Worcestershire County Council's new Liberal Democrat group of Councillors have been successful in their campaign to get Worcestershire County Council to declare a climate emergency.
A previous attempt to declare a climate change emergency was voted down by the Conservatives in 2019 but they have been persuaded to change course and finally declare a climate emergency after it became a significant issue in the 2021 local elections.
Labour and Conservative voters in Church Hill are switching to support Mark tomes
During the lockdowns, Mark and the team followed the law and stopped delivering our Focus leaflets and knocking on doors to talk to residents. Now that the COVID rules are changing, our team of volunteers will be knocking on as many doors as possible over the next few weeks (in a COVID secure way and in full compliance with the latest regulations) to talk to you about what is important to you and your family and asking you to lend your vote to Church Hill resident, Mark Tomes in the upcoming elections.
Redditch Liberal Democrats are please to endorse Margaret Rowley as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election on May 6th.
As a former manager in the NHS and a Wychavon District Councillor for 25 years, she has built up a wealth of experience of service management in the public sector, listening to members of the community, championing their views, and where possible achieving their priorities.
In the two weeks since Liberal Democrats in Redditch spoke to local media outlets, including the Redditch Advertiser and BBC Hereford and Worcester, calling for the council to abandon their plans to turn Ipsley Meadow into a cemetery, Labour and Conservative Councillors and candidates have been forced to publicly state their opposition to the plans.
Liberal Democrat campaigner, Andy Thompson said "It's been crazy to watch a whole cabal of previously ambivalent political candidates from the two main parties jump on the 'Save Ipsley Meadow' campaign train after Mark Tomesgot the press to run the story. With elections just round the corner, Mark's work has made Ipsley Meadow a political hot potato and forced candidates of all hues to publicly back the campaign to save the meadow".
The publicity generated by Mark has had an almost instant impact. The Council announced on Monday (1st March) that the breaks had been applied and committed to a full review of all options. The leader of Redditch Conservatives, Cllr Dormer is now on record as saying he 'shares the concerns' of local residents and deputy leader, Cllr Rouse, is now backing the proposed review of the plans for cemetery provision in Redditch. Labour candidates, having being very quiet on this issue are suddenly pledging their support for the campaign to save the meadow.
Unlike the two main parties, who have only embraced the issue when there is an election looming, Redditch Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on this issue since they lodged an objection back in September 2020. Since then Mark has listened to the concerns of local residents and worked with those in Ipsley Meadow Preservation Society who accepted his offer of help. He has been working hard to raise awareness of the issue and drum up objections from local people and has launched online campaign, inviting local people to add their name and join in the fight to save the meadow.
Today's news that the Council have paused plans to turn Ipsley Meadow into a cemetery and complete a full review of options has been cautiously welcomed by Arrow Valley East candidate Mark Tomes. Speaking of the decision Mark said "I have been working with local campaigners on this issue for many months and the Liberal Democrats here in Redditch launched our campaign to stop the proposals back in December 2020. We have been encouraging local residents to lodge objections as well as asking local media outlets to cover the story. Just last week, BBC Hereford and Worcester ran the story as part of their breakfast show.
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