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South West Surrey Liberal Democrats

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

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  • Surrey County Council allowances increase
    Article: May 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have condemned a massive increase in Special Responsibility Allowances paid to mainly Conservatives on Surrey County Council and pushed through by the Conservative administration this morning.

    Councillor Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "An independent report had already recommended an unacceptable increase of 32% for the Leader of the Council and 56% for the Deputy Leader. The Conservatives have gone much further in forcing through an astonishing 60% increase for both, plus a 36% increase for Cabinet Members and 150% for Cabinet Associates (based on an interim allowance of £5,000).

    "The Conservative administration at County Hall is clearly out of touch with reality. They should remember that it is Council Taxpayers who are footing the bill for this large hike in payments to Conservative councillors and the large number of Special Responsibility Allowances, with nearly 60% of county councillors, nearly all of whom are Conservatives, receiving Special Responsibility Allowances.

    "It is outrageous that Conservative county councillors have decided to give themselves such large increases in allowances. It is very insensitive and inappropriate at a time when council services to Surrey residents have been cut and many Surrey residents have had little or no pay increases themselves."

    Waverley County Councillors receiving a dramatic increase include Peter Martin (Godalming South and Council deputy leader), Pat Frost (Farnham Central and Local Committee Chairman) Denise Le Gal (Farnham North and Executive member, Pension Fund Chairman) David Munro (Farnham South and Chairman of the Council) and Steve Cosser (Godalming North and Cabinet Associate)

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    A leading Conservative Councillor Bryn Morgan, former Executive Planning Portfolio holder, has resigned from the conservative party leading Waverley Borough Council, highlighting the discontent around the Tory leadership.

    Stewart Edge, Chairman of Sout West Surrey Lib Dems said: "Whatever Bryn Morgan might say about failings of the Conservative group, much of which the Lib Dems would agree with, he has missed out the biggest Conservative failure of all - for which, as Planning Portfolio Holder, he should take prime responsibility. Waverley, and particularly Farnham and Cranleigh, are soon to be overwhelmed by speculative planning applications for large developments on greenfield sites. This has come about because Bryn and the Conservatives running Waverley failed in their core duty to develop a Local Plan to manage developments."

  • Article: Feb 20, 2014
    Ken Reed comments on the Waverley Full Council meeting that ratified a huge cut in Age UK's grant:
    "Last night's decision clearly demonstrates that the 'Nasty Party' is alive and living in Waverley. The Conservative Group running WBC should be thoroughly ashamed of the vindictive way in which this cut of 30% has been allowed.
  • Article: Jan 30, 2014

    A Neighbourhood Plan will not save our Green Fields on its own - Ken Reed


    • The Waverley Local Plan will cover development in the Borough for the next 15 years
    • Part 1 of the Waverley Local Plan will include:
      • the Number of new homes to be built
      • Site Allocations for development
    • Public Consultation on Part 1 is planned for July/August 2014
  • Article: Jan 29, 2014
    By Ken Reed

    Those who have been following the debate on the new Local Development Plan for Waverley will be all too aware of the threat that thousands of new homes could end up being built on green fields in Cranleigh. A significant number of local residents have been calling for Borough Councillors to reconsider their decision to target our green spaces and build instead at Dunsfold Park. Sadly comments made in November by members of the Conservative Administration at Waverley suggest that they would rather build in excess of an extra 5000 homes on Green Belt throughout the Borough than admit that they have been wrong to exclude Dunsfold Park from consideration for a substantial new community in the new Plan.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2013

    The Conservative leadership at Waverley continues to live in denial and is either having difficulty distinguishing between fact and fiction or is intentionally trying to mislead the public. Robert Knowles, Leader of the Council, suggested that his administration had been working towards the demands of the South East Plan right up until submission of the plan in January 2013. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2013

    In the face of their provisional assessment of market demand being 460-470 new houses a year (compared with the Core Strategy 230), Waverley have decided to withdraw their Core Strategy. With the new numbers implying 5600 greenfield houses in the next 20 years (versus 1000 in the Core Strategy) they have concluded that trying to squeeze them into just Farnham and Cranleigh won't wash. Bad news that the numbers are so high. Bad news we don't now have a local plan. Good news that we have the chance to do the best we can in a new plan.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2013

    Liberal Democrats have condemned Conservative Councillors at Waverley for leaving the borough without a Local Plan, so developers can try to get permission for anything they claim is sustainable under National Policy.

    In 2009 the South East Plan established a target for Waverley of 250 homes a year. Waverley Conservatives' response was to waste years trying to justify a number lower than this - an attempt which has now spectacularly failed, with a number of 460-470 a year for 20 years now indicated. If they had got on and used the South East Plan numbers we could now be looking for about 1400 green field sites rather than 5600.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2013

    Richard Gates (writing in the Surrey Advertiser letters, October 11) is either having difficulty distinguishing between fact and fiction or is intentionally trying to mislead the public.

    Mr Gates totally misses the issue. The question is what have he and his Conservative Group been doing at Waverley during the last 61/2 years to produce a new Local Development Plan? The answer is that Mr Gates and his colleagues have ignored their own evidence, failed to consult effectively and produced a Core Strategy that they are now being forced to withdraw. As a result, thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted and the Borough has been left without a new Plan.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2013

    New plans to build up to 150 homes at Sturt Farm in Haslemere have come under fire from local residents. Ken Reed, ex Waverley Borough Councillor said that with Waverley not having a sound core strategy created a vacuum where developers would come in:
    "Applications will only be measured against the new National Planning Policy Framework; the site could be seen as having a sustainable location becaus eit already had ready access to schools, a railway station, and other local infrastructure."