Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Energy, Environment
The Liberal Democrats are demanding the Conservative Government end their support for shale gas and to step up efforts to tackle climate change. Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, along with a cross-party group of MPs from Lib Dems, Labour, Independents and Greens have written to the Government demanding an end to shale gas extraction. The letter states that climate change is an emergency and that the Government must focus entirely on zero-carbon energy if we are to meet our climate change commitments. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: “It is incomprehensible that this Government continues to support the exploration of shale gas in the UK. Climate change is an emergency that needs to be dealt with now, we must focus on renewable energy rather than being distracted by more…
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Protecting The Environment

Protecting The Environment

2019 Manifesto, Environment
A couple of years ago, it seemed that the world had come to a consensus on the need to take the perils of climate change seriously. Countries across the globe had recognised that rising temperatures and pollution were not just an environmental issue, but an economic and security problem. The Conservatives seem determined to take Britain back to the 1980s when the UK was the ‘dirty man of Europe’. They have cut support for renewable energy and home insulation, sold off the Green Investment Bank, failed to control air pollution and refuse to ban Fracking in England and Wales. Their actions put not just Britain’s environment at risk but the health of its citizens and its economy, undermining the increasingly successful green industries which already employ more than half a…
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Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

Environment
The Liberal Democrats will lead a debate in the House of Commons on 28 March calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the backbench debate, is also expected to warn the Conservative Government’s proposed changes to planning permission for fracking sites would deprive local authorities of their “historic rights of self-determination.” The debate comes hot on the heels of the #FridaysForFuture movement which saw Swedish student Greta Thunberg inspire hundreds of thousands of school pupils across the world to strike in aid of tackling climate change, including in the UK. Speaking ahead of the debate, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “There is…
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Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Environment, Traffic
A Liberal Democrat District Councillor has claimed local councils have been “hamstrung by Conservative Government cuts” and warned “urgent action” is needed to tackle rising transport emissions. Of the 301 local councils that responded to the Liberal Democrats freedom of information request, 107 do not have a plan to increase the number of charging points. 122 local councils confirmed they have a formal plan, but only an additional 62 have taken steps to increase the number of EV charging points. North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have zero electric vehicle charging points and no plans to introduce them. Chesterfield Borough Council only had two charging points in the town.Ahead of the local elections in May, the Liberal Democrats at their Spring Conference in York [March 16th] called for…
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Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Environment
On 6th Feb, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats’ Environmental spokesperson, Cllr Ben Marshall joined Sheffield Liberal Democrats, members of North Derbyshire Young Liberals and Sheffield Green Party to protest Sheffield City Council’s hollow Climate Emergency motion. Labour’s motion proposed that the council take steps to make Sheffield carbon neutral by 2050 – a full 20 years later than many other parts of the country. Labour actually voted down a Lib Dem amendment which would have seen the deadline brought forward to 2030. Cllr Marshall said: “As usual, we’re just seeing Labour playing games. They see that Climate Change is an important topic so they jump on the bandwagon without putting any effort into meaningful policy. "This is a global problem that needs to be tackled as a priority and opposing an…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems respond to Harthill Against Fracking decision

North Derbyshire Lib Dems respond to Harthill Against Fracking decision

Energy, Environment
In response to the news that Harthill Against Fracking have lost their legal case against the decision for an Ineos shale gas well to be sited near their homes; Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, Ross Shipman said: “This makes a nonsense of Lee Rowley’s position that local people should be allowed to decide on fracking applications in their area. “The government has ridden roughshod over the wishes and concerns of local residents to push through this unwanted practice. “Environmental issues don’t stop at constituency boundaries. The proximity of Harthill to North East Derbyshire is a concern to our residents. The numerous suspension of operations at Preston New Road have shown time and time again that the practice is not considered safe. “The Liberal Democrats call on the government…
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Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Consultation, Environment, Housing
Following recent controversial planning decisions by North East Derbyshire District Council, N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Hancock has called for an urgent investigation into the integrity of the Council’s planning process. Recently, in Tupton, a controversial housing development was approved by the Planning Committee despite concerns raised over highway access and other infrastructure related issues. On the Hunloke Estate (also part of the Tupton Ward) plans for a Travellers’ Site on a children’s play area were submitted to the Planning Inspector as part of the Council’s Local Plan. NEDDC then attempted to withdraw the site following concerns raised over highway access from the A61, claiming that they hadn’t realised the proximity to the Hanging Banks development – despite both being around the corner from the NEDDC offices! Councillor…
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Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Energy, Environment
Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron warns of 'catastrophic Climate Change' unless fossil fuels 'remain in the ground' during a Westminster Hall Fracking debate held on 31st October 2019. In Spring 2016, the Liberal Democrats adopted the policy of banning fracking in England and Wales and it was a key focus in their 2017 General Election manifesto. Tim Farron said: "Classifying fracking rigs under the banner of permitted development is a subversion of the planning process and therefore a subversion of local democracy. Permitted development was created for conservatories, small extensions and outhouses, none of which to the best of my knowledge have ever caused an earth tremor, yet we see fracking rigs potentially being given rights under permitted development, which is a cynical disgrace." "The subversion of the…
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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