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  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Oct 13, 2020

    Following a motion by the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to introduce 'school streets' in Surrey with the aim of encouraging active travel, improving air quality and promoting road safety.

    A school street is where the road outside a school is closed to motor vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for those residents living in that street.

  • Document: Oct 6, 2020
  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Sep 30, 2020

    Following a question from the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council has confirmed that the cost of its failed bid to become a unitary authority was just under £250,000.

    In anticipation of a Government White Paper on local government devolution, the Conservatives running the County Council decided to pursue plans to become a unitary authority. This power grab would have involved abolishing the Surrey's 11 Borough and District Councils, and centralising power in one unitary authority serving 1.2 million people. However, the Surrey Tories' plans have been stopped by the Government.

  • Guildford Fire Station
    Article: Sep 29, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council note and share the public concern regarding the proposed changes to night cover of firefighters.

    The Liberal Democrats voted against the Making Surrey Safer proposals and against the budget cuts to the Fire Service. Liberal Democrat Councillors will stand shoulder to shoulder with firefighters to ensure they are able to deliver services which are safe for residents and safe for them.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020

    Dear friends, here is our latest update covering what we hope are interesting developments since our last update on 12 September.

    We've slightly tweaked the headings to keep things fresh, let us know what you think.

    Please see our plea for some more Focus deliverers.

    Borough news (some good news…):

    • One of Epsom's "claims to fame" is the sacrifice that Emily Davison made. Thanks to some hard work by various residents a statue should be unveiled in the Market Square for next year's International Women's Day. See http://emilydavisonproject.org/2020/09/23/we-have-done-it/
    • One of our local cultural events is back - the Satisfied Eye film festival will run from 9 to 11 October, see https://satisfiedeye.com
    • And still on film, Rosebery Park was due to be the site for some filming on Tuesday 22nd for an ITV show called Finding Alice
  • Article: Sep 12, 2020

    Dear friends, when we posted our last update on 14 August we had planned to not write until 25th September while we recharged our batteries, and had also hoped "things" might get better while we were away. Oh dear…

    While we have both had a few days off, sadly "things" are NOT getting better, so we are re-starting our updates. As before, we welcome feedback (positive or negative) so we can serve you better. Please also encourage others to subscribe at https://epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk/en/subscribe-by-email

  • Article: Aug 14, 2020

    Welcome to our latest update, responding to developments since Friday 31 July.

    We are both going on holiday shortly and so our next Update will be Friday 25th September, unless things change very dramatically at a local level and we need to share information.

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • The Borough is still recording low additional positive cases, a further 3 over the last two weeks. This is better than the UK where the daily number of new cases is continuing to rise.
    • There are contingency plans for dealing with a local "spike" in cases. Please do your bit to help minimise the risk of this having to be implemented.
    • Following David's query at last month's Council meeting, the new signs part funded by the EU Regional Development Fund are now starting to appear, with the correct EU logo.
    • The Foodbank is consistently feeding between 3 and 4 times as many people each week as it used to do before COVID. They are considering the long-term implications for this including how best to use the 5 centres as and when they are able to reopen.
  • Document: Aug 6, 2020
  • Article: Jul 31, 2020

    Welcome to our latest update, responding to developments since Friday 17 July - but we're not going to attempt to summarise the latest government guidance since it will have changed by the time we've typed this up….

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • The latest case numbers for the Borough from ONS stand at 339, up from 336 since our last update 2 weeks ago. Just 3 new cases in that period is very good compared to the UK as a whole where the daily new case numbers have increased from 560 on 23rd July to 846 on 30th July
    • Surrey County Council is FINALLY sharing information with the Borough on a weekly basis.
    • At the Council meeting on the 21st David asked about the plans to spend the £72k from the EU Regional Development Fund - which is earmarked for public safety improvements. Sadly the RA response consisted of negative comments about the EU and no clear plans. We will keep pushing.
    • Those of you in Ewell may have been aware of the County's plans to install a "Bus Gate" to restrict cars in the High Street and encourage pedestrians. But it was very badly thought through and Andrej (the third member of our College Ward Focus team) organised a petition whereupon SCC backed off.
    • With the fall in cases, the Council has "stood down" the Community Hub which was providing dedicated support to those affected by the virus.
    • We have previously highlighted the Council's role in ensuring local organisations get the grants available to them. Unfortunately, this doesn't always seem to be working as required and Julie is helping one Church that has been poorly treated. Let us know of any other similar cases.
  • Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Welcome to our latest update, responding to developments since Friday 3 July, during which time our esteemed MP managed to lose a rigged election, and the Tories couldn't decide whether Pret was a shop or a restaurant.

    Anyway, onto our list of updates:

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • There have been media reports about a rise in the infection rate in the Borough from 1.3 to 5.0 per 100,000. Although this is on the surface alarming, it actually means 4 people in the Borough have tested positive in the week. The low absolute rate of infection coupled with our small population does mean that the figures will vary week on week. Still, BE SAFE !
    • You may have seen press articles about our Council's loss of revenue from their commercial property portfolio. For EEBC, the exposure is limited but some allowance for loss of rent has already been included in the figures in our last update (deficit for first quarter £2m).
    • Sadly, our Borough does not seem to be immune from the national increase in domestic violence.
    • The Rainbow Centre has announced a phased reopening from 25 July - booking essential.
    • Our local public toilets are also due to reopen on Monday 20 July, although I understand the information about this will only go up on the EEBC website next week.
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