Lib Dem leadership tackling landlords and government on empty shops

Some landlords of empty shops in Cheltenham are refusing to engage in the debate on how to fill their premises, Liberal Democrats reveal today. 

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Cheltenham Lib Dem councillor joins Council of Europe

Cllr Angie Boyes, a Liberal Democrat Cheltenham Borough Councillor for Charlton Kings, has been appointed to the Council of Europe as one of its 24 UK members.

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The Council of Europe is an international organisation, based in Strasbourg, founded in 1949 by, amongst others, Winston Churchill and Konrad Adenauer who had lived through wars and wanted peace based on the values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. 

Cllr Boyes has been appointed to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, which is an institution of the Council of Europe and is responsible for strengthening local and regional democracy in its 47 member states. The Congress is responsible for observing elections, promoting good governance and promoting the exchange of experiences and developing cross-border partnerships.

Cllr Boyes announced her appointment, reflecting on the new opportunities she will have to support the region in her new role:

"I'm delighted to have been chosen to join the UK delegation to the Council of Europe and to be able to use my place there to build strong connections to Europe for Cheltenham and Gloucestershire as a whole. I am deeply passionate about the UK’s place in Europe. In everything I do, I always promote the positivity that is gained from international collaboration, friendship and unity, and can't wait to use this new opportunity to support worthwhile causes in the region.

"I already act as an advocate for Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees and seconded a motion at Council to make Cheltenham a town of Sanctuary for Refugees. In my work on the Borough Council, I have worked tirelessly to make this policy a reality. I recently passed my TEFL qualification with distinction, in order to start teaching English to refugees. I truly understand the role that Europe and the UK play in welcoming and looking after refugees escaping persecution.

"It is important to note that this is a pan-European organisation and not an EU institution. It is about European countries coming together through shared values. The Council of Europe may well become the main platform of cooperation between political equivalents in the UK and Europe. We may have left the EU but we have not left Europe. We can still have a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

Removing barriers to active travel on the Honeybourne Line

Today Cllr Wilkinson, Cheltenham's Walking and Cycling champion, wrote to the Managing Director of GWR to encourage him to unlock the benefits of the Honeybourne Line for active travel. View his full letter below:

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Rents and business rates squeezing Cheltenham high street

According to the British Retail Consortium, 2019 was the ‘worst Christmas for retailers in a decade’ and in January we have seen the consequences with a string of announcements of further shop closures across the country. In Cheltenham this has included Jack Wills in the Promenade.

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Cheltenham Transport plan phase four scrapped

The Cheltenham Transport Plan was an attempt to improve the environment by encouraging sustainable transport, while revamping our town centre with a new public square.

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The Cheltenham Lottery - Supporting good causes

Tickets for the Cheltenham Lottery are now on sale!

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Boris Johnson's damaging agenda for UK

Responding to the Queen's Speech, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

“Boris Johnson’s government have set out a disastrous agenda which will force through a hard Brexit, undermine our public services, destroy opportunities for our communities and cripple living standards. Brexit will hinder our ability to safeguard our NHS and reduce our capacity to tackle the climate crisis. 

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Lib Dems announce war on plastics

Local Lib Dem candidate Max Wilkinson visited plastic-free Dunkerton Cider as the Lib Dems announced a raft of policies as part of a radical plan to end the UK’s addiction to plastic. These policies include requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use, implementing a deposit return scheme and ending plastic exports abroad by 2030

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Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton backs Max to become Cheltenham’s next MP

Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham Max Wilkinson has won the backing of world-renowned businessman Julian Dunkerton.

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Max joins disability campaigners to learn more about accessibility

Max joined charity campaigner Steve from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and Dave who lives at a Leonard Cheshire care home, who took him on tours of the town centre to experience an hour in the life of blind and partially sighted people, and wheelchair users.

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