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  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Paul Kennedy's statement on the Liberal Democrats policy:

    "We need more trees, not more drilling in the Weald or runways at Gatwick and Heathrow. 🌲🌳🌴🌲🌳
    That's why I'm backing Lib Dem plans to plant 60,000,000 trees every year. These will help improve environmental health, air pollution levels, give opportunities to improve mental health, reduce hillside run-off and flooding... the list goes on.

  • Paul Kennedy with Margaret Cooksey ()
    Article: Nov 14, 2019
    At the recent Mole Valley Scrutiny Committee, Liberal Democrat councillors defeated an attempt by the Conservatives to delay the implementation of the much-needed Opportunity Dorking regeneration initiative to promote the culture and economy of Dorking. The proposal had already been considered by Scrutiny Committee in October, but none of the Conservative councillors (apart from the Chairman of Scrutiny to give his formal report) had attended or asked any questions at the subsequent Cabinet meeting which approved it.

    Paul Kennedy said: "I don't know what exactly the Conservatives have got against Dorking. Government policies such as discriminatory high business rates, local government cuts and of course Brexit are killing our high streets. So it is vital that we use our earmarked regeneration funding to support all of Mole Valley's High Streets - in Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham and Ashtead as well as our rural villages. Most important of all we need to get rid of Boris Johnson's anti-business Conservative Government."
  • Skills Wallet ()
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Skills Wallets are a plan to allow every adult in England to access training throughout their lives, after leaving full time education.

    A £10,000 fund for each person will give them the opportunity to retrain and upskill for jobs that we can't even imagine yet.

    It can be expensive to develop new skills later in your career. The cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out. Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have any answer to this - their 20th century and 19th century policies don't work in the 21st century.

  • Paul Kennedy and representatives of the Friends of Ripley Primary School (FoRPS) ()
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mole Valley, is backing the Friends of Ripley Primary School (FoRPS) campaign to reopen Ripley School, which was controversially closed by Conservative Surrey County Council last year. If elected as Mole Valley's MP, Paul will strongly oppose any attempt to sell off the land for housing.

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  • Future MV
    Article: Sep 24, 2019

    The extreme likelihood of a general election taking place later this Autumn has forced Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) to review and delay the public consultation process for the Local Plan.

    During any election period Councils have a statutory obligation to enter a period of 'purdah'. This severely restricts the Council's abilities to communicate with the public and would therefore completely disrupt the planned comprehensive programme of consultation making full and meaningful dialogue with residents impossible. In discussion with the relevant officers at MVDC it became clear that the Lib Dem administration would need to delay the consultation until early 2020 in order to comply with the regulations. The delay was formally confirmed at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

  • ranmore road tip
    Article: Sep 20, 2019

    The Dorking Tip, which has been under threat of closure by the County Council, could be saved.

    This follows the recent publication of a report which recommends that all four of the Surrey Tips which are currently under the threat of closure, including the Dorking Tip, should be kept open. The report also recommends that charges for small quantities of wood and rubble should be discontinued.

  • Horsehill petition
    Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Surrey County Council has just granted UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) planning permission for four extra production oil wells and a water reinjection well (11th September). The Planning and Regulatory Committee failed to take into account both government policy on climate change and their own recent declaration of a Climate Emergency. Furthermore, the recent worrying spate of earthquakes around Newdigate were not deemed valid in terms of planning objections; earthquakes apparently come under the jurisdiction of the Environment Agency and the Oil and Gas Authority, bodies which did not object on these grounds. Consequently, they were afforded no weight in the planning decision.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2019

    The Lib Dem administration considers the problem of roadside littering in Mole Valley to be a critical issue that needs a comprehensive solution.

    At the Council meeting on 9th July the opposition proposed a motion to adopt the 'Don't be a Tosser' Keep Britain Tidy campaign from January 2018. Whilst well-meaning, this is an inadequate yet potentially costly response. Furthermore it does not reflect the Council's existing activities including support for local litter picks, the need for fuller engagement by Surrey County Council as Highways Authority, or indeed the need to keep our recycling centres free and open for household waste.

  • LIbDem rainbow logo
    Article: Jul 11, 2019

    At the Council Meeting on Tuesday 9th July the Lib Dems supported the opposition motion to positively celebrate local diversity in Mole Valley. We made some amendments to ensure proper management and effective use of limited council resources and agreed to promote inclusion in all appropriate future communication.