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In this edition:
- Council refuses to issue parking permit reminders
- Stephen Williams proposes bold plan to provide cycle parking
- Campaigning to reinstate the No.9 bus route!
- How do we build back better in Clifton?
- Waterloo Street - Broken on-way sign
- Conservative MPs vote to break international law
- Downs playground move forward
- Ed Davey says he will be the "voice of the nine million carers in our country"
1. Council refuses to issue parking permit reminders
Last month Clifton News reported that the council no longer issues reminders to residents whose parking permit has expired. Given the potential for residents to be caught out by this, especially with the advent of online only permits, Nicholas Coombes raised the issue formally with the Labour councillor in charge of transport. He suggested that the new service provider could issue reminders, the council could continue to send the reminder, or early fines are waived.
The Labour cabinet member unhelpfully responded that "responsibility for having a valid permit has always rested with the permit holder" and did not offer any assistance with reminders. Traffic wardens do allow a grace period after permit expiry, but if the permit holder is nor aware of this, it is unlikely to stop a later fine. Nicholas Coombes will continue to press the council to improve their service.
2. Stephen Williams proposes bold plan to provide cycle parking
Bristol needs more secure and dry cycle parking spaces to promote bike riding. Stephen Williams, Lib Dem candidate for regional mayor, has proposed that space is made in some of the city's multistorey car parks. Usage of the car parks is down, so spaces are available for conversion - plus cycles take up far less space than cars. Read more of Stephen's plans for sustainable transport at https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/bike-parks-could-replace-cars-in-some-car-parks/
3. Campaigning to reinstate the No.9 bus route!
Earlier in the year, First consulted on changing the No.9 bus service. Instead of listening to residents about the importance of this service, they have now scrapped the route entirely with little notice. Lib Dem councillors and campaigners are pressing First to reinstate the route to link up services across Cotham, Whiteladies Road, Clifton Village and the City Centre.
4. How do we build back better in Clifton?
Clifton Liberal Democrats have launched a survey on local issues. We care what you think, so we can campaign on the issues thay matter to local residents. After speaking with so many people on the doorstep earlier in the year, Nicholas Coombes wanted to carry on the conversation in a safe way. You can complete the quick survey online at https://libdems.typeform.com/to/v6cvGWQb?fbclid=IwAR3XmpUJoFpogpdspGIPdWO108aM3oS2fIpCdJEvaQ9DP2mD6FZKJHF6rVk
5. Waterloo Street - Broken on-way sign
Local residents are reporting an increase in cars driving the wrong way down Waterloo Street. With no room for manouvre, this us clearly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Currently the no entry sign is damaged and facing the wrong way. Nicholas Coombes has reported this to the council, and requested No Entry be painted on the road.
6. Conservative MPs vote to break international law
A year ago, Boris Johnson unlawfully suspended parliament to try to get this Brexit deal agreed. Now, Johnson says his own deal is unworkable and he wants to break international law to renege on it. The Liberal Democrats campaigned against Brexit, and a hard no-deal Brexit, and Lib Dem MPs are still fighting to stop the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. Lib Dem MPs voted against Johnson's bill and will keep working to make Britain an internationalist country that keeps it's treaties.
7. Downs playground move forward
Plans for a children's playground on the Downs have moved a step closer, with support in principle from the Downs Committee. Local residents, including Merche Clark, have campaigned for a playground in the area, noting a gap in provision.
The Downs Committee, chaired by Liberal Democrat Lord Mayor Jos Clark, agreed to work with local campaigners to support their proposal.
8. Ed Davey says he will be the "voice of the nine million carers in our country"
In his first speech to Liberal Democrat conference as Leader, Sir Ed Davey MP told his story of being a lifelong carer and how he wants to use this experience to build a more compassionate country.
Speaking of caring for his son, he said:
"John is 12. He can’t walk by himself. He was 9 when he first managed to say “Daddy”. John needs 24/7 care – and probably always will. And that’s my biggest challenge: John will be on this planet long after Emily and I have gone. So we worry. No one can possibly love him like we do. Hold him like we hold him. And our fears are shared by so many parents. Many not as fortunate as Emily and me.
"So let me say this, to all of you who need care, to all of you who are carers, to the parents of disabled children, to the thousands of young people, caring for your mum or your dad. I understand what you’re going through. And I promise you this: I will be your voice. I will be the voice of the 9 million carers in our country."
Clifton Liberal Democrats