bestowing a great privilege and responsibility upon me and placing your trust in me".
The new Southern Rail timetable which comes into force on 20 May sees extra trains, new carriages, new connections and other welcome improvements to train services for commuters. The good news seems to be spread right across the country – except in Lewes, which loses out under the new timetable.
The Liberal Democrats on East Sussex County Council are campaigning to save East Sussex Music Service, which will be debated on Monday (30 April) at the meeting with the Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability.
Lib Dem campaigners and Newhaven residents are furious that Conservative and Labour County councillors have ignored pleas from residents and Lib Dem councillors and have voted to allow a new asphalt and concrete batching plant to be built in Newhaven.
Hundreds of residents wrote to object to the plans, on the grounds that Newhaven's congested road network simply cannot cope with an additional 45,000 lorry movements and that with air pollution already at dangerous levels, a polluting industrial plant with so many polluting vehicle movements will simply put residents’ health at risk.
Darren Grover, Lib Dem County Councillor for Newhaven, Denton, South Heighton & Bishopstone, said “Lib dems campaigners in Newhaven have led the fight against this proposal since we first heard of it last year”.
He added: “At this week’s East Sussex County Council Planning Committee meeting, I spoke and voted against the proposals, because I have very serious concerns about how it will impact on our already congested roads, the impact on our air quality, and that it simply does not fit in with the Enterprise Zone's promise of Clean, Green and Marine developments".
Sarah Osborne, Lib Dem County Councillor for Newhaven Valley added: “I am appalled that Conservative and Labour councillors have yet again ignored the very serious concerns of Newhaven residents and dumped on us what they don’t want in their own areas – they don’t seem to have learnt from the incinerator shambles that they must listen to residents".
Newhaven Town Council, South Heighton Parish Council, Lewes District Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership also objected to the plans on the grounds that this development does not meet their criteria for clean development, that it is not a port-related activity and so is a waste of rare water-side space, and that the space could be used to create many more jobs than this development will provide.
Councillor Grover added: “Despite all of these objections from residents, local councils and regeneration experts, Labour and Conservative councillors have nodded through yet another unwanted and harmful development in Newhaven. This is a backward step in the regeneration of our town and just demonstrates how little those Labour and Conservative councillors care about Neahaven and its residents".