• ExitBrexitApril2018
    Article: Aug 15, 2018
    By Tristan Ward

    "Not another one!" said Brenda of Bristol. We understand. But ultimately, a final say for the people would be accepted by the people of Sevenoaks, Swanley and our villages.

    Lib Dems, and cross party campaigners of 'Together In Europe', here have asked them and a majority, including some who voted Leave, say they want it Here's why.

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    Article: Aug 7, 2018
    By Ed Waite

    The housing crisis in Britain is an emergency. House prices are high, especially for first time buyers. For many people, rents are unaffordable.

    Sevenoaks District Council admits that its planning and housing finance have failed to deliver affordable housing targets for years. Social housing providers can't build homes for rent closer than Ashford, thanks to high land prices. Many who work in Sevenoaks can't afford to live here.

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    Article: Jul 31, 2018
    By Tony Clayton

    Sevenoaks economy depends on London. When the City sneezes we catch cold. House prices fall, local shops and services, suffer, business investment stops. It happened twice in the last 20 years and councils can't change it.

    But they can make Sevenoaks a more attractive place to live, work and do business. That can tip the scales persuading people to invest here, to choose to open businesses and to live here. That's why Liberal Democrats first launched Sevenoaks Town Partnership, over 20 years ago to bring business, residents and local authorities together, and promote the town. Now it goes from strength to strength.

  • Merilyn at Sevenoaks Hospital
    Article: Jul 15, 2018
    By Merilyn Canet

    Government has had two years from the referendum to agree what Brexit to ask for. After cabinet resignations and party splits in mid July the outcome is still not clear. How can people running real businesses and living real lives prepare while the chaos continues?

    But some big challenges for people are clear, and councils can help.

  • Jess Clayton
    Article: Jul 5, 2018
    By Jess Clayton

    22 million votes were 'wasted' in the 2017 general election, a striking figure ahead of national democracy week. It becomes increasingly clear that our current electoral system is not one that encourages democratic participation. Proportional representation is the fairest way to ensure that when people turn up to the ballot box, their vote genuinely has an impact.

  • Jim Morgan (James Morgan)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018
    By Jim Morgan - Edenbridge Liberal Democrats

    In the June 29th Kent and Sussex Courier an article called "Council refuses to reveal Brexit's impact on Kent" was published. This article refers to the stirling work being done by Rob Bird (Leader of the Opposition at KCC) to get information on the impact of BREXIT on Kent.

    KCC have been evaluating what the impact of BREXIT will be on Kent. This is very good as at least someone is looking to the future rather than hoping it will all work out OK. Last year there was an analysis of the impact on Dover of leaving the EU, by Dover Operations. The prospect is a repetition of Operation Stack on a daily basis.

  • Article: Jun 28, 2018
    By Tony Clayton

    The precedent for this has been set. By overwhelming agreement of most political parties the voting age for Scotland's independence referendum was set at 16. The case for change was that this decision would affect everyone's future - and the young have more at stake than anyone else.

    Over 75% of 16 and 17 year olds turned out to vote, knocking on the head the old myth that young people are not interested in politics. Given the chance, they certainly are.

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    Article: Jun 26, 2018
    By Tony Clayton and Merilyn Canet

    In 2017 Sevenoaks commuters were promised big improvements to rail services: transfer of Metro services starting from Sevenoaks to Transport for London, to give us Oyster / contactless fares, staff at minor stations, better customer service and information completing the four year London

    Bridge rebuild with more reliable trains, and a regular timetable, new fast services from Otford to London and Maidstone, providing extra capacity by December 2018.