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Welcome to the website of the Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats

We are a group of local residents, not professional politicians. We work together to promote a fair, free and open society. Our funds are raised through the efforts of our own members, without any subsidy by government, unions or businesses.

We believe that the role of national governments, and of local councils, should be to provide those services that their citizens require, without seeking to impose unnecessary limits or to needlessly restrict individual freedoms.

If you agree with this philosophy, you would be welcome to join us. Contact FOCUS@epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk

  • Epsom Town Hall
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has a consultation underway in advance of adopting its new Corporate Plan 2016-2020.

    Register your views by clicking this item on the home page at epsom-ewell.gov.uk.

    There are some confusing bullet items against just a few main topic headings and not really any sensible opportunity to comment on each item. For example, there's mention of a "premium weekly collection service for refuse and recycling". It's anyone's guess what this actually means. Does it mean that we could be charged for it? It could mean that everything is going to be collected weekly from 2017 instead of some materials fortnightly. But is this really necessary ... are our recycling bins full up every week? Do we actually need everything to be collected weekly? Is it mandatory, in other words does the borough council now legally have to do this? Is it cost effective given that government grants to all local authorities are being cut and cut?

  • aldi
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Aldi's plans to build a food store and 6 flats on the site of the old dairy in Alexandra Road have produced a surprising objection .... from Lidl.

    Lidl's correspondence to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council state that they are planning to buy the old Tesco site in Upper High Street. To be clear, the old Tesco site is the area behind the white hoardings, previously occupied by Iceland, owned by Tesco until recently and now owned by a company which has stated it wants to develop the area for housing. Readers will be aware that this site forms part of an official Development Brief prepared by the council which includes not only the area within the hoardings but also part of the car parks and beyond. Lidl have cited council policies in their letter of objection to Aldi's plans.

  • Quiz Night
    Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Come along and meet our growing team of members, helpers and supporters.

    The next Quiz Night is on Friday 4th March, 7.30pm - 10pm, at the Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom. A £9 ticket provides you with Nigel's excellent Ploughman's Supper ... bring your own drinks and glasses. Teams are 6, so bring your own team or just turn up and join up with others to make a team. There is a trophy (if we can remember who won it last) and lots of prizes.

  • Council Tax Bill
    Article: Feb 10, 2016

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

    Leader of he 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.

  • Beer and wine drinks glasses
    Article: Feb 8, 2016

    To be held at the Station Pub (formerly the Stoneleigh Inn), The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JA

    On Thursday 18th February 2016, 7.30 - 9.30pm.

    A chance for members, friends and helpers to meet and discuss the Euro referendum and immigation.

    Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton & Wallington, is hoping to join us.

  • Paul Kennedy at Leith Hill
    Article: Feb 8, 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."

  • aldi protest
    Article: Jan 31, 2016

    It was wet and windy but this didn't deter protesters from gathering to show their opposition to the proposed location for an Aldi store in Epsom

    With objections now running into the hundreds, some 80 local residents are amongst those determined that the old dairy site in Alexandra Road, located on a hazardous 5-way junction and in a residential area, is just not suitable for a supermarket.

  • Council Tax 1
    Article: Jan 29, 2016

    Is there a future political career for Borough Councillor Omer Kokou-Tchri who was elected to serve College ward in May 2015?

    Front page of the local Guardian this week (available online) publicises how he owed over £1500 council tax when elected, has now received a Court judgement but still disputes that he should pay up.

  • Epsom Clock Tower
    Article: Jan 16, 2016

    The January 2016 issue of FOCUS has been distributed in and around Epsom. There's been good feedback but one correspondent, choosing to remain anonymous, makes the local team rather sad.

    "You're fighting a losing battle apropos Epsom. Station Approach is an eye sore. Traffic is out of control. Queues all day. Shops not inspiring - estate agents, charity shops and coffee shops. Even Waterstones bailed out. Property built any and everywhere. Closure of The Wells a tragedy. Not a dedicated police station. Save your energy"

  • Dairy junction
    Article: Jan 11, 2016

    Aldi have submitted a planning application to the borough council for a new store and 6 flats on the site formerly occupied by Dairy Crest in Alexandra Road.

    Full details are available on the council's website, searching "Alexandra Road" in the current planning applications section.

    Scores of objections have been posted online, most involving the hazardous road network (shown in the photograph). There is also concern that 65 car parking spaces isn't sufficient, evidenced by queues which cause congestion at other stores because of lack of parking capacity. A statement by Aldi seems to suggest that they wish to provide an alternative to Asda and Sainsbury, but these stores have hundreds of car parking spaces attached to them.

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