Local Liberal Democrat Councillors have discovered that money given by developers to promote Highbridge town centre has been whisked away for other projects.
When ASDA came to Highbridge, the developer had to pay just under £612,000 to “promote the viability and vitality of Highbridge Town Centre and to fulfil regeneration priorities” identified by Sedgemoor District Council.
But since 2006, things had gone quiet, so local Lib Dem Town Councillor John Parkes decided to investigate. As John said: “Highbridge is a town with great pressures on its town centre, so any money for regeneration would be warmly welcomed.”
John asked questions at Sedgemoor District Council and was dismayed to discover:
Britain has a proud tradition of offering safe haven to those fleeing war, violence and persecution. One of the most famous examples in the Kindertransport, a series of rescue efforts which brought thousands of refugee Jewish children, destined for death camps, to Great Britain from Nazi Germany, between 1938 and 1940.
Fast forward to 2015 and our Conservative Prime Minister, Mr Cameron has chosen to turn his back on desperate refugees and our European neighbours.
My party, the Liberal Democrats is standing up and saying not in our name. Will you join us?
29th September 2015
Yesterday, speaking at Liberal Democrat Conference, Tessa argued against spending £100 billion+ to replace our fleet of 'Trident' submarines and nuclear weapons, designed to flatten Moscow.
Unfortunately, not all in the party heeded her and other's calls to make scrapping the 'deterrent' altogether official party policy, (the vote was lost by 447 to 579 votes). Thankfully, however, the party will still vote against a 'like for like' replacement of Trident when it is put to Parliament. Opting instead to establish This is expected to happen sometime next year, 2016.
It's interesting stuff throughout of course, but if you're short on time skip to 1 hour, 6 minutes to see Tessa's contribution.
22nd September 2015