Coventry City Council has recently announced that five libraries (Caludon, Cheylesmore, Coundon, Earlsdon and Finham) within Coventry face closure if community support groups cannot be found to run them. Under the proposal, only Central, Bell Green, Foleshill, Stoke and Tile Hill libraries will remain under Council control in the city.
The Coventry Liberal Democrats took part in the National Day of Action on Saturday 14th May, holding a street stall outside Coventry Central Library. The event was a huge success with many members of the public joining with us and highlighting how they believe that remaining in Europe will be positive for the United Kingdom. Former councillor and local campaigner Russell Field said, "The public response to the campaign was hugely positive. I am really enthused that the majority of the population of Coventry shares our belief that we are stronger in Europe."
Read Tim Farron's speech on June 11, 2016 on why he's voting to remain on June 23rd
So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.
On 14 May, the Liberal Democrats are holding a national day of action with street stalls and campaigning across the UK to show our support for Europe and encourage the British people to remain #INtogether on 23rd June. Join us in the centre of Coventry for our #INtogether street stall, to hand out leaflets and encourage people to vote to remain in Europe on June 23rd!
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Lib Dem campaigners Russell Field and Stuart Coles have launched a petition calling on the Council to improve road safety at the junction of Blackberry Lane and Sewall Highway, following the fatal accident that recently occurred there.
Russell Field said, "A number of years ago I petitioned the Council to take action on this road because it is so hard for pedestrians to cross. They did nothing. The junction needs a delay for pedestrians to cross and I think a pedestrian refuge as well."
Plans by our Labour Council to merge Coventry into a West Midlands Authority based in Birmingham have been rejected by Liberal Democrats.
The Lib Dems believe that Coventry would be better off making an alliance with Warwickshire and possibly Solihull, rather than get sucked into a huge authority centred around Birmingham, in which Coventry's voice could well be lost or ignored.
"The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.
With the EU referendum due soon, Coventry Lib Dem campaigner Russell Field has made his stance on the issue clear.
"I believe, along with many Lib Dems, that being in the EU is vital for the British economy and for Britain's future. Britain benefits from being part of the world's biggest trading block, exporting almost 45% of our sales abroad to EU Countries. Over half (53%) of our imports come from the EU, exempt from tariffs, meaning a better deal for consumers.
The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.
Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it.
The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third party such as a charity, local authority or individual who has helped to pay the tenant's deposit. If the landlord gets a response that the tenant has not abandoned the property they can't change the locks and reclaim it.