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Sara Mihajlovic and the Lib Dem team in PuckeridgeEast Herts District Council By-Election in Puckeridge - An encouraging result

On 16 September, Sara Mihajlovic achieved 18% of the vote in the by-election in Puckeridge, caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor James Cartwright. This is more than double the share of the vote achieved by Liberal Democrats in Hertford and Stortford and North East Hertfordshire constituencies in the General Election, and a remarkable result in a ward where we had not put forward a candidate in recent elections.Well done to Sara and the team for all their hard work.

Recent updates

  • Article: Mar 1, 2015
    By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    March 2015

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    I welcome the news that ALDI will be enlarging its car park at the London Road store. The store has proved to be very popular, and there are times during the week when customers have to queue to get into the car park, and this causes traffic congestion on the London Road. So, by using the adjacent Fyfe Wilson site, ALDI should be able to provide another 27 car spaces and also to improve the layout of the car park. Furthermore, ALDI managers have invited interested members of the public to be in touch with them if they have any ideas to contribute. In my opinion, this seems to be a commendable sign of a business wishing to be a good neighbour and to be an asset to the community.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2015
    By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    February 2015

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    I wish the Town Council well with its project to run the Town Market on Thursdays and Saturdays, and I wonder what it will do. I have heard talk of free promotional bags and monthly themes, and I wonder if these will help? I would have thought that it would be more important to attract a greater number of stall holders, and so the price of a pitch has to be right. Then, to attract more customers, the Town needs to provide more car parking. I do hope that it will succeed.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2013
    By Grace Goodlad, Herts LibDems

    Why can't we quiz our Police Chief?

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor Malcolm Cowan (Handside and Peartree) is speaking out about the farce where County Councillors are not permitted to ask the Police and Crime Commissioner about policing and crime issues here in Hertfordshire.

    Malcolm said, "When we were forced to have an elected Police and Crime Commissioner, we were told it would make the position 'publicly accountable'.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2012
    By Grace Goodlad, Herts Lib Dems' Press Officer

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats are stunned that the newly elected Conservative police Commissioner, David Lloyd, has announced that he will not only take his £75,000 a year PCC salary, but also collect over £18,000 as a county councillor and a Dacorum councillor, including carrying on as Chair of that Council's Development Control Committee.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2012
    By Les Pinnell

    We Were Right in the First Place!

    At last, the result has been announced regarding the appeals over the Planning Applications for the Herts and Essex and Bishop's Stortford High Schools to move to green belt land at Whittington Way.

    The local Liberal Democrats are delighted with the recent decision on the move of the two schools made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP. He has agreed with the inspector and upheld the refusal of East Herts Council to grant planning permission for five out of the six related applications (he allowed the Jobbers Wood application) - which torpedoes the whole idea of the schools moving to green belt land.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2012
    By Nik Alatortsev, (Herts Lib Dems' Press Officer)

    Herts County Council have published an Annual Report for last year, but opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have attacked it as 'one-sided' and 'biased', only reporting good news and omitting the bad.

    It is supposed to be impartial.

    Resources spokesman Cllr Malcolm Cowan (Handside and Peartree) said 'We have pointed out several errors and the failure to fully report all relevant news about the county council. But the ruling Conservatives have decided instead to ignore our comments and issue a 'rose - tinted' and one-sided report at the taxpayers' expense.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2012
    By Nik Alatortsev - Herts Lib Dems

    The Lib Dem Opposition Group on Herts County Council has slammed the Conservative-controlled Council's plans to abolish the regular Highway panel meetings as "an erosion of local people's say on a key issue - the way their roads are maintained".

    Under plans put forward by the Conservatives, which will be considered by the County Council's Highways and Transport meeting on July 3rd, the current Highways Joint Member Panels system is set to be scrapped. These Panels meet regularly and consist of local County Councillors and representatives of the Borough or District Council for each of Hertfordshire's ten Councils areas. Local councillors discuss and decide highways issues and are able to receive petitions from local residents.

  • Article: May 6, 2012
    By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford 'Flyer' - May 2012

    Several controversial topics have cropped up this month.

    The proposed new pedestrian bridge over the railway line at Johnson's Crossing is provoking very strong feelings - some people feel it to be an essential safety measure, whilst others think that it would be a huge monstrosity, and that it is not really necessary. They feel that the lights, gates and sirens which have already been introduced are quite satisfactory. It is interesting to note that many people who are against the bridge appear to be the ones who live nearest to the line and who actually use the crossing as it is. It is interesting also, that Network Rail has not consulted with local people to find out their views, and has not been granted planning permission yet, although work has already started to prepare the site. Personally, I would like to see a bridge to keep people safe, but would like to see a smaller version of the one proposed, which would not be such an eyesore.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2011

    The elections on May 5th were, to say the least, disappointing for the Lib Dems in Bishop's Stortford.

    At District level, Bishop's Stortford has thirteen seats on the Council. The LibDems now have only one of those, held by Cllr Mike Wood who retained his seat in All Saints Ward. However, we sadly lost Mione Goldspink after 20 years representing the people of Stortford. Mione lost her seat in Central Ward as did Bob Taylor. In All Saints Ward we also lost the seat vacated by Andy Graham, who did not seek re-election after 16 years.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2011

    20th June 2011

    Dear Sir,

    Re :-- Liberal Democrat influence over the NHS 'Reform' Bill,

    As Liberal Democrats, we are delighted that the Government has agreed to make significant and major changes to the proposed NHS 'Reform' Bill. This is due in no small measure to pressure exerted by the Liberal Democrats which, in association with concerns expressed by the medical profession, caused the Government to pause and to consult.