• Event: Dec 10, 2019 7:30 PM
    The Pheasant

    On Tuesday 10th December, from 7.30pm at the Pheasant Inn, Chippenham, the Chippenham Town Branch of the Liberal Democrats will be holding their monthly social. However, this month's social will also be an opportunity to meet with Helen Belcher, Chippenham's Parliamentary candidate in the upcoming General Election.

    So, if you would like to ask Helen anything or would simply like to meet her in person then please do join us next Tuesday. Please note this event is open to anyone, not just members, and so if you would like to bring a friend please do so!

    On your arrival, if you cannot find us please contact our Branch Chair, Jenny Budgell, who will be hosting the evening. Jenny can be contacted at 07860 481487

  • Wiltshire Libdems (Wiltshire Libdems)
    Article: Jun 10, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat group on Wiltshire Council have announced their new shadow Cabinet spokespeople, following their group AGM on Saturday 8thJune 2019.

    The meeting also saw the re-election of Ian Thorn as the leader of the opposition on Wiltshire Council.

    Cllr Thorn commenting on the appointment of the new spokespeople said, "With less than two years to go until the next Wiltshire Council election, it is now very important to challenge the Conservative administration at every opportunity and these appointments will play a crucial part in doing so."

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Apr 26, 2019

    L ib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson MP was welcomed to Bradford on Avon and Melksham by groups of supporters and the Lib Dem candidate for the constituency, Helen Belcher.

    "It's only four years since we had a Lib Dem MP in Chippenham and so I am sure there would be significant focus on this seat within Wiltshire. It is one we would want to win again." she said.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2019

    Wiltshire Council today narrowly adopted the Lib Dem call for the Council to acknowledge a climate emergency and to seek carbon neutrality by 2030

    Below is the text of Brian Mathew's motion that was adopted:

    To consider the following motion submitted in accordance with the constitution:

    Full Council notes:

    1. Humans have already caused serious climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre- industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm) 1. This far exceeds the 350 ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity2 and will continue to rise if no action is taken.

    2. In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes by 2030.3

    3. Individuals can accept responsibility for living in a more sustainable way, but cannot be expected to make all these reductions on their own. Greenhouse gas emissions primarily result from burning of fossil fuels, incineration of the products of fossil fuels (waste plastics), unsustainable agricultural practices and the production of cement. Thus, governments at all levels: national, regional and local, must change legislation, standards, infrastructure and their approach, to meet the need to reduce CO2eq emissions and thus make low carbon living easier to achieve and the new norm, while protecting the most vulnerable in society from poverty.

    4. The County of Wiltshire is already at the fore in the field of solar electricity generation, where it has the highest UK local authority area level of photovoltaic (PV) capacity at 581.1MW4, the second highest number of installations 9193 (large and small), and the second highest actual generation of solar electricity 530,719MW(h) per annum. Wiltshire Council has installed 5 rapid electric vehicle (ev) charging points with a further set of fast charging points being installed at 15 Wiltshire Council car parks and it operates a fleet of 3 fully electric vehicles and 10 with ultra-low emissions, it has become largely paper free with its adoption of lap top computers for all councillors and staff. It has also reduced carbon consumption by consolidating its offices into fewer more energy efficient buildings, as well as increasing the 'roll out' of LED street lighting and within its offices.

  • U-turn
    Article: Nov 21, 2018

    Reacting to the ‎news of Wiltshire Council's last minute U-turn to drop Sunday car parking charges due to start this Sunday, Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group Leader on Wiltshire Council Ian Thorn said,

    "I'm delighted that Wiltshire Council's Cabinet have finally seen sense. These Sunday parking charges were a terrible idea.