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  • Article: Feb 24, 2021
    Opposition Liberal Democrats have hit out at a massive cut that the Conservatives have voted through to highways schemes in the next year.

    The ruling Conservatives have cut 61 road improvement schemes across Herts and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m in the next year and each of the following three years cutting £8m in total.

    Originally the Conservatives had agreed to spend an extra £37m up to 2025. They have now reduced this by £8m to £29m - a cut of 22%.

    County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Lib Dem Group Leader and Highways Spokesperson) said:

    "The Conservatives claim that our side roads have improved over recent years. There may have been some improvements but it was from a very low base. For residents living on the roads that have now been cut and for others waiting for their roads to be considered, the situation is far from satisfactory.
  • Letter to the Gazette 210221
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    AN OPEN LETTER TO DACORUM MPS AND THE LEADER OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL

    We fully support meeting the 'need' for housing in Dacorum, especially when truly affordable and targeted at local people on the housing list. We also fully support the need for growth in the local economy. We do not, however, support the irreversible loss of precious green belt to provide for a housing number that is not supported by evidence of need. This loss of green belt is also contrary to the sustainable growth required to respond effectively to the climate emergency.

  • Letter to The Guardian 210221
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Why does the housing secretary think a zoning system from the Wild West will work for local neighbourhoods in thrall to the housing secretary?

    Oh.

    In The Guardian (17th February 2021) "The government's relentless push for development is destroying rural England" Professor Ros Coward writes:

    "the housing secretary still wants to impose a controversial American system of zoning along with a presumption in favour of development. The proposals are scarily anti-democratic. Housing targets will be imposed by central government and local input sidelined. Yet the housing developments championed by Jenrick do nothing to increase the number of affordable homes."

  • Article: Feb 15, 2021

    Dear David,

    As Police and Crime Commissioner you have overseen the police force in Hertfordshire for the past 8 years, holding the Chief Constable to account and ensuring the service is pursuing your strategic direction.

    It is very important to us that everybody, no matter who they are, receives an equal service and that officers are appropriately supported to do their jobs in the most effective way possible. You will be very aware of the Macpherson Review, which came following the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, which produced a total of 70 recommendations for reform.