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Reigate Liberal Democrats

Your Local Lib Dems

We cover the towns of Banstead, Redhill, Horley 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.

What do we Stand for locally?

We stand for -

  • Delivering a Carbon Neutral area with environmental sustainability;
  • Investing in social housing.
  • Protecting our Borough. From cuts to services, police and healthcare
  • Making sure that new development is integrated with public transport and services
  • Creating new recreational spaces and maintaining the existing ones.
  • Supporting pro-active community housing groups and new builds

What do we stand for Nationally?

  • Staying in the EU. We believe Britain will be stronger,
    better off and safer if we stay in
    the European Union
  • Saving our NHS and care services. Asking people to pay a bit more tax (1p)
    for every pound they earn. The money
    will go to the NHS and care services. Making sure people don't wait longer
    for mental health care than for
    other healthcare.
  • Put children first.
    Every child should have the best start
    in life. Spending £7 billion extra on education.
  • Britain needs an economy that gives
    people jobs and the chance to do well.
    We will build an economy that is strong,
    fair and works well now and in the future.

Recent updates

  • Parking in Reigate
    Article: Feb 16, 2019
    By Greg Arden

    We live in a thriving community where many people want to live, work and study. But this creates creates problems with congested roads and residents unable to park near their homes.

    Improving public transport would take some pressure off our roads while also being more environmentally friendly - and we would focus on improving bus services, making them more reliable and frequent. Rail users have also had a torrid last few years and we'd work hard with others to campaign and lobby for improvements in rail services - including support for a platform 3 at Reigate.

  • European flag flying
    Article: Feb 14, 2019
    By John Vincent

    A good way of judging what's perception and what's reality to stand on a street corner campaigning for what you believe in. This Saturday morning, with a cold wind blowing but sunshine in the sky a group of us stood in the centre of the Surrey town of Epsom. It's a well to do town with levels of prosperity that parts of England would love to share. Being connected to London there are major service industries that ensure Epsom flourishes. Its not just Derby Day.

  • Lib Dem dinner image 2
    Event: Feb 21, 2019 7:30 PM
    St Mary's Church Centre, Reigate

    We have a lot to celebrate this year. Join us for a dinner hosted by your local Lib Dems and with Dick Newby as our speaker. Dick is the leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords. He will be talking about the current political situation and drawing on his great experience. The evening will be in the elegant modern hall of St Mary's Church Centre Reigate, Starting at 7:30 with drinks and canapes and followed by a delicious 3 course dinner. Tickets are still available. To book and with details of how to pay please click on the link below:

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019
    By Ann-Marie Barker.

    More hoops for Citizens Advice to jump through

    Cllr Barker calls on Conservative Executive Leader to end vendetta

    Cllr Barker, Liberal Democrat Leader on Woking Council is saddened that the Council's Conservative Executive has come up with yet more hoops for our local Citizens Advice service to jump through to secure grant funding.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019
    By Ann-Marie Barker.

    Liberal Democrats criticise move to 7-day property turnaround

    Why set target council's own contractor doesn't meet?

    Liberal Democrats were surprised to see proposals to reduce a properties' exemption from Council Tax from 30 days to just 7 days. Currently a property is not charged Council Tax whilst empty for one month. Proposals going to this week's Council meeting are to reduce that to just one week.

  • Ann-Marie Barker
    Article: Feb 12, 2019
    By Ann-Marie Barker.

    Delight that Carlos will be able to return to the park

    Liberal Democrats welcome the Conservative U-turn that will restore Carlos' ice cream van to Woking Park. We look forward to confirming our support at the Council meeting on 13 February.

    Commenting Cllr Ann-Marie Barker, Leader of Woking Liberal Democrats, said "The Bellancas have been through so much, from being told 5 days before Christmas 2017 that they couldn't return to the park in 2018, to then being offered a new site but later having that offer withdrawn. The Liberal Democrat Group are delighted that Carlos ice cream van will be returning to Woking Park in 2019".

  • Full Council
    Article: Feb 5, 2019

    Speech delivered by the Leader of Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrat Group, Chris Botten, delivered at the Full Council Meeting on 5th February 2019.

    "For the avoidance of doubt, I am setting out this morning the reasons why I and my group will be voting against the budget papers as presented to us; we understand the extreme difficulties the council faces in producing a balanced budget, but we believe some core principles have been elided and some significant failures to address important issues are manifest.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2019

    Amid increasing uncertainty surrounding Britain's place in the European Union (EU), Surrey County Council has agreed a request made by Surrey Lib Dems to help its EU staff and children in care apply for 'settled status' post-Brexit.

    Earlier this year, the Government announced that EU nationals would have to apply and pay for settled status post-Brexit, though they have recently waived the application fees. This 'pay to stay' process has been widely criticised as being too complicated and making Europeans feel unwelcome in the UK.

  • Will Forster
    Article: Feb 4, 2019
    By Will Forster, RH.

    Lib Dems get Surrey County Council to help Europeans stay post Brexit

    Surrey County Council has agreed to the Lib Dem request to help its European Union (EU) staff and children in care apply for 'settled status' post-Brexit.

    Earlier this year, the Government announced that EU nationals would have to apply and pay for settled status post-Brexit, though they have recently waived the application fees. This 'pay to stay' process has been widely criticised as being too complicated and making Europeans feel unwelcome in the UK.

    Lib Dem County Councillor Will Forster recently addressed the Council's Cabinet to get them to commit to helping EU citizens that work for or are in the care of the local authority with their applications for settled status.

    Will Forster said, "I am delighted that Surrey County Council has agreed to my request to support EU nationals from some of the damaging effects of Brexit and will help its EU staff and children in care apply for settled status if Brexit takes place."

    "10% of construction workers are from the EU, that's 84,000 people. Without Europeans we will not be able to build new homes or schools, or resurface roads. 18% of social care workers are from the EU - without European staff, the County Council will not be able to look after vulnerable elderly people. EU citizens make a huge positive contribution to this country and our county."

  • Article: Feb 4, 2019
    By Will Forster, RH.
    Council has no plans to reopen Lakers Youth Centre one year after fire
    The Lib Dems have criticised Surrey County Council for leaving the Lakers Youth Centre closed for a whole year, and still not having any plans to reopen it.
    In January 2018, Lakers Youth Centre in Goldsworth Park was badly damaged by a fire and has been closed since. During a recent Surrey County Council Cabinet meeting, Lib Dem County Councillor, Will Forster, asked the Council if, or when, it will repair and reopen Lakers. The Council stated that there are no immediate plans to rebuild Lakers Youth Centre and that they are reviewing all youth services.