Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council have welcomed a decision at last week’s Full Council meeting to take the next step in enabling the local authority to start building houses and flats in the bay for sale and rent. This is possible because the council can borrow the money at historically low rates of interest and use this to help meet housing needs in the bay.
The Liberal Democrat group leader, Steve Darling, said: "This is something we have been campaigning for the council to do for many years. The reason why the council have come round to this idea is to provide an income- generating stream, but if handled correctly this can achieve much much more, such as opportunities for employment and training, as well as opportunities for local businesses. Because we have less than half the national average of units of affordable social housing in Torbay the deficiency has mostly been filled by poor quality private housing. With the council engaging in the rented housing market there is an opportunity to raise standards by it potentially becoming the landlord of choice. "
Torbay Lib Dems call for Planning meetings to take place at time when working people can attend.Planning meetings should be when working people can attend
With a continuing lack of leadership from the national Conservative government, Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, at the Full Council meeting on 22 September, are set to challenge the Conservative and UKIP-controlled administration to get a grip on the changes that will face Torbay in a world outside the EU. In a motion to Full Council the opposition Liberal Democrats lay out a clear agenda for the council to follow.
Paignton Liberal Democrat councillor Adrian Sanders said: "The public have given the government a clear instruction to negotiate the UK's exit from the EU. While the government cannot prevaricate or hesitate, they must be careful to take into consideration the effects on local areas that have benefited from EU support and the free movement of workers and students.
Torbay's tourism and care industry, NHS services and language schools have all benefited greatly, as have a number of infrastructure projects that might not otherwise have received UK funding alone, from Brixham Fish Quay to the South Devon Highway.
Torbay Council needs to take a lead representing the interests of the businesses and people who could lose out significantly if the government overlooks them in the long and complex process of negotiating the terms of our exit. These terms should be put to the people for approval when completed."
Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are set to reject a call by the Conservative-controlled council to bankroll the Torbay Air Show following its £250,000 loss this year.
The three year commitment would see the underwriting of the project to the tune of £211,000. The opposition group on Torbay Council are also concerned that there is no contingency plan in case the event is washed out by bad weather.
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Air show question denied
Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are furious that a question which was set to be tabled on 21 July 2016 about the loss making Torbay Air Show has been refused by the Conservative-controlled council.
Liberal Democrat councillor for Tormohun, Mandy Darling , said: “Cllr Dave Morris is quickly developing the reputation as the invisible councillor on Torbay Council, as he failed to show for a council watch dog meeting last week about the screen on the Green and his Conservative colleague, Councillor Hill, as Chairman of the Council has disallowed this question. I have now had sight of the report into the Air Show and it is clear to me that Councillor Morris’s failure to promote the air show adequately may have been a major cause of its financial downfall. Whilst this event was a positive experience for the Bay, it is a real shame that the lack of promotion let it down.”
The email refusing the question is a follows.Air Show question denied
The Liberal Democrats are celebrating a double victory in Torbay. Winning the Tormohun Council seat on Torbay, from the Conservatives, with an almost 600 majority over the Tories and succeeding in their campaign to abolish the mayoral System
Successful Liberal Democrat Council Candidate for Tormohun Nicholas Pentney said “It's an honour to be elected as councillor for Tormohun. I will do my utmost to fight for local people"
Reflecting on the referendum result to abolish the elected Mayor Cllr Steve Darling said “We were the only party in Torbay that mounted a serious campaign to abolish this divisive post. The public have spoken and it is now up to Mayor Oliver to do all in his powers to move as closely to this system as possible for the remaining three years of his term. It would not be in the best interests of Torbay for the Mayor to carry on regardless.“Double delight for Liberal Democrats in Torbay
Tormohun Ward Liberal Democrats have selected Nick Pentney as their candidate for the by-election to Torbay Council due to take place on Thursday May 5th.
Nick was selected unanimously by members within the ward.
Nick is the youngest son of the late, Torbay Councillor Ruth Pentney who passed away in September 2015 after losing her fight with Motor Neurone Disease.
Nick has been a community campaigner for over 20 years and has lived in Torbay his entire life. He lives with his fiancé in the ward.
Speaking of his selection, Nick said: “I'm thrilled and honoured to be the Liberal Democrat candidate in this by-election. I'm looking forward to the prospect of representing my neighbours and standing up for our area. The out-of-touch Conservative/Ukip administration that runs the Council have let the people of Torquay down. As a Liberal Democrat who has lived in Torbay all my life, I am determined to be a strong voice for Tormohun and ensure the voice of local people is heard.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Torbay Council Steve Darling said:
“It is very important that we elect another member of our team on Torbay Council to help stand up for better jobs, our health service and improving housing in Torbay. I know that Tormohun ward is in need of our support. It would be great if our current council has another Liberal Democrat to help stand up for local residents.”
Former Torbay MP and Torbay Councillor Adrian Sanders said: “Tormohum Ward residents have the chance to elect a second, hard working Liberal Democrat Councillor to stand up for their area. Votes for anyone else will only elect another Tory to join their warring factions on the Council.”Lib Dems select Nick Pentney as candidate for Tormohun ward
The following is the list of questions that will be put by the Lib Dem councillors at the full council meeting of the 25th Feb:-Lib Dems to question Council on 25th Feb
The Conservative Elected Mayor for Torbay published his final budget proposals last night at the Full Council meeting. Objections need to be lodged with the Council by 4pm on Monday the 8th February.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader Steve Darling said "We are consulting over how best to protect vital services the Conservative/UKIP administration propose to cut. Our concerns include:
• The deletion of the Social Fund from the baseline budget that will eventually end crisis support for those in desperate need in our community.
• The proposal to close Connections offices in Torquay and Brixham without any clear alternative service in the towns. It will impact heavily on people in most need of Council services and support and will result in a second class service for residents in two of our three towns.
• It is unclear from these proposals as to whether the Council have got the balance right between caring for those in need of social care in their homes, and those in a residential setting.
• Cutting £331,000 from highways maintenance when there's a £19 Million backlog of work in the bay.
Finally we have grave concerns that Councillors are being expected to back this budget with out a clear financial strategy over the next few years.“
Contact: Cllr Steve Darling - Liberal Democrat Group Leader
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