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Welcome to Reigate Liberal Democrats

Layout of Reigate and Banstead Borough with major towns and roads.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Map

Reigate Liberal Democrats are the constituency party of Reigate.

This covers the towns of Banstead, Redhill and Reigate, as well as the villages of Burgh Heath, Chipstead, Earlswood, Kingswood, Lower Kingswood, Merstham, Salfords, Southpark and Meadvale, Tadworth, Walton on the hill Woodhatch and Woodmansterne.

The constituency is divided into the wards of Banstead Village, Chipstead Hooley & Woodmansterne, Earlswood & Whitebushes, Kingswood & Burgh Heath, Meadvale & St. Johns, Merstham, Preston, Redhill East, Redhill West, Reigate Central, Reigate Hill, Salfords & Sidlow, Southpark & Woodhatch, and Tadworth & Walton.

Reigate Liberal Democrats always work hard to keep in touch with local people with local news.

Along with the FOCUS leaflets, this website is part of that ongoing work.

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  • Article: Sep 25, 2016

    While many expected the Conservatives to attack local government funding, the speed and ferocity of the cuts has left many breathless and in shock. Residents of Surrey have taken the biggest 'hit' in the country, with huge cuts to both Spelthorne and Surrey Councils.

    The key points of the budget are:

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Sep 21, 2016

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have revealed almost £67m of public money has been spent on buying properties outside the county, using a council-owned property company called Halsey Garton Property Limited. The properties purchased with funding from the Conservative-run Council were mainly warehouses situated in locations such as Wiltshire, Bristol, Worksop and Salford. The most expensive acquisition was an office in Bristol, at the cost of just under £20m.

  • Cllr Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Sep 16, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have criticised Tory-run Surrey County Council after discovering that residents have still not been informed about plans to turn off thousands off street lights at night.

    In response to a question at the July County Council meeting from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Highways & Environment, the Council stated that it was planning to permanently turn off 45,000 street lamps from midnight until 5.00am. The first phase of 33,000 lights was scheduled for 1st October 2016 and the second, of 12,000 lights, for December or January. But Surrey County Council have admitted that the process has been delayed and that they cannot give a date as to when residents will find out if they will be left in the dark by these proposals or not.

  • Cllr Fiona White & Nick Markwick of the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People
    Article: Sep 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have strongly criticised Conservative-run Surrey County Council for agreeing to hike adult social care charges by over £1m for disabled and vulnerable residents. The new charges, due to take effect from 3rd October 2016, have been pushed through by the Conservative-run Council, despite a consultation which showed strong opposition to the plans by residents and disability groups.

    Previously, Surrey residents in receipt of Personal Independence Payments, Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance had the first £27.20 of their benefit disregarded when the Council was calculating their income. From October, the full amount of their benefit will be taken into account - which means that Surrey County Council will be billing disabled residents for an extra £1m. The increase in charges follows the deepening crisis for Adult Social Care services in the county and the failure of the Conservatives at County Hall to come to grips with a spiralling budget and years of overspends.

    In June this year, the cross-party Social Care Services Board heard evidence from the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People and Action for Carers, who both strongly opposed the changes. The Board went on to criticise the proposals noting that there was "strong resistance to the proposed changes, and concerns about the detrimental impact on disabled people, their carers and families given the reduction in disposable income". And in July, the Conservative Cabinet was presented with the results from the consultation which showed that 61% of respondents "disagreed or disagreed strongly" with the proposal. This follows on from another recent consultation where the Council ignored the views of residents - the unpopular "Tory Tip Tax" - a charge local people have to pay to use their local Community Recycling Centre.

    Cllr Fiona White, Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats on Social Care said:

    "In just a few weeks time, our Conservative-run County Council will start charging an extra one million pounds from 700 of our most vulnerable residents. How on earth can they justify spending millions of pounds on buying property outside of Surrey, whilst pushing through a proposal that will cause real hardship to disabled people? One of the most important aspects of our role as Councillors is to protect vulnerable and disabled residents, and help improve the quality of their lives. These proposals are anathema to that and it is appalling that these plans have been given the nod by the Conservatives - they should hang their heads in shame.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2016

    Liberal Democrat councillors are warning that the Conservative-run County Council's plans to charge the public for using Community Recycling Centres, as well as reducing their opening hours, could lead to even bigger increases in fly-tipping across Surrey. Recent figures show that fly-tipping across the county has doubled in the last two years, from 2093 tonnes in 2013/14 to 4441 tonnes in 2015/16.

  • Charles Kennedy led the opposition to the illegal war
    Article: Jul 23, 2016

    Chilcott Report Backs Lib Dem Opposition to Iraq Invasion

    Tony Blair led the Labour Party with strong Conservative support into the Iraq war illegally. Lord Chilcot's damning report into the invasion of Iraq is clear that Tony Blair lied to the parliament, that ...

    • Military action was not the last resort.
    • The severity of threat from Iraq's weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) was not justified.
    • Policy was based on flawed intelligence
    • There was too little time to prepare Britsh troops with the correct equipment
    • Britain relied too heavily on its 'special relationship' with the United States and was subject to poor US decisons.
  • Lib Dems Winning Here
    Article: Jul 6, 2016

    More than 15,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats since the result of the EU Referendum was announced. With over 74,000 members, we now have more members than we've had in over a decade!

    These new members have joined us because they share our values and principles. They know that we are the only party who can now speak for those who believe the UK is best when it's tolerant, outward-looking and compassionate.

  • Happy Face 2
    Article: Jul 3, 2016

    Congratulations to Joe Crome and the Lib Dem Focus team in Mole Valley, who have gained Leatherhead North with a spectacular 19.5% swing from the Conservatives.

    As reported on Twitter by @britainelects ("Britain Elects") the resuls were:

    • LDEM: 56.6% (+27.4)
    • CON: 22.3% (-11.7)
    • UKIP: 10.3% (-7.9)
    • LAB: 8.9% (-5.7)
    • GRN: 1.8% (-2.1)
  • South-West train enters station
    Article: Jul 3, 2016

    Spelthorne and Runnymede Liberal Democrats willingly add their voice to the growing calls from all sides of the political spectrum for Spelthorne to be fully integrated into the Oyster card ticketing system.

    Despite being north of the River and more closely aligned with Middlesex than Surrey, Spelthorne loses out in many areas of service provision. None more so than where Transport is concerned.

    It is widely recognised that the Travelcard and Oyster card systems are of immense benefit to those who use public transport whether it be rail or bus. Simplicity of use and universal interchange between both modes of transport encourages travel away from the private car with the benefits to the environment that brings.

    Currently Spelthorne is yet again disadvantaged. Whilst Oyster cards may be used on buses, this is not the case with train travel on South West Trains. This despite it having one of the highest levels of commuter travel into London within the home counties. The add on cost of travelling beyond the current Zone 6 boundaries at Feltham to Ashford and Staines and Hampton to Sunbury and Shepperton are significant and place a disproportionate burden on Spelthorne residents.

    Whilst the question of cost is invariably raised this should be counteracted by such a change bringing economic benefit to the Borough. It would encourage a greater level of commute into the Borough and would result in a plus factor for Commercial and Residential property prices as well as encouraging relocation. Whilst finances for Local Authorities remain tight Spelthorne should seriously consider that a financial contribution from them to make this happen would be a good investment.

    Liberal Democrats will work with others to achieve the desired result for the benefit of all Spelthorne residents.

  • Join the Lib Dems
    Article: Jun 30, 2016
    People have been joining the Liberal Democrats at the rate of one a minute since the referendum result was declared.
    Over 10,000 people have signed up to the Liberal Democrats since Friday and this is still rising. This includes many in the Reigate area where there is grave concern over the result.
    Liberal Democrats voted to Remain but we respect the result of the referendum, and those who voted to Leave. Our concern now is what happens next.