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  • Photo of Brian Watkins
    Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor Brian Watkins has criticised the ruling Conservative administration at County Hall for refusing to accept its share of the blame for the non-delivery of major infrastructure projects in Norfolk. Back in 2014, Norfolk County Council was awarded £300 million by central government for improvements along the A47, with the former prime minister David Cameron famously pledging his commitment to the delivery of the schemes. However, six years on the diggers have remained silent, and the work has yet to start.

  • Tim Adams
    Article: Feb 23, 2020

    In February's Budget-setting Full Council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillor Tim Adams called for a new direction on the social care cuts rather than a morally indefensible race to the bottom. As Conservative councillors voted for an increase in their own pay once again, Cllr Adams asked if they would accept a 55% reduction on their allowances as they were forcing disabled people to accept. You can listen to his speech here.

  • Thickthorn bus
    Article: Feb 19, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Brian Watkins is calling for a new transport interchange at Thickthorn which would provide a better link between traffic using the A11/A47, the University of East Anglia and Norwich Research Park.

    The Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council has criticised the lack of will and conviction in developing the region's rail infrastructure, and wants to see a bolder, more imaginative approach to bring about real change. The Council's current Rail Prospectus is insufficiently ambitious in supporting a transition to a low carbon future, and not enough is being done to respond to changing demographic needs. At a time when congestion on our roads has reached unprecedented levels, travelling by train should offer a green and environmentally friendly alternative to the car.

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    Norwich has much work to do to create a modern-day transport system fit for the 21st century but with the city hoping to benefit from the Government's Transforming Cities Fund it could see one of the biggest transformations the city has seen in many years.

  • Photo of David Harrison
    Article: Aug 29, 2019

    Councillor Margaret Stone's comments on disabled people and whether they should be seeking proper levels of funding to enable them to meet all their social care costs have received widespread condemnation.

    Outraged Liberal Democrat Councillor, David Harrison said "Councillor Stone is currently the chair of the Norfolk Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee. It is a powerful committee that has representatives from all the Norfolk District Councils and one of its key aims is to ensure that the needs and wishes for health and health-related services of all the population (including minorities, socially excluded groups and other targeted equality groups) have been identified towards achieving local health improvement."

    "Notwithstanding any calls for Councillor Stone to resign as a Councillor, Councillor Stone should first resign as the Chair of this Committee. It is due to meet again next Thursday. Its wide-ranging brief includes looking at services for disabled adults and children and if the chair of the committee cannot treat those people with the respect they deserve, then it calls into question the whole integrity of the committee and its work."