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Wetherby Lib Dems press for U-turn on Spofforth Hill

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 11 September, 2019

A potential u-turn by Harrogate planning chiefs on the proposal for more than 200 houses on the fringes of Wetherby, just inside the North Yorkshire boundary, has been welcomed by Wetherby Liberal Democrats. David Hopps, chair of Wetherby Liberal Democrats, said that they had been implacably opposed to the proposal from the outset. Hopps said: […]

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800 houses threaten Wetherby overload

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 30 August, 2019

David Hopps, chair of Wetherby Liberal Democrats has called for Leeds’ ruling Labour group to recognise the pressing needs of the Wetherby area after the Leeds City Council Plans Panel approved a scheme for 800 houses at Racecourse Approach. Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Campbell voted against the scheme on the grounds that it was unsustainable […]

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Fly-tipping blight on River Wharfe – video

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 24 July, 2019

A truckload of rubbish dumped in the River Wharfe, filmed by local angler and underwater film maker Mark Barrow. This behaviour is unacceptable and undermines the beauty of our town as well as threatening the health of our rivers and wildlife. But it’s a fact that Leeds Labour’s waste disposal charges have encouraged the proliferation […]

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Wetherby commuters need more than gimmicks in Leeds pollution fight

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 23 July, 2019

Leeds City Council’s plans to randomly close certain roads in the city to cars to promote the fight against pollution in the city is little more than a political gimmick that will not deliver real change for commuters in the Wetherby area, according to Wetherby Liberal Democrats. David Hopps, secretary of Wetherby Liberal Democrats, said […]

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Lib Dems hail best result in Wetherby for nearly 40 years

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 5 May, 2019

David Hopps hailed the Liberal Democrats’ finest result in Wetherby for nearly 40 years after finishing a clear second in the Leeds City Council and confirming the Lib Dems as the only realistic challengers to the Conservatives. Liberal Democrats gained more votes than Labour and the Greens combined after strong campaigning in the Wetherby area […]

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Late-night bar would threaten Boston Spa Post Office

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 25 April, 2019

If Wetherby Liberal Democrats have one overriding priority for Boston Spa it is to protect the town’s Post Office. That explains our opposition to an application for a drinks licence, plus music, for the property next door. Post offices are closing all over the country – and we have one to treasure. Lib Dem candidate […]

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Racecourse Approach estate is a “non runner” says Hopps

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 4 April, 2019

Wetherby Liberal Democrats continue to oppose the scheme for 800 houses opposite Wetherby Racecourse on the edge of the town. As the Wetherby News has reported, the scheme was deferred at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s city plans panel last week. But it remains in the Site Allocation Plan – which determines where building […]

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Sustrans grant rewards Wetherby campaigners

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 24 March, 2019

Wetherby Liberal Democrats have reacted with delight to the news that local cyclists have won their long campaign for improvements to the cycling network between Harrogate and Tadcatser and beyond. Sustrans, the national cycling and walking charity, will manage a further investment of £21m towards national cycling provision – and after may years of effort […]

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Lib Dems verdict on Wetherby cinema expansion

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 19 March, 2019

David Hopps, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wetherby ward in the forthcoming Leeds City Council elections, wants more answers on behalf of nearby residents before throwing his full weight behind expansion plans for Wetherby Cinema. New owners of Wetherby Film Theatre have submitted an application to extend the venue in Caxton Street to provide a cafe-bar […]

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Lib Dems fight for Bramham school 20mph limit

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 14 March, 2019

Wetherby Liberal Democrats have called for Leeds City Council to think again over imminent plans for a 20mph speed limit throughout Bramham village which does not adequately consider safety issues around Bramham School. David Hopps, Lib Dem candidate for Wetherby ward in the May 2 elections to Leeds City Council, said: “Bramham School is situated […]

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