At its Special Council Meeting on Thursday (23rd June 2022) Test Valley Borough Council agreed unanimously to submit a bid to the Government's Levelling Up Fund for up to £20 million towards the delivery of elements of the Andover Town Regeneration Masterplan. Part of the plan involves the creation of a riverside park along the Western Avenue gyratory and opening up the River Anton, which is a tributary of the River Test. The bid was proposed by Council Leader, Phil North, and strongly supported by Romsey Councillor, Mark Cooper.
The Hampshire County Council cut of £700,000 in charitable grants to social care groups is extremely short-sighted. So says Romsey's County Councillor, Mark Cooper. "The work done by local charities in the field of social care is extremely cost effective. The reduction in funding to the charities will lead to additional costs having to be picked up by other publicly funded bodies such as the NHS and the Hampshire Constabulary".
Over the last few weeks we've been out and about on the doorstep. We've spoken to voters all over R&SN with a fantastic response. Many people switching to Lib Dems from the Tories. The Lib Dem team also attended Southampton Pride event on 11th June with a wonderful response to the Lib Dem LGBT policies.
A party spokesperson said: "This is a historic result in Southampton. After more than 10 years without a Lib Dem councillor in Southampton, the Lib Dems are back.
This also marks a huge turning point in the Romsey & Southampton North constituency with the Lib Dems continuing to grow their pool of Councillors.
Richard will be a dedicated, hard working and proactive councillor who will ensure Bassett sees positive steps forward. Residents continued to be disappointed by the Tories in Bassett and we have seen that at the ballot box yesterday."
Richard is the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Bassett Ward in Southampton.
Ricahrd lives and works in Southampton. He currently works at the University and brings 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector having worked in research, and for European, national, and local environmental non-governmental organisations. He is passionate about climate change, the environment and economic policy.
Richard is also a keen believer in personal development and lifelong learning, which is reflected in his active membership of Hamwic Speakers, the Southampton branch of Toastmasters International.
Thomas is a committed local campaigner with a strong record of action. If elected, Thomas will fight hard to make sure the council does all it can to protect local services, promote Southampton's history and heritage, and combat climate change.
Thomas grew up in Somerset and moved to Southampton in 2014 to study Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. While he was studying he stood for parliament as the youngest Lib Dem candidate in the country. Thomas's passion and commitment to our area make him the best person to be our councillor.
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