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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.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2015

    The recently published County Council Budget for 2015/16 has revealed a reduction of £400,000 in funding for Highways and Transport compared with this year. The Budget is set to be decided by the County Council on 10 February.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Highways and Transport said: "I am calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to increase funding for Highways and Transport by £1 million by transferring the money from Business Services. The Highways budget is set to overspend by nearly £1 million this year whilst Business Services is expected to underspend by £4.5 million. It therefore makes sense to put the money where it is needed, with Highways and Transport.

  • Budget vice
    Article: Feb 6, 2015

    Surrey County Council 's Budget for 2015/16 was recently published by the Conservative administration at County Hall before being agreed at full Council on 10 February. The Budget reveals a large cut of nearly £2 million in services for young people and a £16 million increase in services for vulnerable adults.

  • Ken Reed
    Article: Feb 5, 2015

    The Conservatives have wasted the last five years in failing to produce an up-to-date local development plan which leaves Waverley Borough open to speculative planning applications that can currently only be assessed against the policies of the NPPF. Recently planning was agreed for 125 houses in Amlets Lane. Applying the policies available under the NPPF Cranleigh Lib Dems could find no planning reason to object to the Amlets Lane application and the Joint Planning Committee at Waverley felt the same when granting permission. The UKIP Councillor for Cranleigh East did not even attend the JPC that determined this application.

  • Stewart Edge
    Article: Jan 27, 2015

    The Surrey County Council consultation on Care Homes finishes on January 31st, the last chance to give a response.

    Stewart Edge, Chairman of South West Surrey Lib Dems said: "The Farnham Herald has given good coverage to the strong arguments against the closure and I support the 'Save Our Services in Surrey' campaign which has publicised facts and opinions so well. The quality of existing provision is clear and others have argued well that there is no real need for many proposed high cost changes as a condition of the home staying open.

  • Article: Jan 6, 2015

    Commenting after Monday's Waverley Planning meeting, where the Planning Application for 425 homes was refused, Liberal Democrat Parish Councillor Ken Reed said, "Given that many of the councillors were clearly of the opinion that the Sequential Test had not been applied correctly, it was most surprising that they were persuaded by Officers not to include this as a reason for refusal. Could it be that when Berkeley Homes appeal this decision that the Inspector will only be allowed to consider the grounds given for refusal?

  • Patrick Haveron
    Article: Dec 24, 2014

    Patrick Haveron used the public question spot at Waverley's December Council meeting to ask them not to defer a plan to introduce solar panels to council housing tenants in Waverley.

    Conservative Councillors on Waverley decided to abandon a vital committee tasked at looking at the feasibility of providing free electricity for its 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.

  • 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.