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Exeter Liberal Democrats

  • Council Offices
    Article: Mar 30, 2021

    Devon Liberal Democrats have criticised Government plans to force local councils to scrap virtual calls and return to face-to-face meetings in person from May.

    Last night the minister for Local Government, Luke Hall wrote to council leaders to inform them that emergency legislation allowing virtual council meetings will not be extended beyond May 7th.

  • SecAnim Animal Waste Plant
    Article: Mar 27, 2021
    By Will Aczel

    The SecAnim animal waste processing plant downstream of the Quay is going to close in Exeter much to everyone's nasal relief! Poor planning by Labour, including a lack of a Local Plan, means the site like many others (seardch 'Topsham Gap') has already been designated for housing.

    The site's proximity to the Quay and canal means it is at 'medium flood-risk', which will only worsen due to climate change.

    I will campaign for the site to become an expansion of the floodplain run by the Devon Wildlife Trust. This would increase crucial green space in Exeter that local residents have been calling for. It would also greatly improve the strength of the area's ecosystem, improve our air quality, and reduce the flood-risk of nearby homes. Promoting nature here would also ensure a massive boost to tourism for the Haven Banks area.

    At the very least, the council needs to ensure new houses are flood-resistant, eco-friendly, and affordable, and should incorporate as much communal green space and trees into plans as possible.

    By Will Aczel, local campaigner for Duryard & St James

  • David Chalmers
    Article: Mar 26, 2021

    Liberal Democr ats pledge support for the Ban Cheap Polystyrene Bodyboard Campaign.

    Plastic Free Torridge, Plastic Free North Devon and Keep Britain Tidy's Ocean Recovery Project have announced support for a UK-wide ban on selling cheap polystyrene bodyboards from Sir Ed Davey MP, Leader, Liberal Democrats and Tim Farron MP, Environment Spokesperson, Liberal Democrats.

  • Oak Sapling
    Article: Mar 26, 2021

    John Birch, along with the support of other Liberal Democrat councillors, has won £3000 for each of the 31 councillors on South Hams District Council to be put towards climate change and biodiversity projects in their area. The funding was agreed at South Hams District Full Council meeting yesterday, 25th March 2021.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2021

    The killing of Sarah Everard shocked the nation. She was described by family and friends as "bright and beautiful", "kind and thoughtful" and caring and dependable". My thoughts have been with Sarah's family ever since we heard she was missing, and my heart still goes out to them.

    Sarah's death has jolted our society into finally taking violence against women seriously. At the Spring Conference, I delivered a statement reaffirming the Liberal Democrat's commitment to ending violence perpetrated by men and the misogynistic culture allowing it to manifest. While the killing of a woman by a stranger is particularly awful and relatively rare - violence against women and girls is not. On average a woman is killed in the UK every three days. Most of them are killed by their partner or their ex. Male violence has become a normal part of life in the UK. No longer.