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.
Voters in Warrington South have a real choice in the General Election: they can go for the same old parties of the past or they can vote Liberal Democrat to Stop Brexit and Build a Brighter Future.
Speaking about the pending poll on 12th December, the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Warrington South Cllr Ryan Bate commented: 'I cannot remember a more important election in my lifetime. The very future of our country will be decided by the government formed after the election. For too many people things aren't working as they should be and the people I speak to in Warrington South are fed up with the Conservatives and Labour, failing time and time again to deliver a better future. In Warrington South, people have an alternative: they can vote Ryan Bate and the Liberal Democrats.'
Liberal Democrats are calling for a major boost to investment in further education and lifelong learning.
Annual funding for a student in 16 to 19 education has fallen in real terms by 18% since 2010 and two in five education colleges are in deficit.
Cllr Ryan Bate, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South, drew on his own teaching experience when speaking about lifelong this subject at his party's national conference. Ryan says, "As a teacher, I know how important this issue is. Young people who leave my school shouldn't be faced with an under-funded college course.
The normal rules for running the country have been thrown overboard as the Government descends from one crisis to another.
Cllr Ryan Bate, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South says, "Our Prime Minister is hell-bent on taking us out of Europe, with or without a deal. The independent Office for Budget Responsibility has warned that no-deal' would cost the public purse £30 billion every year for the next four years.
Following the incredibly disappointing outcome of last Wednesday's planning committee, I have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to ask him to 'call in' the Stobarts application and make it the subject of an independent public inquiry. It is really important that this complex application is reviewed by somebody in a neutral position who considers the full body of evidence before them, as I do not believe that this was the case at last Wednesday's planning meeting.
I'm from Warrington and have lived here almost all of my life. I work in the town and am a local councillor. This gives me a reasonably good idea of the issues people are facing. That said, I believe an important part of being a Member of Parliament is listening to people, so I want to know what you think.
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Warrington South, Councillor Ryan Bate, has described Warrington Council's planning department as currently unfit for purpose due to a 'perfect storm' of cutbacks, IT failings and a number of high-profile applications.
'Together with the substantial work around the Local Plan, the Council's planning department has also faced an increasing number of major applications. It is trying to cope with a smaller workforce and a creaking IT system resulting from financial cutbacks,' explains Ryan Bate, 'It is vital that Warrington gets planning right. Not just for legal reasons, but also for the long-term benefit of people and the environment. Unfortunately, the situation has resulted in the public completely losing confidence in a planning system in which they do not feel they can properly participate. Despite the hard work of the remaining planning officers, the service is simply unfit for purpose.'
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