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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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  • Leatherhead Hospital petition
    Article: Feb 9, 2016

    Surrey Downs CCG's latest consultation on changes to community hospitals presents a false choice, say Mole Valley Liberal Democrats. The consultation, which closes on 5 May, requires residents to choose between four options, all of which involve permanent closure of inpatient beds at Leatherhead Hospital. Two of the options would make it easier to downgrade Epsom Hospital to a community hospital.

  • Surrey LDs
    Article: Feb 9, 2016

    At the Budget meeting of Surrey County Council on Tuesday 9 February, the Liberal Democrats will be calling on the Conservative administration to protect vital services for Surrey residents.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, Cllr Hazel Watson said: "Whilst I support the level of Council Tax proposed by the Conservative administration at County Hall, I oppose their Budget as it does not do enough to protect vital services for Surrey residents. Clearly the top priority is the funding of care for vulnerable adults and I support the 2% part of the Council Tax increase for that purpose. The County Council has repeatedly overspent the Adult Social Care budget because there was insufficient money to meet the growing demand for services. This additional money for vulnerable adults will be a life line to help meet this growing demand."

    Cllr Watson continued: "However there are other vital services which are being under funded by the Conservative administration. These include, the youth service, bus services, Community Recycling Centres (refuse tips), road safety and drainage.

  • Prospective Lib Dem MP for Mole Valley Paul Kennedy
    Article: Feb 3, 2016

    Paul Kennedy has been selected by Surrey Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in May.

    Sue Doughty, Chair of Surrey Lib Dems, said, "Paul is a first-rate candidate who is well placed to understand the issues facing our police, and the things that matter to Surrey residents. With a background in criminal and regulatory law together with strong experience in financial and strategic management and supervision he brings together the qualities needed for the job."

  • Article: Feb 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to put more money towards improving Surrey's footways.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Highways & Transport said:

    "Surrey's footways are crumbling and need to be brought up to a decent standard for pedestrians. The most recent condition survey in 2014 showed that one-third of the county's footways were 'functionally or structurally impaired'. Since then little has been done by the Conservative administration to tackle the problem of Surrey's sub-standard footways while they have been concentrating on resurfacing Surrey's roads.

    "The condition of Surrey's footways is just as important for pedestrians as the condition of Surrey's roads is for motorists. Footways and pedestrians have not been given the priority they deserve. It is a Cinderella service in Surrey.

    "I am calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to redress the balance by funding a programme of resurfacing and re-paving of Surrey's footways to bring them up to a decent standard. This continued neglect of our footways must not continue."

  • Article: Feb 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the County Council to take into account the quality of life of local residents, including noise levels, when making decisions about different road surfaces.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council said: "When roads are surface dressed in order to prolong their life by sealing them and to save money before a full surfacing the road becomes noisier for residents living nearby.

    "At present the County Council does not take into account the noise levels or the quality of life of residents living nearby to a road that is being resurfaced with a surface dressing. This needs to change so that local residents are not unnecessarily disturbed by noisy road surfaces when this can be avoided.

    "I am asking the Conservative administration at County Hall to change its policy to take into account not just cost but also the quality of life of local residents, including noise levels of different road surfaces when deciding on types of materials and processes for surface dressing or full road resurfacing.

    "Surrey residents should not have to suffer as a result of a noisy road surface when a quieter surface could be provided. Quality of life does matter and the County Council should be seeking to protect it for Surrey residents."

  • Article: Feb 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have opposed the Conservative-run County Council's flawed decision taken by their Cabinet today to reduce the opening hours of Surrey's tips (known as Community Recycling Centres) and to introduce charges for DIY waste, gas bottles and car tyres at the tips.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition said:

  • Grand Duke
    Event: Feb 26, 2016 5:45 PM
    Dinner at 87 Copthorne Rd, Leatherhead

    A rare chance to enjoy the last opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan, being performed at the Leatherhead Theatre.

    Ticket price of £28 per person includes dinner beforehand.

    All profts go to support local party funds.

    For more information or to book tickets, please email Janet Baker at

    janet@compostworks.org.uk

  • Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrats have called on politicians of all parties to stop scapegoating refugees, following remarks made by Surrey's police and crime commissioner Kevin Hurley during a televised visit to a refugee camp near Calais in December.

    Mr Hurley, who visited the camp with a BBC television crew and a security adviser, said he had made the visit 'at great personal risk to myself, showing significant personal courage', despite British aid workers saying they felt safe there, and regular patrols by heavily armed French police. He criticised those refugees who hid their faces from the TV cameras, and claimed that terrorists could be using the camp to smuggle weapons into the UK.

  • Prospective Lib Dem MP for Mole Valley Paul Kennedy
    Article: Dec 29, 2015

    We would like to thank everyone who joined or supported the Liberal Democrats in 2015, and we wish all Mole Valley residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2016.

    2015 was a difficult general and local election year for the Liberal Democrats, having to defend our record in Government while our Coalition partners were also our main opponents, especially here in Mole Valley. Inevitably perhaps many voters either opted to give the Conservatives the credit for our achievements in Government, or splintered off to one of the other parties. As a result we lost votes and seats to the Conservatives both in the general election and in the local elections. Yet we remain the main challengers here in Mole Valley, where we came second in the Parliamentary contest and are the main opposition on Mole Valley District Council currently with 12 councillors. There are no Labour, UKIP or Green councillors.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to ditch their controversial plans for changes to Surrey's tips as they would increase fly tipping across the county.

    Cllr John Orrick, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, said:

    "The County Council's recent consultation about Surrey's tips angered many residents because the changes would increase fly-tipping. The proposed changes included charging for disposing of DIY waste at the tips, reducing their opening hours or even closing some of them.

    "The wording of the consultation only gave unacceptable options that would make it more difficult for residents to recycle or dispose of waste at Surrey's tips. It gave no opportunity for residents to say that the tips should stay the same or improve.

    "Fly-tipping is already a big problem in Surrey with rubbish being dumped on land and roads. Not only is it a blight on Surrey's beautiful countryside, but it is hugely costly for landowners such as the National Trust, as well as district and borough councils, to clear up the mess. These so-called 'savings' would just push the costs onto others.

    "Surrey residents should send a message to the County Council telling them to ditch these unacceptable changes to the tips. Residents can show their opposition by signing the online petition on the County Council's website."

    Cllr Orrick concluded:

    "I hope that the Conservative administration will listen to Surrey residents and drop these misguided changes."