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Local bank and orange bags on Lib Dem agenda

April 5, 2012 11:55 AM
In Derby Telegraph
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

LIBERAL Democrats in Derby launched their manifesto yesterday ahead of the May 3 local elections.

Its timing coincided with the election campaign launch by the party's leader, Nick Clegg.

Mirroring the national picture, local campaigners put economics and jobs at the top of the agenda.

Lib Dem Derby branch chairperson Lucy Care announced the party's ambitions for a Derby bank.

She said: "There has been a lot of talk about banks not being prepared to lend to smaller businesses.

"There is a growing awareness that this is something we need to address. We need money committed to making growth in Derby happen."

A local bank is something Labour has also previously called for in the city.

There were also words on how the city deals with its waste from campaigner and Derwent candidate, Richard Hudson.

He said his work on the doorstep listening to residents led to the Lib Dems' pledge to review the controversial introduction of orange bags for cardboard recycling.

"I tried to defend it at first," said Mr Hudson, referring to the fact his group is currently in a coalition administration on Derby City Council with the Conservatives and brought in the bags.

"But I realised that was not responding to what people were telling me so I fed that back and now we are committed to reviewing the bags to try to find alternatives."

The Lib Dem group leader for Derby, Hilary Jones, highlighted some of what she said were her group's successes in recent times.

She said: "We can see now see the extra care site coming out of the ground in Mackworth.

"We have also seen more empty homes brought back into use, something which was started under (Lib Dem) Bob Troup when he was the cabinet member responsible.

"We have also seen the velodrome gaining planning permission. We said this was needed. There is no facility like it in this part of the country.

"It will be much more than just a velodrome and will have space for concerts, which, when not being used for this, can be also used for badminton courts and other sports.

"When we are out there on the doorstep, we need to be telling people some of the things we have achieved in the last four years - because we have achieved a lot."