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  • Lib Dem PCC Candidate Sam North
    Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Sam North has been announced by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Sam is a former police officer who is passionate about policing and crime prevention and has a deep understanding of the current limitations of the police service, of the difficulties that they face, and of the very real concerns that have been raised by the police time and time again. Sam has set out a six-point plan for policing in Hertfordshire which includes: Supporting our Officers, Reducing Crime, Mental Health provision, Equality and Opportunity, 21st Century Policing and tackling Serious, Organised and Gang-Related Crime.

  • Students unable to access their campuses during lockdown
    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Lib Dem Councillors and Activists from across Hertfordshire have written to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire asking for clarification regarding its position on rent expections for on-campus accommodation at the University. Lib Dem Hertford Rural candidate Daniel Newton says:

    'It is essential that students are supported at this worrying time. We want to work with the University to make sure they are not paying the price for services they cannot access.'

  • DBC Councillor Group letter on Local Plan Dec 20 page 1
    Article: Dec 29, 2020

    Dear Sir Mike and Mr Mohindra

    I write to you as the two constituency MPs covering the Borough of Dacorum. I write on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group of Dacorum Borough Council to enlist your support in addressing the absurdly high housing target set for the Borough.

    We note with interest the publication on 16th December of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) Consultation Outcome entitled on GOV.UK Government response to the local housing need proposals in "changes to the current planning system." This brought the welcome news that the most recent algorithm underpinning the 'standard method' for determining local authorities' house building targets, which it describes as a "mutant algorithm", will be replaced by a return to the previous algorithm applied by MHCLG, which applied a 40% cap on adjustments. Inter alia, the rationale for this reversal of policy is stated as:

  • ONS2014? OMG! Back to the Future as Govt sprigs surprise Dacorum BC housing targets
    Article: Dec 17, 2020

    THERE'S BEEN AN ANNOUNCEMENT

    You may have noticed the announcement in the news on Tuesday that the Government has decided to adjust its housing target algorithm.

    The announcement SEEMS, on the face of it, good news. However, on closer inspection we have noted that the Government plans to go back to the previous standard method, AND base the figures on the out-of-date 2014 ONS projections. If this is final it means that our housing target number WILL ACTUALLY BE INCREASING.

    In spite of the fact that the proposed new method focused excessive housing in Dacorum and other boroughs around London and that this is the reason for changing it, the new plan is to go back to superseded projection numbers.
    Dacorum's 2024 household projection figure is double the most recent projections from the ONS.
    As a result based on this base-number + the old Standard Method, the housing target figure will be 1023 PER YEAR.

    In short, now is not the time to breathe a sigh of relief. Instead, please, look at the Consultation.

    If you only make one comment, make sure, if you think the overall number is too high, that you say so in your response.

    If residents like you don't make their feelings known, then this will likely go ahead as is, and Greenbelt Dacorum could be loaded up.

    If you need a handy guide to how to comment try this article.