Campaign launched to shop local, protect local businesses and save jobs

key_freemantle-campaigner-andy-beal-promoting-the-shop-local-campaign-in-shirley.pngRetailers and residents have welcomed Bassett, Freemantle, Portswood and Shirley Liberal Democrats' campaign to Shop Local - Protect Small Business - Save Jobs.

As Southampton City Council estimates that more than 9,000 jobs are at risk in the local retail and hospitality sector following the COVID-19 lockdown, local Lib Dems are cementing their record as the party of small business by campaigning for residents to love local or lose it.

Freemantle activist Andy Beal said "local businesses up and down Shirley High Street have gone the extra mile for the community during the lockdown. I'm calling on local residents to repay those sacrifices by shopping local. Every pound spent at your community shops and takeaways will support the livelihoods of families in the City."

Lib Dem campaigners call on the Labour administration to back this campaign. Support our campaign by joining our mailing list and keeping up to date with our campaigns.


Lib Dems back Green Transport Recovery Plan - but residents must have a say

Southampton Lib Dems Chair, Richard Blackman, has welcomed Southampton City Council's publication of its Green Transport Recovery Plan. Work has started and temporary cycle lanes have already been installed on The Avenue and Bassett Avenue. Other measures to encourage cycling and walking as well as creating space for people will be introduced across the city in the weeks and months ahead.

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RICHARD BLACKMAN: Now is the time to save our Environment

The bushfires in Australia have brought home the threat posed by climate breakdown. We all need to act to save the environment, our livelihoods and to improve our quality of life.

In Southampton progress is slow. Poor air quality continues to endanger the health of the city's residents. As signatories of the Clean Air Southampton Manifesto the Southampton Lib Dems are pushing for substantial improvements in several policy areas. This includes our longstanding campaign for a port plug-in so that cruise ships won't run their polluting diesel engines.

In Bassett we're seeking to:

  • Make the junction of Burgess Road and Hill Lane more pedestrian-friendly so that residents can access the Common and local shops more easily;

  • Campaign for better bus routes. Many parts of the ward are not served by direct bus routes to the city centre; Improve pavements, footpaths and cycle routes to key destinations such as the sports centre;

  • Tackle the traffic congestion problems affecting Hollybrook and Bassett Green primary schools, which have a negative environmental impact on their neighbourhoods. Children's health and well-being must come first.

  • Present an ambitious plan to implement a city wide park and ride scheme.

It's vital that our city does its share to combat climate change while also improving our quality of life. Labour's Green City Charter is too timid. The Conservatives are not even in favour of weak policies. It's time for a fresh new Liberal voice on Southampton City Council to push strongly for the changes that so many want to see.