Keith Baldry

District Councillor for Yealmpton

Potholes

June 25th, 2014 by keithbaldry
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The state of some of our roads is a disgrace. Partly caused by bad roads, but mainly by poor maintenance and years of neglect.  Basic regular maintenance work would prevent the cost of remedial work.  The County Council is cutting services at a cost to the public.

Funding Your Projects

June 25th, 2014 by keithbaldry
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I have £1500 a year available to recommend for local community projects.  Please contact me.  I have recently agreed funding for Yealmpton Youth, the Pre School, Yealmpton Community Association, and Yealmpton Athletic C

No HS2 – Spend the money on rail improvements everwhere

February 12th, 2014 by keithbaldry
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Keith Baldry spoke out at the Lib Dem regional conference against any more money being spent on HS2. He said there was a much greater need for investment in rail infra structure in regional areas.  He said such a major expenditure as proposed for HS2 was not good value for money.  The conference called for inclusion in the Party’s election manifesto a promise to review the rail and transport of South West England.

Lib Dems told not to forget those at the bottom

February 12th, 2014 by keithbaldry
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At the Regional Liberal Democrat held in Exeter, Keith Baldry appealed to members not to forget basic Lib Dem principles of protecting those on low incomes and the deprived. He said that the Party in government had rightly spoken proudly of its success in raising the rate at which people to £10,000. But they should not ignore those on too low an income to pay tax and pensioners who did not benefit from the tax changes.  He hoped the neglect was not because those at the bottom often do not vote.  After a vote in support of Keith’s views they will be sent forward for consideration by the Party’s national policy makers.

Lavatory Closure – the fight goes on

November 14th, 2013 by keithbaldry
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At the November South Hams Scrutiny Panel meeting, Keith Baldry presented a paper on the health risks of closing public lavatories.  He was congratulated on the research he has done.  The committee decided by 4 votes to 3 that it was not the right time to recommend that South Hams Executive abandons plans to close lavatories.  The committee want to look again in January.

After the meeting Keith said: “I am of course disappointed by the decision.  Our Victorian ancestors saw the availability of public lavatories as the civilised thing to do.  I felt that the evidence I presented on health concerns was very strong.  The amount of money the council will save is relatively small.  The potential risks to health are great.  I will fight on”.

Despite a further appeal by Cllrs Julian Brazil and Keith Baldry South Hams Council is going ahead with winter closure of some of its public lavatories.  A threat to health, Keith told the Council.  A threat to tourism said Julian.

Closing Public Lavatories – A health risk?

September 30th, 2013 by keithbaldry
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South Hams District Council is proposing winter closure of a number of public conveniences.  At the September Council meeting Keith Baldry quizzed the Executive Member about whether he had taken into account possible health risks.  The Executive member said there were none.  Keith Baldry argued there was a risk.  He quoted Age UK: “Lack of public toilets is a significant contributor in the isolation of older people…”  Keith also drew attention to the expert opinion of Marion Shoard, writer on Ageing.  “Many people’s route around is dictated by the presence – or a absence- of lavatories”.  “Changes to the kidneys mean that we all need to urinate more frequently as we grow older”.

After the meeting Keith added: “The more public lavatories we close, the less civilised we become as a country.   The winter closure of lavatories is giving a message that parts of the South Hams do not welcome visitors all the year round, especially older people”.

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