Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter - 20th to 26th May 2012 - Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats
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Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 20th to 26th May 2012

Articles for the past week:

Leader:  Power to the people

News this past week: 

1. “Rock The Chamber” For Assembly Hall?

2. New Waste Plant for Decoy Farm?
3. New Fuel Poverty Figures –  No Cause For Complacency

WORTHING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
                                   20TH TO 26TH MAY 2012

      •     Lib Dems will keep Worthing’s services local
      •     Lib Dems will get on with bringing our town into the 21st century – no more dither and delay
      •     Lib Dems will ensure ‘We are all in it together’ – no more waste and high pay
      •     Lib Dems are the only opposition in Worthing – Labour can’t win here
      •     Lib Dems support 20 mph in Worthing’s residential roads

        Leader:  Power to the people

 On Friday and Saturday Germany solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour through the midday hours. The power produced is equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity. Solar power on Saturday met half the German midday electricity needs and a third of the needs on Friday.  The German government has made a decision to abandon nuclear power shutting down all nuclear power stations by 2022.  Germany will replace nuclear with renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.  Germany has had a complete rethink on how to bring power to the people. Worthing Liberal Democrats believe Worthing should have a local rethink on how to bring power to the people.
On Thursday’s Question Time there was a heated debate between comedian Griff Rhys Jones, Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas and Labour ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott over how to solve future energy needs.  Griff Rhys Jones argued there was no alternative to nuclear, Caroline Lucas there had to be an alternative to nuclear and John Prescott all options including renewables, nuclear and even coal would be needed.  The local North Norfolk audience reacted most when an audience member stated “what we don’t want is an incinerator”.  West Sussex announced this week a consultation on the county’s future waste needs including a possible new waste plant at Decoy Farm in East Worthing – this could be a waste food digester or indeed an incinerator.
Worthing Liberal Democrats are reopening the debate today on how Worthing future energy needs can be provided to bring the best benefit to the residents of Worthing.  We realise that debate is bound to become heated at times but we trust we will not only get heat but a lot of much needed light.  We are looking at the facts behind each option and will make them available on our website and through leaflets shortly – keep an eye out and join in the debate.  Already on Twitter this morning we have spread the news about the solar power achievement in Germany and asked why not Worthing?
Here are the various options as we see them now in Worthing:
(a) Wind – EON is proposing the Rampion Wind Farm off Worthing’s shore with a cable landfall at Brooklands and then on up to Bolney. Could Worthing negotiate discounted electricity for local need?
(b) Solar – Panels or the new full-roof tiles could be made available for all?   Could Worthing Borough Council fund a local Green Deal ?
(c) Tidal Power – rather than wind turbines above the sea how about marine turbines below the surface?  How about barrages across the Adur & Arun?
(d) Power from waste – a waste digester or an incinerator at Decoy Farm?  Again negotiated discounted electricity for local need?
(e) Nuclear – there was a rumour in the Guardian some years back of a nuclear power plant at Shoreham – not very likely unless you know otherwise?
(f)  Efficiency – the often forgotten Cinderella.  Let’s promote insulation and Warm Front type intiatives.
Localism runs through Worthing Liberal Democrats blood – we need local solutions to meet local needs.
Let’s find that best way to bring power to the people.
Worthing Liberal Democrats 

NEWS FROM THE PAST WEEK

“ROCK THE CHAMBER” FOR ASSEMBLY HALL?

Monday 21st May – Leader of the Council Paul Yallop has confirmed Worthing Borough Council is happy to work with Worthing Lib Dem Group Leader Alan Rice on “Rock the Chamber”. Cllr Yallop said the council chamber may have constraints due to size and suggested a better venue would be the Assembly Hall.  Worthing Youth Council sparked the idea over their concern for the apathy shown in the poor turnout at the recent Borough elections and asked for ways to encourage young people to vote.  The Youth Council and Worthing Borough Council will sponsor a concert and/or “battle of the bands competition” to raise awareness. Youth Mayor Cam Hughes, Deputy Youth Mayor Brogan Kirkby-Bott, former Youth Mayor Liam Mills and the two political group leaders will meet with Worthing Borough Council Chief Executive next week to see how to take the idea forward.
NEW WASTE PLANT FOR DECOY FARM?
Wednesday 23rd May – West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority launch a public consultation on Wednesday 30th May about how they should manage the County’s waste in future. The plan encourages the use of new modern methods of dealing with waste and reducing reliance on landfill.  Seven key waste sites have been identified that could be suitable for new waste facilities: north of the Ford wastewater treatment centre; Hobbs Barn, near Climping; Bognor Road, Chichester fuel depot; Brookhurst Wood, near Warnham; land west of the Goddard Green waterwater treatment works; Brockhurst Wood landfill; and Decoy Farm, East Worthing.  Decoy Farm local Worthing Liberal Democrat County Councillor Alan Rice and local Borough Ward Councillor Victoria Taylor will conduct their own consulatation with residents to ensure residents’ views are heard. The consultation will close on Friday 27 July. People can respond via the online form available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf, by email to mwdf@westsussex.gov.uk or by posting paper forms to: Strategic Planning (Ref: Waste Local Plan), West Sussex County Council,County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RH.
NEW POVERTY FIGURES – NO CAUSE FOR COMPLACENCY
Friday 25th May – The 2012 Annual Report on Fuel Poverty Statistics shows that in the UK, fuel poverty fell from 5.5m households in 2009 to 4.75m in 2010. The report shows that in 2010, 5,794 households (13.5%) in Worthing West and 5,534 households (13.7%) in East Worthing & Shoreham were in fuel poverty, which means they spent more than 10% of their income in order to keep warm.
Commenting on the report, Worthing Lib Dem Shadow Member for Health & Wellbeing Michael Donin said: “It is good news that fuel poverty went down in 2010 but we shouldn’t be complacent. With the rises in energy price rises in the last few years, many households have been struggling in Worthing. We should continue to work hard towards eliminating fuel poverty in our area. People who are struggling with their energy costs can contact me to see what help is available. I encourage everyone who is eligible to apply to the Warm Front scheme, which will provide insulation and heating improvements to reduce costs and keep people warm. I also call on every household to use price comparison tools to switch to the cheapest energy provider and reduce their bills. Through the Coalition Government’s Green Deal, every household will be able to insulate their houses from next autumn without any upfront costs. This will help cut energy bills, create jobs and help create a greener economy.”
DIARY
Tuesday 29th May – WSCC Planning Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Tuesday 29th May – WBC Planning Committee – Gordon Room, Town Hall at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 30th May – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Thursday 31st May – WSCC Policy and Resources Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Saturday 2nd June – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Shops 10.00 to 10.30 am
Saturday 2nd June – Lib Dem Central Ward Surgery – Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road 10.30 am to 12.00 noon
and every first Saturday of the month
Saturday 2nd June – Lib Dem Gaisford/Tarring Castle Wards Surgery – West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring 10.30 to 12.00 noon

FURTHER AHEAD

Tuesday 19th June – Lib Dem Durrington Surgery – New Life Church, Durrington 7.00 to 8.00 pm
and every third Tuesday of the month

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