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What we've been doing so far in 2019...

February 6, 2019 12:51 PM

We are only a month into 2019 but it has been a busy start to the year for the Harrogate and Knaresborough Lib Dems:

  • Lib Dem Councillors have been leading the fight against proposed cuts to the local education budget that will mean that the future of Harrogate's successful Pupil Referral Unit is at risk. Group leader on NYCC, Cllr Geoff Webber, will be tabling an amendment to the NYCC budget seeking to delay to these cuts.
  • Our PPC Judith Rogerson represented the Liberal Democrats at the 'Brexit: What Next?' debate organised by North Yorkshire for Europe. Local MP Andrew Jones declined to attend. Audience members asked questions and shared their views after hearing from representatives of all the main political parties.

Brexit Debate 25.1.19

  • A group from Harrogate & Knaresborough travelled to Ripon to join an open meeting led by Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords, Dick Newby, to hear an update on the latest developments in Westminster and to talk about the next steps in fighting Brexit.
  • Cllrs Pat Marsh and Chris Aldred have been raising concerns with HBC about cuts to bus services. As a result, a meeting will now take place with NYCC to discuss the problems caused by withdrawing these local services.
  • Several members attended a 'Going Low Carbon' event organised by Harrogate Chamber and Zero Carbon Harrogate. Experts talked about the extent of the problem caused by carbon emissions, what we need to do to solve this and heard about how Taylors of Harrogate are working to become carbon neutral.
  • Cllrs Philip Broadbank & Pat Marsh and Judith Rogerson took part in a celebration to mark the first anniversary of The Local Fund. Speakers at the event talked about the work done to distribute grants to local community groups and charities over the past year and plans for 2019.
  • Cllr Trevor Chapman has been working with HBC to deal with fly tipping in Bilton Grange Ward, a problem that has increased since NYCC introduced charges for certain items at recycling centres.
  • A superb team effort meant that 46,000 households across the entire constituency received leaflets from us during December and January. A dedicated team has been talking to residents during regular canvassing sessions. They have found that most voters are unhappy with the way that the Conservatives are behaving, both locally and nationally.
  • On the day that Shelter published a report into the urgent need for more social housing, Judith Rogerson went to a seminar where Lib Dem Housing Spokesperson, Lord Shipley, and experts from charities spoke about the causes of homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK and the work being done to combat this growing crisis.
  • The project to illuminate Knaresborough Castle was completed just before Christmas. Knaresborough Town Council's working group was chaired by Cllr Christine Willoughby.

Knaresborough Castle lighting

  • Former Western Primary School pupil Cllr Pat Marsh and Judith Rogerson were invited to a reception at the school to celebrate the completion of the first two phases of their playground refurbishment. Current pupils braved the snowy conditions to give guests a tour of their new facilities.

We have lots more events and campaigning planned for the coming months. You can keep up to date with our news by following us on Twitter and Facebook: