Alex Chalk accused of hiding away from Sue Gray response

The local Liberal Democrats have accused Cheltenham's MP Alex Chalk of hiding after failing to respond to the Sue Gray report. The Liberal Democrats have also branded Conservative MPs defending Boris Johnson as “insulting local people’s sacrifices.”

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Emphatic endorsement for Cheltenham Liberal Democrats

Elections represent a snapshot of public opinion.  Last week, the people of Cheltenham had their say at the Borough Council elections.  Cheltenham Liberal Democrats received an emphatic endorsement.

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Sewage allowed to flow into Cheltenham’s rivers for thousands of hours

Latest figures show that sewage was dumped into Cheltenham’s watercourses for thousands of hours in 2021.

Data from The Rivers Trust records the following:

  • The River Chelt, near Charlton Kings
    • 139 times for a total of 2511 hours
  • The River Chelt at St Peter’s Park
    • 17 times for a total of 21 hours
  • Hatherley Brook south of the A40, in Benhall
    • Nine times for a total of 10 hours

“This latest data from The Rivers Trust highlights the fact that we need action rather than words on this issue,” said Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Max Wilkinson.

“Water companies are still allowed to make hundreds of millions of pounds in profit while dumping sewage in our rivers.  It’s outrageous that last year Conservative MPs voted against a proposal to put an end to sewage dumping.”

You can view the latest sewage map from The Rivers Trust here.

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, Cheltenham’s voice is being heard.  After launching a campaign for a sewage tax to clean up our rivers, hundreds of people have backed our campaign.

You can join the campaign here.


Spring Statement: Families in Cheltenham to pay the price for Chancellor's failure

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Spring Statement as a "massive missed opportunity" to help families in Cheltenham.

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Switching Council Vehicles for the Climate

Cheltenham Borough Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is taking action on its pledge to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

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Cheltenham’s exciting new Private Rented Sector homes

In line with one of our election manifesto pledges, Liberal Democrat run Cheltenham Borough Council is delighted to announce that we have delivered the first Private Rented Sector homes ever built by the authority.

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Coming Soon: Our First Carbon Neutral Council Houses

Imagine what it would be like if you had a warm home all year round, with little or no energy bill regardless of the weather outside. And imagine if you knew your home was having no negative impact on the world’s carbon emissions, while it was providing positives for nature. It might sound like a utopian future, but it’s not...

Our first carbon neutral council homes have been awarded planning permission.

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Protecting Green Spaces


Alex Chalk MP called out for voting in favour of sewage being dumped in local rivers.

Rivers in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and across the UK are now under more threat as government fails to take action on water companies. Alex Chalk MP must change his position ahead of the next vote in Parliament.

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Remembering Sir David Amess

Combining real passion with genuine kindness is hard to pull off but Sir David Amess managed it. 

The tributes following his awful murder this week are genuine. Politics has its big egos and sharp elbows. Some busily climb the ‘greasy pole’ to high office while others can barely speak to their opponents. David Amess was different, always greeting even those of us who disagreed with him with a ready smile.

He was a familiar face in Westminster not least because he often put in long hours chairing those interminable bill committees without which legislation would grind to a halt.  David remained charming throughout.

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Carbon Neutral Homes

Our homes are the most important places for us. They give us shelter, provide comfort and keep us healthy.  They’re also a big contributor to our carbon footprint.

That’s why homes and housing is a key part of our work towards a carbon neutral Cheltenham.

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Honeybourne Line extension moving forward.

We are close to securing the extension of the Honeybourne Line, to help boost walking and cycling in Cheltenham.

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Weeds, Bees and Biodiversity

Looking after nature while making sure our town still looks neat and tidy is a fine line to tread.  We know we have to do more to look after insects and pollinators, like bees, but we also know that we have a duty to stop weeds growing wild across the pavement, creating an unpleasant look and trip hazards.

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Lib Dem led Cheltenham Borough Council awarded for working together during the pandemic.

Liberal Democrat led Cheltenham Borough Council were awarded silver in the Working Together category at the prestigious iESE Awards, aimed at celebrating local authorities and public services from across the UK.

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Relocation of Afghan Families (Scheme 2)

Everyone in Cheltenham should rightly be very proud of our Town of Sanctuary status.

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World-class regeneration


Local Community Action Group saves Precious Green space

A Community Action Group, The Fairview Community Association and local Councillor Barbara Clark have managed to put a halt to the auction of The Green at the front of Westdown Gardens.

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Alex Chalk breaks promise to people of Cheltenham over unfair tax hike.

Cheltenham Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MP Alex Chalk’s choice to break his promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.

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7,010 people in Cheltenham face "heartless" government Universal Credit cut

As many as 16% of hard-pressed families across Cheltenham face being left worse off when the government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month. 

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Cheltenham’s Lib Dem leader calls on Johnson, Raab and Patel to do more for Afghan refugees.

Cheltenham’s Lib Dem leadership has written to senior members of the government to ask them to do more in support of Afghan refugees.

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