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    Article: Dec 21, 2014

    Shropshire Council have overwhelmingly endorsed a motion to promote organ donation across England conceived and campaigned for by Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Ludlow and Bridgnorth Councillor Charlotte Barnes.

    A paper came to council as a result of Cllr Barnes motion over twelve months ago asking Council to lobby Westminster for a change to the way in which we donate our organs.

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    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    FESTIVE FRIENDS 2014 On your own this Christmas Day? Don't be! Come dine with us! We extend an invitation to share an excellent Christmas lunch, (2 courses), some light entertainment and good company at the Church Barn in Bishops Castle. Can't get there? We will arrange lifts from and to home. Can't afford it? (Donations of up to £7 to cover costs would be appreciated). Talk to us any- way. Too shy? Let us tempt you. Don't eat meat? We can cater for your diets. Young, middleaged or older, you will be very welcome. December 25th 11.30 - 3.00 For details telephone: 01588 630719 (Helpers also required for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

  • Article: Dec 14, 2014

    Charlotte Barnes, (Lib Dem Candidate for Ludlow ) has condemned the decision by Shropshire Council's Cabinet to slash the money given to Town and Parish Councils across South and West Shropshire.

    Charlotte (who is Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle and a Parish Councillor) said "This is dreadful timing. Many Parish and Town Councils have agreed on their budget for next year. They will now have to decide whether or not to impose a hefty increase in their Council Tax after the shock decision by the Cabinet on last week to take their money"

  • Article: Dec 8, 2014

    Charlotte Barnes, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Ludlow and Bridgnorth, has urged local residents not to just support local businesses on 'Small Business Saturday' but make it a 'Small business Christmas' in Shropshire.

    Charlotte said " There are 5.2 million small and medium-sized businesses in Britain (1 person in 12 runs a business) and small businesses contribute a huge amount Shropshire's economy.

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    Article: Dec 7, 2014

    A move to press the Westminster government to introduce an 'opt out' system for organ donation come before Shropshire Council next week.

    Charlotte who is proposing the motion said "I've campaigned hard for this change ever since the donation of some of my bone marrow saved a man's life in Germany. The proposal follows the system adopted in Wales and many other European countries which assumes consent for the use or organs unless the deceased has expressed otherwise. This in turn creates a much greater number of potential donors and saves many lives.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2014

    Heather Kidd, Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen (and long time campaigner for affordable homes), has slammed the Governments proposal, this week, that builders will not have to include affordable homes in developments of less than 10 properties .

    Heather said: "This is very poorly thought out and has ignored advice given by the Local Government association and a host of other experts.

  • Charlotte Barnes
    Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, Charlotte Barnes, Lib Dem Candidate for Ludlow said "George Osborne didn't mention the word "rural" even once in his speech. It's not there in the printed Autumn Statement either. This is an Autumn Statement that's centred on cities and ignores the needs of rural England and counties like Shropshire.

    We are in desperate need of affordable housing in Britain. But affordable housing will get just £4.7 billion from Osborne up to 2021. That's less than a third of the £15.1 billion budget he has allocated for roads. Most of the affordable housing money is set to go to big schemes in cities.

    This would not be such a big problem if Eric Pickles hadn't last week removed the requirement of housing schemes of ten or less houses to provide a financial contribution towards affordable housing. Most housing schemes in rural South Shropshire are very small. We are heading towards a situation where building of affordable houses in the south of the county is rapidly grinding to a halt.

    The Autumn Statement wasn't the least bit green either. Osborne did not mention the environment at all. Instead, he is promoting fracking and cutting taxes on fossil fuels. As we head towards 2014 being one of the warmest years on record, George Osborne seems to not care about the impact climate change will have on future generations.

    For George Osborne, the environment and affordable housing are right down at the bottom of his priorities.

    They are at the top of our priorities for most of us here in rural Shropshire. Osborne has got his priorities wrong."

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    Article: Nov 23, 2014

    Councillors in rural Shropshire have slammed to Council Administrations proposal to replace the County's Youth service with paltry grants to local bodies in rural areas.

    Heather Kidd said: " In place of a youth worker and a youth club the Local Joint Committee is being offered a paltry £3,000 a year to provide services for our young people over an area of 180 square miles stretching from Worthen down to Clun and Bucknell. That sum wouldn't even pay for a minibus to get them together twice a week!"

  • Article: Nov 23, 2014

    Lib Dem Leader on Shropshire Council, Roger Evans, has called for urgent action by the Council as figures revealed that the number of homes lying empty in Shropshire is increasing at a time where numbers are on the slide nationally.

    Roger said "Local families are struggling in Shropshire to find homes they can afford. Prices are high and too often the wrong, luxury, type of housing is all that is being built. Its really depressing to hear these figures which show that the number of houses standing empty in our area is rising dramatically. As a Council we need to act to give landlords the incentive to make more of these properties available for rent. We need a far stronger and effective strategy than exists at present.*"

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    Article: Nov 9, 2014

    Councillors in the West of Shropshire have slammed Severn Trent Water for their heavy handed attitude in closing roads needlessly and without proper consultation. This follows a spate of incidents afflicting a number of villages in the Bishops Castle and Ludlow areas Heather Kidd said: "I came home one evening to find the road through Chirbury shut. No-one had been consulted not the community, public transport companies or myself. Granted two leaks had been detected but no thought or effort had been taken to alert key road users such as the school bus people or the community at large.