Good news for 15,000 West Sussex pupils as government u-turns on free school meals

The Conservative government of Boris Johnson has again bowed to pressure from Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford (and thousands of individuals who signed petitions and wrote to MPs) and pledged to provide free school meals this Christmas, next Easter and the summer holidays to eligible children.

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No-go areas for cyclists – our countryside

By Chris Geeson

Cycling is a potential answer to everything from obesity, to climate change, to congestion. Sadly the Government’s approach to harnessing this answer has been a failure. In quick succession we’ve seen £2 billion put into emergency COVID pop up cycling lanes, an updated cycle-friendly Highway Code, and our first Dutch-style cyclists’ roundabout.

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Horsham Liberal Democrats call on Horsham District Council to support the provision of free school meals

The Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group at Horsham District Council has asked HDC to work alongside West Sussex County Council to stop children going hungry.

In light of the decision by government this week not to support the provision of free school meals over the October half term, Horsham Liberal Democrats’ District Councillors have asked Horsham District Council to work alongside West Sussex County Council to provide support in the coming week to the families in our District who rely on free school meals.

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What are the Conservatives playing at with Rookwood?

by Martin Boffey

That is what I am constantly asked as a Neighbourhood Councillor for Trafalgar, and despite my best efforts I am no closer to obtaining a sensible answer.

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Permitted development threatens future of the high street

The Government’s “Planning for the future” white paper mulls many sweeping changes to our planning system. One of these changes is the expansion of the permitted development rights.

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Odds stacked against Rookwood in HDC

On 17 September Councillors were treated to a special presentation on Rookwood. It was billed as a workshop, but in fact took the form of a slick sales presentation by Avison Young, who are private property consultants appointed by the Cabinet, behind closed doors, many years ago. The main new aspect was a ‘back-up’ proposal to develop just the southern half – more on that later.

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HDC taking advice from strange places

The new government White Paper, ‘Planning for the Future’, has made all the wrong kinds of headlines lately. It threatens to strip away local control over where new housing is built.

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COVID-19 test and trace system in Sussex – and whole UK - on its knees

Last Friday it was reported that the COVID-19 R rate had risen above 1 across the UK, with many people reporting being unable to access testing.

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Death of former District Councillor Leonard Crosbie

Horsham Liberal Democrats are greatly saddened by the news of Councillor Leonard Crosbie’s death, just a couple of weeks after his retirement from Horsham District Council.

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Horsham Lib Dems congratulate Ed Davey as the new leader of our party

Ed Davey is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats and he’s ready to spearhead the fight against this heartless and incompetent Conservative Government.

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