Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors

Campaigner Awards: Best Community Campaign

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Thursday, 1st September, 2016

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Each year, ALDC recognises the outstanding work of local Focus teams through our Campaigner Awards and ythe voting is now open to select your best Focus teams from across the UK.

The Campaigner Awards are presented at the ALDC AGM at Federal Conference. Winners in each category and our Overall Winner will receive cash prizes and a signed and framed certificate for their office!

This year, after shortlisting, we have opened the vote to you! We want members of the party to have a say in this year’s winners for Best Community Campaign.

We are looking for local parties that have successfully campaigned with local residents to benefit their area. We are particularly keen to hear from parties that have engaged hard to reach groups and used innovative approaches to do this. 

The nominations are :
Poole
Local Council wanted to remove a roundabout on a main road and replace it with traffic lights. We ran a petition to save the roundabout and collected just under 3000 signatures through a literature, email and facebook campaign. Council dropped the plans.

Link to submission

Portsmouth
In the centre of the city is a park that has an aviary and small animal enclosure that has been there for over 50 years. There is also an Arts Lodge/ café that is a social enterprise that has been run by volunteers for over 16 years. The Tory administration suddenly produced a “Victoria Park Action Plan’ with no consultation that suggested the removal of both.

We launched a campaign with a video and physical (tables in the park) and online petition, which gained sufficient interest to force a debate at Full Council. This triggered a cross party and interest groups rally before the meeting. Campaigning continued on a weekly basis in the form of street stalls in the park, further videos and social media promotion as well as door knocking in targeted areas. The campaign has harvested over 4000 new email addresses.

Link to submission

Bristol
After a short but extremely energetic campaign South Bristol campaigners are celebrating saving the 51 bus service between Hengrove and the city centre.

An offer from Wessex to save the services, negotiated by local Liberal Democrat Councillors has been accepted by Bristol City Council.

There was huge public anger that First had abandoned the route and that the Council had failed to warn local Councillors and residents. Not only that, but the Council had planned to transfer the annual subsidy paid for some later-running buses on the 51 route to First’s 50 route.

Link to submission

Claire Halliwell