Conservative WSCC cuts and tax rises revealed

Conservative County Council Wastes Your Money, Costs More and Taxes You More. 

For Tory-controlled West Sussex County Council the Council Tax is going up a whopping £75, or 5% to £1,511 for the average Band D house.
The Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner Tax is rising by £15 (7.5%) to £215.
Liberal Democrat-led Arun District Council is only rising by £4.95 (2.65%) to £191.

Who do you think is giving better value for your money?

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Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner

Cllr Jamie Bennett is the Lib Dems’ candidate to be the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. The Lib Dems have selected a candidate to bring back community policing, tackle drugs and get a fairer deal for Sussex.

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Bognor Regis Regeneration scheme unveiled

Arun Lib Dems are encouraging residents to have their say on an exciting scheme to renovate a public space in Bognor Regis.

After a successful funding bid to Coast to Capital, Arun District Council have been provisionally awarded a £1.2 million grant to completely revive Place St Maur, transforming it into an attractive and welcoming space.

Matt Stanley at the Place St Maur site earlier this year

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Lib Dem budget amendments rejected by Tory-WSCC

The Lib Dems submitted amendments to West Sussex County Council’s 2021/22 budget arguing for investment in families, the elderly and young people.

The Lib Dem amendment proposed would have kept all children and family centres and youth centres open, retained day centres for elderly residents, and provided a 33 per cent increase in spending on footpath and bridleway maintenance, including more resources for sustainable transport such as cycling and walking. 

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B2166 - Doing nothing is not an option

Arun Lib Dem Councillor Matt Stanley has called for action, after Aldwick and Pagham residents were left 'marooned' by flooding earlier in February. The B2166 Lower Bognor Road and Pagham Road were both submerged in dangerous levels of floodwater for several days.

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Johnson bows to the inevitable and declares new lock down, but too late for schools and parents

Local Lib Dem Councillors and MPs have been watching the rising number of cases of the new coronavirus variant with increasing concern since before Christmas.

On Saturday James Walsh, the Lib Dem Leader on West Sussex County Council, a former GP, and the Education Spokesperson Cllr Kirsty Lord, wrote to the WSCC Cabinet Member for Schools expressing their concern about the increasing numbers of local cases, particularly amongst young people, and the implications for opening schools on Monday. They asked for assurances that West Sussex Schools were safe to open this week for teachers, children and their families, and that primary school reopening would not cause an increase in cases in the county.

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Update on progress from the Lib Dem Leader of Arun District Council

Arun Lib Dem and District Council Leader Cllr Dr James Walsh provides an update on the council's progress over the last 12-18 months.

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Funding approved for Bognor Regis seafront site

Liberal Democrats have secured £1.2million to redevelop the Place St Maur in Bognor Regis.

Arun District Council is on the verge of receiving the money, from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to give the seafront site a much needed facelift.

Matt Stanley at the Place St Maur site earlier this year

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Beach access for all

Arun District Council became much more representative of its communities in May 2019, and is something we are rightly proud of. Prospective Lib Dem members with a wide variety of life experience and backgrounds were selected to stand as Lib Dems and duly elected. Having a diverse set of representatives enables a more diverse range of views and priorities to be shared.

Elected to the current council were three wheelchair users and several with young children in pushchairs, giving a key insight into accessibility challenges across the District. Arun District Council have now pledged funding to achieve a Bognor Regis beach access ramp from next year's Budget.

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Cllr Chris Blanchard-Cooper remembered

Following the passing of Chris Blanchard-Cooper, Liberal Democrat Arun District Councillor for Brookfield Ward and Littlehampton Town Councillor for Beach Ward, his husband Billy Blanchard-Cooper has unveiled these beautiful sculptures of teddy bears having a picnic in Mewsbrook Park Littlehampton on 29th September, which would have marked Chris’ 46th Birthday. 

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