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  • Lorries in central Sevenoaks
    Petition: Apr 28, 2021
    We ask Kent County Council to listen to the voices of residents, shoppers, and local businesses to reduce the impact of heavy goods vehicles on Sevenoaks Town Centre. We ask KCC to work with the District and Town Councils to remove unnecessary HGV access from the High Street and from London Road north of M&S, and to ban vehicles over 7.5 mts from the Upper High Street
  • Richard Streatfeild's introductory video still
    Article: Dec 6, 2020
    By Richard Streatfeild

    In this video I speak about the environment. We are in a climate crisis, and Kent County Council is not doing enough to tackle it.

    • Our homes need to be cleaner and greener
    • Our Highways Policy needs to encourage safe and enjoyable walking and cycling wherever possible
    • Sevenoaks needs electric buses, electric charging points, electric bikes
  • Richard Streatfeild's introductory video still
    Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By Richard Streatfeild

    In this video I speak about Covid and Care Homes in Sevenoaks:

    • Only one third of had the resources they needed to fight the Covid pandemic.
    • Hospitals and Care Homes need to be better coordinated going forward.
    • Hard Decisions have been taken. Harder decisions will lie ahead of us.

    I want to be a strong voice for a better Sevenoaks. Please help by completing my survey and telling me what your priorities for Sevenoaks are.

  • Richard Streatfeild's introductory video still
    Article: Nov 22, 2020
    By Richard Streatfeild

    In this introductary video I speak about my priorities for Sevenoaks:

    • Our children: Kent currently spends less than the national average on schools. I want Kent to spend more per-child.
    • Our carehomes: care for the vulnerable has to be better
    • Our streets: we have to make Sevnenoaks cleaner and greener, safer for children, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Article: Oct 27, 2020

    The Government's White Paper is designed to bulldoze the planning system - a system that has been incrementally evolving since its inception in 1947. In our response to the White Paper, Sevenoaks Liberal Democrats highlighted our concerns in the following areas:

    • Setting artificial deadlines for Local Plans and decisions will put undue pressure on decision makers. Many of the consequences of planning decisions taken today will be with us for a century or more. It is essential that decision-takers are permitted sufficient time to properly consider applications and local plans.
    • The new "standard method" of calculating housebuilding targets appears to ignore local constraints on land for building. Over 90% of Sevenoaks District is currently within the Green Belt. It will not be possible to meet these significant increases to targets without removing protection from and building on significant areas across the district.
    • Allowing any development to proceed in specific areas so long as it conforms to low-level planning guidelines without reby minimising local planning oversight would reverse devolution and undermine local democracy. Why ignore local knowledge?
    • The proposal to fast-track"beautiful" development is a can-of-worms best left unopened. What might be a beautiful addition to a Stratford or Swindon street-scene might seem pretentious or monstrous in Sevenoaks Town or District. This "one size fits all" approach to beauty will not work.
    • Developers need to be obliged to pay a fair share of the wider costs resulting from their developments. Furthermore, the financial benefits of changes to land use should be shared by local communities. Payments toward infrastructure should continue to be made before they have to be spent - local councils should not be obliged to shoulder the risk of private developers without any of the reward.
    • Future developments in Sevenoaks District need to minimise reliance on cars, maximise green open space, and ensure adequate provision of affordable housing.
  • Gareth Willis
    Article: Sep 10, 2020
    By Gareth Willis

    Government should make laws, not break laws.

    In Parliament Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis admitted that planned Northern Ireland customs legislation "does break international law". A Conservative Government ready to break international law shows how its moral standards, and common sense, have vanished under Boris Johnson. Tearing up the UK's proud history of promoting the rule of law is destroying our reputation on the world stage. It shreds our ability to promote British values of rule of law and justice in the world.

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    Article: Aug 17, 2020
    By Tony Clayton

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    Liberal Democrats will stand up to abuse of power - and of statistics. The use of 'statistics' to adjust the grades of students shows how little the people in power understand numbers, and put their own prejudices above real people.

    You cannot use accumulated data about a whole group to make accurate predictions about a single individual within it. You can use statistics to predict what could happen to the average of the group - but that doesn't deal with individual people.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2020

    Young Liberal Democrat activists in Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham are setting up the only Young Liberal group in Kent outside the universities.

    Sharan Virk from Gravesend, who, at only 23 has already stood a few times in local elections over the past 4 years, says, "One thing we can all agree upon is that politics is more often than not, considered a passion of those much older than us - no wonder we're always met with delight when we turn up to organised events!"

  • Graham Colley, Lib Dem candidate for Kent PCC
    Article: Jul 2, 2020
    By Alan Wells, Medway Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrats back Graham Colley to stand for Kent Police & Crime Commissioner election

    Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Graham Colley has been selected as their candidate at the next Police and Crime Commissioner election, due to take place in May 2021. Graham has been a vocal supporter of Kent Police and will campaign for more frontline officers, community policing and improved visibility of police, especially in rural areas of the county.

    Graham Colley represented the Party in the Rochester and Strood Constituency in the 2019 General Election and has previously been involved in Party and charitable bodies on behalf of the public.He is offering a fresh approach to policing in Kent.

    A Party member since university, Graham Colley knows Kent well and lives in Rochester, having campaigned in many Kent elections. Graham has been a Parliamentary candidate previously for Mid-Kent (twice) and a former Kent County Councillor for Medway South and co-chair of the Kent Fire & Public Protection committee.

    Graham Colley said: "I feel privileged and honoured to have been selected for the PCC, and want to focus on caring for our community, our neighbourhoods, and our Police. I want to bring back community policing, get drugs off our streets and deliver a fairer deal for Kent."

    "As a Liberal Democrat in Kent, I have seen at first hand the impact of withdrawing community policing, and increasing lawlessness on our streets. These have been exacerbated by Conservative cuts to youth services, mental health and road safety at Kent County Council. We need a new partnership with Kent Police and a fairer deal for the men and women who put their lives at risk to keep us all safe."

    For more information please contact pcccandidate@grahamcolley.org