Broxbourne Council’s ‘Broxbourne Plan’ which sets  out  to provide a ‘vision’ for the development of the Borough from 2016 to 2031 has been delayed.  This means that consultation is now expected to take place in July and the plan handed over to the government next year.  The government has said that they will step in if plans have not been submitted by March next year. 

An outline of the plan was produced last year and can be fund here:  https://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Planning/151012LocalPlanDocOct15_NEW.pdf

 

The Broxbourne Local Plan suffers delay

Broxbourne Council’s ‘Broxbourne Plan’ which sets  out  to provide a ‘vision’ for the development of the Borough from 2016 to 2031 has been delayed.  This means that consultation is now...

Only 18% of solo buyers and 42% of couples in Broxbourne can afford the average property price of 265,000.  These figures are based on a survey by Savills estate agents and are calculated on the basis of buyers having a 20% deposit and securing a mortgage worth four and a half times their salary.

The situation in Broxbourne reflects a wider national crisis as the average property is not affordable to solo buyers in 95% of the country.  

The full story is available from the Hertfordshire Mercury website:  http://bit.ly/1XzfJmc

 

Home ownership is out of the reach of the majority of Broxbourne residents

Only 18% of solo buyers and 42% of couples in Broxbourne can afford the average property price of 265,000.  These figures are based on a survey by Savills estate agents...

With the EU referendum looking very likely to be held in June the East of England Labour Party is holding a series of Referendum Briefings for members across the region.   Members are very welcome to attend.

At the briefings they will go through the message of the Referendum/general politics of the campaign along with Richard Howitt MEP. The dates and locations of the three briefings are as follows:

 Monday 22 February, 7.15pm – East of England Labour Party, Unit 1 Whitehall Estate, Flex Meadow, Harlow, CM19 5TP

Thursday 3 March, 7pm - Bedford Quakers, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY

Friday 11 March, 6pm - Norwich Labour Party, St Mark's Hall, Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 3HL

East of England Labour Party holding EU Referendum Briefings

With the EU referendum looking very likely to be held in June the East of England Labour Party is holding a series of Referendum Briefings for members across the region....

The meeting is being held at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt at 7.30pm on 25 February.  The guest speaker is Vaughan West who will speak about the implications of the Trade Union Bill.  All members are welcome.

Next Broxbourne Labour Meeting will be on 25 February

The meeting is being held at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt at 7.30pm on 25 February.  The guest speaker is Vaughan West who will speak about the implications of the Trade Union...

Hoddesdon marked Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January, with a ceremony at the Spotlight Theatre.  Holocaust Memorial day is an international day of remembrance to commemorate the murder of Jews and other groups in during the Second World War as well as other atrocities including Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. 

A report and pictures of the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1PCvt1w

Hoddesdon remembers victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities

Hoddesdon marked Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January, with a ceremony at the Spotlight Theatre.  Holocaust Memorial day is an international day of remembrance to commemorate the murder of Jews...

The meeting will be held at the Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR from 7.30-9.30 pm. All members are welcome and there is free parking in front of and behind the Hall.    

The agenda can be downloaded here:  http://bit.ly/20h31tW

The minutes of the last meeting on 26 November can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/23h3YVH

If you need a lift please ring Roy Wareham on 01992 463553. Please leave a message on the answerphone if there’s no reply and Roy will get back to you soon.

We will be discussing the Local Plan, including gaps and faults in the plan and what our attitude should be. Please come and tell us your views, the Plan will affect us all. If you have a chance, please look at this site before the meeting: https://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Planning/151012LocalPlanDocOct15_NEW.pdf     

 We will also vote to nominate Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in our area from a short-list which will be available at the meeting.  If you were not a member before 20 April 2015, we regret that you are not eligible to stand.

 

Next Broxbourne Labour Members meeting is on 28 January

The meeting will be held at the Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR from 7.30-9.30 pm. All members are welcome and there is free parking in front of and...

There is only a week to to go this day and places are still available for Broxbourne members to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can all help  Labour to campaign and win votes and seats at the Council Elections next year, including how to talk to voters on the doorstep.

An experienced adviser from Regional Office will lead the programme.

Venue: The Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR.

Time: 23 December: 10.30 to 3, including lunch. The day and lunch will be FREE, paid for by Broxbourne Labour.

Members who would like to attend should email Selina please at: selinanorgrove@gmail.com letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

A week to go to the training day

There is only a week to to go this day and places are still available for Broxbourne members to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear...

All Broxbourne members are invited to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can help Broxbourne Labour to campaign and win votes and seats at the Council Elections next year, including how to talk to voters on the doorstep.

An adviser from Regional Office will lead the programme.

Venue: The Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR.

Time: 10.30 to 3, including lunch. The day and lunch will be FREE, paid for by Broxbourne Labour.

Please could you email selinanorgrove@gmail.com by Saturday 18th January so that we can organise the catering and let me know your dietary requirements. 

Saturday January 23rd – Training Day

All Broxbourne members are invited to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can help Broxbourne Labour to campaign and win votes and seats...

Our first newsletter delivery was a great success but we still have more than half of Waltham Cross to cover so help would be greatly appreciated. 

We are meeting at 10.30 in the car park next to the bus station in Waltham Cross town centre.You will pass  KFC on your right in Eleanor Cross Road. Turn left into the car park entrance before the bus station (bus station postcode EN8 7LB) and you will find us in the car park. Parking is free on Sundays.

 Please contact Roy to let him know you are coming roy.wareham@o2.co.uk . He will give you a mobile number to use for contact on the day.

Please bring a rucksack or shoulder bag to carry newsletters.

Please come and help deliver newsletters in Waltham Cross on 10 January.

Our first newsletter delivery was a great success but we still have more than half of Waltham Cross to cover so help would be greatly appreciated.  We are meeting at...

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New member Nigel explains why he joined the Labour Party.

‘At the end of 2014 I hadn’t thought for a minute that 12 months on I would be a Labour Party member.  I had always referred to the party as ‘us’ or ‘we’ but had never joined.  An election was looming and in May I marched up to the Drill Hall as much out of residual loyalty, and fear and loathing of the alternatives, than any great enthusiasm. My expectation was, at best, an election result which would lead to 5 years of things not getting too much worse.  Then came that sickening moment after the exit poll was announced and the realisation that things would be getting a lot worse.

The next morning I wisely resisted the temptation to shout loudly on Theobalds Grove platform ‘Fellow travellers, I think that many of you may have made a mistake, please explain yourselves’ (or words to that effect) and thought that this energy/anger should be channelled more positively. I had been critical of many aspects of the Labour campaign, for example even my cat could see that the deficit was caused by the global financial crash and not building hospitals but we seemed inexplicably silent on this, but I had done nothing.  It was time to get off my backside and a few days later I joined the Labour Party.  Apparently, I was not alone.

It has been a decision that I haven’t regretted.  I have found the, increasingly well attended, Broxbourne Party meetings welcoming and refreshingly open. It has also been inspiring to see the surge in membership nationally and the energy generated by the leadership campaign. I have enjoyed contributing to the Party’s online presence and had my first taste of leafleting; good exercise and a lot more satisfying, although maybe less cathartic, than cursing at the TV during Question Time.  

Mostly, it is great to spend time with people who believe that austerity is not only sadistic but  is preventing the economy from growing. People who believe that foreign policy can be ethical and, not just narrowly self-interested, and who see through the nonsense that says that the top 2% of the population must be extravagantly recompensed to stir themselves into action while the rest of us have to ‘price ourselves’ into work in a race to the bottom in pay and security.  In short people who believe that things can and must get better.  (Must admit that I struggle to include Simon Danczuk in this category).

2016 is going to be tough, as any year under this government will inevitably be, but we have the challenge of local elections to look forward to as well as the inevitable spectacle of a Conservative Party in meltdown over the EU membership referendum.  So, there will be lots of opportunities for us to spread our message.  Bring it on!’

New member profile: Nigel

  New member Nigel explains why he joined the Labour Party. ‘At the end of 2014 I hadn’t thought for a minute that 12 months on I would be a...

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