Cllr Ian Thorn
Lib Dem Group Leader on Wiltshire Council Wiltshire Councillor for Calne Central Calne Town Councillor for Calne Central
9 Roundhouse, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0BE
01249 816351 (landline)
07779 293169 (mobile)
Article: Feb 21, 2020By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats in Wiltshire are taking their "You are Welcome" campaign to Wiltshire Council.
The campaign aims to get Conservative controlled Wiltshire Council to do more to engage with our EU residents here in Wiltshire - some of whom have uncertain futures.
Many EU residents nationally have faced threats and abuse since the decision to leave the EU despite contributing significantly to our communities and the local economy.
Article: Feb 21, 2020By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
Wiltshire Lib Dems will call (in a motion at next week's Council meeting) for the end of Wiltshire Council's use of "glyphosate" herbicide to kill weeds on roads and pavements.
Many councils across the country have or are beginning to phase-out the use of glyphosate-based weed killers. Glyphosate's continued use threatens the health of Wiltshire's wildlife, residents and our pets.
Article: Oct 9, 2019By Josh Charles
Liberal Democrat Opposition Council Leader Ian Thorn was asked to leave a Wiltshire Council Brexit Meeting yesterday in an effort to have an open and transparent discussion.
Asserting that Wiltshire residents should be made aware of Wiltshire Council's Brexit Preparations, Councillor Ian Thorn was asked to leave the meeting.
Article: Jun 11, 2019
Ian Thorn, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Wiltshire Council has challenged the three prospective Tory candidates for Wiltshire leader on five key areas.
1. Will you wholeheartedly endorse Wiltshire Council's policy on climate emergency and champion it's implementation?
2. Will you re-introduce a youth service to the county?
3. Will you expand the Shared Lives programme?
4. Will you move from a cabinet model to a committee structure?
5. Will you hold a hustings meeting for all councillors
"All five challenges focus on our long term future, our support for the most vulnerable and good governance' said Ian Thorn. "I look forward to a healthy debate."
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
Lib Dem councillors on Wiltshire Council voted against the County's ruling Conservative budget for 2019/20 and proposed an alternative approach.
Speaking in the debate this morning, Lib Dem leader Cllr Ian Thorn described the budget as "failing the people of Wiltshire".
Cllr Thorn added, "Today's budget is more of the same. For 10 years Wiltshire residents have witnessed relentless cuts.
Article: Dec 11, 2018
The almost 16,500 people who protested the Conservative Run Wiltshire Council proposals to close the counties outdoor education centres will be celebrating today following a proposal to save the service.
"I hope the Cabinet have learned many lessons here. The original closure of both Braeside and Oxenwood was announced behind closed doors at a Cabinet meeting last March. The time allowed for expressions of interest was too short. Staff were not properly consulted. All of that was wrong. Many people have worked hard including my Liberal Democrat Councillor colleagues to get us to a better place unlike the Labour Councillors who couldn't be bothered to attend key meetings.
Article: Dec 11, 2018By Cllr Ian Thorn
Over the years Wiltshire Council has rejected Liberal Democrat Councillors calls for the Council to invest in LED street lighting. LED lights are cheaper, better and environmentally friendly.
Sadly, our words fell on deaf ears until now.
Currently just 3% of our County's our 45,000 existing lights are LED. Lighting Wiltshire's highways, car parks and amenity spaces costs £1.9m a year. Electricity costs rose by 7% last year alone.
Article: Nov 19, 2018
Reacting to the news of Wiltshire Council's last minute U-turn to drop Sunday car parking charges due to start this Sunday, Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group Leader on Wiltshire Council Ian Thorn said,
"I'm delighted that Wiltshire Council's Cabinet have finally seen sense. These Sunday parking charges were a terrible idea.
Article: Nov 2, 2018
Wiltshire Liberal Democrats have launched a County wide petition to force a full Council debate and vote on controversial new car parking charges.
The new charges for Sunday and Bank Holiday parking in Wiltshire Council car parks will be introduced from 19th November in the run up to Christmas.
The Lib Dems hope to get 5,000 signatures on a petition calling for the charges to be dropped. If successful, that will force a full debate and vote on the charges at the next meeting of Wiltshire Council in the New Year.