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The South West Surrey Liberal Democrats are always working hard all year round for Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere and the surrounding villages.

  • Old Fire Station
    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Waverley planners have agreed with the points Godalming campaigners raised a few months ago, and have decided to refuse the application to demolish Godalming's The Old Fire Station and replace it with 6 bulky flats.

    Patrick Haveron, Parliamentary Candidate and former tenant of the Old Fire Station, said: "This is a great victory for the Godalming community as it shows that the need for housing does not trump all other issues. Waverley acknowledge that the Old Fire Station is an Asset of Community Value and an undesignated Heritage Asset. The loss of such a community facility has not been justified, which is very interesting for those involved in the Neighbourhood Plan who have seen office after office turned into flats. The developer has failed to demonstrate that the need for the facility no longer exists and no other community facility can be accommodated on the site and has failed to ensure that adequate alternative facilities are provided in Godalming. The bulky flats proposed would would result in material harm to the character and appearance of the area and the setting of the nearby Conservation Area. The nearest example of the 'balcony vernacular' proposed is that of The Atrium - again hardly fitting adjacent to the Conservation Area.
    Lets have a more sensible development - retain the red doors, and provide a mix of flats and office space."

  • Classroom
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Conservatives will cut the education budget by £253 million in Surrey by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows.

    The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan.

    It means £252,700,000would be wiped of the education budget in Surrey - hitting children's life chances.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Dec 11, 2014

    Figures revealed to the Liberal Democrats at today's meeting of Surrey County Council have shown that a third of the county's footways are 'functionally or structurally impaired' and at the current rate of progress it will take 167 years to replace them.

    An answer to a written question from Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey states:

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Conservative Councillors on Waverley decided to abandon a vital committee tasked at looking at the feasibility of providing free electricity for Waverley council housing tenants. The Community Overview & Scrutiny Special Interest Group was due to be set up in January 2014, and tonight the Council decided to leave the appointment until the next administration after May 2015.

  • Patrick Haveron BBC Surrey
    Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Parliamentary Candidate Patrick Haveron spent a toxic half hour in the company of BBC Surrey's Adrian Harmes in Castle Street Farnham talking about the issue of Air Quality, as a new Government report had highlighted not building near schools and hospitals.
    Patrick said: "Nitrogen Dioxide levels are still excessive in Waverley, even after 20 years of monitoring, with a designation of several Air Quality Management Areas from 2008 prompting an action plan. This year 15 out of 17 monitoring stations in Farnham alone showed increases in NO2 levels with 8 breaching national guidelines (40 mg/m3). There are also worries as levels are increasing in Godalming as well. Until the council, and residents understand the problem we are not going to get any consensus on the solutions."

  • Article: Dec 5, 2014

    Surrey County Council are progressing their consultation on the future of Surrey remaining Residential Care Homes (including Cobgates in Farnham). It seems that everyone involved in this consultation is expected to weigh up the pros and cons in a complete absence of any meaningful financial assessment. The report to the Council's Cabinet which kicked off the consultation said that the investments needed by the homes would be 'prohibitively costly' and that 'relatively high running costs would place financial stress on the service'. Absolutely nothing about the additional costs to the Council (or individuals?) of buying in the services from private providers if the Care Homes are closed.

  • Cllr Ken Reed, Waverley
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The New Local Plan Consultation undertaken by Waverley in September and October has revealed an overwhelming preference from residents to develop a new community at Dunsfold Aerodrome. From the four options (Scenarios) suggested, nine out of ten respondents expressed a preference for housing development at Dunsfold Aerodrome. The most favoured option, (Scenario 4 in the Consultation), would result in 40% of the Borough's housing need being fulfilled at Dunsfold Aerodrome. With 3400 homes at Dunsfold Aerodrome the rest of the Borough would still have to provide 5050 homes, i.e. 60% of the 470 homes per year required up to 2031.

  • Ken Reed
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    In last Friday's Advertiser (14 November) the owners of two Cranleigh retail businesses, Manns and One Forty, came out in support of the Berkeley Homes and Knowle Park Initiative schemes to build 690 new homes in the village. Unfortunately, the arguments put forward by Richard Graham and Richard Womack seemed to me to be based on a false premise; in their letter they seemed to suggest that objectors are against any development. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Stewart Edge
    Article: Nov 8, 2014

    Lib Dems asked Waverley Borough Council some urgent questions on the Local Plan this week. You can watch on Youtube here:

    Patrick Haveron asked: "According to Cllr Paul Spooner, Executive member for Governance at Guildford Borough Council, Waverley have blocked the release of the joint SHMA report with Guildford & Woking, that has been available for several months. Why wasn't this key document used to inform the Local Plan consultation?"

  • Patrick Haveron Godalming
    Article: Oct 28, 2014

    After the closure of the Waverley Consultation on Housing Scenarios the Council's web site shows a massive 83% in favour of the scenario which put 3400 houses at Dunsfold, (the maximum offered on the site in the consultation).

    Patrick Haveron, Liberal Democrat spokesperson, pointed out that it also showed that 55% of respondents thought there was no scope for greenfield development outside of the main settlements, with 37% thinking there was.
    "This clearly indicates to me that a majority of respondents would want 5000 houses at Dunsfold to avoid building on greenfields elsewhere (as well as enabling better infrastructure at Dunsfiold). Having carried out the consultation, Waverley should now follow through with plans which match what people have said."