Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council have demanded the release of a peer review into the planning service of the Council.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council Steve Darling said “We have been promised copies of the action plan to tackle the issues identified in this report, weeks ago, but we have not received this information. I have also shared my concerns at the last Full Council that this report was being hushed up, but we have not received any reassurances. I am now demanding that the report is now released under the freedom of information act. “
He went on to say “Planning is a public service and we as Liberal Democrats believe that is the public purse has paid for a review of a service then the public should have sight of the findings.”
Despite there having been no local elections in Torbay there will be a new face at this week's Full Council meetings.
A few weeks ago, Coral, Cllr Mandy Darling’s guide dog retired and was rehomed by fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Adrian Sanders. Now, following a period of intensive training, Cllr Darling returns to the Council chamber with a new dog, Pepsi, who was set to attend her first council meeting on Tuesday 9th May.
This is Cllr Mandy Darling’s fourth guide dog. Mandy said: “It is always difficult saying goodbye to a dog who has enabled my independence for many years, but Coral deserves her retirement. Pepsi, a 21 month black Labrador/retriever cross, is a real live-wire and, like Coral, works really well. I am looking forward, with the assistance of Pepsi, to getting out into the streets of the ward I represent, the heart of Torquay.”
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At the Full Council meeting to be held on the 6th of April, Liberal Democrat councillors on Torbay Council are set to back the next step in the establishment of a housing company in Torbay, The project is mostly driven by the need for the Council to generate income in the light of the savage cuts to all council budgets by the national Conservative government. The company would build its own homes for sale and rent and could intervene in the housing market in Torbay to tackle inequalities.Read more
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.Read more
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.
We only lost by 12 votes last time in October and we need all the help we can get up until polling day on Wednesday 27 July.Read more
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.Read more
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.“Read more