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  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Jan 5, 2019

    A recent Guardian article titled 'Disabled woman evicted before Christmas…for highlighting the damp' has exposed issues in the way that Landlords are able to evict tenants, and the suffering that this can cause those who are most vulnerable.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council, Councillor Chris Botten has said:

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Dec 31, 2018

    As so often happens, when a leader steps down the fictions they have spun and the milestones of their achievements unravel quickly, as their author cannot maintain the carapace that prevents proper scrutiny and they are seen for what they are.

    This is not an attack on the former leader of the County Council, more a reflection on leadership and what it requires for success as it might apply to many leadership roles, but especially in local politics.

  • David Gourley
    Article: Dec 28, 2018
    By David J Gourley

    The following letter was sent just before Christmas by the Honourary Secretary of Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats.

    Dear Tim Martin,

    I have a feeling that you are not going to print this! Nevertheless, I must get what I have to say off my chest.

    Your magazine has been delivered to our house. It was not requested. However, I would have been happy to have received it, had it not been a pro-Brexit propaganda sheet.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, Paddy Ashdown has died.

    Royal Marine, Intelligence Officer in the Bosnian war zone, UN administrator helping Bosnia rebuild, Lib Dem leader admired by rivals and members alike, wise elder statesman, author, inspirational leader.

    Local party member Lakhi, who knew him personally, said:

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Dec 20, 2018

    Responding to the publication of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services report into Surrey Fire and Rescue, Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Surrey County Council said:

    "Yet again we read of a Surrey Service which has been judged Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Perhaps the report's most troubling criticism is that the service doesn't have a robust operational model and needs to ensure it has enough resources, (people and equipment) available to respond to risk in line with its risk management plan.

  • David Goodwin
    Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey have today voted against proposals put forward by the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP). The report published by the IRP recommended that a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) of £10,000 be allocated to Deputy Cabinet Members, a set of roles only introduced to Surrey County Council in May this year.

  • Old man repulsing school chldren
    Article: Dec 8, 2018

    The enforced closure of the walking route to St Joseph's school from the Abelea Green estate, via the church car park, has led to increased congestion in White Horse Drive and chronic traffic problems in West Street and Rosebank.

    To reduce these problems, the school's governors have proposed a "park and stride" scheme. A petition will be considered on Monday by SCC's local committee for Epsom & Ewell, asking for the parking restrictions in the Abelea Green estate to be relaxed to facilitate this.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Nov 27, 2018

    "Things fall apart- the centre cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world……….."

    These words of WB Yeats resonate.

    The bizarre nature of our current politics degenerates still further and nothing seems to be co-ordinated or connected. Like some high risk Mad Hatter's Tea Party each silo sits in a puddle of its own illogical absurdity.

  • Old man repulsing school chldren
    Article: Nov 17, 2018

    The directors of the Abelea Green management company have forced St Joseph's RC church in Epsom to bar the gate between their car park and St Joseph's primary school, to prevent St Margaret Drive on the Abelea Green estate being used to access the school via the car-park.

    After spending years trying, the directors who live on the estate eventually succeeded by pointing out that the lease for the car park access road mentions the church and the hall, but not the school.

  • Dove
    Article: Nov 11, 2018

    There will be peace:

    when attitudes change;

    when self-interest is seen as part of common interest;

    when old wrongs, old scores, old mistakes

    are deleted from the account;

    when the aim becomes cooperation and mutual benefit

    rather than revenge or seizing maximum personal or group gain;

    when justice and equality before the law

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  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Jan 5, 2019

    A recent Guardian article titled 'Disabled woman evicted before Christmas…for highlighting the damp' has exposed issues in the way that Landlords are able to evict tenants, and the suffering that this can cause those who are most vulnerable.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council, Councillor Chris Botten has said:

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Dec 31, 2018

    As so often happens, when a leader steps down the fictions they have spun and the milestones of their achievements unravel quickly, as their author cannot maintain the carapace that prevents proper scrutiny and they are seen for what they are.

    This is not an attack on the former leader of the County Council, more a reflection on leadership and what it requires for success as it might apply to many leadership roles, but especially in local politics.

  • David Gourley
    Article: Dec 28, 2018
    By David J Gourley

    The following letter was sent just before Christmas by the Honourary Secretary of Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats.

    Dear Tim Martin,

    I have a feeling that you are not going to print this! Nevertheless, I must get what I have to say off my chest.

    Your magazine has been delivered to our house. It was not requested. However, I would have been happy to have received it, had it not been a pro-Brexit propaganda sheet.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, Paddy Ashdown has died.

    Royal Marine, Intelligence Officer in the Bosnian war zone, UN administrator helping Bosnia rebuild, Lib Dem leader admired by rivals and members alike, wise elder statesman, author, inspirational leader.

    Local party member Lakhi, who knew him personally, said:

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Dec 20, 2018

    Responding to the publication of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services report into Surrey Fire and Rescue, Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Surrey County Council said:

    "Yet again we read of a Surrey Service which has been judged Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Perhaps the report's most troubling criticism is that the service doesn't have a robust operational model and needs to ensure it has enough resources, (people and equipment) available to respond to risk in line with its risk management plan.

  • David Goodwin
    Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey have today voted against proposals put forward by the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP). The report published by the IRP recommended that a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) of £10,000 be allocated to Deputy Cabinet Members, a set of roles only introduced to Surrey County Council in May this year.

  • Old man repulsing school chldren
    Article: Dec 8, 2018

    The enforced closure of the walking route to St Joseph's school from the Abelea Green estate, via the church car park, has led to increased congestion in White Horse Drive and chronic traffic problems in West Street and Rosebank.

    To reduce these problems, the school's governors have proposed a "park and stride" scheme. A petition will be considered on Monday by SCC's local committee for Epsom & Ewell, asking for the parking restrictions in the Abelea Green estate to be relaxed to facilitate this.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Nov 27, 2018

    "Things fall apart- the centre cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world……….."

    These words of WB Yeats resonate.

    The bizarre nature of our current politics degenerates still further and nothing seems to be co-ordinated or connected. Like some high risk Mad Hatter's Tea Party each silo sits in a puddle of its own illogical absurdity.

  • Old man repulsing school chldren
    Article: Nov 17, 2018

    The directors of the Abelea Green management company have forced St Joseph's RC church in Epsom to bar the gate between their car park and St Joseph's primary school, to prevent St Margaret Drive on the Abelea Green estate being used to access the school via the car-park.

    After spending years trying, the directors who live on the estate eventually succeeded by pointing out that the lease for the car park access road mentions the church and the hall, but not the school.

  • Dove
    Article: Nov 11, 2018

    There will be peace:

    when attitudes change;

    when self-interest is seen as part of common interest;

    when old wrongs, old scores, old mistakes

    are deleted from the account;

    when the aim becomes cooperation and mutual benefit

    rather than revenge or seizing maximum personal or group gain;

    when justice and equality before the law