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  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    The Conservative administration at Surrey County Council have today refused to debate a motion from the Liberal Democrats which highlighted failings by the County Council in preparing for flooding, while agreeing to debate a motion discussing an "anodyne approach" to tackling flooding .


    Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment and Transportation spokesperson at County Hall said: "The motion was submitted some three weeks ago and followed some days later by the second motion proposed by the Conservative administration. There are many similarities between the two motions - the main difference being that the motion that I proposed sets out some criticisms of the preparedness of the Conservative administration for severe weather and provides some suggestions for the urgent action that in our view is required in order to repair the damage and prepare for similar future situations. The administration motion in effect removes the criticism and the suggested action and provides an anodyne approach which adds nothing to what we already know.

  • 20mph zone
    Article: Mar 10, 2014

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed a review of Surrey County Council's road safety policy that is taking place throughout Surrey's boroughs and districts.

    The review is looking at both local speed limits and road safety outside of schools.

    Speaking following meetings of the first two of Surrey County Council's local committees to consider the review, Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment and Transportation spokesperson at County Hall said: "In May 2006 and again in 2012, Liberal Democrats called for Surrey County Council to reduce speeds where necessary on the County's roads.

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Mar 3, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are proposing a six point action plan to tackle Surrey's flooding. The proposals aim to reduce the impact of future heavy rain by putting in place preventative measures. They are:

    1. Complete and update Surrey County Council's currently outdated records on where flooding occurs (wetspots) and the Flooding Asset Register of walls, ditches and bridges which are known to cause flooding.
    2. Increase the cleaning of gullies (road drains) which is currently usually only once a year.
    3. Plant trees, particularly on high ground. An environmentally friendly way of trapping and slowing down the movement of water.
    4. Work with districts and boroughs not to build on flood plains.
    5. Repair flood damaged roads and bridges.
    6. Apply for funding from central government and the European Union.
  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Feb 11, 2014

    Claims by Surrey County Council's Conservative administration that they will "invest up to £10m to support the response to flooding" have been criticised as "propaganda that muddies the water rather than giving hope to residents and businesses", according to the Liberal Democrats at County Hall.

    Speaking at today's County Council budget meeting of Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson at Surrey County Council will say: "Surrey County Council's Conservative administration has failed to invest adequately in flood prevention.

  • Council Tax
    Article: Feb 10, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats are opposing the County's Conservative administration's budget at tomorrow's Council meeting as it is "half baked and unrealistic".

    Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council will say: "Surrey County Council Liberal Democrats support the level of council tax proposed, although we oppose the administration's budget as a whole, as it is half-baked and unrealistic. For example, it includes a £19 million saving in the Family, Friends and Community programme which cannot be achieved. This leaves a massive hole in the budget. Despite savings of over £14 million for this programme not being achieved this year, the administration has buried its head in the sand and is over optimistically planning to make yet more savings.

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Feb 6, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Euro MP, Catherine Bearder, has written to the chief executive of Surrey County Council, David McNulty, to encourage him to apply for EU funding to help rebuild and develop flood defences in Surrey.

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

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Petition: Feb 6, 2014

    Whole swathes of Surrey have been affected by recent flooding.

    EU funding is there for the taking to help build defences and prevent these devastating floods from happening in the future. Sign below to register your support.

    We call on Surrey County Council to apply for EU funding to help rebuild our flood affected communities and to develop effective flood defences for the future.

  • Council Tax
    Article: Jan 30, 2014

    Members of Surrey County Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee were stunned today when the Conservative Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care announced that £19 million of savings in the budget for 2014/15 being discussed at the meeting of the Conservative Cabinet next week "will not be achieved". The savings are planned in the budget by switching care to "social capital" under the Friends, Family and Community Support programme.

  • 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.