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South West Surrey Liberal Democrats

The South West Surrey Liberal Democrats are always working hard all year round for Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere and the surrounding villages.

Recent updates

  • Article: Aug 12, 2014

    Stewart Edge, Chairman of South West Surrey Lib Dems said: "At last Waverley are considering building housing at Dunsfold Aerodrome. We note with disappointment that all of the options propose significant green field development: an additional Option - 5000 houses at Dunsfold with NO green field development elsewhere in the Borough - should have been put out for consultation."

  • Article: Aug 11, 2014

    (This first appeared in Cranleigh's Challenger magazine)
    Do you know that Waverley should be consulting with you right now on the next phase of a New Local Plan for the Borough? It would not surprise me if you are unaware as Waverley have made little effort to ensure that the consultation is well publicised. They failed to even mention it in the latest edition of Waverley's magazine "Making Waves", distributed to every address in the Borough, and the consultation will probably be over before the next edition is out.

    Since I last wrote on this subject a few months ago the SECGS (Stop Expansion into Cranleigh Greenfield Sites) petition, signed by more than 1400 local people, has been submitted to Waverley. The petition called on the Council to allocate the building of new homes to brown field (previously developed) land rather than on the countryside surrounding Cranleigh. The petition pointed out that Dunsfold Aerodrome is the largest brown field site in Waverley and should be utilised for new housing before any green field space is concreted over in our area. Although the Councillors on Waverley's Executive seemed to be rather dismissive of the petition they should find it rather more difficult to ignore if a large number of you submit similar comments in response to this consultation.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2014

    Although Haslemere Town Hall was full of residents wanting to hear a debate from the Town Council about the issues around Sturt Farm's Outline application for 135 houses, they were left disappointed as Councillor after Councillor said there was not enough answers - even though they had called the developers to the meeting to answer questions.

  • Surrey County Council allowances increase
    Article: May 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have condemned a massive increase in Special Responsibility Allowances paid to mainly Conservatives on Surrey County Council and pushed through by the Conservative administration this morning.

    Councillor Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "An independent report had already recommended an unacceptable increase of 32% for the Leader of the Council and 56% for the Deputy Leader. The Conservatives have gone much further in forcing through an astonishing 60% increase for both, plus a 36% increase for Cabinet Members and 150% for Cabinet Associates (based on an interim allowance of £5,000).

    "The Conservative administration at County Hall is clearly out of touch with reality. They should remember that it is Council Taxpayers who are footing the bill for this large hike in payments to Conservative councillors and the large number of Special Responsibility Allowances, with nearly 60% of county councillors, nearly all of whom are Conservatives, receiving Special Responsibility Allowances.

    "It is outrageous that Conservative county councillors have decided to give themselves such large increases in allowances. It is very insensitive and inappropriate at a time when council services to Surrey residents have been cut and many Surrey residents have had little or no pay increases themselves."

    Waverley County Councillors receiving a dramatic increase include Peter Martin (Godalming South and Council deputy leader), Pat Frost (Farnham Central and Local Committee Chairman) Denise Le Gal (Farnham North and Executive member, Pension Fund Chairman) David Munro (Farnham South and Chairman of the Council) and Steve Cosser (Godalming North and Cabinet Associate)

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    A leading Conservative Councillor Bryn Morgan, former Executive Planning Portfolio holder, has resigned from the conservative party leading Waverley Borough Council, highlighting the discontent around the Tory leadership.

    Stewart Edge, Chairman of Sout West Surrey Lib Dems said: "Whatever Bryn Morgan might say about failings of the Conservative group, much of which the Lib Dems would agree with, he has missed out the biggest Conservative failure of all - for which, as Planning Portfolio Holder, he should take prime responsibility. Waverley, and particularly Farnham and Cranleigh, are soon to be overwhelmed by speculative planning applications for large developments on greenfield sites. This has come about because Bryn and the Conservatives running Waverley failed in their core duty to develop a Local Plan to manage developments."

  • Article: Feb 20, 2014
    Ken Reed comments on the Waverley Full Council meeting that ratified a huge cut in Age UK's grant:
    "Last night's decision clearly demonstrates that the 'Nasty Party' is alive and living in Waverley. The Conservative Group running WBC should be thoroughly ashamed of the vindictive way in which this cut of 30% has been allowed.
  • Article: Jan 30, 2014

    A Neighbourhood Plan will not save our Green Fields on its own - Ken Reed


    • The Waverley Local Plan will cover development in the Borough for the next 15 years
    • Part 1 of the Waverley Local Plan will include:
      • the Number of new homes to be built
      • Site Allocations for development
    • Public Consultation on Part 1 is planned for July/August 2014
  • Article: Jan 29, 2014
    By Ken Reed

    Those who have been following the debate on the new Local Development Plan for Waverley will be all too aware of the threat that thousands of new homes could end up being built on green fields in Cranleigh. A significant number of local residents have been calling for Borough Councillors to reconsider their decision to target our green spaces and build instead at Dunsfold Park. Sadly comments made in November by members of the Conservative Administration at Waverley suggest that they would rather build in excess of an extra 5000 homes on Green Belt throughout the Borough than admit that they have been wrong to exclude Dunsfold Park from consideration for a substantial new community in the new Plan.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2013

    The Conservative leadership at Waverley continues to live in denial and is either having difficulty distinguishing between fact and fiction or is intentionally trying to mislead the public. Robert Knowles, Leader of the Council, suggested that his administration had been working towards the demands of the South East Plan right up until submission of the plan in January 2013. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2013

    In the face of their provisional assessment of market demand being 460-470 new houses a year (compared with the Core Strategy 230), Waverley have decided to withdraw their Core Strategy. With the new numbers implying 5600 greenfield houses in the next 20 years (versus 1000 in the Core Strategy) they have concluded that trying to squeeze them into just Farnham and Cranleigh won't wash. Bad news that the numbers are so high. Bad news we don't now have a local plan. Good news that we have the chance to do the best we can in a new plan.