Borough Council planners are intending presenting ‘options’ to councillors on proposed housing, but they really give no choice at all.
Cabinet Planning and Parking Panel (CPPP) on Thursday 23rd Jan will be presented with four ‘options’, but the difference between each is whether the damage to the green belt is massive or only enormous.
Paul Zukowskyj, Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South, and a member of the CPPP commented: “The options presented all deliver a tsunami of house-building on our green belt. None of the options balance the damage to our green spaces with the need for housing. The ‘preferred’ option suggests building 15948 homes, just 52 less than we would need if we had no green belt. Is protecting our green space worth just 0.3% of the housing need?
“I can’t accept any of the options offered, and I urge fellow councillors to join me. We are supposed to defend our communities, not stand by while they’re trashed.”
The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious £100 billion spending plans to tackle the climate emergency, including generating 80% of our electricity from renewables and retrofitting all homes by 2030.
The plan includes the full costings of how the Liberal Democrats would spend £100 billion tackling the climate emergency and details on how they would cut greenhouse gases in every sector of the economy to achieve net-zero by 2045.
Targets in the Liberal Democrat’s ‘Our Plan to Tackle the Climate Emergency’ include:
- generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030
- retrofitting all homes – cutting energy bills – and targeting those in fuel poverty first by 2025
- planting 60 million trees a year to increase UK forest cover
- ensuring all new cars sold are electric by 2030
- banning all non-essential non-recyclable single-use plastic within three years.
The Liberal Democrats have revealed that Brexit is already costing the government £380-£470 million a week – money that could have been spent on the NHS instead.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that GDP is £55–£66 billion lower this year than it would have been without Brexit, mainly due to uncertainty deterring business investment. Business investment in the UK has fallen by 3% since the end of 2017, whereas other G7 countries have seen it grow.
Based on the IFS figures, the Lib Dems have calculated that public sector receipts (which are 37% of GDP) are £20.3–24.3 billion lower this year than they would have been, which equates to £380–470 million a week.
The claims and counter claims about the NHS in this election can be traced all the way back to Boris’s big red Brexit bus and the now widely discredited claim that leaving the EU would give the NHS £350,000,000 a week.
We urge all Remain voters in Welwyn Hatfield to vote Liberal Democrat to "stop Boris and stop Brexit in the most important election in our lifetimes”.
With just three days until polling stations open, the Lib Dems have unveiled ready-to-go legislation for a People’s Vote as soon as Parliament returns after the results on Thursday.
We would introduce two draft bills that together would pave the way to a People's Vote on Brexit. First, a ‘Paving Bill’ which would enable the Electoral Commission to start the necessary consultation around a referendum question and lead campaign designation. Secondly, a full Bill which would provide for a referendum on the deal versus staying in the European Union.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Welwyn Hatfield, Paul Zukowskyj, has said the state of school buildings ‘is a disgrace’ and urgent investment is required after years of Tory cuts.
His remarks come after an investigation by The Guardian found one in five school buildings in England require urgent repairs. Nearly 700 schools have been referred to the national health and safety body over concerns they are failing to safely manage asbestos in their buildings, potentially putting thousands of staff and pupils at risk, the report reveals.
It is thought that about 90% of school buildings in England contain asbestos, often around pipes and boilers, and in wall and ceiling tiles. Last year, according to The Guardian, the government launched the asbestos management assurance process to find out more about asbestos in schools. According to information released following a freedom of information request, of the 2,952 schools bodies that responded in full to the survey, 2,570 (87%) reported having asbestos in at least one of their buildings.
The Liberal Democrats have set out a plan today to turbo-charge the UK’s position as a “global research powerhouse” with a £17bn research and development fund that will help level the economic playing field across all regions.
The five-year funding programme will be used to leverage private investment and ensure that national spending on research and development reaches 3% of GDP as soon as possible. The additional funding would come out of a £130 billion capital investment fund that would also support vital infrastructure projects across the country.
Part of this funding would increase investment in the Strength in Places fund, which is designed to support regional growth by investing in programmes that would help close the economic gap between regions. So far, the South East has secured investment for a major agri-tech support programme.
The 174% increase in homeless children in the East of England is a ‘shocking indictment’ on modern society.
A report released by Shelter reveals that 135,000 children will be homeless and living in temporary accommodation on Christmas Day in Britain, affecting one in 107 children.
Shelter also highlighted the impact of temporary accommodation such as emergency B&Bs and hostels on families, where the facilities were often sub-standard and lacked privacy and security for families.
In the East of England, there were 8,400 children living in temporary accommodation as of 31 March 2019 out of a total child population for the region of 1,404,273. This equates to one in every 167 children living in temporary accommodation.
The Conservatives have let over 1,000 schools go unvisited by inspectors for over a decade, according to analysis by the Liberal Democrats.
Figures published on 28 November 2019, reveal that 1,048 schools have not been visited by an Ofsted inspector since 29 November 2009. Schools rated outstanding by Ofsted in their previous inspection are no longer inspected routinely, unless concerns are raised.
This means that safeguarding or other problems with a school that are not reported to Ofsted can go unnoticed for years. Boris Johnson restated a policy to remove this exemption. His Government first promised to do this two months ago but he has failed to deliver.
New figures show that of the 593 previously outstanding schools that were inspected last academic year, more than half saw their grade drop and 113 were rated ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’.
Seventy five EU academics from University of Hertfordshire have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Twenty nine academics from the EU left University of Hertfordshire in 2018/19, the figures show.
The analysis, based on Freedom of Information responses from 81 universities, shows that across the country 4,014 EU academics have left UK universities in 2018/19.
The figures reveal that uncertainty across Welwyn Hatfield over freedom of movement and international research funding is leading to a “Brexit brain drain”.
The Liberal Democrats are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, unlike the other parties during this General Election, says Welwyn Hatfield candidate.
Paul Zukowskyj spoke out after both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell refused to say whether they would back Leave or Remain in a future EU referendum. And it followed Nigel Farage’s comments that much of the Tory manifesto was in the UKIP 2015 manifesto.
This contrasted strongly, he said, with the Liberal Democrats clear and unswerving message to voters to Stop Brexit and leader Jo Swinson’s now standing out as the strongest voice for Remain.