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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.