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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: Oct 1, 2015

    Summation of housing proposal F32

    (Stewart Edge Waverley) 1

    Conference We need to say more than just 'build more houses' - though we certainly do need to do this.

    I'm pleased to have heard a lot of support for this view.

    Jerry Roodhouse was right to say that UK housing policy is an absolute mess.

    As Steve Williams said, Tim Farron has picked out Housing Policy as a priority for our Party. I agree. I think our policy needs to be more radical than in our manifesto. I think I heard many support this view, including Martin Rigby's comments on the number of Crises alongside housebuilding Duncan Scott's comments on house prices and NIMBIES and Tony Vickers on making better use of existing houses to pick out just some. I happen also to agree with Roz Kayes call for cross party work on this.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2015

    John Robini's proposal speech

    Conference, I do not disagree with the main motion's policy to build 300,000 houses a year. However I do not think we should be saying only this about housing. ( As was suggested in the Agenda 2020 contribution ) I think that we need to say a lot more about how to solve the housing crisis - about significant change to the standard private tenancy contracts; about reducing the attractiveness of Buy-to Let; about other changes which do something about excessively high prices and rents. However, to stay just with the motion's focus on 300,000 houses a year, this amendment is proposed to say something clearly that should be said about our views on the social rented sector.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2015

    One of the motions put to Conference was one proposing that 300,000 houses a year be built to address the housing crisis. Waverley put forward a motion to add that in doing so there should be an increase to around 30% in the number of Council and Housing Association houses built for social renting; and that in devolving Right to Buy to Councils, as proposed in the main motion, local Councils should be required to use the proceeds from Right to Buy to invest in new social rented housing.

  • 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.