Thank you to everyone who has signed my petition in support of building the new school in Leckhampton, providing vital school places for young people across the south of Cheltenham and beyond. If you haven't signed the petition yet, you can find it here.
I was disturbed to learn that there are moves to call for a judicial review that could delay a much-needed new school in Leckhampton.
Thousands of families across the south of Cheltenham are desperate for local school places for their children. After years of back and forth, we finally have the opportunity with this new development in Leckhampton to provide those places and secure the educational future of young people across Cheltenham for years to come.
A new development in the south of Cheltenham can help cut the number of unnecessary car journeys across town, giving young people the chance to safely walk and cycle to school. We’ll keep fighting for sustainable transport solutions across town, including around schools.
My colleague Cllr Iain Dobie and I have written to Baroness Berridge, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, asking her to do all she can to bring about a swift resolution to this issue.
The full text of the letter is as follows:
Plans to tackle the climate emergency and Covid-19 recovery have been strengthened today, Tuesday 1 September with two new roles announced in the borough council’s cabinet.
Council leader Steve Jordan has assigned two new posts, economy and development, and, climate and communities to two new cabinet members: Cllr Victoria Atherstone and Cllr Max Wilkinson.
Max Wilkinson, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Cheltenham, has called on local Conservative MP and justice minister Alex Chalk to “pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine it."
It follows the Conservative Government’s announcement of an Independent Review of Administrative Law, with the aim of restricting the ability of individuals to seek judicial review of government actions.
This could prevent people challenging the Government in the courts, as they did when the Ministry of Defence sent soldiers into combat in Iraq without the proper equipment; when excessive Home Office fees denied children their rights as citizens; and when patients died from substandard care at Stafford Hospital.
Today I wrote to the Managing Director of GWR to encourage him to unlock the benefits of the Honeybourne Line for active travel. View my full letter below:
Max joined charity campaigner Steve from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and Dave who lives at a Leonard Cheshire care home, who took him on tours of the town centre to experience an hour in the life of blind and partially sighted people, and wheelchair users.
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to invest an extra £1 billion a year to restore community policing by enabling forces to recruit 20,000 more police officers - enough for two extra officers in every ward across England and Wales, or the equivalent of 28 new police officers for Cheltenham. The Party will also fund an immediate 2% pay-rise for serving police officers.
Local Lib Dem candidate Max Wilkinson visited plastic-free Dunkerton Cider as the Lib Dems announced a raft of policies as part of a radical plan to end the UK’s addiction to plastic. These policies include requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use, implementing a deposit return scheme and ending plastic exports abroad by 2030
Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham Max Wilkinson has won the backing of world-renowned businessman Julian Dunkerton.