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Category Archives: Worthing West

Grammar Schools fail the test on social mobility

Responding to a BBC investigation which found fewer than half of England’s grammar schools give poor pupils priority in allocating places, Liberal Democrat Councillor Hazel Thorpe said: “Everyone has a unique learning style and the  age at which we want to learn. Grammar schools therefore do not suit everyone and from my own experience are divisive. Fortunately for […]

Another #SouthernFail!

Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats have been contacted by angry commuters struggling with Southern Rail’s new ‘Delay Repay’ system. If your train journey was affected by the wholly avoidable strike action last week, Southern Rail have set up ‘Delay Repay’ to compensate you – however the majority of customers trying to use the service have called it “unclear” and […]

Our housing time bomb

You may have read about, or even attended, the public meeting on the future of housing in Shoreham and have concerns about the potential for tall buildings. Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats believe that St Mary’s Church should be the benchmark height for all proposed residential developments and that tall buildings are not the answer to the […]

It’s time to #ReformRenting

Britain’s rental system is broken and renters can’t get ahead and the Liberal Democrats are trying to fix that. With our Renters’ Rights Bill we want to shift the power to people who rent and end unfair rip-off letting fees. The average letting fee in Adur & Worthing is £355, many people have to pay over £500! […]

What is mental health first aid?

Speaking at the launch of Worthing’s 4th Mental Heath Awareness Week on World Mental Health Day, (Monday 10th October) Councillor Bob Smytherman proposed a challenge to those present to take the Take 10 Together challenge and undertake Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training organised by MHFA England and and delivered locally by local charity – Coastal West Sussex Mind […]

Welcome to Worthing: Peacocks

Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats are delighted to see Peacocks clothing and fashion store is moving in to the former Store Twenty One on Chapel Road, the store will re-open on Thursday 27th October. Leader of Worthing Borough Council’s Liberal Democrats, Councillor Hazel Thorpe, has welcomed the announcement: ” It’s good to see that the Store Twenty One site […]

Worthing This Week

This weekend I supported Friends of Tarring Park by joining the litter picking patrol with several local residents. Fortunately we couldn’t pick up vast amounts of litter as it was reasonably clear this week. So not a big problem and no needles either – let’s hope it stays that way over the coming months.

What does the chancellor mean when he talks about Welfare?

George Osbourne is quite happy to talk about Welfare and accept that everyone thinks that this is the same as Unemployment benefit. As you can see on the link below this is NOT the case.   What is in welfare

What does a local councillor do?

I did this interview for the Community mapping project which will be available soon, but I thought this might give an idea of how I approach the role of Councillor. I am therefore putting it on our website. I seem to have been slightly stretched vertically but hopefully the words will be more important than […]

Lib Dems to protect education budget from cradle to college

The Liberal Democrats will protect the full education budget in the next parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister announced today. Nick Clegg said the party would ringfence education spending for 2 to 19-year-olds. This means the Liberal Democrats would protect an extra £10billion of education spending based on this financial year, rising with inflation. Currently funding […]