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  • Katie Willis
    Article: Mar 19, 2020
    By Katie Willis

    We are the most digitally-connected generation there has ever been. But this can be isolating, fuelling the need for social interaction in the real world, with people outside our digital 'bubbles'.

    With the rising challenges of youth mental illness, society needs to support and involve teenagers to grow in our communities more than ever. There is a brilliant range of activities in our area from sports clubs to church groups and traditional youth organisations. Hundreds of young people are actively learning skills and gaining from adult role models. However, many activities are only available if you can afford them or can get transport to them.

  • Rhoanne Flanaghan
    Article: Mar 7, 2020
    By Rhoanne Flanaghan

    Arts and sports are both spaces in our educational system where learning spans much further than just a grade.

    The arts help develop skills in critical thinking, self confidence and motivation. There is overwhelming evidence that sport is essential to student wellbeing and teaching teamwork skills.

    The benefits of arts and sports are often overlooked in favour of traditional academic subjects. According to the Times there has been a net loss of over 2500 sport facilities since the 2012 Olympics. Headteachers have seen their maintenance budgets cut by up to 90% and have been compelled to sell off sports fields to compensate.

  • Mark Goodrich
    Article: Mar 7, 2020
    By Mark Goodrich

    The short answer to this question is "yes". Homeless people are invisible in Sevenoaks, except to each other. They say that most nights there are twenty sleeping in our parks, fields and woodland. Winter is hard for them.

    There should be sufficient winter housing available so that nobody has to sleep rough. But emergency housing is putting a sticking plaster on the deep wound of homelessness in Britain.

  • Benedict Bannister
    Article: Mar 6, 2020
    By Benedict Bannister

    The answer is "Yes."

    Cuts by Teresa May and Sajid Javid saw frontline police numbers cut by 20,000. The statistics are clear. Crime has risen. Prevention, detection and prosecutions have fallen.

    Increasing police numbers is necessary and will help. However, Even when cash arrives, repairing the damage will take years. Policing Kent brings challenges that need more than extra police numbers.

  • Protesters in Hong Kong
    Article: Mar 4, 2020

    Sevenoaks Liberal Democrats supports LibDem Conference motion on Hong Kong (motion F4): -

    1. The Liberal Democrats to pursue in Parliament all routes to ensuring that the UK honours our legal and moral duty to the people of Hong Kong by reopening the British National (Overseas) Passport offer, extending the scheme to provide the right to abode to all holders,
    2. The UK government to use Britain's diplomatic and trading relationship with China to help ensure Beijing refrains from using excessive or military force to end the protests,
    3. The UK government to ensure that the UK and our international partners indefinitely suspend all export licenses for crowd control equipment to Hong Kong.

    "The last year has seen protesters met with police violence. Students have been kettled on campuses, live ammunition has been used against a young protester, and tear gas has been used on Hong Kong citizens.

    But Hong Kong is not giving up. The people of Hong Kong are not going to back down from this fight."

    Sign the Liberal Democrats petition urging the Tory Government to give the people of Hong Kong the right to live in the UK


  • Merilyn Plantiny
    Article: Jan 29, 2020


    Councillor Merilyn Canet got the 2020 tree planting season under way on Friday wih three apple trees.

    Planted next to the childrens' playground at Greatness Recreation Ground they will give:

    - blossom in the spring

    - leafy shade in the summer

    - fruit in the autumn.

    It will take a few years to get there - and in the meantime there are more to be planted, at Greatnress and elsewhere.

  • David Finch
    Article: Jan 29, 2020

    Adapting to climate change is no solution to preventing further global temperature rise, but it has become a necessity in the world we live in. There are obviously limits to our capacity to adapt and we must be honest about it.

    For example, rising sea levels can only be managed for a limited time before large areas of low lying land become submerged. This includes areas of Kent; the Isle of Thanet will be an island again, and the oysters may take over Whitstable.

  • Merilyn version 2
    Article: Jan 29, 2020
    In Dr Merilyn Canet

    Every day, over 30 people are unnecessarily in our local acute hospitals because their non-acute care can't be transferred elsewhere within the NHS or social care. More generally, most of the pressure on our hospitals comes from patients who would be better cared for somewhere else. This blocks further patient admissions, causing delays in A&E and waits for ambulances who can't go to the next call.

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