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  • John Pugh speaking at his adoption meeting April 2015
    Article: Apr 10, 2015

    Southport's John Pugh has backed the Lib Dem plan for five new Green Laws.

    The five green laws are:

    1. A Nature Bill: key measures include legal targets for biodiversity, clean air, clean water and access to green space, extending the Right to Roam and establishing new marine and coastal reserves.

    2. A Heating and Energy Efficiency Bill: key measures include building on the Green Deal with a national programme to raise the energy efficiency standards for all Britain's households. We will legislate to boost renewable and district heating programmes and heat saving standards.

    3. A Zero Waste Britain Bill: key measures include establishing a "Stern Report" on resource use, with binding targets and a clear action plan to reduce waste and end biodegradable landfill.

    4. A Zero Carbon Britain Bill: key measures include introducing a decarbonisation target for electricity generation, expanding the powers of the Green Investment Bank and banning electricity generated from unabated coal.

    5. A Green Transport Bill: key measures include establishing a full network of charging points for electric cars, only allowing low emission vehicles on the roads from 2040 and reforming planning law to ensure new developments are designed around walking, cycling and public transport.
  • Article: Mar 29, 2015

    Consultation response from our three Meols Ward councillors.

    General comments

    1. We do not consider that the population estimates that underpin the Local Plan publication draft are sound. There are assumptions about sudden increases in inward migration that are simply not backed up by credible evidence. The figure of 615 houses a year seems to us to be a considerable over-estimate of the actual need.

    2. Producing a Local Plan based on flawed assumptions means that Green Belt land, including high grade agricultural land, is being wrongly designated for housing.

    3. Some of the actual need for housing can be met by measures such as reducing the number of empty properties to the national average, taking into account existing brownfield sites earmarked for development, and encouraging 'flats over shops' and 'shared accommodation'.

    Brownfield sites

    4. We believe that there are existing brownfield sites that can be used for housing without impacting on the prospect for jobs in the future and we welcome the inclusion of the old Phillips site off Rufford Road, Southport for housing development (MN 2.3).

    5. It is vital that development at MN2.3 includes ancillary developments such as a school, GP surgery, and shops. This development should also recognise, and be sympathetic to, the heritage of the site of the old Vulcan Motor works.

  • Angela Rippon and John Pugh
    Article: Mar 24, 2015

    Southport according to figure released by the Alzheimer's Society has the highest number of people with a diagnosis of dementia in the North West and one of the highest rates in the UK - 1,765

    Alzheimer's Society campaigners were in Westminster to urge MPs to make this election memorable for all those affected by dementia. The charity is striving to ensure that more people get a diagnosis and the support they need, that there is a doubling of spending on dementia research and that communities are encouraged to become dementia friendly to ensure people with dementia can live full and active lives.

  • Parking Fines
    Article: Mar 15, 2015

    MP John Pugh has welcomed the new proposed changes to parking laws as a "sensible adjustment to the balance of power". Previously the MP has proposed that in-town parking be run by the Business Improvement District not the council.

    "The whole problem in Southport has been over-zealous enforcement and this new Statutory Instrument spikes that in favour of common sense," the MP said.

  • 2015 John Pugh - STOP Auto-Renewal Rip Off
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    According to national statistics Southport residents are paying in the region of £2 million pounds more than they should be on their motor insurance.This is due to the policy of auto-renewals which quietly boost the price of insurance above market rates.

    it is unacceptable that those who are frequently least likely to afford it are being misled by motor insurers into over paying on their car insurance. Almost 6 million drivers are losing out by agreeing to auto-renew their policies, collectively over paying by at least £1.3 billion a year.

  • John Pugh on Wesley Street
    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    John Pugh who is a member of the Public Accounts Committee that has been responsible for exposing the extent of tax avoidance by big companies, banks and High St names has called for a levelling of the playing field for small traders.

    "They don't engage in forming a nest of shell companies, off shore trusts and Luxembourg accounts but they have to compete with those who do," commented the MP. He goes on to say:

  • Manifesto 2015 - Five Priorities
    Article: Feb 14, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have unveiled the party's five priorities for the next five years.

    These five priorities set out the Liberal Democrat agenda for government of building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone

    Prosperity for all

    Creating a stronger economy is about more than just clearing the deficit that's why we will balance the budget fairly and invest in building a high skill low carbon economy. To build a strong, green, innovative economy we need to invest in upgrading our national infrastructure and producing the clean renewable energy that will power our future prosperity.

  • John Pugh MP speaking in the Commons Chamber 2
    Article: Jan 11, 2015

    John Pugh leads House of Commons Debate

    Southport's Lib Dem MP John Pugh led a debate in the Commons this week on 'Coastal Towns and Economic Development'.

    The debate was very well-attended with many other MPs queuing up to sing the praises of or cite the problems of their own local bit of the UK coastline.

  • Marianne Welsh Guest Speaker Churchtown Heritage Association
    Article: Jan 9, 2015

    Norwood's Cllr Marianne Welsh was recently the guest speaker at Churchtown Heritage Association where she gave a talk about her former career as an actress and also spoke about becoming a councillor in Southport and what being a councillor entailed. The audience was delighted with her talk and afterwards there was a splendid buffet where Marianne answered questions from members about her time in the theatre and also about her role as a busy councillor in the community.

    The photo shows Marianne in the centre with Barry Porter the Chairman of the Association and his wife Pam.

  • No Dog Fouling Sign
    Article: Jan 3, 2015

    DNA tests on dog poo are being used to identify the offenders who, so far, have never been caught in the act.

    In collaboration with US Laboratories Biopets, a UK firm called StreetKleen Bio are now offering a "PooPrints" service to local authorities which they believe could wipe out 90 per cent of the dog mess problem on UK streets.

    BioPet Vet Lab Director Eric Mayer states:

    "In towns and cities across the UK with hundreds (if not thousands) of dogs the only foolproof tool in enforcement of local dog waste policy is through positive identification with DNA."

    DNA samples are taken from offending mess and matched with samples taken with swabs from the cheeks of local dogs.

    The approach has been adopted in the USA and several other countries over the past 4 years and is being pioneered in the UK by Hyndburn Council, which covers the Accrington area of Lancashire. Southport Lib Dem councillor Tony Dawson has asked local Council chiefs to keep in touch with Hyndburn Council to see whether or not this approach might be suitable for Southport and other areas covered by Sefton MBC. The idea is that the cost of the testing would be covered by revenue obtained from fixed penalties. The main saving claimed is from the deterrent effect as offending owners learn that they can be tracked down and hit with a large fine.

    Councillor Dawson says:

    "Responsible dog walkers already clean up after themselves through several legal ways. We want a system which makes the irresponsible minority sit up and take action. I am sick and tired of seeing poo bags hanging in bushes alongside footpaths, and piles of mess on pavements in both shoppiing and residential areas."

    In the UK, dog fouling remains one of the most emotive and complained about issues, with 1 in 4 people considering it a problem that is on the rise in their area. Not only is it unsightly and unpleasant, but it has been linked to significant health risks especially to the youngest members of our communities. Councils across the UK have highlighted tackling dog fouling as a priority, but despite their best intentions continue to grapple with dog owners who profess to clean up, but obviously don't.

    A recent study undertaken by Keep Britain Tidy estimated the cost of cleaning the streets of the UK at £1 billion.

    The introduction of PooPrints has coincided with the release of new legislation: The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This replaces Dog Control Orders with Public Space Protection Orders. These new powers give communities the opportunity to set conditions to help prevent nuisances such as dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour that can be considered detrimental to the quality of life to those with a locality.

    Streetkleen Bio is a North Wales-based Enviro-Tech company. Its Managing Director Gary Downie comments:

  • John Pugh - Hibernia Atlantic
    Article: Dec 23, 2014

    Although the major fibre optic cable from the USA arrives in Southport and pulses away on the Kew industrial estate (see photo) many Southport residents will struggle over the Christmas with slow broadband speeds including many local businesses who find slow broadband speeds a real handicap.

    John Pugh MP has been pressing the government and BT the main infrastructure provider to remedy this glaring anomaly. "We should be getting the best service in England", he claims.

  • Norwood Christmas Lunch 2014
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat members from Norwood Ward recently celebrated their annual Christmas lunch at the Cambridge House Hotel Southport and as the photo shows they were all having a really good time. Local ward councillors Cllr Lord Ronnie Fearn and Cllr Marianne Welsh were also present. Cllr Welsh said 'Once again Richard, the hotel's owner and his team have done us proud.'

    Cllr Lord Fearn added, 'Marvellous, it was a truly marvellous meal'.

  • Rubbish Friends Lakeside Miniature Railway 2014
    Article: Dec 3, 2014

    Southport's Rubbish Friends got a youthful boost when local youngsters swelled their ranks and helped clear more that 40 bags of litter from under the pier.

    The volunteer 'clean up' group welcomed 13 year old Duke of Edinburgh bronze medal entrant Will Berry and local children from St Philip's School who joined regular litter heroes in clearing the pier area.

  • Marianne Welsh - Dangerous Tree Cut Back - Bispham Road (2014)
    Article: Nov 2, 2014

    Keen eyed Marianne Welsh, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Norwood Ward recently saw a young schoolgirl get hit in the face by the branches of a overhanging tree in Bispham Road when walking along the pavement. Marianne took a photo of the offending tree and sent it to Sefton Council recommending the tree be cut back as a matter of urgency.

  • John Pugh MP Southport Sea Wall (2014)
    Article: Oct 26, 2014

    MP John Pugh believes Sefton Council has failed Southport and crucially failed to respond to the concerns raised and expressed by the Local Authority Boundary Commission when they last looked at Southport's position in Sefton.

    The MP, who introduced a bill in this parliament to give local people power to request a review of council boundaries, believes that there is a clear need to revisit the question of whether Southport's future lies in Sefton.

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