Keith Baldry

District Councillor for Yealmpton

Keith Baldry to stand for re-election to South Hams

September 18th, 2014 by keithbaldry
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At their meeting in September 2014 local Liberal Democrats have endorsed Keith Baldry as a candidate for the new 2 member ward of Yealmpton and Newton Ferrers.  Keith is the current councillor for Yealmpton.

Despite widespread local opposition the Local Government Boundary Commission has revised District Council wards in South Hams.  The new ward will have two councillors and will cover Holbeton, Lee Mill, Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo, Sparkwell and Yealmpton.

After the meeting Cllr Keith Baldry said: “I am most grateful to local Liberal Democrats for their endorsement and encouragement. The new ward is much bigger than my present ward.  It has been created in London in order to balance numbers and takes no account of local geography.   I will continue as I do now to work hard for local people.  I will keep in touch with local needs, not just at election time, but throughout the year.”

Target Broadband speeds ‘Woefully Inadaquate’

September 13th, 2014 by keithbaldry
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Close Chat Invitation  Many people in the South Hams are unhappy about broadband coverage.  Speeds vary enormously.  The government target is for 90% of Devon and Somerset to achieve 2 Mbps by the end of 2016.  But only 60% of South Hams is expected to reach this speed.   Even when the speed is achieved Keith Baldry told a recent South Hams Scrutiny Committee that the target was “woefully inadequate”.  He told the meeting: “If a business wants to relocate, they can go to one of the cities where they will get truly fast broadband.  Why would they come here when the coverage is so poor?  People want speeds of at least 20 Mbps for business and leisure.  You cannot watch a film at 2 Mbps.  Students cannot do research.   Yet BT can correctly claim they are meeting the government target at this speed.  The area of coverage must be increased and the speed target pushed up.  December 2016 is too late for this to happen”.

 

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.

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