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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

  • Ian Beardsmore
    Article: Dec 1, 2016

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for the council to urgently address the lack of key worker housing available to its staff, which could save it millions of pounds each year.

    In 2015/16, the county council spent £14.9 million on agency staff and have so far spent £7.4 million in this current financial year from 1st April. The council's over reliance on costly agency staff is a result of the difficulty the council has had in recruiting and retaining key staff to work for the organisation. These include social workers, planners and highway engineers. The council currently has 510 vacancies, 378 of which are for social care staff. The lack of affordable housing and the high cost of living in Surrey makes it difficult to attract the skilled staff that the council needs to provide vital services for Surrey residents.

  • Dorinda Cooper and team
    Article: Nov 28, 2016

    This Thursday sees the parliamentary by-election in Richmond Park; last Thursday saw a huge swing from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats in the council by-election in Tandridge, Surrey.

    Dorinda Cooper won the Caterham Valley ward with a 12.7% swing. The results were:

    • LDEM: 51.6% (+16.6)
    • CON: 25.0% (-8.8)
    • UKIP: 16.8% (-0.4)
    • LAB: 6.6% (-7.3)
  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Nov 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their concern after it was revealed that Surrey County Council's spending on consultants has increased by over 40% from the previous year.

    Following a question tabled by Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, at the Cabinet meeting on 22nd November, it was revealed that spending on consultants has risen from £305,000 in 2015/16 to £431,000 so far in 2016/17, with the bill set to rise further before the end of the financial year. Day rates ranged from £350 to a shocking £1800 per day - meaning that some consultants working for the Tory administration were earning the equivalent of £468,000 a year. The council also admitted that it cannot supply figures for spending on consultants before 2015 and did not release information as to whom the county council had paid to do the work.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Nov 23, 2016

    A Liberal Democrat county councillor in Surrey has received an astonishing letter from the government suggesting that residents can take Conservative-run Surrey County Council to the High Court over its unpopular Tory Tip Tax.

    The letter was sent from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Highways & the Environment, after he wrote to the government outlining his concerns over the legality of recent charges for waste disposal introduced by the council.

  • Road Closed
    Article: Nov 22, 2016

    We're always being asked by our residents, how they can check the status of roadworks on their journey.

    This is the best 'real-time' website we know of - https://roadworks.org/

    You can save it as a web favourite on your PC, Tablet or Smartphone.

    You can also request update emails when changes occur in your area.

  • Tim Farron at Woking SE conference
    Article: Nov 13, 2016

    Woking Lib Dems recently hosted the fantastically successful sell out South East Regional Lib Dem Conference BDB school Woking. Highlights include an inspiring speach from Tim Farron and excellent debate lead by Sal Brinton.

  • Cllr Fiona White outside Surrey County Hall
    Article: Nov 11, 2016

    Figures released by the respected Leonard Cheshire charity have revealed that Surrey County Council has turned down thousands of requests for social care in the last year.

    In 2015/16, the county council turned down 78% of requests for social care which means that out of 35,565 requests, only 7,995 were successful. Leonard Cheshire also shone a light on the declining number of people that Surrey has provided adult social care to in recent years. In 2009, Surrey County Council provided 31,095 people with social care but by 2014 it had reduced to 29, 650 - a fall of 5%.

  • Cllr Fiona White & Nick Markwick of the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People
    Article: Nov 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey have written to the Equality & Human Rights Commission asking them to investigate the Tory council's policy that has increased adult social care charges for disabled residents by over one million pounds a year.

    In July this year, the Conservative cabinet agreed changes to the way in which it calculates adult social care charges for those on benefits such as Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance. The changes mean that the council will be charging disabled people over one million pounds a year extra for their care.

  • Tory Tip Tax
    Article: Oct 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their surprise and anger after it was revealed that Surrey's unpopular "Tory Tip Tax", where residents are charged to use local Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), could be illegal.

    Legislation was passed in March 2015 by the then coalition government which prevented councils from charging residents to use household waste recycling centres, either at the point of entry, exit or disposal. The government guidance makes it clear that residents should not be charged for disposing of any waste from DIY, as it considers DIY waste from households as a type of household waste. But Tory-run Surrey County Council last month introduced charges for people disposing of household waste from DIY, despite opposition from the Liberal Democrats and local residents, and a consultation which resulted in massive opposition to the scheme.

  • Document: Oct 26, 2016