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  • Seal on beach (British Divers Marine Life Rescue)
    Article: Aug 14, 2016

    A tired seal that became stranded on Sandgate beach has been recovered and is now safe after the British Divers Marine Life Rescue came to its aid. The seal was rescured from Sandgate beach on Tuesday afternoon and taken to the RSPCA Mallydams wildlife centre where is was reported to be underweight but recovering.

  • Baroness Kate Parminter
    Article: Aug 13, 2016

    South East Region Lib Dems are pleased to announce that their AGM and annual autumn conference will take place this year at the Bishop David Brown School in Woking and that cut price early-bird registration is now open.

    Confirmed speakers include;

    • Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Lib Dems
    • Sal Brinton, President of the Lib Dems
    • Baroness Kate Parminter, House of Lords
    • Tom Brake MP
    • Catherine Bearder MEP, and;
    • Antony Hook.

    Click here, to register for South East Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2016.

    There will also be training from the HQ campaigns team and ALDC, fringe events and exhibitors. All Lib Dem members can attend and vote at Party conference (subject to registration).

    Tickets reserved before 28th October will benefit from our special "Early Bird" rate of £25 (saving you £5 on your registration). Delegate registration fee includes lunch.

    A concessionary rate of £10 is available for youth members, stewards and those receiving state benefits (other than child benefit and state pension).

    For any questions or if you wish to submit a motion to conference, please email anna@southeastlibdems.org.uk.

  • No Road Markings Sign
    Article: Aug 12, 2016

    Earlier this week Military Road was given a much needed re-surfacing, which was complete by Wednesday, but as yet there's no sign of the road markings being replaced. The works, which took two days to complete and started a day late, don't seem to have been scheduled in such a way as to result in the prompt repainting of the double yellow lines and other markings.

  • Operation Stack / lorries
    Article: Aug 12, 2016

    A six week consultation into the design of the proposed lorry park in Stanford near Junction 11 of the M20 was due to launch today - although, as reported by Kent Online, the key consultation documents were not available on time due to a technical problem.

    The Lorry Park has been given the go-ahead by Government as part of a £250m package intended to mitigate the effects of Operation Stack which brought the M20 and much of Kent to a halt in the summer of 2015. The public consultation on the concept of the lorry park at Stanford had a mixed response, with support for tackling Operation Stack but strong local opposition to the siting of a single 3,600 space lorry park in Stanford. Many people have questioned if a single lorry park is likely to be effective, if there are better technical solutions and fear the joint impact of both this lorry park and the newly proposed Otterpool Park new town that Shepway District Council are promoting on a neighbouring site.

  • Disposable Coffee Cup
    Article: Aug 12, 2016

    Every year in the UK 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away and only 1 in 400 of these recycled. Many of these discarded cups litter our streets, lay as waste in the countryside and even end up floating in the oceans.

    In coalition, the Liberal Democrats with the support of the Conservatives introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags. As a result single-use plastic bag use has fell by more than 85%, from 7 billion to around 500 million. This has had a positive impact on our natural environment and raised significant funds for charities.

    As part of the Circular Economy Package the EU has set a common target for EU countries to recycle 75% of all their packaging waste by 2030. Catherine Bearder MEP has written a letter to the Secretary of State for Environment Andrea Leadsom MP urging her to address the problem.

    Anti-waste campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has recently highlighted the issue of the non-recyclability of disposable cups from the UK's biggest coffee chains. Lib Dem MEP Catherine commented:

    "This level of waste is simply unacceptable, the Government must take action to clean up this mess.

    "The success of the 5p plastic bag policy shows how with some incentive we can overcome big environmental problems.

    "It is really important the UK does not drop its environmental standards following Brexit. We must work hard to meet the recycling targets set by the EU."

  • Lib Dem Conference Directory September 2016
    Article: Aug 12, 2016
    In Liberal Democrat Voice www.libdemvoice.org

    If you are planning to attend Lib Dem Autumn Conference in Brighton then you need two documents - the Agenda and the Directory. The Agenda sets out all the debates and speeches that will be happening in the Main Auditorium, and that was published last week.

    But the public business in the Auditorium, whilst the most visible, is only one part of what is on offer at Conference. Layered over and around it are the fringe meetings, exhibition and training sessions. At the exhibition you can chat with members of the many special interest organisations within the party, as well as external groups, and join them if you like.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.

  • Southeastern Train
    Article: Aug 3, 2016

    Southeastern are introducing a new timetable from Sunday 28 August, which includes some significant changes for travellers from FolkestoneCentral, Folkestone West, Sandling and Westernhanger on non HS1 services into London.

    The changes include:

    • Cannon Street services will no longer stop at London Bridge after Friday 26 August.
    • From Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, most Charing Cross services resume stopping at London Bridge. Until the new platform 6 opens in August 2017, some morning and evening peak services are unable to call at London Bridge.
    • Trains FROM Charing Cross and Waterloo East will NOT stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays between 08:04 and 09:17.
    • Trains TO Waterloo East and Charing Cross will NOT stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays between 16:37 and 18:03