Cut Bills with Local energy

3 May 2022
PV Panels

Newark and Sherwood Lib Dems are calling on N&S District Council to support the Local Electricity Bill. This would empower our community to buy and sell locally generated electricity. Local Lib Dem, Keith Melton, is leading the campaign to support the Bill. Keith says, "Putin`s War of Aggression has shown us that we need to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels for strategic reasons in addition to the need to limit global overheating!"

There is so much potential for energy to be generated locally with e.g. solar panels on factory roofs. But red tape, forcing potential suppliers to pay a premium to the National Grid, makes it unnecessarily difficult to do so. Locally produced energy would help keep down energy bills for PV Panels on a Factory Roof local people, with much lower prices and potential profit-share arrangements.

By freeing up Councils, Community Groups and Charities to deliver low cost energy we can help tackle the cost of living crisis as well as reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Local Election Results May 2023

A spectacular set of elections both nationally and locally here in Newark and Sherwood!

Overall Lib Dem gains were 405 nationally, which posed a problem for Sky News, whose swingometer apparently was not able to contemplate a set of gains of this magnitude. We exceeded 'Exceeded Expectations'!

Our local gains at the district level saw the addition of our third District Councillor with the victory of Keith Melton in Trent Ward. We also kept 2 of 3 councillors for Southwell, now Karen Roberts and Peter Harris. We were encouraged to see the increase in our share of votes in other seats where we were able to field candidtes. Congratulations to everyone.

We had a very good performance in Southwell Town Council, gaining 10 of the 14 seats for which there were candidates, with 6 of these won in elections and 4 being uncontested. Two Conservatives, one Labour candidate and one Independent were also successful. One place on the council remains to be appointed to.

The Conservatives had a terrible set of district and parish elections, losing about half of their district councillors and many PCs. The final DC result was Conservative 14, Labour 11, Independents 11 (8 for Independents for Newark and 3 for other Independents) and Lib Dems 3. Discussions will take place for some time on the composition of the new administration, which is unlikely to include Conservatives for the first time since 2007.

On behalf of the executive, we are extremely grateful to everyone who stood as candidates, as well as everyone who performed the various roles which were necessary for the campaigns. We are a small party and many of you worked very hard.

We are very grateful for their past work to councillors who have stood down at this election, including Peter Scorer and Stuart Thompstone. Malcolm Brock has stood down from the District, though continues to serve on Southwell TC.

We welcome new members to the party, who were motivated by this campaign. This phenomenon was particularly marked in Trent Ward. Upton support has to be singled out, evidenced for anyone who drove through, by the huge number of LD stakeboards and posters.

Philip Barron

Chair, Newark Liberal Democrats

7 May 2023

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