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A thank you to residents who supported the Liberal Democrat candidates at May’s election. The results were undoubtedly disappointing for the Liberal Democrats but that doesn’t mean that they have stopped working on behalf of residents!

Above: The Town council elections in Stratford - held at the same time as the General Election - returned 10 Liberal Democrat councillors (out of a total of 18):

left to right: Ian Fradgley, Tony Jackson, Jenny Fradgley, Kate Rolfe, Charles Bates, Chris Wall, Victoria Alcock, John Bicknell and Tessa Bates. (Not pictured Bill Dowling).


It was clear at the election that high on the agenda for most residents is tackling traffic problems in the town. Following a proposal from the Lib Dems on the district council, there is now to be an urgent review of the traffic situation.

The Lib Dems pointed out that there was still money available in the county council budget, earmarked for Stratford district. The Lib Dems asked that consideration be given to using some of this money to keep the southern Park and Ride going and on other traffic relief schemes. Whilst rejecting the idea, the Conservatives did agree to an urgent traffic review in the town. The Lib Dems will now press for a timetable for the review to be set.


The Conservatives running the district council were quickly into action after the recent elections:


The first major item on the agenda at the first council meeting was an 8% pay rise for district councillors!

The Lib Dems proposed that the rise should be restricted to the level of pay rises received by the council staff over the same five year period: that would have been 3.22%. Voted down by the Conservatives, who went for the full 8%.


The council’s Environmental Quality and Climate Control Panel was abolished! The role of the Panel was to make recommendations to the council’s Cabinet on, amongst other things, strategies and policies relating to climate change and the council’s carbon reduction plan.

So much for the Conservatives’ slogan: “Vote blue, go green!”

Clearly it wasn’t meant to apply to Stratford!

Published and promoted by Peter Moorse on behalf of Stratford and South Warwickshire Liberal Democrats, all at 55 Ely Street Stratford CV37 6LN.

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