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Welcome to the website of the Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats

As the main opposition party on both Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Surrey County Council, we see our role as standing up for what YOU the local residents want, rather than what THEY the people calling the shots think you ought to be satisfied with.

We are involved in campaigns for Residents Parking Schemes (where the majority of residents want them), keeping paid staff in all libraries, ensuring Epsom town centre and our other shopping parades thrive, retaining both Epsom's fire engines, developing Upper High Street and above all saving Epsom Hospital.

If you care about the place you live in and want to get involved with local issues, we'd be glad to hear from you and discuss how you could play a part in building an even better community.

  • Classroom
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Conservatives will cut the education budget by £253 million in Surrey by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows.

    The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan.

    It means £252,700,000would be wiped of the education budget in Surrey - hitting children's life chances.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Figures revealed to the Liberal Democrats at today's meeting of Surrey County Council have shown that a third of the county's footways are 'functionally or structurally impaired' and at the current rate of progress it will take 167 years to replace them.

    An answer to a written question from Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey states:

  • Superfast Braodband fibre box
    Article: Dec 8, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrat opposition is calling for action to be taken to close the gaps in Superfast Broadband coverage across the county.

    The actions demanded include reviewing the contracts with the commercial operators providing Superfast Broadband, identifying the gaps in coverage and deveoping solutions.

  • parking bay with no loading
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Since the embargo on changes to yellow lines was lifted in 2004, new and modified parking and waiting restrictions in Epsom & Ewell have been introduced in 7 phases, the most recent being implemented during 2013 and 2014.

    The locations and details proposed for Phase 8 have been published in today's Epsom Guardian (see page 51). Notices will be displayed in affected roads. A copy of the formal notice can be found here.

  • Primary school classroom
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Surrey are set to receive £28.6 million to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

    The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

    It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

  • Pre School Classroom
    Article: Nov 10, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Surrey are set for a £535,845 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - ​will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Beehive
    Article: Nov 5, 2014

    The government yesterday announced a strategy to protect bees and other pollinating insects with major landowners such as Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore natural bee-friendly habitats.

    The strategy has broadly been welcomed by conservation groups, but it has drawn criticism for its failure to fully address the issue of harmful pesticides.

  • elderly resident holding hands with young care worker
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The announcement by the Conservative administration at Surrey County Council that they want close down the six residential homes they still own and run; Brockhurst in Ottershaw, Cobgates in Farnham, Dormers in Caterham, Longfield in Cranleigh, Park Hall in Reigate and Pinehurst in Camberley; came as little surprise to some councillors but must have been a shock to the elderly people who live there and their families.

  • Malden Rushett junction
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Transport for London (TfL) have issued a revised timetable for the Malden Rushett roadworks. This shows closure of the Epsom road starting earlier on 20 October, no closures during December and the work finishing by the end of March 2015.

    They list the following key dates:

    • 20 October to 14 November: Closed to or from Epsom. No right turn to or from Esher.
    • 17 to 28 November: Closed to or from Esher. No right turn to or from Epsom.
    • 29 November to 4 January 2015: All directions open.
    • 5 January to 20 February: Closed to or from Epsom. No right turn to or from Esher.
    • 23 February to 20 March: Closed to or from Esher. No right turn to or from Epsom.
    • 23 to 27 March: Four-way temporary traffic signals.
    • 28 March 2015: New junction open.
  • Nigel Farage
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    UKIP's group in the European Parliament, the EFDD, has collapsed following the departure of Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule.

    Parliamentary groups must have over 25 MEPs from at least seven different countries, and Ms Grigule's departure means the EFDD now only represent six countries. The loss of group status will mean less funding and less speaking time for UKIP MEPs, especially for former group leader Nigel Farage.

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