Helping dementia sufferers in our Irish community

tom-headon-supporting-happy-days.pngEastbourne Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd and Greenwich Lib Dems have recently paid a visit to Irish Dementia sufferers living in Greenwich, Bexley & Lewisham at their monthly Happy Days reminiscence group.

The Happy Days group is run by the Royal Arsenal Woolwich based Irish Community Services Organisation, and uses storytelling and reminiscence to assist Irish memory loss and help dementia sufferers recount stories from their past.

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Run to the Beat mystery wrong say Liberal Democrats

run-to-the-beat.pngGreenwich Borough Liberal Democrats have responded to reports of an amended route for this year's Run to the Beat half marathon, organised by the IMG Group and due to take place in the Borough on September 8th. The new route is intended to shorten the length of time roads are closed by making more use of Greenwich Park but seems to maintain the circular pattern which has led to residents feeling trapped in their homes in previous years.

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Reprieve for Woolwich Crossrail, but who will pay the final bill?

crossrail-roundel.pngNegotiations on funding the Crossrail station at Woolwich gained some extra breathing space today when the contract for fit-out of the station box was delayed for a further few months until the third quarter of 2013.

Only last Friday (March 15th) it had been announced that Crossrail Ltd was due to start tendering for the fit-out contract by the end of the month, suggesting a resolution to the ongoing funding problem had been reached.

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London Assembly calls on Mayor for funding clarity so Woolwich Station is ready to open in time for Crossrail launch

caroline-pidgeon-18.pngThe London Assembly's Transport Committee, which is chaired by Caroline Pidgeon has called on Boris Johnson to clarify funding to enable a station at Woolwich to be up and running in time for Crossrail's launch in 2018.

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Greenwich Lib Dems engage with Government

Several of your local Liberal Democrats were able to get down to the Lib Dem Spring Conference in Brighton over this last week-end and engage with government ministers face to face. One should not underestimate the influence that the Lib Dems are having as a Government party and the ability of local parties, like our one here in Greenwich, to benefit from that.

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Greenwich Lib Dems support Lewisham Hospital Fighting Fund

save-lewisham-a-e.pngGreenwich Lib Dems have been supporters of the campaign to Save Lewisham Hospital from the start. We have joined our hard-working colleagues in Lewisham to protest about the injustice of asking financially-viable and newly-built departments at Lewisham to suffer for the mess that is the South London Healthcare Trust. In Greenwich, many of our residents benefit from Lewisham hospital - and beyond that, would suffer if the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich was overwhelmed by the extra demands. The proposed changes are bad for patients, and bad for residents - both in Lewisham and in Greenwich.

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Greenwich Lib Dems voice real concerns about the Mayor's plan for policing

police-station-sign.pngGreenwich Lib Dems are urging local people to fill in the Mayor of London's consultation survey on the Draft Police & Crime Plan about the future of policing in London. The survey can be found here. The deadline is quite soon now, on Wednesday 6th March, and the responses will help shape the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan due to be published in April this year.

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Greenwich Lib Dems helping deliver fairer tax for local people

Mike O'Keefe campaigning for Fairer Tax in Eltham SouthLocal Liberal Democrat campaigners were out and about across the borough this month promoting the fairer taxes enjoyed by the hard working people of Greenwich Borough. Liberal Democrats in Government have secured a £600 tax cut for those on an average wage through raising the allowance and Lib Dems would like to see this tax cut increased to £700 in this years Budget.

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