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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.

  • Patrick BBC South
    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Parliamentary Candidate Patrick Haveron appeared on BBC South this week as part of their 2015 Election Coverage. The BBC filmed a packed and sometimes rowdy hustings in Haslemere. It was open questions form the floor to all candidates, which provided a huge range of topics, from the inevitable multi-storey car park to sharia law! With the Health Secretary finally in attendance at a hustings, it was natural to focus on health for much of the night.

    Patrick said: "The Lib Dems are still the only party with a costed plan to provide the £8Billion the NHS needs by 2020. The morning after our last hustings, Jeremy Hunt announced the Conservatives would also find the money somehow. Instead of a costed proposal, it was clear he was just making policies up as he went along."

  • Stewart Edge
    Article: Apr 7, 2015

    Following the decision of Waverley's Joint Planning Committee to grant a housing application by a developer for the first time on green fields in Farnham - 120 houses on the Beavers Road / Crondall Lane 'Hopfields' site - I think some comments need to be made about how and why this has happened.

    Firstly if Waverley Council had established an agreed local plan then the National rules ('NPPF') should have had the fields, if developed at all, as the last of the green field sites in Farnham to be developed because of their clear amenity value. As officers made clear in the first Planning Committee meeting, without a plan they have had to take developer proposals as they arrive. In addition in the Neighbourhood Plan consultation this site was the only one of 7 available proposed greenfield sites in Farnham that a majority of residents voted to reject: following this result other potential sites should have been considered.

    Secondly, it is ludicrous that a requirement for electric charging points and cycle racks was claimed to be sufficient to mitigate the effect of the development's extra traffic on the illegal Air Quality levels in Central Farnham nearby. It seems that there is absolutely no argument about the effect of extra traffic on Farnham that will restrain Surrey and Waverley Councils from approving new housing.

    Thirdly the failure to ensure, by insisting on a new right of way, that residents of the new development could walk directly into the town centre without a ½ km detour is in direct conflict with the NPPF and its intent to require 'sustainable' development which minimises new car traffic .

    However, disappointed though we are, we would like to thank the more than 400 people who took the trouble to write objecting to the proposal. In this case this pressure did have some success in persuading the developers, after the deferral of a decision at the first meeting, to agree to about half the total site including the top field being permanent open space, secured by legal agreements. This at least retains some space for the dog walking and other recreation which has taken place on the fields for decades.

  • 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.