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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

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Spelthorne Liberal Democrats have published a report on the future of Chidren's Centres in the Borough.

    We do not believe the proposal by Surrey CC meets the special needs of Spelthorne compared to the rest of the county. We believe all the centres should remain open. We support the continuation of Stanwell as a main "family hub". Many of the other proposals do not appear to be supported by the evidence of local need.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2018
    By Will Forster

    Ashford and St Peter's paying EU staff fees should never have happenend.

    Will Forster and the Lib Dems have welcomed the news that Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will pay the fees for European Union (EU) citizens wishing to apply for 'settled status' post-Brexit, but has slammed the Conservative Government for putting EU nationals' rights and NHS staffing in Surrey and Woking at risk.

  • Anne-Marie Barker (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Councillor Ann-Marie Barker

    Greater Thameswey Transparency welcomed

    Liberal Democrats on Woking Council have welcomed plans for greater transparency in the operation of the wholly owned Council companies in the Thameswey Group

    Following the summer shock of Thameswey Developments' plans for a skyscraper behind Barclays Bank in Woking town centre, Liberal Democrats have welcomed plans for greater transparency in the operation of all Thameswey Group companies.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Councillor Ann-Marie Barker

    Liberal Democrats slam Council and join the 'scream for ice cream' in Woking Park

    Liberal Democrats slam Woking Council on learning of treatment of long-standing ice cream business and call for answers on situation

    Liberal Democrats on Woking Council were shocked to learn how 'Carlos' ice cream van was treated when being refused a pitch in Woking Park following the opening of a refreshment kiosk.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Councillor Ann-Marie Barker

    £5 million to cinema too much for public purse says Lib Dem Leader

    Liberal Democrat Leader on Woking Council Ann-Marie Barker has criticised Woking Conservative plans to spend £5 million on cinema complex run by major international theatre group ATG.

    Cllr Ann-Marie Barker, Liberal Democrat Leader on Woking Council, has criticised Woking Conservatives for plans to spend £5 million to refurbish the Woking cinema complex. The Council plans to borrow £5 million pounds to update the tired and ageing cinema, which was recently revealed to have a rodent problem, whilst ATG contributes just £1 million to the upgrade.

  • David Goodwin
    Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey have today voted against proposals put forward by the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP). The report published by the IRP recommended that a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) of £10,000 be allocated to Deputy Cabinet Members, a set of roles only introduced to Surrey County Council in May this year.

  • Article: Dec 8, 2018

    The enforced closure of the walking route to St Joseph's school from the Abelea Green estate, via the church car park, has led to increased congestion in White Horse Drive and chronic traffic problems in West Street and Rosebank.

    To reduce these problems, the school's governors have proposed a "park and stride" scheme. A petition will be considered on Monday by SCC's local committee for Epsom & Ewell, asking for the parking restrictions in the Abelea Green estate to be relaxed to facilitate this.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2018

    The latest edition of the Staines South Focus is hitting the streets now and includes articles on:

    • Update on future of our park
    • Results of local survey
    • Tories in Central government are taking your local Council tax out of Spelthorne
    • Spelthorne's democratic deficit
    • Action on traffic and roads
    • Attendance of Councillors at meetings
  • Woking Victoria Square Skyscrapers
    Article: Nov 28, 2018
    By Ann-Marie Barker

    Press release from Woking Liberal Democrats

    Skyscrapers are not the answer to local housing need say Liberal Democrats

    Speaking at the latest 'Woking Debates' on Saturday 24 November Leader of Woking Council Liberal Democrats Cllr Ann-Marie Barker clearly stated that skyscrapers are not the answer to meet Woking's housing need. They are not council policy, will not meet local housing need and are not needed to achieve nationally set building targets.

    Cllr Barker pointed out that

    - Current Council policy merely allows for 'taller' buildings in the centre of town, it does not call for skyscrapers

    - Town centre flats are not the affordable homes that are in such demand and they are likely to generate more need for larger homes when residents start relationships or families

    - Skyscrapers are not needed to meet the target of having 50% of the 292 homes required in Woking each year in the town centre. Harrington House, on the site of the old St Dunstans, reaches 11 storeys at its highest point and will provide 147 flats, a years town centre supply. Victoria Square will provide 429 flats which is almost 3 years supply. An application has just gone into convert an office block in Chertsey Road. The flats planned would meet at least two thirds of a year's supply.

    There are already very tall buildings with planning permission and others at various stages of planning. Between 10 or more skyscrapers have been mentioned for Woking town centre.

    "A line needs to be drawn" said Cllr Barker.

    "Now is the time for residents who don't want the character of their town to be changed forever to stand up and have their say" stated Cllr Barker. "I urge residents to respond to the latest Local Plan consultation and say 15 storeys is tall enough in the town centre."

    Ann-Marie Barker

  • Will Forster at Woking station
    Article: Nov 28, 2018
    By Will Forster

    Lib Dems welcome Railway and Victoria Arch funding

    The local Lib Dems have welcomed news that Network Rail has secured a budget from the Government of more than £2 billion to improve the South Western rail network that runs through Surrey and the surrounding areas.

    The money will be spent between 2019 and 2024 across the route, which runs out of London's Waterloo station, and represents more than a 20% increase on the existing five-year budget. The funding will be focused on renewing and maintaining existing infrastructure to stop it failing, giving people more reliable train journeys in the future.