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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.

  • Cranleigh Greenfields
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    "Waverley Council is no longer a nice place to work and the wrong people are in the wrong jobs. Very little has been achieved during the last four years and on the contrary the Council has shown an alarming lack of leadership in progressing its Local Plan development blueprint."

    The above quote, reported in the Farnham Herald, comes from Cllr Roger Steel, Conservative Councillor for Farnham Moor Park and a former Waverley Executive Member. In the same report he also said, "I've fought a losing battle for Farnham for a long time and feel like I'm knocking my head on a brick wall." He seems so disenchanted with the Conservative Administration's failure to act in the best interests of the people of Waverley over the last four years that he has now turned down the chance to stand for a further term ahead of this May's Borough Council election.

  • heathrow plane noise
    Article: Mar 20, 2015

    Calls by Liberal Democrats for no more runways at Heathrow and Gatwick were voted down by the Conservatives at County Hall yesterday.

    Cllr Ian Beardsmore, (Sunbury Common and Ashford Common) said: "With Heathrow claiming that expansion there would mean 120,000 new jobs, there is deep concern as to where these people will live and the consequent impact on the green belt. The local councils near to Heathrow are already struggling to meet housing demand. A similar threat remains should Gatwick be chosen over Heathrow with large areas of countryside in the southern part of Surrey at risk of being destroyed. The Conservatives refused to face up to or to answer these concerns."

  • Fiona White
    Article: Mar 9, 2015

    One privately owned residential care home in Surrey has recently been closed by Care Quality Commission meaning that older people had to be moved at short notice. Another home close to Surrey's borders which the council has used for care packages was also closed down. A check of Care Quality Commission's website shows that there are 5 privately owned homes within 13 miles of Guildford where they have been found to be inadequate in one or more categories.

  • Ken Reed
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    I have now been reporting on Waverley's new Local Development Plan for the last 18 months and it would seem that our Borough Councillors are as far now from producing an up-to-date Plan as they were when I wrote my first article in September 2013. While this appalling situation persists it will effectively be the developers and not the Council who will decide where new homes are built in Waverley. As such the countryside and green fields on the edges of our villages will remain under threat until such time as Waverley has a new Plan.

  • Godalming College Hustings 2015
    Article: Mar 6, 2015

    Parliamentary Candidate Patrick Haveron said "It was great to talk to Godalming College students at the first South West Surrey hustings, as reported in the Surrey Advertiser. It was a shame that Jeremy Hunt couldn't make the event, as he was in Manchester devolving the NHS. There were plenty of questions about tuition fees, but what was interesting was the threat to sixth form funding, and the advantages that private schools have in claiming VAT back as charities. Currently funding is protected for children aged between 5 and 16, but Lib Dems would ringfence education spending for 2-19 year-olds. The education budget would be protected in full, from 'cradle to college'."

  • 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?