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  • David Preedy
    Article: Jul 23, 2014

    At the end of his speech at last night's meeting of Mole Valley District Council, David Preedy - Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Councillor for Box Hill & Headley - described how Headley Court has became a global centre of expertise, achieving better outcomes for its patients than equivalent organisations in the United States. He attributed this to the improved facilities, much of which have been funded by Help for Heroes and the British Legion following public subscriptions, and to the expertise, commitment and team ethos of the medical personnel. He then expressed a growing concern that many of the key personnel - both civilian and military - may choose not to move to the new centre to be built at Stanford Hall.

  • Headley Court
    Article: Jul 23, 2014

    At last night's meeting of Mole Valley District Council, David Preedy - Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Councillor for Box Hill and Headley - proposed a motion calling for urgent discussions between the Council and all interested parties, including the Ministry of Defence and the Headley Court Trustees, about the future of the facilities at Headley Court. This follows the recent announcement of the intended transfer of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre to a new facility to be constructed at Stanford Hall in the Midlands.

  • Pippbrook
    Article: Jul 23, 2014

    At last night's meeting of Mole Valley District Council, the future of the Pippbrook site in Dorking was debated. The recommendations of the Council will be a major factor when the Council's Executive meets in September to make a decision. The debate covered three main issues:

    • Whether to refurbish the existing Civic Offices or to demolish them and build new offices;
    • What to do with Pippbrook House, left empty since the County Council moved the Library;
    • Whether to use parts of the site for "enabling development", probably housing, to raise funds for the work.
  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Despite strong objection from Mole Valley District Council and local residents and opposition from Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Stephen Cooksey, who spoke at the meeting, the County Council's Planning Committee decided to allow the application for composting at Swires Farm. Speaking after the meeting, Stephen said, "It is disappointing that Conservative Councillors failed to take notice of the well-founded objections."

  • Pupil Premium
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Thousands of disadvantaged schoolchildren across the South East are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Local Euro MP Catherine Bearder said today.

    Figures show that more youngsters from poorer backgrounds in local authorities across the region achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade than those in 2012.

  • Money
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the excessive increases in councillor allowances and the excessive number of special responsibility allowances pushed through by the Conservative administration at County Hall. She also asked him to check whether the Government's own regulations had been followed by the County Council.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    More than 91,000 carers in the South East will receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.

    The no strings attached Carer's Bonus will help more than one million people who look after disabled loved-ones.

    The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

  • Pothole
    Article: Jul 7, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have called for Surrey County Council to improve the speed and quality of pothole repair in Surrey.

    Councillor Ian Beardsmore said "Surrey has received less additional government funding for pothole repair and weather repair compared with other neighbouring councils such as Hampshire and Kent. Kent received over £8 million more than Surrey in total additional funding and Hampshire received over £5 million more than Surrey. Other councils that have been successful at obtaining more money have invested in new technology and initiatives to repair their roads.

    "Surrey desperately needs this extra money. The county's roads are riddled with potholes, it is very disappointing that Surrey roads will not benefit from the extra cash that other councils will receive.

    "The County Council needs to learn from the best practice of other councils to increase the speed of pothole repair in Surrey. Also the Conservative administration at County Hall must do more to get its message across to central government that Surrey needs more money to repair its crumbling roads."

    ENDS


    NOTES

    Department for Transport Press Release:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-given-168-million-to-fix-local-roads

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has today been elected to a top job in the European Parliament.

    Catherine was voted in as a 'Quaestor' a position that means she will be responsible for helping to manage the day-to-day running of the Parliament.

    Catherine has said she will use the position to increase transparency in the European parliament, making more information available to MEPs and to the people they represent.

  • Money Pension
    Article: Jun 30, 2014

    Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced.

    These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago and is expected to benefit nearly 1.5 million pensioners in the South East