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Your Monthly update from your LibDem Borough Councillors - covering June 2022

June 30, 2022 8:06 PM

Dear friends, here is our update on local and "not-so-local-but-relevant" developments during June - excluding of course the wonderful win in Tiverton & Honiton which you all know about!

Council updates:

  • An update about the Chalk Pit site; at a meeting on 30 June which Julie took part in there was some progress in stopping (in the short-term) the worst part of the noise from the site while various legal routes are being followed. More details on our Facebook post here.
  • On Monday 4th July there will be a meeting of the Strategy & Resources Committee immediately followed by a full Council meeting to discuss alternatives on dealing with the resignation of the Chief Executive. This is important to all residents, since it affects both how the Council is run and the ongoing costs. However, the RA are proposing the meeting is held in private, which we intend to object to on grounds of openness and transparency.
  • The paying system for the Town Hall and Hope Lodge car parks has changed, requiring you to use a Pay & Display system that accepts cash, card or RingGo. The old barrier and token system kept on breaking down and the new approach should be more reliable and cheaper for the Council.
  • Those of you with an allotment should have received a letter consulting on possible changes to their governance. The deadline for responses to be received is Sunday 3rd July so if you have not responded, act now!
  • This month saw regular meetings of various Committees - but other than the increased costs in producing the Local Plan there was nothing of particular note to report.
  • The by-election for the vacant councillor seat in West Ewell will be on Thursday 7 July, and there will be hustings on Monday 4 July organised by the Epsom & Ewell Times.

Other Borough updates:

  • We had a useful catch-up with our local police support officer and her team. David flagged the issue around car theft in the area and sadly just last week there was another instance in the Ward - so please follow police guidance on keeping those fobs safe and secure.
  • The Platinum Jubilee artwork on the railway bridge on East Street certainly cheers up the street scene. Anyone got ideas for other locations that we could suggest to the Council that could be used by local artists?

County and other local news:

  • Despite the climate emergency Gove has given the green light for gas fracking in Surrey, in Dunsfold which next to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • The potential changes to how Surrey County Council and the 11 Borough & District Councils in Surrey work together, or indeed become a single entity, rumble on slowly. Nothing substantive to report on yet but we would welcome your thoughts on how to balance the need for efficiency in governance with having local, accountable representatives.

National issues:

Since the Tiverton & Honiton by-election (and Labour's win in Wakefield) gives some cause for optimism in all the gloom around us we've selected some more up-beat articles this month rather than our usual coverage of this government's incompetence and hypocrisy:

Our monthly podcast recommendation:

The LibDems believe that policy should be based on evidence and research, and political debates rooted in facts. Hence David is a keen listener to More Or Less on Radio 4 with Tim Harford. There are short and full versions that you can subscribe to.

Have a good weekend

Julie and David

Thursday 30 June 2022

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