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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: Aug 5, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Council to provide the necessary funding to implement 20 mph speed limits outside Surrey schools where requested by the school and the local community.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said "Surrey parents want their children to be safe going to and from school and 20 mph speed limits outside schools help to achieve this by reducing traffic speeds and improving road safety. A reduced speed limit warns drivers that they need to slow down near a school and in general drivers do slow down."

  • Article: Aug 5, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for action to be taken by the council to recruit and retain more Social Workers in the County. The need for action follows an inadequate rating by Ofsted inspectors of Surrey's Children's Services in a report published last month.

    There is also a growing need for Social Workers to protect vulnerable adults with an increasingly ageing population in the County.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2015


    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for the threshold number of signatures on a petition to be reduced from 10,000 to 3,000 to allow a petition to be debated at full Council meetings.

    Cllr Hazel Watson Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council said:" The Conservative administration at County Hall is setting the threshold for the number of signatures on a petition to allow it to be debated at full Council far too high at 10,000. It should be drastically reduced to 3,000 signatures to give residents a realistic
    chance of presenting a petition for debate at full Council."

    Cllr Watson continued: "There has only ever been one petition debated at full Council which was the petition opposing on-street parking charges. If the threshold had been 3,000 signatures it would have allowed two more petitions to be debate at full Council. This would have given Surrey residents more opportunity to have their say and to influence decisions. At the moment Surrey residents have no right to speak at full Council except
    for presenting a petition, but a 10,000 signature hurdle makes it virtually impossible for Surrey residents to achieve."

    Cllr Watson concluded: "The Conservative administration seems to want Surrey residents to stay well away from full Council but I believe that this is wrong. Surrey residents should be given a realistic opportunity to present a petition and for it to be debated by full Council."

  • Article: Jul 15, 2015
    By Stewart Edge in Farnham Herald

    Will housing consultation on Dunsfold mean anything?

    Your boxed letter last week quite rightly highlighted the issue of whether local opinion on building in Badshot Lea will be ignored as Council decisions are made.

    A similar issue will arise regarding Waverley's long awaited local plan. Will this reflect the views of the 80% of consultation respondents who selected the option with 3400 houses at Dunsfold, a statistic about which Waverley's Conservative administration have been suspiciously silent since the consultation last year?

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Of the 10,000 (Nationally)
    - over half of our new members are aged under 35.
    - the vast majority (82%) have never been a member of the Lib Dems before
    - most (72%) have never been involved any sort of campaign before
    - They want us to start campaigning on a huge range of issues, like protecting the Human Rights Act and blocking the Snoopers Charter.
    - Our oldest new member is 91 (welcome to the family Tily)

  • Article: May 5, 2015

    In the light of recent publicity relating to the National Health Action Party, I must make it clear that the Waverley Liberal Democrat Party does not endorse any other candidate in the General Election 2015. All individuals are free to make up their own minds.

    Stewart Edge, Chairman Waverley Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Apr 28, 2015

    Patrick Haveron has been suspended by the party pending the outcome of investigations into his nominations papers for the Waverley Borough Council election.

    He has been suspended from the Liberal Democrats and no longer represents the Liberal Democrats in any of the General, Waverley or Godalming Town elections.

  • 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."