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Cllr Brian Mathew

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Cllr Brian Mathew

Spokesperson for Climate Change and Innovation Wiltshire Councillor for Box and Colerne

The Old School, Yatton Keynell, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7BA

07771 607983 (mobile)

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  • New Lib Dem group leader Cllr Ian Thorn and deputy group leader Cllr Ruth Hopkinson
    Article: Jun 10, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat group on Wiltshire Council have announced their new shadow Cabinet spokespeople, following their group AGM on Saturday 8thJune 2019.

    The meeting also saw the re-election of Ian Thorn as the leader of the opposition on Wiltshire Council.

    Cllr Thorn commenting on the appointment of the new spokespeople said, "With less than two years to go until the next Wiltshire Council election, it is now very important to challenge the Conservative administration at every opportunity and these appointments will play a crucial part in doing so."

  • Article: Feb 26, 2019

    Wiltshire Council today narrowly adopted the Lib Dem call for the Council to acknowledge a climate emergency and to seek carbon neutrality by 2030.

    Below is the text of Brian Mathew's motion that was adopted:


    To consider the following motion submitted in accordance with the constitution:

    Full Council notes:

    1. Humans have already caused serious climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre- industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm) 1. This far exceeds the 350 ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity2 and will continue to rise if no action is taken.

    2. In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes by 2030.3

    3. Individuals can accept responsibility for living in a more sustainable way, but cannot be expected to make all these reductions on their own. Greenhouse gas emissions primarily result from burning of fossil fuels, incineration of the products of fossil fuels (waste plastics), unsustainable agricultural practices and the production of cement. Thus, governments at all levels: national, regional and local, must change legislation, standards, infrastructure and their approach, to meet the need to reduce CO2eq emissions and thus make low carbon living easier to achieve and the new norm, while protecting the most vulnerable in society from poverty.

    4. The County of Wiltshire is already at the fore in the field of solar electricity generation, where it has the highest UK local authority area level of photovoltaic (PV) capacity at 581.1MW4, the second highest number of installations 9193 (large and small), and the second highest actual generation of solar electricity 530,719MW(h) per annum. Wiltshire Council has installed 5 rapid electric vehicle (ev) charging points with a further set of fast charging points being installed at 15 Wiltshire Council car parks and it operates a fleet of 3 fully electric vehicles and 10 with ultra-low emissions, it has become largely paper free with its adoption of lap top computers for all councillors and staff. It has also reduced carbon consumption by consolidating its offices into fewer more energy efficient buildings, as well as increasing the 'roll out' of LED street lighting and within its offices.

  • Brian Mathew selection
    Article: Nov 5, 2018


    Local Liberal Democrats have chosen Dr Brian Mathew as their prospective candidate to be North Wiltshire's next MP.

    The result was declared at a packed members meeting at Kington Langley Village Hall on Saturday 3 November.

    The announcement came after Dr Mathew and his opponent Alistair Fernie had spoken to and answered members' questions. The meeting was the climax of a month long, intensive campaign

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018

    In the next day or so, North Wiltshire Lib Dem Party Members will be getting their invitations to come to meet and chose from the two approved Parliamentary Candidates battling it out to be selected to fight the next General Election. The Members meeting will take place at 1.30 pm on Saturday 3rd November at Kington Langley Village Hall. There members will hear from both candidates who will also answer questions. The ballot will close after this and votes counted. The result will be announced at the end of the Local Party AGM taking place at the same venue while the ballot is being counted. Members will also get details in their mailing as to how they can apply for a ballot paper to vote for their preferred candidate if they cannot get to the meeting. The two battling it out for the nomination are Alistair Fernie and Dr Brian Mathew.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2018
    In Colerne FOCUS, September 2018

    The issue of heavy goods vehicles driving up and getting stuck on Tutton Hill is to be discussed again at the Colerne Community Area Transport Group Meeting in September.

    Cllr Brian Mathew along with Colerne parish councillors has been trying to get the issue resolved by having weight and width restrictions imposed on vehicles attempting the climb. "This is the only way that the police can be empowered to take any action once an HGV is spotted on the route, which is so narrow at the top that even ambulances can have problems", said Dr Mathew.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2018
    In Colerne FOCUS, September 2018

    Emma Hucklebridge's campaign for a new post office in Colerne following the closure of the old post office is going to become reality in Mid-October.

    Emma who owns and runs Colerne News where the new post office local counter service is to be based is to be congratulated for her determination to bring a post office back to Colerne. "Contrary to some popular opinion she will not be making much out of the venture, but she believes that she can help serve the village and that this is the right thing to do.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2018
    In Box FOCUS, September 2018

    The Box Flood Wardens' group has been successful in its application for funding from the SEPD Resilient Communities Fund (£1,188.60).

    The group will be meeting to discuss the grant in October with the Wiltshire Council Flood Officer and putting proposals to Box Parish Council over their suggested roles, as these will be determined by the level of insurance cover that Box Parish Council is prepared to provide.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2018
    In Box FOCUS, September 2018

    The Rising Sun Memorial Community Interest Company have been granted the chance to purchase the site of the old pub from Wiltshire Council.

    The campaign to keep the site open for all to visit was launched late last year when over a thousand (1,085) residents and well wishers signed the Change.org petition to keep the site open as a place of rest and reflection, as well as a memorial, to the events of December 4th 1957.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2018

    Wiltshire Council this week voted against backing a Lib Dem proposal to advocate a minimum of a 25% canopy of trees be planted in any new housing estate.

    Despite gaining cross-party support, including from members of the Cabinet, the Lib Dem motion to amend the council's core strategy was narrowly voted down by the Conservatives.

    Cllr Pat Aves who proposed the motion was disappointed that it had not been taken forward. Commenting on the decision she said, "This is a sad day for the people of Wiltshire and their future health and well-being. This was an opportunity for the Council, which claims to be for "Everyone", to be genuinely forward-looking and take a lead in promoting and addressing an inspired plan to make life better for all of us, as several other councils have already done."

    "I am especially disappointed in view of the fact that in a recent Freedom of Information request by a leading newspaper, WCC freely admitted to having cut down, 4,778 trees in the last three years. Whatever the reasons they were cut down, justified or not, I know of no plans to replace any of them. A recent experience in which we succeeded in saving a row of poplars in King George V Park in Melksham does not inspire me with confidence," said Lib Dem councillor Aves.

    Cllr Brian Mathew who seconded the motion was equally disappointed he said, "considering that Bristol City Council in partnership with the Woodland Trust are planning to go for 30% tree cover, it's a shame Wiltshire couldn't have been as equally aspirational."

  • Cllr Brian Mathew
    Article: May 22, 2018

    Tuesday's Council meeting saw the Lib Dems propose a motion to start a feasibility study into using waste plastic to repair our county's roads. This both environmental and economically beneficial motion has been passed to the overview and scrutiny committee to assess its use in Wiltshire.

    Cllr Brian Mathew proposing his motion argued that while, "parts of our planet are starting to drown under a sea of waste plastic, and with UK waste plastic no longer going to China for recycling, we have to find another way and find a use for this material here at home. What is less known is that it is already underway in the UK. And if this was extended to all local Authority areas, a productive use for as much as 60,000 tonnes of waste plastic could be found each year in UK roads."