Decision Day for King George V Memorial Playing Fields Watcombe
2 February 5.30pm Riviera International Centre Torquay
You can help put right an 80 year old wrong. The King George V Memorial Playing Fields were never registered as such. We have delivered over five thousand leaflets in three weeks and collected over 1300 paper and online signatures demanding that the Council transfers ownership of the fields to an organisation called Fields in Trust, which was established to protect sites like these in the interest of public recreation. The Conservatives have been holding meetings with Torquay Golf Club to extend their facilities over the memorial playing fields.
The petition is now closed, but you can now do two things to help win the day on 2nd February at the Full Council meeting:
1. Lobby your ward Councillor.
There are 37 votes on Torbay Council and to win we need 19 votes in favour of our motion. We are confident that all Liberal Democrats, 3 Independents and three Conservatives will vote for the motion to place the KGV site with Fields in Trust. This means we need five more Conservative councillors to back our campaign. You can lobby your ward councillor to support the motion to protect King George V Memorial Playing Fields. Details can be found at-
2. Come to the meeting.
The decision over the King George V playing fields is set to take place at the Full Council meeting this Thursday 2 February at 5.30 pm at the Riviera Centre. It will be an early item on the agenda, so do come along to back our campaign. A good turnout may sway a couple of votes and it may well prove to be as tight as that.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, Cllr Steve Darling, said: “People use the fields all the time or have fond memories of using them in years gone by. We have right on our side and it feels like we have a good chance of winning the day for our local communities.”
St Marychurch campaigner David Ward, who is presenting the petition at the Full Council meeting, said: “Many people were under the misapprehension that these fields were protected for the people of Torquay. We have the chance on Thursday to put right this 80 year old wrong and register them as memorial fields for King George the Fifth”
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We are now just a week away from the EU referendum on June 23rd and here in Torbay we can be proud that we have been leading the way for the Remain campaign.
But with a week to go, there is so much we can do. Can you can spare an hour, two hours, maybe more, whatever time you have available to help with the campaign?
Below are the roles in broad categories. All are welcome to take part.
In Torbay on Saturday 14th May, the Liberal Democrats are running street stalls for their #InTogether campaign. Please come along and help your local volunteers. Play your part in what is probably the most important political issue of the last 40 years and will determine the shape of our future. Here is where we will be:-
Torquay: High St (Primark) 10:30 - 1300
Paignton: Victoria St (Costa) 10:30 -13:00
Brixham: Fore St (Lytehouse) 14:00 -16:00
Dennis Brewer 07802 402500
Torbay’s two Conservative Mayors could not have been more chalk and cheese in character. The first having all vision and no detail, spending huge amounts, over £600,000, on consultants to write his plans. The second shied away from vision and strategy ignoring professional advice, closely controlling the councillors and seemingly reacting to situations in a random and haphazard manner.
Torbay’s two tory Mayors could not have been more chalk and cheese in character. The first having all vision and no detail, spending huge amounts, over £600,000, on consultants to write his plans. The second shies away from vision and strategy ignoring professional advice, closely controlling the councillors and seemingly reacting to situations in a random and haphazard manner.
In both cases the Mayors have pursued their own agendas despite opposition from their own councillors, sponsoring vanity projects such as the Babbacombe Downs fish restaurant and the building of beach huts, in both cases at great cost and the latter with an uncontrolled overspend.
On Saturday afternoon Torbay Liberal Democrats collected 201 signatures for our petition 'Keep Oldway for the People' in less than 2 hours in Paignton town centre.
The support from the people of Paignton was overwhelming. As soon as we had set up, a queue formed with people waiting to sign the petition. At one point in the afternoon, a petition board was circulating on its own as members of the public who signed the petition encouraged other people to sign too and to pass the petition on.
During the afternoon we heard fond memories from Paignton residents; some who were married at Oldway, some who used to work in the building and others who attending sports or social events at in the Mansion house. It seems that almost everyone who lives in Paignton has an Oldway story or memory.
Torbay Liberal Democrats have now collected more than 2200 signatures on our Oldway petition, but Oldway still scandalously lies rotting and so our work continues.
Thank you to all who attended and to the people of Paignton for your overwhelming response!
It has now been more than ten years since Torbay voted to have an elected Mayor. On the 5th May we will get the opportunity to decide whether we wish to keep the current Mayoral system or vote for a Leader and cabinet. The Liberal Democrats are the only party on Torbay Council fully committed to axing the elected Mayor.
Join us in our campaign to "Axe the Mayor"
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