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The Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are a political organisation based in Chippenham. We work across and represent the five constituencies in Wiltshire, which include - North Wiltshire, Chippenham, South West Wiltshire, Salisbury and Devizes. For details on our local party in Swindon please click the Swindon map below.

To find more details of our work locally in each constituency please click on the maps below. Or to find out more about the work of our Liberal Democrat group at Wiltshire Council scroll to the newsfeed beneath.

Chippenham constituency Devizes constituency North Wiltshire constituency Salisbury constituency South West Wiltshire constituency Swindon Constituency

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020
    In New Valley News

    It is "really disappointing" that the current Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is opposed to the rolling technology which tackles speeding head on, according to Liz Webster.

    Wiltshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has said: "I fully support anything we can do…. to make our roads a safer place for everyone". He also conceded that speeding is the third largest cause of fatal accidents, said the Lib Dem prospective candidate for the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner post.

    "Speeding tends to be habitual and there are now new technological solutions which can make our communities safer. The Wiltshire Council Malmesbury Area Board, where I live, took the progressive decision to install four Auto Speed Watch cameras on rural roads notorious for speeding. These cameras automatically record number plates, times and dates, and, most importantly, the speed of vehicles passing them.

    "In the 30 mph zones where the cameras have been placed, dozens of vehicles have been recorded repeatedly breaching 60mph, with many repeat offenders. In fact, the threshold of the speed being recorded by the cameras had to be raised from 35 mph to 40 mph because there were far too many instances of excessive speed for local community speed watch volunteers to keep up with.

    "Speeding impacts communities risking the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and other motorists and is the cause of over a quarter of driving offences.

    "Modern cameras are significantly cheaper to deploy and ensure more accurate data recording, identifying specific and repeat offenders who use our rural and village roads as racetracks. Some of these are clearly identified as commercial drivers.

    "These systems provide a wealth of information and intelligence; one parish council is writing to the firms concerned and publishing the number plates of the worst offenders in an attempt to encourage people to change their ways," Liz said.

    She believes the Police can and should make use of the insightful information from the cameras, to warn the worst and most persistent offenders.

    "It will make our communities safer. They can organise their own resources to be present at the times and locations where these offences take place repeatedly, and enforce the speed limit rather than the current random approach that delivers little change."

    She accused the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, and Conservative-controlled Wiltshire Council of 'ignoring the opportunity to make our rural road and communities safer'.

    "If I and my Lib Dem colleagues are elected next May, we will take real action to embrace effective technology that delivers safety and enhances communities," she promised.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020
    By Ed Sawyer
    Leading Wiltshire Lib Dems are calling for a planning application from Northacre Energy to build a Waste Incinerator near Westbury to be withdrawn or thrown out and the Council to back green technology to boost recycling instead.

    Wiltshire Lib Dems Environment and Climate Emergency spokesperson, Councillor Dr Brian Mathew is calling on Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd to withdraw their application to build a waste incinerator near Westbury.

    The call comes as part of the Lib Dem campaign for a green economic recovery plan to help the County bounce back from the Covid 19 crisis.

    "I proposed the resolution that was adopted by Wiltshire Council to recognise the climate emergency. It committed our County to being carbon neutral by 2030.

    "Its beggar's belief that the current Council's Conservative leadership now seem be backing Northacre Energy's plans to build a massive waste incinerator at Westbury.

    "This is out of date and polluting technology. It would generate in the region of a quarter of a million tonnes of CO₂ each year and lock the County into it for the next 25 years. More than 60% of the waste material burnt by this incinerator will be transported into Wiltshire by road and rail creating more congestion, pollution and environmental damage.

    "This incinerator and the transportation it needs to bring in waste, will blow a huge hole in the Wiltshire Council aspiration of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

    Indeed, all of Wiltshire's current solar farms displace around 236,000 tonnes of CO₂ annually. That means they will not even equal the damage of this incinerator."

    "And it is not just the climate and environment that will be hit by the emissions from this incinerator if it goes ahead.

    "Incinerators like this push into the air tonnes of very small highly toxic particles that drift on the wind for miles. They are a real threat to air quality and are a growing cause for concern to scientists, doctors and public health specialists alike as to their impact on human health." said Dr Mathew

    "Yet there is an environmentally sound alternative right on our own doorstep that can deal effectively with non-recyclable plastics which make up much of the waste. The Swindon based firm Recycling Technologies Ltd are just installing their first local authority sized commercial plant. This takes waste plastics such as film, crisp packets, plastics with food waste, coloured plastics, laminates and much more and returns it back to the valuable oils they were made from. This is done without any significant CO₂ emissions or pollution.

    "A Recycling Technologies plant like the first one going up in Scotland, should be being built in Wiltshire. It could take pretty much all of the plastics that are currently unable to be mechanically recycled. Taking these out of the local waste stream would make total recycling possible in Wiltshire" said Dr Mathew.

    Two years ago, Dr Mathew and his fellow Wiltshire Councillors Gavin Grant and Ross Henning visited Recycling Technologies to see their prototype plant in Swindon.

    Lib Dem shadow Wiltshire Council spokesperson on Finance and Economic Development Gavin Grant commented:

    "To see Wiltshire effectively lock itself into an out of date, climate damaging and polluting technology for the next 25 years, with all the CO₂ and poor air quality resulting, makes absolutely no sense. We need to see a green economic recovery and investment in sustainable technology and green jobs, not this abomination.

    I seconded Dr Mathew's resolution in February 2019 to acknowledge the Climate Emergency and to take effective action to avert it.

    Backing this incinerator and failing to support Recycling Technologies Ltd are both an abdication of responsibility. This plan must be dropped and replaced by a serious commitment to responding to the climate emergency, total recycling and clean air in our County."

    Wiltshire Lib Dem Councillor for Westbury Gordon King also opposes the incinerator. He added "The building of this incinerator and its operation will clog local roads, pollute our air and damage the environment we all enjoy in and around Westbury and right across Wiltshire. If the company will not withdraw their plan, then I trust our Councillor colleagues will have the good sense to throw it out. Westbury deserves better than this incinerator."

  • Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Lib Dems Launch Campaign to Reject Government Planning Proposals

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to call on Wiltshire Council to pressure the Government to scrap its proposals to weaken planning controls. They say the proposed changes will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis but will instead strip local authorities of the power to set local planning policies.

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    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Dear Toby, 16th September 2020

    [The Planning Reform White Paper]

    We are writing to you to ask you to condemn the planning changes announced last month by the communities secretary, Robert Jenrick and to pressure the Government to scrap the proposals.

    The proposed changes will allow automatic approval for developments in 'growth' zones and 'permission in principle' for proposals in 'renewal' zones. This is a developers' charter that will undermine democratic controls, reduce the quality of new development and waste a golden opportunity to build safer and more environmentally sustainable places with thriving communities.

  • Petition: Sep 15, 2020

    We are calling for Wiltshire Council to condemn the planning reforms and to pressure the Government to scrap the proposals.

    The proposed changes will allow automatic approval for developments in 'growth' zones and 'permission in principle' for proposals in 'renewal' zones. This threatens years of work by Neighbourhood Plans.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2020
    In Wiltshire Times

    CONCERNED councillors are to ask highways bosses to investigate why pavements in part of Bradford on Avon have been left uneven and difficult for those with reduced mobility to use, following a complaint by an elderly resident.

    Cllr Jim Lynch said he would investigate the state of pavements along the Winsley Road.

  • Article: Sep 7, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the annual increase in rail fares from next January to be cancelled, a move which would save typical commuters in Wiltshire between £33 and £165 next year, according to the party's analysis.

    The proposed 1.6% rise in fares is based on the rise in the Retail Price Index for the 12 months to July 2020.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2020
    In The Wiltshire Times (https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/18691529.campaign-reduce-air-pollution-devizes/)

    A NEW call has been made for more emphasis to be put on improving air quality in Devizes.

    Lib Dems want improvements made to pavements to get people waslking rather than driving and for more cycle racks to be made available in the town.

    Campaigner, Liza Kinnaird said, "Improvements to our pavements and pedestrian safety would encourage people to walk more. Increasing the number of cycle racks in town, and raising awareness of the safe cycling routes around Devizes, would make cycling a more viable option.

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    Petition: Sep 1, 2020

    Lib Dems in Wiltshire call for a rail fare freeze.

    We are calling for the annual increase in rail fares from next January to be cancelled.

    This would save typical commuters in Wiltshire between £33 and £165 next year.

    At a time when so many families are stretched because of COVID-19, the Conservatives seem happy for commuters in Wiltshire to face another hike in the price of their season tickets.

  • Parking Survey (Wiltshire Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Aug 28, 2020
    By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    As part of Wiltshire Lib Dem's Residents Survey, we want to hear your views specifically on parking.

    If you're interested in taking part, please complete this short survey: https://libdems.typeform.com/to/SCQI8BTR