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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

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Oct 24, 2016

    Surrey Liberal Democrat County Councillors have welcomed the decision by Surrey's Cabinet to reject proposed cuts to the Winter Maintenance budget which could have put Surrey residents at serious risk of harm.

    Earlier this year, Liberal Democrat Highways spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey chaired a Winter Maintenance Task Group which was requested to consider proposals to make budget savings of £340,000 including reducing the salting network , not filling the network of grit bins and scrapping one of the County's mini salting vehicles.

  • Cllr Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Oct 18, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have criticised Tory-run Surrey County Council after it was revealed that residents who are set to lose their street lighting at night were not formally consulted on the proposal.

    At a meeting of the Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 18th October, the ruling Conservative administration agreed proposals that would see 44,000 lights switched off between midnight and 5am. However a consultation which was carried out in August that boasted a 75% approval figure for the plan, was actually conducted through the Council's residents' panels, drawn from people all over the county, rather than those specifically affected by the turning off of street lights.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey have warned that the County Council's finances face an uncertain future after the Conservative administration today rejected a 4-year funding offer from the government.

    The funding offer consisted of a guaranteed grant from the government lasting until 2020, but part of the deal involved having to pay back £17.3m to central government in the final year. The decision by the Conservative-administration to reject the offer means an even worse funding deal could be foisted on the Council by the government. This follows a decision last month by the Tory administration to tighten its belt even further by reducing planned expenditure for next year on vital services such as adult social care, children's services, highways and transport.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2016

    Tory run Surrey have started to charge for some of the items we want to take to the tip. We greatly fear that the "tax" will increase fly tipping across the borough as individuals are met with huge costs for disposal of their rubbish.

    The charges are to compensate for the large cuts the Tories are making in almost every area, and include items such as waste from alteration or repair of your home and garden, for example plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, turf, bathroom fittings and tiles. The first bag of such waste will be free as long as it does not weigh more than 25 kg. BUT… if you cannot lift 25 kg and put the waste into two bags, you will be charged for the second bag and all subsequent bags (£4 per bag). Tyres from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles, will be £5 per tyre!

  • Cllr Fiona White outside Surrey County Hall
    Article: Oct 7, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have warned Conservative-run Surrey County Council that it is facing a continuing crisis in adult social care, after the Council forecasted a £7.4m overspend for this financial year. The figures were revealed just weeks after Tory bosses agreed to charge disabled residents over £1m a year more for their care.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside The Malthouse youth centre in Dorking
    Article: Oct 3, 2016

    Questioning by Lib Dem councillors has uncovered that Surrey County Council youth centres are only open for a very limited number of hours, with one centre in the county that is only open for just over ONE hour per week.

    In a response to a question by Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, it was revealed that a total of 23 youth centres across the county were open for only 5 or less hours per week, making it difficult to meet the needs of young people in Surrey. The Tory-run County Council also admitted that 254 hours a week of youth work is not being provided due to vacancies within the youth service.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2016

    A crucial bus route linking Spelthorne to St Peters Hospital (557) is on a long hit lists of cuts that bus operator Abellio is implementing at the end of the year. It will also effect several routes used by children to get to school and leaves Shepperton without any bus services at all! Other routes are being changed

  • 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.