• Aug 27, 2020:
  • Aug 14, 2020:
    • Homes for local families, not developers' profits

      Conservative controlled Shropshire Council is supporting controversial plans to make a Garden Village at Tasley the centre of future house building in the Bridgnorth area.

      Lib Dem Housing Campaigner and Bridgnorth Town Councillor, David Cooper said:

      "It's difficult for local families to get on the housing ladder and a lot of people who would like to live in Bridgnorth just can't afford it. But relying on just one big developer led scheme we would be very dependent on their commercial priorities and what they see as profitable. It's especially worrying with the government saying they want to 'build, build, build' and threatening to take away the local element of planning decisions. We need to make sure that we get it right in this Local Plan - it could be our last chance before the rules change."

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  • Aug 13, 2020:
  • Aug 9, 2020:
    • Getting children back to school

      The past few months have been incredibly difficult for pupils and teachers. We must ensure no child's opportunities are diminished due to this terrible pandemic - that means getting children back to school safely.

      A comprehensive test, trace and isolate system is critical to reopening classrooms as safely as possible.

      Ministers need to work with local authorities to improve the NHS Test and Trace service, which is still failing to reach enough close contacts. https://t.co/GsFQkDDYov

      - Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) August 10, 2020

      However, school leaders, teachers, parents, and pupils need to feel confident that their schools will be COVID-safe once term begins in September.

      Boris Johnson needs to step up and take action if this is going to happen. We must have a comprehensive test, trace, isolate system in place. The current NHS Test and Trace service is failing to reach enough close contacts; we need to see significant improvement before September if we are going to safely reopen schools.

      The Government must also address the practical and financial support requirements that are involved with fully reopening schools. School leaders and teachers will be under serious pressure to adapt to making schools COVID-safe - they deserve a Government that fully supports them through this difficult time.

      Liberal Democrats want to see radical steps to support education providers, from making community spaces available to schools, to a Teach for Britain campaign that can bring in new staff in this difficult time.

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