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The Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats are local residents, not career politicians. We work together to promote a fair, free and open society. We believe that the role of national governments, and of local councils, should be to provide the services that their citizens require, without seeking to impose unnecessary limits or to needlessly restrict individual freedoms. If you agree with this philosophy, you are welcome to join us.

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News updates

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Nov 22, 2017

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

    "This Budget was a missed opportunity for the Government to address the crisis in social care funding in places like Surrey and to alleviate the pressure on local councils delivering essential services to vulnerable residents but who cannot keep up with demand and cost pressures. The worsening growth figures outlined by the Office of Budget Responsibility paint a bleak picture for local councils who desperately needed a cash injection from the government in order to carry out their statutory duties.

  • Cllr Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors today welcomed the decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to amend its unpopular street lighting policy. The policy, which was introduced in 2016 and early 2017, saw thousands of street lights turned off across the county without any consultation with the residents affected. The change of policy means that lights will stay on until 1am rather than midnight from Thursday 23rd November 2017.

  • Future of Epsom Hospital
    Article: Nov 12, 2017

    The results of Epsom & St Helier's NHS Trust's recent consultation were published on 10 November. More than 25,000 people joined in discussions on the long term future of the Trust's healthcare services.

    Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles had addressed numerous public meetings attended by 5,000 people and answered questions. 6,000 people watched their video and 1,000 filled in their questionnaire

  • lidl
    Article: Nov 11, 2017

    News that Lidl's application for a new medium-sized foodstore in Upper High Street has been approved, brings towards an end a 15 year saga.The first of a long series of unsatisactory plans for a supermarket on the former Allams and Iceland sites in Upper High Street was put forward in 2002 and rejected in 2003.

  • Dene Street
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their dismay after it was revealed, in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request, that Conservative-run Surrey County Council has left 20 buildings empty for a cumulative total of 112 years, with one building in Warlingham left empty for a shocking 18 years. The County Council spent £307,464 in just one year in 2016/17 maintaining its 20 vacant buildings.

  • SPA library
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have handed in a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for Surrey's Performing Arts Library to be retained. It follows a consultation held by Surrey County Council which outlined 3 options for the Library - closure, fragmentation of the service across other libraries or the service by being provided by another organisation. The Library, which is currently based near Dorking at Denbies Wine Estate, houses a unique collection of music, theatre, orchestral and dance materials available for public loan.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council's handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the County Council and that an injustice had taken place.

  • Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
    Article: Oct 28, 2017

    In a remarkable show of cross-party agreement, last Thursday the members of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Licensing & Planning Policy Committee unanimously approved the council officers' recommended response to the Department of Commnities and Local Government's consultation "Planning for the right homes in the right places" with only minor editorial changes.

  • Let's make a plan
    Article: Oct 20, 2017

    1. Epsom & Ewell local plan consultation

    Due to continual changes in government guidance, Epsom & Ewell's local plan approved in 2007 needs to be updated by 2018.

    The current housing target is 181 homes, 63 affordable and 118 market. An average of 260 have been built in the last 10 years, with an average of 82 affordable over the last 8 years.

  • CRC
    Article: Oct 12, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed disappointment after Conservatives in Surrey voted to rubber stamp their unpopular cuts to Community Recycling Centres across the county.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, tabled a "call-in" request alongside other opposition councillors which, if successful, would have forced the Conservative Cabinet to consider the matter again.

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