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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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Recent updates

  • Byfleet Exit from Brexit Stall (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Sep 13, 2018

    Woking Lib Dems went out this past wekend to gauge the level of support for the Government's handling of brexit... Guess What they didn't like it! almost nobody in Woking thinks the Tories, backed up by the Brexit loving Labour party are doing a good job and mo st would like us to EXIT FROM BREXIT. What do you think?

  • Byfleet parish Day (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Sep 13, 2018

    After last season's successful campaign, we hope you have enjoyed the hot summer months during which Liberal Democrats activists have been out and about participating in a number of social and fund raising events.

    Our bottle tombolas at St John's Fete Woking and at Byfleet Parish Day (pictured) are always popular and were a sell out. Please note we always need people to man the stalls so newcomers please contact us if you can spare the time, your help is invaluable ! Our very own Will Forster has had a busy time since he became Woking Mayor on 17 May. His charity is the York Road Project for the homeless. He will be attending many events in your area, please give him all the support you can.

  • Anne-Marie Barker (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Sep 4, 2018
    By Ann-Marie Barker

    Statement from the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Development in Woking

    Speaking following uproar over the summer, as plans were discovered for a further 34 storey tower block in Woking town centre, Councillor Ann-Marie Barker, Liberal Democrat Leader in Woking Council commented:

    "Residents have watched the high towers of the Victoria Square Development grow and are seeing what an impact these towers have on Woking town centre and surrounding communities. To then learn of a further proposal for a 34 storey tower block, seemingly 'sneaked' out under cover of summer, by a wholly owned council company, that proposes zero affordable properties, appears a step too far".

    There is much to be said for providing homes in the town centre. People living and working in towns bring vibrancy, life and business to shops and restaurants. The number of single person households is increasing nationwide and town centre flats meet that need.

    But what about facilities and infrastructure? Just 57 parking spaces are proposed for the flats in the huge, 34 storey tower block. A high proportion of residents will commute - adding to already overcrowded trains. The residents will need doctors, dentists, hospital appointments, and some will be looking for school places, now or in the future. Our already stretched fire service will need the skills to tackle tower block blazes. Evidence from Grenfell suggests that even in a London of many tower blocks the Commander at the site of the fire had little experience in such situations.

    Whilst these tower blocks may offer what many single occupants or couples want now, what happens down the line when many will start families and will often seek a home and garden?

    Affordable housing will be provided as a result of this development, but where? The developer will give money for off-site affordable homes, but where will these go?

    In part these tower block plans are a reaction to the Council's green belt review. Responses to that indicated that none of the original sites consulted on, including parts of Mayford, Sutton Green, Byfleet and Pyrford were acceptable for future development. The Council then put forward 'McLaren/Woodham New Town' to a new wave of furore. It seems to have taken the message of no green belt development and translated it as 'build high in Woking town centre'. A clear message is now being sent from residents 'why does protecting the green belt equal huge ugly tower blocks in the town centre'.

    So what is the answer?

    "Develop Brown field sites" may seem an all too easy response to bat away the development issue, but two recent sites immediately come to mind. The car showroom site in Old Woking is to be developed as homes for older residents, hopefully freeing up properties for family homes. The Robin Hood pub seems sadly to have reached the end of its life as a local hostelry but is an ideal brown field site for family homes. Brown field sites must be the first sties considered for any new housing developments.

    'Town centre but more and shorter blocks' Woking is used to tall buildings. Export House (formerly the BAT building) has dominated our skyline for many decades. More but shorter blocks would be more acceptable.

    Can we consider green belt? Liberal Democrats are a broad grouping of independently minded people. I have one councillor who has clearly stated opposition to any green belt development. Another, whilst seeking to protect the green belt, has put forward the proposition that allowing very small amounts of green belt to be developed could enable a clearer, more defensible green belt boundary. This could protect our green spaces for the future and the land taken would be used to provide affordable family homes.

    What lies above all of this is the need for a mature debate across the borough. The green belt review was a tick in a government box. Unsurprisingly residents reacted negatively to plans to use green belt in their local area for future development. We need to move beyond box ticking and look at the wider picture. A conversation with the borough is needed.

    I invite residents to write to me to start that conversation. What development is acceptable to you? How high should we go in the town centre? Should we use a small part of greenbelt if that would protect the wider greenbelt? I look forward to hearing from you at


  • Horton Chapel interior
    Article: Sep 3, 2018
    By Julie Morris

    This coming Saturday 8th September, there is an opportunity for everyone to visit derelict Horton Chapel

    Visitors can learn about the heritage of the site and the plans which have been made for its future use.

    Free tickets are available from hortonchapelproject.org

    Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society has been created to develop and run the building along charitable lines. It bid successfully from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is currently awaiting legal matters to be processed by the borough council before starting on work.

  • Cllr Chris Botten
    Article: Aug 31, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have expressed concerns for the future of the County's Children's Centre provision in the light of the sudden departure of one of their leading champions and advocates from the senior team at County Hall. The departure comes after plans to reduce provision were announced by the Conservative-administration earlier this year but with no detail as to which of the County's 58 Children's Centres would close.

  • Cllr Fiona White outside Surrey County Hall
    Article: Aug 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have criticised the ruling Conservative administration for recruiting a new "Business Manager" post, on a salary of more than £43,000, when at the same time planning hundreds of staff redundancies and millions of pounds of cuts to front line services.

    The advert, which has appeared on the Guardian website, seeks to recruit a "skilled networker" to County Hall whose work "will often be politically sensitive". The salary offered is £43,638 for a working week of 36 hours, with the promise of a "generous local government salary related pension".

  • Chris Botten
    Article: Aug 6, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling for Surrey County Council to make urgent financial preparations following a recent judgement in Bristol in which a group of parents successfully challenged Bristol City Council's decision to make deep cuts in special educational needs (SEND) provision. Parents in Surrey have launched a similar judicial review challenging the County Council on cuts to its SEND budget of £21m, which will be heard in October this year.

  • Cllrs Deborah Hughes & Louise Morales outside Woking Football Club (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Jul 31, 2018
    By Louise Morales + Deborah Hughes

    WBC agreed that a proposal for 992 flats on westfield avenue was viable.

    This was disclosed in part one (public) papers for the first time at last Thursdays meeting of the full Council following pressure from the Lib Dem members for openness and transparency with residents regarding this development which has been subject to Part 2 (private and confidential) discussions since March.

  • Will
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Surrey County Council has commissioned a second report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) to review its financial resilience. This follows a report commissioned in December 2016, costing nearly £25,000, which warned that the financial position of the County Council was "extremely worrying" and that "it is risk of becoming financially unsustainable".

  • Staines Park
    Article: Jul 24, 2018

    Spelthorne Liberal Democrats are delighted to see that investment is finally being made to provide high quality leisure facilities in the Borough. However, we are very concerned by the current plans proposed by Conservative run Spelthorne Borough Council, to build a new leisure centre on the Staines Park site.