Cllr Glenis Ansell
Calne Town Councillor for North
11 Orchard Close, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 8HA
01249 816164 (landline)
07801 270299 (mobile)
Article: May 7, 2017
Cllr Ian Thorn is the new Liberal Democrat Wiltshire Council Group Leader. Ian is joined by Cllr Ruth Hopkinson as the new Deputy Leader. Both of them won former Conservative wards in last Thursday's Wiltshire Council elections.
Cllr Thorn won in Calne Central where he took almost half the vote, having formerly represented Bradford on Avon South on Wiltshire Council. Cllr Hopkinson stormed to victory in Corsham Pickwick, winning from fourth place. Cllr Steve Oldrieve, who represents Trowbridge Paxcroft, was re-elected as Chair of the Group.
Article: Apr 19, 2017
Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats have doubled their membership and upped the number of candidates by over 50% in this year's local Wiltshire Council elections on May 4th.
Fighting on a 'Six to Fix' manifesto, we are calling out the Conservative administration for paying off former council staff with cash for silence and for increasing their leaders' allowances and perks while cutting vital services.
Article: Oct 11, 2016
At the meeting of Wiltshire Council on Tuesday 18th October councillors are being asked to reject increasing the number of grammar schools in the county.
A motion, being proposed by Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Hubbard (Melksham South), asks the council to reject the proposal by the Conservative Government to allow academy schools to introduce selection based on ability as this would limit the life chances of many young people in the county, and potentially saddle the local authority with considerable additional transport costs.
Article: Apr 24, 2016
Wiltshire Council will debate whether to adopt a policy of opposing the forced conversion of its schools to academies at its meeting on 10th May. A notice of motion put forward by Melksham councillor Jon Hubbard identifies that over £5.5m of public money has been spent to date on converting the status of schools and it will cost a further £12.5m to force the remaining schools to change.
Article: Dec 15, 2015
Today in Trowbridge Wiltshire Councils Conservative administration approved the closure of a number of Children Centres across the County.
Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats reacted with shock at this decision, which will see a number of towns losing their only children's centre.
Liberal Democrat young people spokesperson Cllr Jon Hubbard said "this is a disastrous decision to close buildings and services across the County. We accept that cuts need to be made but this decision will destroy the universality of the children's service and make it much harder for struggling parents to find the services they need to help them become good parents."
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Cllr Glenis Ansell said "These cuts to services will have a serious affect on a number of families. Cutting the Children's centres in wealthier towns will leave a huge number of parents and children disadvantaged.
This comes at the same time as changes are being made to the Wiltshire Good Neighbour Scheme. There are proposals to devolve this service down to Area Boards. Currently the service is being delivered by Community First who provided financial support but have also been able to raising funding, something that Area Boards can't do. Removing this service will leave a number of vulnerable people without the support they've come to rely on.
The Liberal Democrat Group will continue to campaign against these and other ideological cuts from this Tory administration. "We must stand up for the most vulnerable not only in the communities we represent but across Wiltshire as it is becoming increasingly clear the administration is not willing to look after them" concluded Cllr Ansell.
Article: Nov 10, 2015
The Wiltshire Council Liberal Democrat Group are delighted to announce that Councillor Glenis Ansell of Calne has been elected as the new Leader of the Group.
Glenis made her first appearance as Leader at Tuesdays Cabinet meeting in Trowbridge where she grilled the Conservative administration about the failing of the Balfour Beatty contract and the reputational risk this might bring to the Council as well as how to improve the contracting process in future.
Article: Jan 9, 2015
Following news of Tesco's challenging financial situation it has been revealed that they have stopped the proposed development in Royal Wotton Bassett but still intend to develop a new store in Calne, although no dates have yet been given indicating when this will happen.
Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that local residents views have been considered and that Royal Wootton Bassett's historic town centre will now be protected but are calling for the land to be offered to another group that could contribute to the Towns infrastructure and not let it be held in a Tesco Land Bank.
Article: Feb 1, 2008
Glenis Ansell stormed to victory in the Calne Council Lickhill by-election winning 278 votes (35%).
Glenis jumped to victory from third place leaping over both the Conservatives and UKIP.
The result was another blow to both the other Parties who have also seen local Calne Councillors defect recently.