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Cllr Jon Hubbard

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Cllr Jon Hubbard

Spokesperson for Children's services Wiltshire Councillor for Melksham South Melksham Town Councillor for South

2 Sweetbriar Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6FR

01225 807969 (landline)

07876 611388 (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: Oct 2, 2018
    In Melksham South FOCUS, Autumn 2018

    Following the closure of the Christie Miller Sports Centre local councillor Jon Hubbard has said that there are serious questions that still need to be answered about how the Campus project has ended up in such a mess.

    Jon claims that if the early stages of the project had been better managed, and the bill for the Oakfields Stadium had not esculated from £1.9m to almost £7m then the situation would not be what it is today.

  • Braeside Outdoor Education Centre
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    The Conservative cabinet this week refused to guarantee the future of Wiltshire's two outdoor education centres beyond December.

    While we are pleased to hear there have been four expressions of interest in the two centres and that they will remain open until December, it is disappointing that the Conservatives have failed to appreciate the need to secure their long-term futures. This means any school looking to book trips for the summer of 2019 have no certainty over their ability to do so.

  • Braeside Outdoor Education Centre
    Article: May 22, 2018


    The strength of community campaigning was once again demonstrated with the protest against the decision to close Braeside and Oxenwood at today's full Council meeting. The Conservative administration accepted a Lib Dem amendment that in referring the decision back to cabinet that it should be open and transparent and use every "best effort" to ensure these two sites remain in use for outdoor education.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are fully behind the community protest, organised by the 'SAVE Braeside & Oxenwood' community group for the 28thApril in Devizes, against the closure of the county's two outdoor education centres.

    The protest will be enthusiastically attended by a number of Lib Dem councillors and the party hopes that the Tory cabinet will rethink their heartless decision to close these two valuable community assets. Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Hubbard, who chairs the council's Children's Select Committee has attacked the council's closure decision saying that it "fails the young people in our communities and yet again puts the purse before the people."

  • Article: Apr 3, 2018

    Wiltshire residents from across the political spectrum have reacted with anger to news that the Conservative administration in County Hall have voted to close the county's two outdoor education centres.

    The facilities, Oxenwood near Marlborough and Braeside in Devizes are now set to close in August after the decision was taken in a secret session of the council's Cabinet last Tuesday that excluded members of the press and public.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    Three years ago Wiltshire had 144 professional youth workers. They created opportunities and activity for our young people. Now the Tories have slashed that number to just seven posts for all of Wiltshire.

    The Lib Dems opposition on Wiltshire Council put forward plans to cut other areas on bureaucracy and self-promoting communications to protect the Youth Service. The Conservatives promised that it would be safe in their hands. Now we see the reality.

  • 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: Sep 29, 2015

    Today at the full council meeting of Wiltshire Council, the Conservative administration dismissed the call by Wiltshire's Lib Dems for an independant inquiry of the failed Balfour Beaty contract.

    Attempting to avoid an embarrassing discussion of the failed grass cutting contract the administration rejected Lib Dem calls for a full independent inquiry and instead opted for a small internally generated report which can be managed by the administration to avoid any public embarrassment.