BathNES Liberal Democrats
Serving Bath and North East Somerset
Working For You - All Year Round
- Published on Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:03
Your Liberal Democrat Council is delivering on improving recycling services for residents in B&NES.
In our 2011 manifesto, we said we wanted to extend and improve recycling services. Now this goal is being furthered as food waste recycling is being introduced for people who live in flats and for schools.
This is part of the continuing programme of improvements to waste services which your Liberal Democrat Council has been delivering since 2011. We have added new items to the recycling collections, such as tetra packs and 'WEEE' (waste electric and electronic equipment), and we have found innovative ways to make recycling cleaner and easier, such as the gull proof sacks for black bags.
Councillor David Dixon, Cabinet member in charge of Neighbourhood services, commented:
"B&NES residents are very keen recyclers – over half of all household waste is recycled. I know that not being able to recycle food waste has been a source of frustration for many people who live in flats so it's brilliant news that we are finally able to start this service. Separating food waste will help keep our streets cleaner as gulls and other pests will be less able to rip into rubbish bags.
Councillor Nicholas Coombes added:
"When I moved into a flat 5 years ago I was disappointed to find that food waste recycling was not a service provided by the Council. I have been calling for this service to be introduced ever since and I am delighted it has now been delivered. Now my neighbours and I can further reduce the waste we send to landfill, saving taxpayers' money and helping the environment."
The new service for flats will be rolled out in phases from Monday 5 May 2014. Residents will receive kitchen caddies, liners and instructions and a communal food waste bin will be located with the communal recycling bins already in situ for flats (the 'mini recycling centres').
Further information will be sent to schools after the Easter holidays.
Councillor Dine Romero, Cabinet member in charge of Early Years, Children and Youth, said:
"Food waste recycling in schools will complement the programme of free school meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 which is being delivered by Liberal Democrats in government."
Find out more at www.bathnes.gov.uk/foodwaste
- Published on Friday, 04 April 2014 16:09
Your Lib Dem Council Group and Cabinet are working hard to unlock development and economic growth in B&NES. We want to bring the right sort of jobs and homes for local people to the area.
We believe the Bath Enterprise Area is the key to economic development in B&NES. It will supply the business location for the growing ICT, low carbon and creative sectors which are needed to re-balance the local economy away from a reliance on the retail and tourism sectors.
Preparations for the Enterprise Area are moving ahead in 2014. Work has already started on the restoration of Victoria Bridge – a key crossing point for the city centre and the Enterprise Area masterplanning process is due to be completed this month. On top of this, funding has been approved for the River Avon flood defence works, which will help unlock the riverside development sites in Bath, creating a new work and leisure quarter in the city centre. It has also just been announced that BMT will be building their new offices on ‘Innovation Quay South’ (Newark Works).
In Keynsham, our regeneration of the town centre is nearing completion and this year’s Council budget includes investment to double the size of the Midsomer Norton business centre, creating up to 100 new jobs.
Councillor Ben Stevens, Councillor for Widcombe and B&NES Cabinet member for Sustainable Development, has said:
“We are working to bring forward many other development sites to benefit the local area. You may have seen recent headlines about the Grand Parade Colonnades restaurant development in Bath for example.
“Locally and nationally, the Liberal Democrats are working to keep people in work and create an environment that fosters business growth. It’s this focus on a strong economy that has produced consistently falling unemployment figures locally.”
- Published on Friday, 28 March 2014 16:04
Nick Clegg paid a flying visit to Bath last week. During an interview with the Bath Chronicle, Nick said:
"There is a real sense that Bath hasn't only weathered the terrible difficulties in our economy better than others, but is also reinventing itself."
Read his full interview in the Bath Chronicle here: http://bit.ly/1dzT4DC
- Published on Friday, 28 March 2014 15:51
The Liberal Democrat administration on B&NES Council is taking action on road repairs.
Our budget, which was adopted in February 2014, included a sum of £3.788m of funding for highways maintenance plus an extra £2m put in by the Liberal Democrats specifically to address road and footway surfacing. The programme of works is due to be discussed by Cabinet at its meeting on 9 April 2014.
Councillor David Bellotti (Lyncombe ward) has commented:
“Sound financial management by the Liberal Democrat administration means that we have been able to allocate this extra funding whilst still protecting key services, investing for jobs and delivering another year of the Council Tax freeze.”
Beyond this local allocation, B&NES has also won an extra £417,931 from a government fund for repairing local roads damaged by severe weather. A further £200m fund will be made available next year and we have already indicated we will make a bid for a share of that as well.