Mendip Liberal Democrat group welcomes independent Shepton councillor, Edric Hobbs

Edric Hobbs, Mendip District Councillor (Shepton West) joins the Liberal Democrat group at Mendip District Council.

“I am really pleased to be joining the local Liberal Democrat party and the other Lib Dem Councillors at Mendip,” commented Councillor Hobbs, who is also the newly elected chair of Shepton Town Council. “I have supported the change this administration has sought to bring about from the day I was elected – my priorities, my values and what I want to do for Shepton haven’t changed. One year in, and with a good understanding of what Mendip can get done, I felt that now is the time to join the Lib Dems, a party that seeks to include others in how they can make Mendip better.”

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Walking and cycling strategies in focus across Mendip

Liberal Democrat Councillors at Mendip District Council are actively working to support and deliver ‘active travel’ strategies across the district with a focus on walking and cycling. The partners committed include Somerset County Council, Mendip’s City, Town and Parish Councils, in addition to local Chambers of Commerce and voluntary clubs.  

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Mendip sets a ‘value-for-money’ balanced budget

Frontline services protected; a £50m boost for regeneration across the district; and all within a council tax rise of £5 – that’s Mendip’s value-for-money budget.

Mendip District Council’s value-for-money budget for 2020-21 has been set and approved at a meeting of the Full Council (Monday, 24th February).

Sign-off on the finances means the Council can move forward in tackling homelessness, the climate emergency and lending a helping hand to people hit by poverty and austerity.


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Liberal Democrats fail to gain support for a £50K boost for Market Street regeneration at the Sedgemoor budget meeting.

At the budget meeting of Sedgemoor District Council, the Liberal Democrat Group’s proposal to fund a study into the regeneration of the Market Street area of Highbridge, leading to an action plan, was defeated.

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The Baby Trees Scheme

AROUND 17,000 trees are set to be planted in Somerset over the next three years - one for each baby born in the county.

The Baby Trees scheme, put forward by the Liberal Democrats, was approved at Somerset County Council's meeting earlier this week (February 19).

It will see a tree planted to mark the birth of every baby in the county over the next three years, including babies that are sadly stillborn, which would see around 5,500 each year.


Photo from Somerset County Gazette

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Nomination announcement

12th December is your opportunity to elect a true voice for Wells. Politics has been at a standstill for the past few years.  For too long our MPs have cared more about staying in power than staying true to the needs of the people they represent.  

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Tessa Munt gets ready to return as MP for Wells

December General Election a real chance for a shake-up locally and Tessa is the only candidate who can realistically unseat the Conservatives in the Wells constituency.

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Mendip District Council Liberal Democrat Group - Glastonbury Living Spaces Update

Many residents of Glastonbury have been concerned throughout the summer of 2019 about the numbers of people living in vans and caravans on the roads and green spaces of the town.  At the same time, many people have expressed their support for those who are living in accommodation that is not standard “bricks & mortar”.

So what progress is being made to resolve these issues?


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Tributes paid to former Burnham-On-Sea councillor Katie Lawson who has died

A former town and district councillor for Burnham-On-Sea has passed away this week following a battle with cancer.

Cllr Katie Lawson, 50, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 17th July in Weston Hospice in the presence of her family.


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Social care: “Somerset has made a drama out of a crisis” say county Lib Dems

Jane Lock, Somerset County Council’s Leader of the Opposition, has weighed into the debate following the Panorama programme on Somerset’s social care crisis by describing the situation as “one created nationally by the Government but made far worse by short-sighted thinking at a local level”.

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