Working for Cheltenham all year round
Lib Dems on Cheltenham Borough Council have a good record on everything from recycling to economic regeneration – and have frozen Council Tax four years running. Below are some of the things that we are doing for Cheltenham.
Campaigning to Protect Cheltenham's A&E
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust has used staff recruitment problems to justify downgrading Cheltenham General's emergency departments, diverting ambulance admissions at night to Gloucester. But there is strong evidence that their recruitment of emergency doctors is far worse than comparable trusts and that this fits a long-term plan to downgrade more and more services at Cheltenham. We strongly believe that a town of 120,000 needs and deserves a fully functioning local district hospital and we will keep campaigning to keep the services that matter most.
- Under the Lib Dems, Cheltenham has hit record levels of recycling of domestic waste. Not surprising since it was the Lib Dems over the years who first introduced kerbside recycling of paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and food. New buildings like the stunning new Art Gallery will be highly environmentally friendly and the council, with Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood's backing, successfully bid for millions to spend on sustainable local transport including better bus and cycle routes and Cheltenham's first electric car charging points
- Cheltenham's Lib Dem council has built the first new council housing in Cheltenham for decades and is pushing for more affordable and low cost housing to buy and rent - the largest numbers in St Paul's and in the new developments at North Place and the Brewery. As well providing for housing need in the town, Lib Dem councillors are also working as hard as they can to prevent urban sprawl swallowing local countryside around Cheltenham and at national level Martin has worked hard to increase protections for local green spaces
Campaigning on Jobs for Cheltenham
- Cheltenham's Lib Dem council has worked hard to attract new private investment into the town with significant developments planned at North Place and the Brewery. Alongside Cheltenham's Lib Dem MP, they have won millions in government funding for investment in better local transport and a major upgrade to Cheltenham Spa station. At national level, Martin has backed government who have helped businesses create more than a million new private sector jobs and 1.2 million apprenticeship starts since 2010 (including 1,690 in Cheltenham) and want to see a million more new jobs by 2015. Both Martin and the council work hard to support and promote Cheltenham businesses that want to create more jobs for local people.