Important notice about EU settlement scheme

Government rules mean that EU and EFTA citizens living in the UK must apply for settled or pre-settled status by 30th June.

There is concern that some people who will be affected by this change may not be aware that they need to apply.  In particular, information on the relevant government website (https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus) indicates that the following people need to apply:

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Clyne Valley Paths: Work to Start Despite Residents Concerns

**URGENT UPDATE**

CLYNE VALLEY PATHS - WORK STARTS MONDAY, 8 MARCH

Councillors Cheryl Philpott, Jeff Jones, Mary Jones & Mike Day were informed on 4 March that the work is to begin on creating the Olchfa Link Shared Use Path (SUP) in Clyne Valley. Work will start in Olchfa Lane & letters have been sent to residents living there. Cllr. Mike Day said, ‘I am sorry that the Council are proceeding with the scheme when there still remain a number of concerns about safety and environmental issues. Officers have said that changes have been made but we are yet to see what they are.’

Cllr. Cheryl Philpott added, ‘If proper communication had been undertaken in the first place, a lot of time, effort and anxiety would have been avoided. We want to see the Valley being accessed by more people but also protected for future generations.’

We will keep you informed as we receive communication about future developments.



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Swansea Lib Dem/Independent Opposition to press for lower council tax increase

The Liberal Democrats/Independent opposition on Swansea Council are to press for a much lower council tax increase at Thursday's council meeting, in recognition of the financial hardship many local people are suffering during the pandemic.
 
They believe that the proposed 3.99% increase in people's bills next year, at a time when the council has received a big cash boost from the Welsh Government, is putting an unfair burden on taxpayers. Instead they are proposing to cut the increase in half, using money from the capital equilisation reserve to make up the difference in funding.
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Sketty to City Shared Use Path?

Your Sketty Lib Dem councillors have recently been involved in very early discussions with the Council about creating a shared use foot & cycle path from Sketty to Swansea city centre. Interestingly, in a small success & in contrast to Clyne, the Council will be applying for monies from the Welsh Government to undertake a consultation exercise over the scheme before any work begins on its construction.

We broadly welcome plans to improve green & healthy travel, so we look forward to hearing more - and will let you know when we do. Sign up below and we will let you know about how residents and users can be involved in the consultation once we receive the information.


Sketty and Tycoch Floods

Sketty and Tycoch have had episodes of flooding and excessive water flows in recent months. Your Sketty Liberal Democrat Councillors, Mike Day and Cheryl Philpott, have been involved in discussions with Council Officers, as well as with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, and other utilities over problems in Sketty and Tycoch. 

Particularly bad problems were highlighted on Derwen Fawr Road, Grosvenor Heights, Llwyn Mawr Close, Llwyn Mawr Rd, Ashleigh Rd, Gower Road, in the Sketty Green and Rhydydefaid Drive localities. Some remedial work has been undertaken as a result of our discussions in the past on Hendrefoilan Road, and Gower Road near Blackmore’s Garage, for example. We are hoping our intervention will lead to more work being done.


Your Senedd Candidates

Welsh Lib Dems unveil Swansea & Gower candidates. 

The Swansea and Gower Liberal Democrats have announced our candidates for this years’ Senedd election who will be lead by top regional candidate Chloe Hutchinson who will be standing in Swansea West. Local campaigner Sam Bennett has been selected to contest Swansea East, while local activist Dr Mike Sheehan has been chosen for Gower.

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Clyne Valley Paths Update: Petition Rejected

The Sketty Lib Dems are listening even if Labour won't. We submitted the petition signed by over 650 people which was rejected initially and then again on appeal. We believe that this is a shocking response. The Labour controlled cabinet has effectively dismissed the views of hundreds of residents and users of the Valley.

**URGENT UPDATE 6/3/2021** Work to commence in Olchfa Lane on Monday 8th March. Councillors Cheryl Philpott and Mike Day were informed on 4 March that the work on creating the Olchfa Link Shared Use Path (SUP) in Clyne Valley will begin on Monday. Work will begin in Olchfa Lane. Letters have been sent to residents in Olchfa Lane. Cllr. Mike Day said, ‘I am sorry that the Council are proceeding with the scheme when there still remain a number of concerns about safety and environmental issues. Officers have said that changes have been made but we are yet to see what they are.’ Cllr. Cheryl Philpott added, ‘If proper communication had been undertaken in the first place, a lot of time, effort and anxiety would have been avoided. We want to see the Valley being accessed by more people but also protected for future generations.’
We will keep you informed as we receive communication about future developments.

The Council’s Scrutiny Programme Committee examined whether the consultation arrangements employed for the Active Travel Schemes were adequate. There were examples given for a number of schemes and clearly communication with stakeholders and users fell short. As your Liberal Democrat councillors, Cheryl Philpott and Mike Day attended. Mike's intervention and the Labour cabinet member's response is in a video on our Facebook Page.

Thanks to the many residents & the Clyne Woodland Group. Your efforts have helped to draw attention to the lack of consultation and enabled us to put the concerns before the Labour administration. Don't forget to check out the Clyne Woodland Group's Facebook Page.

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UK Government decision threatens status of Swansea’s main rail line

The decision to reject the Grand Union rail company’s plans to introduce a new Carmarthen to London rail service from December 2023 has once more cast doubt on the status of Swansea’s main rail line, according to Welsh Liberal Democrats Senedd Candidate, Chloe Hutchinson.

Cardiff currently enjoys a half hourly service to London, but main line services to Paddington from destinations to the west of the Welsh capital only run hourly, a situation which, along with the decision not to electrify the line to Swansea, has been described as relegating us to branch line status.

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Time for Cap on Ground Rent Hikes.

Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Swansea East, Sam Bennett has written to the Welsh Government asking for caps on ground rent increases to be introduced following shocking news that residents in the SA1 development South Quay on Kings Road will be asked to pay up to £10,000 to bring these flats up to Fire Regulations.

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Slipway Green Update: It Is Not Over Yet.

Sam Bennett and the Lib Dems are listening even if Labour won't. Sam Bennett and the Lib Dem Council Team’s Motion against plans to build on the Slipway has been rejected by the Council.

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