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  • Article: Nov 9, 2017
    Matt Davies recently wrote:
    "Sometimes expressing an opinion on what we believe is best for Tamworth leaves you open for criticism, I'm sure everybody involved in politics today sees this.
    Sometimes though, it's worth it. It's great to see concerned residents' views in your letters pages and hear from people out and about. There appears to be a majority view that:
  • ambulance
    Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Jamie Christie

    The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. The Conservatives
    have left them chronically under-funded, and staff feeling embattled and
    undervalued. Need continues to grow while patient care suffers. Labour plans
    to address the crisis are unrealistic and risk crippling the economy. Liberal
    Democrats would save the NHS by:
    ● putting a penny in the pound on income tax to give the NHS and social care services the cash they need.
    ● making waiting times for mental health care match those for physical health care.
    ● limiting the amount elderly people have to pay for social care.
    Contrary to the claims of Celebrity First Dates contestant Michael Fabricant, the Samuel Johnson Hospital remains under threat.

  • Garrick Theatre Lichfield 3
    Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    The Garrick Theatre is a great asset for Lichfield, but it receives a
    considerable amount of funding from the District Council. This subsidy
    has steadily reduced over recent years - but the Garrick is still
    receiving £310,000 of your council tax money this year. And this is just
    at a time when the Council is making cuts to its services. The Lichfield
    Liberal Democrat team have been campaigning for the Garrick to
    improve its fundraising activities and become financially self-sufficient.
    The pressure we have put on the Conservative District
    Council is beginning to work. We are pleased that the Garrick has now employed a
    full-time Development Officer to raise funds and that the theatre has been
    successful in raising funding from Arts Council England. We will continue to
    monitor the situation and press for a variety of income streams to ensure the longterm
    sustainability of this theatre.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Matt Davies recently responded to letters about the future of the Town centre

    ".... Our view remains that we should convert vacant town centre land and some unused retail property to housing to help solve our housing crisis. A useful side effect of more people living in our town centre will be to make the shops more successful.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2017

    Jenny Pinkett writes

    "A visit to the Tamworth Herald letter archives will reveal that local Liberal Democrats have long held the view that making greater use of the space over shops and conversion of other vacant properties into living accommodation would be a way of bringing more footfall to our town centre. The response to Mr Davies's letter would suggest that he suddenly wants to turn Tamworth into a housing estate or some sort of concrete jungle is a completely false and a misleading interpretation of what is being advocated. Bringing even more retail units to Tamworth will seriously damage the prosperity of current businesses and our ancient market. More shops will not bring more people, more living accommodation will. The whole concept of urban living has changed and Tamworth, unfortunately, has not yet caught up.

  • Roger Jones
    Article: Oct 23, 2017

    For me, £36 isn't a lot, and I value the service to help me with my gardening. Mind you I DID expect my Council Tax would continue to pay for these environmental services.

    However, £36 for poorer pensioners, younger citizens, those on low wages like thousands who have lived this past decade under the Conservative "Austerity Measures." For those people, it is an extra cost that is not needed. For those living under very real financial pressures week after week the decision will be: CAN we pay this or shall we find some other way to get rid of grass mowings, pruning, tree lopping etc. Many, I fear, will not pay and the result will inevitably be more dumping of garden refuse in unlawful places. This has happened in Birmingham and in other council areas where this charge has been introduced.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Oct 8, 2017

    Lichfield District Council has an annual budget of £177,000 to support community and voluntary groups. Groups that have been supported in the past include Citizens Advice and Victim Support.

    The council announced a review of this funding earlier in the year and Cllr Paul Ray ensured that he was on the review group.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2017

    Reported in Lichfield Live on 25th September.

    Paul Ray commented following Theresa May's recent speech on the UK's departure from the European Union.The Prime Minister outlined plans for an interim trade agreement, but Cllr Ray - who also stood in the last two General Elections in the Lichfield constituency - said the picture was still not clear enough.

  • Lichfield Pint & Politics
    Article: Sep 18, 2017

    Wednesday 20th September at 19:30

    - George IV Pub, [not the George Hotel!] meeting room 34 Bore St, Lichfield WS13 6LU
    (meeting room is sitting area at front of pub on left as you enter)

    - contact Colin Reisner 01543 473118 for details or Keith LePla 07736 248846 on the night if you cannot see us

  • Article: Jul 12, 2017
    By Paul Ray

    Dear Michael

    In last week's Mercury there were two items where you made various claims.

    Have you and the Conservative Party not learned anything from June's general election? Please listen and be straight with us.

    1. School Funding

    You have claimed that there will be no funding cuts for our local schools - and no per pupil funding cuts.