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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • David Preedy
    Article: Mar 28, 2014

    Following his questions to the Leader at March's Mole Valley District Council meeting, Liberal Democrat Group Leader David Preedy has called for greater commitment to transparency from the Council. In December, David twice asked the Council Leader some straightforward questions about the communications leading up to the Prudential Ride-London cycling events. On both occasions the Leader refused to answer, forcing the issue to be raised under a Freedom of Information request. The eventual response disclosed the presence of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which had not been reported to Councillors.

  • View from Box Hill
    Article: Mar 28, 2014

    Mole Valley Liberal Democrats have consistently argued against the loss of Green Belt land for development and this has been a core commitment in our election manifestos for many years. In December 2013 it was a Liberal Democrat motion to Mole Valley Council which initiated cross-party calls for local MPs and Surrey Councils to lobby the Government to relax the pressures on areas such as MoleValley to sacrifice Green Belt land to meet housing targets. This initiative has gathered support throughout Surrey and may have been a significant factor in influencing the Minister's claim to recognise the importance of protecting the Green Belt.

  • Money
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    Commenting on the announcement that £15.5 million of projected savings in Surrey County Council's Adult Social Care budget is being written off, Liberal Democrat Adult Social Care Spokesperson Fiona White said "This is Tory financial incompetence of the highest order.

    "It was clear from the beginning of this project that the proposed savings could not be made instantly and it would take several years to see the full effect of changes come through. I warned of problems at the time.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Surrey Liberal Democrats have warmly welcomed proposals which will see the county receive nearly £25 million more in school funding than under the current system. This comes as part of an extra £350million boost to schools in the least fairly funded areas in the country.

    The proposals announced in Parliament by Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws will mean that funding will be allocated to local areas on the basis of the actual characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than simply on the basis of historic levels of spending.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    The Conservative administration at Surrey County Council have today refused to debate a motion from the Liberal Democrats which highlighted failings by the County Council in preparing for flooding, while agreeing to debate a motion discussing an "anodyne approach" to tackling flooding .

    Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment and Transportation spokesperson at County Hall said: "The motion was submitted some three weeks ago and followed some days later by the second motion proposed by the Conservative administration. There are many similarities between the two motions - the main difference being that the motion that I proposed sets out some criticisms of the preparedness of the Conservative administration for severe weather and provides some suggestions for the urgent action that in our view is required in order to repair the damage and prepare for similar future situations. The administration motion in effect removes the criticism and the suggested action and provides an anodyne approach which adds nothing to what we already know.

  • 20mph zone
    Article: Mar 10, 2014

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed a review of Surrey County Council's road safety policy that is taking place throughout Surrey's boroughs and districts.

    The review is looking at both local speed limits and road safety outside of schools.

    Speaking following meetings of the first two of Surrey County Council's local committees to consider the review, Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment and Transportation spokesperson at County Hall said: "In May 2006 and again in 2012, Liberal Democrats called for Surrey County Council to reduce speeds where necessary on the County's roads.

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Mar 3, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are proposing a six point action plan to tackle Surrey's flooding. The proposals aim to reduce the impact of future heavy rain by putting in place preventative measures. They are:

    1. Complete and update Surrey County Council's currently outdated records on where flooding occurs (wetspots) and the Flooding Asset Register of walls, ditches and bridges which are known to cause flooding.
    2. Increase the cleaning of gullies (road drains) which is currently usually only once a year.
    3. Plant trees, particularly on high ground. An environmentally friendly way of trapping and slowing down the movement of water.
    4. Work with districts and boroughs not to build on flood plains.
    5. Repair flood damaged roads and bridges.
    6. Apply for funding from central government and the European Union.
  • Petition: Feb 16, 2014
  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Feb 11, 2014

    Claims by Surrey County Council's Conservative administration that they will "invest up to £10m to support the response to flooding" have been criticised as "propaganda that muddies the water rather than giving hope to residents and businesses", according to the Liberal Democrats at County Hall.

    Speaking at today's County Council budget meeting of Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson at Surrey County Council will say: "Surrey County Council's Conservative administration has failed to invest adequately in flood prevention.

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Feb 6, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Euro MP, Catherine Bearder, has written to the chief executive of Surrey County Council, David McNulty, to encourage him to apply for EU funding to help rebuild and develop flood defences in Surrey.

    The EU Solidarity Fund, which has a budget of up to £414 million for 2014, was set up to provide financial assistance to EU countries struck by major national disasters.