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Hazel Watson Stephen Cooksey Fiona White John Orrick Stella Lallement Ian Beardsmore Pauline Searle Will Forster David Goodwin
  • Will Forster
    Article: Mar 22, 2015

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have proposed that the Conservative run Council shelves its planned cuts to bus services following the recent significant fall in oil prices.

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor Will Forster (South Woking) said: " The County Council is currently reviewing bus services across Surrey and is seeking to cut spending on buses and bus passes by around £2 million. The recent public consultation on the Surrey Transport Review received 6,800 comments, which just goes to show how important bus services are for Surrey residents.

    "At the County Council meeting on 17 March I proposed the following motion for debate:

    'In light of the recent significant fall in oil prices, Council calls on the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet to ensure the Transport Review and negotiations with bus operating companies are conducted to preserve bus services throughout Surrey.'""

    Cllr Forster added: "Since the Council announced its transport review, there has been significant fall in the oil price across the world and the cost of fuel is one of the biggest single costs in running a bus service. As a result, the Council should drop its planned cuts to bus services and change its approach to reviewing bus services. The fall in the oil price massively strengthens the hand of the Council to get a good deal out of the bus companies to both preserve our bus services and at a reduced cost to the council taxpayer."

    The Conservative majority rejected the motion and amended it to remove the requirement that existing bus services should be preserved.

    Cllr Forster concluded, "Our roads are already congested as it is, the Conservative administration at County Hall should be looking at ways to encourage public transport not reduce what little we have further. Residents clearly feel passionately about not losing their bus services, it is a shame the Conservatives running the County Council do not feel the same way."

  • heathrow plane noise
    Article: Mar 18, 2015

    Calls by Liberal Democrats for no more runways at Heathrow and Gatwick were voted down by the Conservatives at County Hall yesterday.

    Cllr Ian Beardsmore, (Sunbury Common and Ashford Common) said: "With Heathrow claiming that expansion there would mean 120,000 new jobs, there is deep concern as to where these people will live and the consequent impact on the green belt. The local councils near to Heathrow are already struggling to meet housing demand. A similar threat remains should Gatwick be chosen over Heathrow with large areas of countryside in the southern part of Surrey at risk of being destroyed. The Conservatives refused to face up to or to answer these concerns."

  • Fiona White
    Article: Mar 2, 2015

    One privately owned residential care home in Surrey has recently been closed by Care Quality Commission meaning that older people had to be moved at short notice. Another home close to Surrey's borders which the council has used for care packages was also closed down. A check of Care Quality Commission's website shows that there are 5 privately owned homes within 13 miles of Guildford where they have been found to be inadequate in one or more categories.

  • Superfast Braodband fibre box
    Article: Feb 13, 2015

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor Hazel Watson, who provided evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee on the rollout of Superfast Broadband in the villages and rural areas of Surrey, has welcomed the Select Committee's Report on the roll-out of Superfast Broadband.

  • burning money
    Article: Feb 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are calling on Conservative run Surrey County Council to adopt proposals in a recently published report about carbon and energy policy which sets out ways in which the County Council could save money on its sky high energy bills and reduce its carbon emissions, benefiting the environment.

  • Pothole
    Article: Feb 9, 2015

    The recently published Surrey County Council Budget for 2015/16 has revealed a reduction of £400,000 in funding for Highways and Transport compared with this year. The Budget is set to be decided by the County Council on 10 February.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Highways and Transport said: "I am calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to increase funding for Highways and Transport by £1 million by transferring the money from Business Services. The Highways budget is set to overspend by nearly £1 million this year whilst Business Services is expected to underspend by £4.5 million. It therefore makes sense to put the money where it is needed, with Highways and Transport.

  • Budget vice
    Article: Feb 2, 2015

    Surrey County Council 's Budget for 2015/16 was recently published by the Conservative administration at County Hall before being agreed at full Council on 10 February. The Budget reveals a large cut of nearly £2 million in services for young people and a £16 million increase in services for vulnerable adults.

  • Wasting your money
    Article: Jan 30, 2015

    In the run up to the County Council agreeing its Budget for 2015/16 on 10 February, Cllr Hazel Watson Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on the County Council said: "My message to the Conservative administration at County Hall is to stop wasting money and start protecting vital services for Surrey residents.

  • Classroom
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Conservatives will cut the education budget by £253 million in Surrey by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows.

    The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan.

    It means £252,700,000would be wiped of the education budget in Surrey - hitting children's life chances.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Figures revealed to the Liberal Democrats at today's meeting of Surrey County Council have shown that a third of the county's footways are 'functionally or structurally impaired' and at the current rate of progress it will take 167 years to replace them.

    An answer to a written question from Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey states: