Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 22,280 pensioners in Ribble Valley

22,280 pensioners living in Ribble Valley will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the ‘triple lock’ for state pensions.

Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped. Continue reading

Road Closures for Visit of Prince Charles

Ribble Valley Borough Council is advising that the following road closures will be in operation on Tuesday 21st March as part of the security operation surrounding the visit of the Prince of Wales. They say the following:

Business owners and residents of Clitheroe Town Centre are advised that on the morning of Tuesday, 21 March entry to the following roads will be closed from 7am that morning to facilitate the security operation:
Castle Street, King Street, King Lane, New Market Street to the Market car park.
Railway View Avenue will be access only from Railway View Road.
At approximately 9.45am Moor Lane and Parson Lane will also be closed.
It is also requested that all vehicles are removed by 6am; parking will be not be permitted on the following roads: Moor Lane, Castle Street, King Lane taxi rank, King Street, Market Place and New Market Street as far as the Market car park.
It is anticipated that things will return to normal around 11.30 am. Apart from Castle Street which will remain closed until early afternoon.
Please can all businesses and shop owners also ensure deliveries are re arranged during these times to accommodate the operation. If you require any further information regarding these arrangements please contact Mark Beveridge on 01200 425111.

School Cuts Shocker!

school_wbA recent National Audit Office Report has highlighted that by the end of the financial year 2019/20 funding for schools will have been reduced nationally by £3 billion, a cut that will effect 98% of schools.
This is in stark contrast with the Conservative’s 2015 manifesto pledge that “there will be a real-terms increase in the schools budget in the next Parliament.” Continue reading

Lancashire pays out £435,260.63 for pothole damage

potholeLancashire County Council has paid out £435,260.63 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
Nationally a total of £12 million have been paid out over the last four years, with an average payment per person of £650.
The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats. Continue reading

Clitheroe Christmas Bin Collections 2016/7

Below are listed the bin collection dates for Christmas and New Year’s weeks in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.

Normal Collection Day Christmas Collection New Year Collection
Monday Tuesday 27 December Monday 2 January 2017
Tuesday Wednesday 28 December Tuesday 3 January 2017
Wednesday Thursday 29 December Wednesday 4 January 2017
Thursday Friday 30 December Thursday 5 January 2017
Friday Saturday 31 December Friday 6 January 2017

Voters backing Liberal Democrats in best results since ’96

The Liberal Democrats have just had their best year of Council by-elections in 20 years!

It ends a year of enormous growth for the Liberal Democrats, with fantastic by-election results, and tens of thousands of new members. People across the country are now voting to reject a politics of fear and division and instead voting for hard working Liberal Democrat Councillors who represent the united, open and tolerant Britain we live in.

Not since 1996 when records began have the Liberal Democrats been getting better results. Then John Major was still the Prime Minister, the Spice Girls were heading to their first Christmas number 1 and even Baddiel and Skinner couldn’t sing England to Euro victory.

Then like now there was change in the air, people were fed up with Thatcher, then Major, Conservative sleaze and hypocrisy – they wanted something new. Now, too, there is an ever increasing sense that people feel taken for granted and ignored by Labour and the Conservatives. By-election results from across the country show that they are now choosing to support the Liberal Democrats.

Net results in 2016 = Liberal Democrats +28, Conservatives -33, Labour -4, UKIP -3mycouncillor-by-election-results-2016