Totnes By Election

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. 

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Air Show question denied

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. 

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Double delight for Liberal Democrats in Torbay

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.“ 

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Lib Dems select Nick Pentney as candidate for Tormohun ward

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.”

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Lib Dems to question Council on 25th Feb

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:-

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Budget Statement from the Opposition Liberal Democrat Group

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

Mobile: 07443 425503

Torbay Council Christmas Service Availability

Information on a wide range of services can be accessed by visiting the council website at

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By-election in North Cornwall Council seat of Launceston Central

On Tuesday I visited the Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall where there is currently a council by-election campaign in full swing in the Launceston Central Ward. The Lib Dem candidate is Gemma Massey   who runs a well-respected local business.

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Torbay Tories – throw money away

Paignton Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Doggett is set to challenge the apparently stalled recycling figures currently being delivered by Torbay Council later this month.  The councillor is concerned that, apart from the environmental imperative to up this key performance indicator, there are serious financial penalties for Torbay for failing to raise its game. 

Cllr Doggett said, “At a time when the Mayor is stating that we have a £32 million shortfall in the Council budget over the next three years, to continue to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on landfill tax is ludicrous.  The Council need to be targeting food waste from the waste stream, as this is one of the heavier elements of the residual waste that could easily be composted.” 

His question is set to be put at the Full Council meeting on the 10th of December.  The text is as follows:

Torbay has a target of achieving 50%  recycling by 2020.  I understand that we have hovered around the 45 % level of recycling in recent years.  What action plan is in place to achieve the 50% target? 

Cllr Ian Doggett
Contact 01803 555025 or 07814306224

Liberal Democrats propose cuts to numbers of Councillors on Torbay Council

A motion is set to be put to Torbay Council later this month that could see the number of councillors on Torbay Council reduced by the time of the next local elections in 2019.  Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Torbay Council Steve Darling said, “At a time when the Mayor is consulting on £32 million of cuts to the council, we as the Liberal Democrat group feel it is appropriate to take a serious look at the number of councillors we have on Torbay Council. By bringing in the Boundary Commission we can ensure there is a professional review of the roles and responsibility of elected members following eight years of cuts to staff, expenditure and outsourcing of functions.”  


The motion is set to be debated at the next Full Council meeting on the 10th  December 2015.  It reads as follows :

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