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  • Article: Aug 5, 2022

    At the July meeting of Mole Valley Council, Claire Malcomson, Lib Dem Cabinet Member for Climate Change, proposed a motion to request the Surrey Pension Fund and its investments reach net zero by 2035; and that suitable interim carbon budgets are set. After much debate Full Council agreed to it unanimously. This makes Mole Valley the first Council in Surrey to do this.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2022

    Cllr Claire Malcomson, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Mole Valley, provides an update on recent activities and plans to deal with the climate change emergency.

  • Rear view of two police officers watching protestors (Ethan Wilkinson @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Aug 4, 2022

    The Conservative Government is failing to deliver the promised 259 more police officers for Surrey.
    Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that a total of 155 extra officers have been recruited by Surrey Police under the Government's uplift programme that started in September 2019.
    It also reveals that Surrey Police actually went backwards in the last three months, recruiting no additional officers between March and June.
    To meet the Conservatives' own target of 259 by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to 12 per month over the final nine months of the programme.
    Surrey's Liberal Democrats have slammed the government for failing to keep their promise to communities, adding that there needs to be a return to full and proper community policing.
    Responding to the figures John Robini, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Surrey and Chair of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel said:
    "People in Surrey are being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative Government. With so many local crimes going unsolved, we desperately need more police on our streets and in our communities.
    "Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people."
    "The Conservatives' pledge to boost police officer numbers looks set to become yet another of their broken promises. They are letting down victims of crime and our communities right across our area."

  • black silhouette of drilling equipment against a dark blue sky ()
    Article: Aug 3, 2022

    Prominent Lib Dems in Surrey have declared their intention to lead the fight against a decision to allow exploratory drilling for gas and oil at a site at Loxley, near Dunsfold in Waverley borough.

    Permission to starting fracking activities was originally refused when the application was considered by the Planning & Regulatory Committee at Surrey County Council. However, UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) appealed the decision, and it was recently overturned by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Community, currently under the leadership of Michael Gove.

  • Warren Park DP HW
    Article: Jul 30, 2022

    At the Mole Valley Council meeting in July, councillors of all parties gave unanimous support to a motion proposed by Lib Dem Councillor David Preedy for the Council to write to ministers and work with local MPs to keep pressure on the Government to resolve the "anomaly" whereby many Park Home residents would not be eligible for the £400 per household rebate.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2022

    Dear friends, here is our update on local and "not so local but still relevant or interesting" developments during July. There are no Council meetings during August so we will skip a month and send out our next update at the end of September. In the meantime, why don't you register for local updates from the Epsom & Ewell Times.

  • Barclays Bank closure ()
    Article: Jul 29, 2022
    The Liberal Democrat led District Council Administration has issued a strong statement about bank closures in the district and is hoping to be consulted if any of the four remaining banks are proposed for closure. It is already too late to prevent two further Dorking branches closing this autumn. The possible updated guidance from FCA to banks may even come too late to keep some of remaining four branches, Nationwide in both towns, HSBC in Leatherhead and NatWest in Dorking.
  • Back view of Police Officer standing in a street
    Article: Jul 28, 2022

     Surrey Police closed over 29,000 cases last year without even identifying a suspect, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The party's analysis of new Home Office figures has found that, of the 69,199 offences committed between April 2021 and March 2022 29,614 were unsolved.

    This means a staggering 42.8% of crimes in Surrey were un-investigated.

  • CM tree planting
    Article: Jul 28, 2022

    Whilst the Government's strategy for Net Zero has been found unlawful, and not fit for purpose, the LibDem administration at Mole Valley has been keeping up its momentum locally to mitigate Climate Change.

    Claire Malcomson, the Cabinet Member for Climate Change, summarises the key achievements:

    "Having declared a Climate Emergency when we took over the Administration in 2019, we instigated an Environment Forum consisting of local groups working to save the planet and a Cross Party Working Group to contribute to our Climate Strategy.

  • Document: Jul 28, 2022
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