The North Somerset Lib Dems now have a new constituency Chair, Sarah Hearne. After 3 years as Chair, Sue Mason has stood down, with grateful thanks from the Executive Committee for successfully steering us through a time of change including general and local elections. Thankfully Sue has agreed to stay on as Vice chairman.
North Somerset Liberal Democrats send congratulations to Helen Morgan for winning the North Shropshire by-election in December. A well fought election and a stunning victory! We hope to see more victories as the Conservatives implode over partygate and lack of trust in the Prime Minister.
Well, what a week it has been. The results are in! It’s been an honour and a privilege standing for Portishead East ward in the North Somerset Council and Portishead Town Council By-Elections on Thursday.
Yes, I didn’t win the election, but I’m still a winner because I gave this a go. I stood up and said, ‘yes I’m deaf, but I can do this, and I want to represent the residents of the Portishead East ward’. I’m no different to anyone else, after all, and that was the important thing about my campaign.
Today, disappointingly leaseholders and residents have once again been let down by false promises of hope in Westminster, where the Conservative Party are ping-ponging with the lives and livelihoods of residents living with cladding and fire safety issues.
Paul Welton, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Portishead East commented: “Once again the Conservative Party have let down residents in Portishead East, happy to name local residents as a ‘case study for lessons learnt’, but unable to provide residents with the financial and emotional support vitally needed to provide an end to this Fire Safety Crisis. The Conservative Party need a loud message on May 6th that local residents are not happy with being ignored, used, and neglected. Until then I will continue to work with Cllr Huw James and Cllr Patrick Keating on North Somerset Council to raise the voice of local leaseholders to be their champion on fire safety issues.
Over seven buildings in Portishead East have been confirmed to have been affected by fire safety issues, estimated to affect over 1000 people. The leaseholders and residents living in these potentially dangerous high-rise homes continue to face costly fire safety bills, covering insurance, waking watch costs, and the costs of recladding homes.”
It’s no secret that congestion and long queues have long plagued Portishead, thought by some to be the ‘largest cul-de-sac in Europe’. To keep Portishead moving, we need to have a good transport system within the town with clear connections to nearby towns, Bristol, and the wider region.
We have the M5 motorway within reach, connecting Portishead to the rest of the UK, and whilst it's unreliable and often has delays, Portishead’s bus services have been widely recognised by Bus Operators to have the potential to really thrive. Residents in Portishead East ward face major issues with connectivity and transport, and I want to change this.