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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

  • SPA library
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have handed in a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for Surrey's Performing Arts Library to be retained. It follows a consultation held by Surrey County Council which outlined 3 options for the Library - closure, fragmentation of the service across other libraries or the service by being provided by another organisation. The Library, which is currently based near Dorking at Denbies Wine Estate, houses a unique collection of music, theatre, orchestral and dance materials available for public loan.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council's handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the County Council and that an injustice had taken place.

  • hedgehog grass nature
    Article: Oct 30, 2017
    By Woking Lib Dems

    Bonfire night and fireworks are on the way! Enjoy yourself, but please do think about hibernating hedgehogs when making and lighting your bonfire.

    Surrey Wildlife Trust has put out a warning about the impact on hedgehogs during bonfire season and has some recommended tips to help protect our prickly friends - if you're going to bonfire, why not check to make sure that your hosts are following these simple steps?

  • Article: Oct 28, 2017

    In a remarkable show of cross-party agreement, last Thursday the members of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Licensing & Planning Policy Committee unanimously approved the council officers' recommended response to the Department of Commnities and Local Government's consultation "Planning for the right homes in the right places" with only minor editorial changes.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2017

    1. Epsom & Ewell local plan consultation

    Due to continual changes in government guidance, Epsom & Ewell's local plan approved in 2007 needs to be updated by 2018.

    The current housing target is 181 homes, 63 affordable and 118 market. An average of 260 have been built in the last 10 years, with an average of 82 affordable over the last 8 years.

  • CRC
    Article: Oct 12, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed disappointment after Conservatives in Surrey voted to rubber stamp their unpopular cuts to Community Recycling Centres across the county.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, tabled a "call-in" request alongside other opposition councillors which, if successful, would have forced the Conservative Cabinet to consider the matter again.

  • Penny Rivers
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have condemned a decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to award a £400K grant to an art gallery which has £38m of funds and an income of £1.2m a year.

    The Watts Gallery in Compton, Guildford, was awarded the money following a decision by the Leader of the Council at a meeting on 12th September 2017. In the papers produced, the County Council's Chief Finance Officer warns that the County Council's financial position is extremely serious, that the proposed expenditure has not been budgeted for and that the gallery was already "financially viable".

  • Plans kept secret
    Article: Oct 5, 2017

    Opposition county councillors can today reveal that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing and development across dozens of sites in a secret deal that could be worth over £1bn with a private sector partner.

    The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a "Joint Property Joint Venture Partner", which is described as "a unique opportunity to offer development delivery and service expertise across a raft of property development projects". The project would see Surrey County Council, along with a large number of public sector partners, releasing land and vacant sites currently owned by the County Council and others into the Joint Vehicle. The value of the project is estimated to be between £250m and £1.5bn, over a 15 year period with 32 sites currently identified but with potentially 100 more under consideration. The procurement document goes on to state that "The Council aims to secure delivery expertise, and bring capacity and pace to a development programme that ensures optimal performance and returns from investment activities".

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Oct 2, 2017

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise County Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said today:

  • Woking library
    Article: Oct 2, 2017

    Surrey County Council has unveiled the latest in their ongoing cuts to services, this time, further cuts to Surrey's Libraries.

    Surrey County Council has announced cuts to library opening times as their latest cuts agenda item, typically for the Tory-run council's lack of transparency, it is not possible to see exactly what the changes are in the information they have provided. We have compared the changes and the current opening hours for libraries in and and around Woking.