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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

  • County Hall
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have criticised the Conservative-administration for budget proposals containing £54m of further cuts to services and a 6% council tax rise. The budget recommendations will be approved by the Council's Conservative Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by the County Council on Tuesday 6th February.

  • Tory Tip Tax!
    Article: Jan 19, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have launched a petition calling for Surrey County Council to abolish its charges for residents disposing of DIY waste - known locally as the "Tory Tip Tax". The petition follows a consultation from the Government announcing that they oppose the principle of councils charging residents for disposing of DIY waste and will consider changing the law if councils continue to charge. Surrey County Council introduced these charges in September 2016 despite overwhelming opposition to the charges in the responses to the County Council's consultation.

  • Tory Tip Tax!
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Government have stated that they wish to see an end to charges by local authorities, including Surrey County Council, for residents disposing of DIY waste.

    A consultation released this week by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that "The Government's view is that residents should be able to dispose of household DIY waste free of charge" and "The Government will consider clarifying the law if councils continue to charge for disposal of reasonable amounts of DIY waste".

  • Plans kept secret
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    The Government has published proposals calling on local authorities, including Surrey County Council, to be more open and transparent about their purchases of commercial properties for investment purposes. The consultation, which closed on December 22nd 2017, states that local authorities need to "demonstrate more transparency and openness and to make it easier for informed observers to understand how good governance and democratic accountability have been exercised", and that "local authorities need to remember that their prime duty is to deliver statutory services for local residents". The new rules, if adopted, will be introduced in April 2018 and take effect immediately.

  • Article: Jan 3, 2018

    Speaking on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, this Spanish MEP makes the case for the EU in clear and inspiring terms.

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    Note: The EPP is the pan-European conservative group, excluding those from the UK

  • Pet cat
    Article: Dec 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed Michael Gove's announcement to increase sentences for animal welfare offences to up to five years, a policy taken from the Liberal Democrat manifesto, but warn that he should clamp down on illegal pet imports.

    In January this year, the government said there were no plans to extend maximum sentencing in response to parliamentary questions from the Liberal Democrats, instead offering the possibility of giving revised guidance to magistrates.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Dec 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have criticised Surrey County Council's plan to set aside income derived from property acquisitions into further property speculation rather than investing in services. According to the latest budget figures, the County Council is facing an overspend of £19 million in the current financial year but is planning to set aside £3.8m of income generated from property to invest in more property, rather than take the pressure off council services which are facing cuts of £104 million pounds this year.

  • aldi
    Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Following a Public Inquiry, the Planning Inspector has supported the Planning Committee's decision and dismissed Aldi's appeal against the Council's refusal of planning permission for a new store on the former Dairy Crest Site.

    This is brilliant news for Epsom. It was the right store in entirely the wrong place. The Lidl store, planned for Upper High Street, is the right store in entirely the right place!

  • Winning in 2017
    Article: Dec 14, 2017

    In the two unusual Wednesday by-elections in Godalming, the Lib Dem candidate Paul Follows won the vacant seats on both Godalming Town and Waverley Borough councils, previously held by Conservatives.

    [In case you wondered, the venue for the count wasn't available for a more usual Thursday poll.]

    This adds to an already outstanding run of by-election successes for the Liberal Democrats, the only major national party with an overall net increase in council seats in 2017.

  • Dene Street
    Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Council plan to sell off properties still shrouded in secrecy say Surrey Lib Dems

    On Thursday 14 December 2017 the Conservative Cabinet of Surrey County Council is expected to agree to enter into a Joint Venture with an external company to redevelop the Council's own land and buildings for housing for sale and rent.

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