Andrew Thorpe : candidate for Yare and All Saints

Lib Dem candidate for Norfolk CC seat Yare & All Saints :: vote on 12 July

A director of Jarrold & Sons and a Chartered Accountant. He has enjoyed a successful career in business and finance and knows how to get things done. Has chaired the Staff Council representing over 400 Jarrold staff members and played an active part in fund raising for the Staff Charity Challenge and numerous individual charities that he supports personally. Has lived in Yaxham for the past 5 years having moved to Norfolk from his native home in rural Derbyshire. He strongly believes in fighting for issues that are important to local people but is well aware of the need for financial responsibility. He is married to Caroline for 33 years and has a grown up son a daughter both living in London. He enjoys running, cycling and photography.

14 Jun 2018
Rural Future Policy Paper 129

A Rural Future - Time to Act

Even though 70% of Britain's land is given over to farming, rural communities are often ignored by politicians which is why we were delighted to see the Lib Dems approve a policy on Rural Communities at our national Spring Conference recently. Whilst there is much to discuss about the impact of Brexit on farming - for example, up to 90% of farms will go bankrupt if "single farm payments" are removed - rural Britain is about much more than this. Our vision for rural Britain is one where every community has the power and autonomy to be resilient, diverse and thriving. Every village, hamlet and small town in Britain has a unique character that is worth preserving, and the role of Government should be to provide support where it's asked for through public services, infrastructure and investment, not just dictate from above. This vision will need a series of measures to become a reality in many rural areas. We need to fund rural infrastructure properly, and ensure that it is fit for the future, invest in affordabl

30 Apr 2018
Mattishall development map

Gladman appeal success sets a worrying precedent for local planning decisions

The recent Planning Inspectorate decision to uphold the appeal by Gladman over its controversial plans to build 50 new houses in Mattishall sets a worrying precedent for other developments currently in the pipeline. This despite the Mattishall Neighbourhood Plan being adopted by Breckland Council. The decision hinged on the fact that Breckland can only prove that it has 4.6 year's supply of housing land. The minimum required to prevent a presumption in favour of sustainable development is 5 years.

30 Apr 2018

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