The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats on Town Centres and Planning

Town Centre Regeneration
Waltham Cross town centre has long been neglected by the Conservatives in the borough. Each plan that has been created to improve the area has involved adding plants, trees and flowers and repaving certain areas, but have never dealt with underlying problems facing the area. Whilst improving the town centre visually is very important to make it a more pleasant place to spend time, residents of Waltham Cross deserve much more than window dressing.

The town centre lacks affordable parking, despite having a huge, barely used multi-storey car park and the parking charges are not redeemable in the town’s anchor shops such as Sainsbury’s. There are many unused units in the town which could provide a huge opportunity to create more jobs in Waltham Cross whilst making it a nicer place to shop, eat and live. The Liberal Democrats want to make changes to the town centre that benefit all. Local residents, market stall holders, small businesses and our long time anchors, like Fishpools, all deserve better.

Waltham Cross Town Centre, Image Courtesy of Herts Mercury

Local Planning
The Conservatives in Broxbourne have long treated the planning system locally as a way of allowing big developers to snatch up large plots of land and build small and inadequate homes. The Broxbourne Liberal democrats recognise the need for more housing in the borough, particularly as our young people are finding it increasingly difficult to live in the area they have grown up in, but new development must provide well designed, visually appealing homes that are fit for today. The Liberal Democrats in Broxbourne would also ensure that new development is sustainable, our local infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals and parks must be well maintained, fit for purpose and be able to keep up with changes in the built environment.

The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats also support making changes to local planning rules to allow home-owners to invest in their homes, community and future.

Don’t let the Tories take you for granted

Disappointingly, there is little doubt that the Conservatives will win this election, or that Charles Walker, the Tory candidate, will once again be returned as MP for Broxbourne.  In each case, all that is really in question is the size of the majority.

So, why bother voting?  Every extra seat the Conservatives win, every extra percentage point in Charles Walker’s majority, every person who doesn’t vote at all – all these send a signal to the Tories that they can take the voters of this country, and particularly those in “safe” seats like Broxbourne, for granted.

Theresa May has already made it clear that she would rather govern with no meaningful opposition, and Charles Walker’s voting record (for example, consistently voting against slowing the rise in rail fares) is symptomatic of someone who does not have to worry about losing his seat.  Strong opposition is a vital part of our political system, helping ensure that voters are not forgotten between elections.  The Liberal Democrats are ready to provide that opposition, and set out their ideas for a better direction for our country.

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote that says “I believe in a better vision for this country”.  Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote that says “I believe the best governments, and the best MPs, are properly held to account.”  Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote that says “I will not let the Conservatives take me for granted.”

Incinerator in Hoddesdon: An open letter to the Media

The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats would like to invite all to read our letter to the media regarding the proposed incinerator in Ratty’s Lane Hoddesdon. The Liberal Democrats are fighting for the rights of the community and trying to stop this proposal going ahead, the Conservative run county council meanwhile, has been trying to site the incinerator in Broxbourne for some time. To read the letter please click here

County Council Election Focus – Introducing Sara Mihajlovic For Hoddesdon South

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Sara Mihajlovic lives locally and has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since the last general election when she felt stirred into action by the re-election of the Conservatives to government.  A parent and part-time languages teacher Sara is very worried that Brexit is not a good idea and she agrees with Tim Farron and Nick Clegg that we must hold the Leavers in government to account for every decision they make.

Sara Mihajlovic says

'As a parent I am extremely concerned about opportunities in the future for our children.  School budgets are having to be cut because of the Conservative government's continuation of austerity and our County Council has not prioritised what any parent would consider to be essential – that is education.  Instead the county council wastes money on press releases and marketing; road surfaces have to be repaired too often because corners are cut and our bus services have been severely reduced making it harder for our older children to travel to college.'

New Incinerator Proposal at Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon

The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats are actively opposing the proposed incinerator plant in Hoddesdon. Veolia has put forward this location for a new incinerator in Hertfordshire despite previously deciding it was ill-suited for a plant of this kind.

We oppose the proposal for these reasons (among others):

 

The proposal will increase pollution in the air and surrounding greenbelt land - The Lea Valley. The fact that the building is inside of the valley means that pollution from its chimneys will have trouble dispersing. This is pollution that all residents of Broxbourne will be breathing in.

The surrounding infrastructure is not designed for the extra vehicles that the incineration plant will place on Broxbourne’s roads. Veolia’s plans include 268 vehicle movements to and from the site 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This will add strain to our already poorly maintained roads and bridges.

The site is poorly located for the extra traffic it will create. Veolia has promised to minimise HGV moments at peak times, such as on the school run, but there is no way to actually enforce this if the incinerator gets built. It will had lots of traffic to our already busy streets!

The proposed building is huge! It will have a significant visual impact on the local area and be seen from public spaces located around it.

The site stands to have very little benefit to the local economy. It will create very little in the way of local employment opportunities and will have waste being driven in from Essex and Greater London.

 

For a full list of our objections to this proposal you can download the letter of objection sent to the planning department by clicking this link

 

If you would like to get involved in opposing the incinerator get in contact with us! You can also object on the Hoddesdon against incineration website by clicking this link https://www.hoddesdon-against-incineration.co.uk/