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

Roundabout gets Go-Ahead!!

On Wednesday 26 Oct, I presented the petition, to the Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey Manchester, calling on them to provide a roundabout at the A59 / Pendle Road junction, sooner rather than later and it appears it is going to happen!
Earlier this summer, hundreds of people just like you, who believed like I do, that we need a roundabout, signed the petition to have the roundabout built now, not after 50 houses have been built on the Standen estate. Continue reading

Council agrees new market consultation

Cllr Allan Knox has welcomed the decision by the Ribble Valley’s Policy & Finance committee to carry out a new consultation about Clitheroe Market.

Cllr Allan Knox seconded the motion to restart the consultation process and that representatives from the market traders be part of the market working group process.

Cllr Allan Knox said: “Clitheroe market has being going for 800 years. Ribble Valley Borough Council has been its custodian for just 42 years. Continue reading