• Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Cllr Bob Barr & Cllr Ian Marks

    Residents in South Warrington are angry at Warrington Council's decision to buy Eddie Stobart's distribution headquarters at Appleton.

    The site is next to the M56 and the decision was approved at a recent meeting of the Council's Executive Board.

    Leader of the Warrington Council Liberal Democrats Cllr Bob Barr says, "We understand that the Executive Board has to be innovative and find ways of raising income to compensate for government austerity. We also understand we have to work with developers to generate investment in our town. What we don't understand, is the timing of this deal and the lack of any meaningful consultation with residents, borough councillors and parish councillors.

  • Penketh Focus 1 ()
    Article: Oct 11, 2018

    Thursday 11th October is the polling day for the Penketh & Cuerdley ward By-Election to Warrington Borough Council. Voting and want a change?

    Place your vote for David CROWTHER today.

    Ready for a change? Want to find out more? Click the images below to view our Focus newsletters, find out what David would do differently for Penketh & Cuerdley.

  • Lymm Sep 18 Page 1
    Article: Sep 14, 2018

    We have just published online our new Focus Newsletter, September 2018, for Lymm.

    This issue discusses the Lymm Hotel, Planning Issues, developments on waste management for south Warrington and much more, including a thank you from Cllr Anna Fradgley.

    Click here to download this newsletter.

    You can see all of the past Focus Newsletters uploaded to the site here.

  • David C - Penketh Candidate
    Article: Sep 13, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have selected Dave Crowther to stand for the Borough Council election in Penketh and Cuerdley. The election is taking place because of the sad death of Cllr Allin Dirir.

    Dave moved to Warrington a few years ago from Newton-le-Willows because all his family live here. He has a great deal of experience as a councillor having served for many years on St Helens Council. He was recently selected to stand as the Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington North.

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    Article: Sep 8, 2018

    Vince Cable, The Leader of the Liberal Democrats has proposed an ambitious plan to change the face of UK politics - by seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a party into a movement.

    Proposals are coming forward to Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton to open up the party to supporters and radically alter the political landscape of the United Kingdom.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2018
    By Ian Marks

    The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 18% in Warrington.

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Finance on Warrington Council has described the plans as exactly the sort of policy we need to boost local investment and ensure businesses in Warrington thrive.

    The report 'Taxing Land, Not Investment' calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy. The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses.

    Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the Party's Autumn Conference in Brighton later this month.

    Councillor Marks said, "Time and time again I hear concerns about the devastating impact of business rates on struggling high streets and the wider local economy. It is the responsibility of the current Conservative Government to ensure that our businesses are able to thrive, but ministers are not doing anywhere near enough.

    Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why we are campaigning to create the environment needed for local businesses to grow and create jobs in Warrington."

    Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable added, "Business rates were a badly designed policy to begin with and have become an unacceptable drag on our economy. They are a tax on productive investment at a time of chronically weak productivity growth, and a burden on high streets struggling to adapt to the rise of online retail.

    Many of the areas around the country that voted for Brexit feel they have been left behind. In place of policies, the Brexiters offer only rhetoric. Great swathes of the country demand better, and this policy offers change to the manufacturing industry and towns passed over by economic growth."