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News updates

  • 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.

  • Penny Rivers
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have condemned a decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to award a £400 thousand grant to an art gallery which has £38 million of funds and an income of £1.2 million a year.

    The Watts Gallery in Compton, Guildford, was awarded the money following a decision by the Leader of the Council at a meeting on 12th September 2017. In the papers produced, the County Council's Chief Finance Officer warns that the County Council's financial position is extremely serious, that the proposed expenditure has not been budgeted for and that the gallery was already "financially viable".

  • Plans kept secret
    Article: Oct 5, 2017

    Opposition county councillors can today reveal that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing and development across dozens of sites in a secret deal that could be worth over £1bn with a private sector partner.

    The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a "Joint Property Joint Venture Partner", which is described as "a unique opportunity to offer development delivery and service expertise across a raft of property development projects". The project would see Surrey County Council, along with a large number of public sector partners, releasing land and vacant sites currently owned by the County Council and others into the Joint Vehicle. The value of the project is estimated to be between £250m and £1.5bn, over a 15 year period with 32 sites currently identified but with potentially 100 more under consideration. The procurement document goes on to state that "The Council aims to secure delivery expertise, and bring capacity and pace to a development programme that ensures optimal performance and returns from investment activities".

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Oct 2, 2017

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise County Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let.

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

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