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Door to Door services under threat

Last night's executive Committee Meeting of Bedford Borough Council refused the Liberal Democrat Group's last ditch attempt to save the funding for the Door to Door service. "This is a hammer blow to the people who rely on Door to Door." Said Liberal Democrat Leader Michael Headley. "Last year alone Door to Door carried nearly 30,000 passengers. Without the borough grant the future of the service is in doubt. Door to Door will not be able to plan ahead because they can no longer rely on any funding from the borough council." The decision to force Door to Door to join the struggle to try to grab some of the, already oversubscribed, One -Off money was made despite the fact that last year the Borough guaranteed to give them a minimum grant of £27,000. "Passing the buck to the County council is little more than a smoke screen. I am shocked at the way the Labour group so carelessly threw away this valuable service." The Labour group tried to justify their decision to remove Door to Door's funding by saying that it

1 Feb 2001
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Save Your Local Voice

New proposals are being put forward to have an American-style Mayor for Bedford. However, the Bedford Liberal Democrats Party believe there is a hidden danger. An American style mayor system of government would:

1 Feb 2001
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Allowances too high

The Liberal Democrat Proposal to save over £80,000 of the Borough Council's allowance budget was lost on Wednesday. The rest of the Executive committee closed ranks behind the Labour Group proposal voting for the higher figures. Liberal Democrat Leader Michael Headley explained why his group was proposing a much lower settlement than everyone else. Cllr Headley said, "People become councillors because of the good they want to do for local people not because they are attracted by money. We can't have a system that encourages people to be in it for the money." With a total budget £80,040 below next years allocated budget, the Liberal Democrat proposal was designed to return this £80,000 back to providing services. The Labour group weighed in with a £4,500 basic allowance and a total budget of £301,100, which they admitted had been lowered after discussions with the Liberal Democrat group. Unfortunately the Liberal Democrat proposal was defeated. "We voted against the Labour Proposal because it was too high." Sa

12 Jan 2001
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Dogma Drives Council to Destruction

Despite a spirited battle from the Liberal Democrats the historic hedgerow that runs along the side of Cardington Road in Bedford has been consigned to the compost heap of History. The Council's Executive committee made the thoughtless decision at their meeting on Wednesday night. "This is a victory of Dogma over Common sense." Said Liberal Democrat Leader Michael Headley. "I don't believe that allowing one bus to get to the town centre three minute quicker is worth the loss of this hedgerow and the thousands of pounds of council tax payers money that the County Council want to spend. I do not believe that this vandalism is necessary in order to ensure that the Park and Ride scheme is a success!" "This fight is not over." Said local ward councillor and deputy group leader Dan Rogerson. "I am very worried about widening this road. The risk of flooding and the danger to the nearby houses is too great. Good sense could still win through at the Planning committee when they discuss the hedge's preservation order.

11 Jan 2001
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Liberal Democrats launch Green Switch Campaign

Climate chaos is the greatest threat facing our society. Nine of the hottest ten years on record have been since 1990. Just in Britain, we have suffered two floods in 2002 that were meant to occur only every 30 years. We have had the wettest six months since records began in the eighteenth century, and the hottest summer temperatures in 2003. Storm surges, flood damage and droughts are rising. The Thames Barrier has been raised 55 times in the last five years, 12 times in the previous five.

29 Aug 2000
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