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  • Margerita Moreton
    Article: Feb 21, 2019
    By Marguerita Moreton

    Two years ago we saw how vulnerable our roads were to snow. A well forecast blizzard turned the drive from Sevenoaks to Tunbridge Wells into a dangerous two-and-a-half hour slide. Last year trains were hit as home coming commuters were stranded at Lewisham in freezing conditions.

    It could almost certainly happen again. In October, Kent County Council's 60 gritters and five mini-gritters took part in a dry run of routes, to familiarise drivers with the roads they need to protect. It might help avoid problems, but it was the failure to send them out in time that seems to have gone wrong in 2017.

    Kent roads are not resilient to hard frost or wet. When the snow clears the potholes reappear quickly. Years of poor maintenance have left them fragile.

    In most areas, Kent pays District Councils to maintain roads and bus routes. On other roads 2,000 salt bins are placed for use by the public. Snow clearance on pavements is delegated to district or parish councils - so it varies from place to place.

  • Merilyn version 2
    Article: Feb 21, 2019
    By Merilyn Canet

    Many voters want their councillors to offer something better than national politicians have delivered at Westminster for the last three years. If they can't, candidates in at the local elections in May can expect tough treatment.

    Honesty is the first essential, spelling out what can really be delivered. Making fantasy promises, and pretending they can be carried out for free, has done huge damage to trust in politics.

  • Tony 2017
    Article: Jan 28, 2019
    By Tony Clayton


    Brexit obsession has wasted three years when UK governments should have tackled three big problems. Instead we've gone backwards on all of thde. We must act now.

    First, and perhaps hardest, we must reverse the trend which made Britain the most unequal society in Europe. The gaps between rich and poor, and lack of social mobility, are producing a polarised and more violent country. Some may feel insulated from it in Sevenoaks or Tunbridge Wells, but the problem is here. We need to understand that record employment has been bought by too many poverty jobs. Schools are being squeezed, which limits opportunity for all. But building a fairer Britain is priority number one.

  • Merilyn version 2
    Article: Jan 17, 2019
    By Merilyn Canet

    Dear Friends

    As our councillors face 2019, here are three top resolutions for the New Year.

    First, the Local Plan which will shape Sevenoaks for the next 20 years needs to reflect the housing needs for young families, and for the increasing number of older people. That means more affordable family homes, and more purpose designed homes in which older people can support each other. We need both of these so that local families can stay in our community, and to make the best use of the homes we have.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019
    By Tony Clayton

    This is the beginning of the end of Brexit - Vince Cable

    Responding to the crushing 230 vote defeat for the Theresa May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    This is the beginning of the end of Brexit. With Parliament in deadlock, it is time to to go back to the public

    Labour have finally lodged a no confidence motion, after weeks of failing to do so. I have signed it and the Liberal Democrats will vote against a Conservative Government which is now in meltdown.

    However, a General Election will not offer a way forward for the country so long as Jeremy Corbyn continues to procrastinate, backing Brexit while pretending not to. And while the Conservatives are more divided than ever, they are likely to unite with their friends in the DUP if only to keep themselves in office.

    Jeremy Corbyn must listen to Labour members and MPs, and back a People's Vote on the Government's plan versus staying in the European Union.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2019

    The online petition site, 38 Degrees, has a new petition "Keep Libraries Open in Kent" and invites everyone to add their names. You can read more and sign the petition here:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/kent-library-opening-hours-threatened?bucket=template--8_1_2019_kent_libraries_kick

  • Article: Dec 31, 2018
    Liberal Democrats

    Three crucial months: Vince Cable's New Year Message

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/cable-new-year-message-2018?utm_campaign=newyear_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=libdems

    As we enter 2019, time is ticking down on Brexit, and with it the whole future of the country.

    The history books will look back on these coming three months as critical.
    It is almost unbelievable that Parliament is waiting a further week to return!

  • Bird 2018
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Marian Bowles, Chasey Crawford Usher and other Sevenoaks Teachers

    88% of schools have endured real terms budget cuts since 2015. The average primary school is £52,546 worse off each year; secondary schools on average £178,321. Schools ask for parental contributions, the school week is shorter and teachers face redundancies as Headteachers tackle budget shortfalls.