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  • Article: May 25, 2020

    While the Council rightly remains focused on the Covid-19 response, it still has serious questions to answer about it's investments, especially Redwood Bank.

    This is the claim by Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn Borough Councillor Ryan Bate. Recent 'freedom of information' requests conducted by one of his residents have brought to light the concerns of council auditors, Grant Thornton.

  • Article: May 22, 2020

    The government is trying to balance the risks to children's education and the risks to public health in decisions over school opening. At the moment they're reaching the wrong conclusions, argues Councillor Ryan Bate.

    The first point to make in the 'school opening' debate is that the vast majority of schools never closed. Schools have remained open to vulnerable children and those of key workers. Teachers and support staff continue to provide learning opportunities for the majority of children sat at home during the lockdown. This provision was put in place with almost no notice and, as Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has said, it is wrong to criticise schools who have been doing their absolute best from a 'standing start'.

  • Article: May 21, 2020

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillors Ryan Bate and Sharon Harris are adding their voices to a national call for the government to release all of the evidence, which supports their decisions and guidance regarding the re-opening of schools.

    "As a teacher, I recognise the tremendous impact which school closures have on children, especially the disadvantaged and vulnerable," says Councillor Ryan Bate. "We want schools to reopen for more children but parents and school workers need to know that it is safe for children to be back in schools in greater numbers."

  • Article: Apr 16, 2020

    I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the people who are keeing working, looking after individuals, supporting our families, serving our communities and holding our society together. So many people are doing an amazing job and, with the very real risk of missing people, I'd like to say:

  • Ryan Bate
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    Councillor Ryan Bate has expressed his concerns that the Borough Council are conducting detailed discussions around the Garden Suburb concept of the Local Plan before the plan has been agreed.

    Speaking at a meeting of the Supporting the Local Economy policy committee, Councillor Ryan Bate raised his concerns to fellow councillors and senior officers about the update that 'detailed discussions have commenced in earnest with Homes England in relation to project viability and deliverability'. Cllr Bate stated that he was deeply uncomfortable that this work is going on before the Local Plan has been finalised.

  • Ryan with Richard Cook Isuzu ()
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy, to "breathe new life" into high streets in Warrington.

    The party would replace business rates with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only. This would take the cost off businesses and help support high streets.

    The proposals would cut taxes for businesses by 18% in Warrington.

    By taxing landowners rather than businesses, half a million small businesses across the country would be spared the burden of property taxation.

    Liberal Democrat candidate Councillor Ryan Bate said:

    "Many retailers and small businesses in Warrington are under pressure from economic uncertainty, the rise of online retail and the burden of business rates.

    "Yet this Conservative government is failing to get to grips with the crisis facing our high streets. Time and again they have promised reviews of business rates but have failed to take action.

  • Ryan with EU flag ()
    Article: Nov 11, 2019

    The national Unite to Remain project, designed to return as many pro-Remain MPs as possible at the coming General Election, has backed Ryan Bate and the Liberal Democrats in Warrington South.

    Warrington South is one of the sixty seats in England and Wales that will benefit from the 'Unite to Remain' agreement.

  • Ryan at LD conference ()
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    The government moratorium on fracking is welcome, but what the country needs is a full and immediate ban.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South, Cllr Ryan Bate has offered a cautious welcome to the Government's temporary halt on fracking. The decision was made following the recent publication of new scientific evidence on earthquakes linked to fracking.