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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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  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Oct 9, 2017

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise County Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said today:

  • Plans kept secret
    Article: Oct 9, 2017

    Opposition county councillors can today reveal that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing and development across dozens of sites in a secret deal that could be worth over £1bn with a private sector partner.

    The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a "Joint Property Joint Venture Partner", which is described as "a unique opportunity to offer development delivery and service expertise across a raft of property development projects". The project would see Surrey County Council, along with a large number of public sector partners, releasing land and vacant sites currently owned by the County Council and others into the Joint Vehicle. The value of the project is estimated to be between £250m and £1.5bn, over a 15 year period with 32 sites currently identified but with potentially 100 more under consideration. The procurement document goes on to state that "The Council aims to secure delivery expertise, and bring capacity and pace to a development programme that ensures optimal performance and returns from investment activities".

  • Surrey tips
    Article: Oct 9, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have expressed their disappointment following a decision today by the Conservative Cabinet to slash the opening hours of Community Recycling Centres across the county and increase charges for residents.

    The decision will see Community Recycling Centres close for an extra 20 days a week, as well as an end to the free daily allowance. The Cabinet decision follows a petition handed in by Liberal Democrat campaigners of 3,245 signatures, plus an enormous response to the county council's own consultation of 13,637 people.

  • Performing Arts Library
    Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have today welcomed the announcement that the County Council has extended the public consultation on the future of the Surrey Performing Arts Library to four weeks up to 1st October 2017. The Conservative-administration had previously only offered two weeks for library users to respond to the County Council's plans, which include closing the library in order to make savings of £180,000.

  • Surrey tips
    Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have welcomed the decision by the Conservative Cabinet in Surrey to drop its plans to close four Community Recycling Centres after an outcry from thousands of Surrey residents. However, the County Council confirmed that it will proceed with its plans to reduce the opening hours of all the Centres across the county as well as dropping the daily free waste allowance which residents currently enjoy. The proposals are scheduled to be confirmed at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 26th September.

  • New Ockley village map
    Article: Sep 15, 2017

    Mole Valley District Council is starting work on a new Local Plan which will determine what development can take place in the next 15 years. Local residents are concerned that this could lead to significant expansion of one of our villages or even a completely new village in our area - perhaps near the station between Capel and Ockley.

  • Fiona White
    Article: Sep 11, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their concern after an independent body, Healthwatch Surrey, criticised the county council for a lack of engagement and consultation after changes to the provision of sexual health services.

    Healthwatch Surrey has written to the county council outlining their criticisms in relation to HIV services. The letter states that:

  • Performing Arts Library
    Article: Sep 11, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to save the Surrey Performing Arts Library which is under threat of closure by Surrey County Council. Surrey residents have reacted with dismay on hearing of the threatened closure and that the County Council's consultation exercise will give residents just two weeks to respond.

  • Paul Kennedy headshot
    Article: Aug 30, 2017

    Local Liberal Democrats are warning of a threat to services at Epsom Hospital after Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust launched a consultation exercise on six options for the future of its hospitals. Four of these options - described as scenarios - would mean transferring specialist acute services to other hospitals in London, which would mean longer travel times for Mole Valley residents.

  • A24 lorries
    Article: Jul 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat activist Lesley Bushnell is working with local residents opposed to the reopening of the Auclaye Claypit near Capel. If the proposed re-opening goes ahead, local residents are in for six years of noise pollution, dust and loss of amenities. Bad enough you might think. But by far the most serious prospect is an extra 149 HGV movements a day, turning into and out of the small Knoll Farm track along a double bend stretch of the A24 just south of Capel village.

    That's going to be six days a week of slow lorries, hampering the traffic flow! That's going to be more heavy vehicles (an extra 20% HGVs) churning up the already poor road surface. Thundering over the accident-prone railway bridge, which has potholes on it now.

    And think of wet clay on the road! Of course, if there is an incident, the whole road gets closed with lengthy diversions along the A29. Surrey County Council knows perfectly well how treacherous this section of the A24 is, having previously proposed improvement schemes, shelved for lack of funds. So, let's hope they will give this some serious safety considerations.