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Hemel Hempstead Liberal Democrats

Julia Bird for Broxbourne!

September 26, 2019 11:40 AM
By Elaine Thatcher (Chair, Broxbourne Liberal Democrats)
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Julia BirdAfter more than fifty years with a Conservative MP, now is the time for a change. The Liberal Democrats in Broxbourne are demanding better for our community.

Julia Bird is our Liberal Democrat candidate for Broxbourne when the next general election is called. Committed to improving the lives of Broxbourne's residents, Julia and the Liberal Democrat team will work hard to ensure the community's needs are being addressed. As an economist working in London, with a particular expertise in Urban and Transport Economics, Julia has helped develop Liberal Democrat policies, including our recently adopted "Fairer Share for All" plan, which fights against the deepening inequalities in the UK, recognising that everyone deserves a decent income, decent services, with opportunities to make their lives better.

Julia and all the Liberal Democrat team here in Broxbourne are concerned about a number of local issues:
• In Cheshunt, at the A10/College Road crossing, monitors have recorded the 8th worst air pollution level in the UK for any borough outside London. With a large secondary school and a nursery nearby, greater pressure is needed to reduce risks for all children and young people in this area.

• We are so fortunate to be in the wonderful Lea Valley Park providing, as it does, a fabulous space for recreation. However, it is under pressure too. Julia will be vigilant in following up any changes to ensure the park is protected from further pollution.

• Given the growing population of Broxbourne, we should be seriously considering either better transport to the nearest Health Centres and hospitals or perhaps invest in our own more local option - Cheshunt Community Hospital for example.

• The incinerator planned for Rye Park has been rejected, but now there is a new plan to build
a much larger gas fired power station on the site. Residents need to have a say in any decision. Our climate is facing critical risks and building more fossil fuel burning power stations will make that worse.

Julia says:
I am delighted to be standing for the Liberal Democrats in Broxbourne at the next General Election. This is a real opportunity to demand better for everyone in this constituency. Thanks to the reckless behaviour of the Conservative Prime Minister, we are in a period of national crisis. We are all faced with the real risks of No Deal Brexit - medicine shortages, higher food prices, a damaged economy and inevitable job losses. The Liberal Democrats are demanding better. We need better health care, better education for our children, and a better future. It is time to stop Brexit and focus on the real issues again. Housing in the Borough is in short supply, and often very expensive. The Borough Council, as the planning authority, has the opportunity to demand developers include "Affordable Housing" in any new housing estate. Too often they seem to be missing the chances this can offer. This is especially important for the young people of the Borough who, of course would like to have their own place but find it increasingly hard to afford, if they want to remain in the area they grew up, close to family and friends.I am looking forward to listening to your views and sharing the Liberal Democrat vision for Broxbourne with you over the coming weeks and months.