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Save Benjamin Court!

by Steff on 26 September, 2023

Today I put forward a motion, with Cllr Lucy Shires’ support, to save Benjamin Court in Cromer. My speech is below. The cabinet member’s response to Cllr Connolly’s earlier question confirms my belief: which is that this decision was taken without the appropriate public consultation.  How do you know that this is what people want, […]

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Why we (still) need an offshore ring main

by Steff on 18 July, 2023

Today I spoke in favour of a Full Council motion that called for the common sense option for the future of our renewable energy generation. This is an issue about which there is significant agreement in Norfolk.  In my communities in Melton Constable, the issue hasn’t so much been about pylons as carving up the […]

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Norfolk County Council Budget 2023

by Steff on 21 February, 2023

Earlier this morning the leader complained about being forced to raise council tax – a problem I sympathise with But it is his party that is in government!  What is the point of the Conservatives if they can’t lead the country in a joined-up way? I am a big advocate for Norfolk, and a particularly […]

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Let’s build a new kind of politics

by Steff on 3 September, 2022

I’m Steff, and I’m hoping to become our next MP here in North Norfolk. Find out more by watching this two-minute video.

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I recognise the challenges of putting together a balanced budget in these times of financial strain, and given the total lack of delivery by this ex government in waiting. And I welcome some of the alternative transport initiatives that the Cabinet Member for Finance highlighted. But he can only work with what he’s given, and […]

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During the process for passing its new plan on the future of transport in Norfolk, the Government issued a report called Decarbonising Transport A Better, Greener Britain. Given the timing of the release of this guidance the motion to adopt was not moved at Full Council in September so as to enable officers to consider […]

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Today was the first time that Norfolk County Council has met in full since just after the elections in May. This lack of democratic accountability is itself a problem: after the elections, we had two meetings in a few weeks so the administration could rush through the next steps on the Norwich Western Link, which […]

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What is a County Councillor?

by Steff on 21 July, 2021

Norfolk County Council has 84 elected members, each representing an electoral division of up to 10,000 voters. Every four years the people of each division elect one councillor to be a member of Norfolk County Council. In May just gone, I was reelected as your Liberal Democrat councillor for Melton Constable division – an area […]

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My speech about the Western Link Road

by Steff on 7 June, 2021

This afternoon, barely hours after the Tory cabinet met formally to approve its outline business case for building a road through the double-registered SSSI and Conservation Areas, Norfolk County Council met to ratify the decision. Here is my speech: I do not accept the arguments made by the Tories today, top of them being the […]

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With climate change being a dominant concern for this and future generations, and a key policy for my political actions, I have recently put forward my support for the collaborative research between the UEA, the Council’s Environment Team and Norfolk Trails as I believe the work these teams are undertaking is vital.  For over ten […]

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