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Hazel Watson Stephen Cooksey Fiona White John Orrick Stella Lallement Ian Beardsmore Pauline Searle Will Forster David Goodwin
  • Council Tax Bill
    Article: Jan 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are calling for a fair deal for Surrey, with more local decision making on funding and less central government control. Surrey should be allowed to keep a fairer share of the money generated within the county.

    Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "Surrey residents and businesses should reap the rewards of their own efforts without excessive central government control.

  • Flooding in Maidstone Town Centre
    Article: Jan 9, 2014

    South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder is calling on the UK government to apply for aid from the EU's Solidarity Fund to help rebuild communities devastated by flooding in recent weeks.

    The fund, which has budget of up to £414 million for 2014, was set up to provide financial assistance to EU countries struck by major national disasters.

  • cycling
    Article: Dec 17, 2013

    Councillor Hazel Watson (Dorking Hills), the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, has welcomed a number of Surrey County Council Cabinet's decisions about major cycling events and day to day cycling sportives in Surrey, but has expressed disappointment and concern over plans for Dorking and Westcott.

  • heathrow plane noise
    Article: Dec 17, 2013

    Responding to the interim report by Sir Howard Davies' Airports Commission, Hazel Watson (Dorking Hills), the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said:

    "Liberal Democrats are opposed to any expansion of airports in the South East, further expansion of Heathrow or Gatwick would be a devastating blow for Surrey's environment and many of Surrey's residents. Local residents in Mole Valley are constantly telling me how strongly they are opposed to any expansion of Gatwick. A coordinated transport strategy including air, rail and roads needs to be developed. Issues such as airport expansion, high speed rail and road links should not be taken in isolation. I shall be pressing for Liberal Democrat ministers to strongly oppose these plans."

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Dec 10, 2013

    Liberal Democrats are calling for home to school transport improvements in Surrey at a meeting of the County Council today.

    Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Environment and Transport Spokesperson, says: "Surrey County Council has announced a review, but from the start has said: 'Surrey County Council is not proposing any changes to its home to school transport policy for 2015'. Many children and parents face difficulties with the present arrangements. There are a number of anomalies that mean that it can be unfair for many children, who are denied free school transport by Surrey County Council, which causes them major problems in getting to school.

  • HCC Badger (courtesy of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (Credit: Dr David Williams for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust).)
    Article: Dec 9, 2013

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor Will Forster (Woking South) is calling for a ban stopping any culling of badgers on Surrey County Council land.

    A motion proposed by Cllr Forster to Surrey County Council's Full Council tomorrow says:

    Noting the start of the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire and the possibility that DEFRA may roll out the badger cull across the rest of the UK, Council agrees not to allow the badger cull to take place on any of its county owned land, given that the science is not proven nor conclusive that a cull of badgers is the answer to eradicating Bovine TB from the countryside.

  • Prudential Ride London Surrey Classic 2013 (Photo: Garry Knight)
    Article: Nov 27, 2013

    Questioning of the Conservative run Cabinet of Surrey County Council by Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council, has successfully forced the Conservative Leader to spill the beans about deals struck behind closed doors and payments made for cycling events in Surrey.

  • Prudential Ride London Surrey Classic 2013 (Photo: Garry Knight)
    Article: Nov 15, 2013

    Following revelations that the Conservative run cabinet of Surrey County Council made decisions in private about the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic (formerly Marathon on Wheels) and the Tour of Britain cycle events, Councillor Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, is calling for this information to be made public.

  • Prudential Ride London Surrey Classic 2013 (Photo: Garry Knight)
    Article: Oct 25, 2013

    Following questioning, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council and County Councillor for the Dorking Hills Division has uncovered that the Conservative run Cabinet of Surrey County Council 's only formal decision taken by them to allow the event (formerly the Marathon on Wheels) to take place in Surrey was taken in December 2011 in private.

  • Local MP Tim Farron has welcomed new rules to deal with rogue scrap metal dealers. Rogue traders who buy and sell scrap metal for cash face a £5,000 fine under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.
    Article: Oct 17, 2013

    Surrey County Council Liberal Democrats have welcomed a new law giving councils greater powers to combat the blight of scrap metal thefts on communities across the country.

    Every scrap metal dealer is having to obtain a licence to trade from their local authority under the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act with councils now able to refuse or revoke licences.