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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 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.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2018
    By Will Forster

    Lib Dems urge Surrey local authorities to take young care leavers out of Council Tax

    Earlier this year, Lib Dem County Councillor Will Forster persuaded Woking Borough Council to exempt young people who have recently left the care system from paying Council Tax until their 25th birthday. Surrey County Council also agreed a package of measures to support care leavers, including plans to take young care leavers out of Council Tax, at the start of the year as well.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2018
    By Will Forster

    Lib Dems urge residents to respond to Surrey County Council's Five consultations on cuts

    On the same day as the Conservative Chancellor said that austerity is coming to an end, Tory-run Surrey County Council announced that it will consult the public on plans to cut bus passes, Children's Centres, Community Recycling Centres, libraries and services for people with special education needs and disabilities.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Nov 27, 2018

    "Things fall apart- the centre cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world……….."

    These words of WB Yeats resonate.

    The bizarre nature of our current politics degenerates still further and nothing seems to be co-ordinated or connected. Like some high risk Mad Hatter's Tea Party each silo sits in a puddle of its own illogical absurdity.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2018
    By Will Forster, RH.
    Lib Dems 'exasperated' by Woking's train service
    The local Lib Dems have stated they are 'exasperated' by the regular failings on the South Western Railway network that serves Woking, following Monday's overrunning engineering works.
    Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, Will Forster, said:
    "Commuters are rightly angry and exasperated that after 18 months of appalling services, Woking Train Station was completely closed on Monday morning due to overrunning engineering works. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail and South Western Railway need to take responsibility for not just the mismanagement of the engineering work, but the chaos that followed. They cannot expect passengers to keep putting up with such a poor service."
  • Crispin Blunt at Reigate College
    Article: Nov 23, 2018
    By David Ross

    Reigate College held an event recently titled "Will Brexit be a disaster for young people". MP for Reigate, Crispin Blunt, was invited to defend his support of a hard Brexit to an audience of students and the general public. The evening started with a short talk from Mr Blunt followed by questions from the audience.

    While we applaud Crispins willingness to come and speak, we feel it necessary to correct most of the claims he made, and challenge the narratives he was trying to promote.

    As pointed out by one of the Reigate College students, Crispin's talk was filled with vague meanderings. He explained (in slightly more fluffy language) that British people didn't like the EU as much because the Germans didn't invade us. He went on to speak about how we need to leave the EU to become a more global Britain. At one point he even claimed that on 29th March, we will have all the aces (a claim the generated some laughter from the audience). We were also told that poor people were struggling, not because of ongoing austerity, but because foreign people were taking all the jobs.

    Questions from the audience were far more thought out (and heated at times). He was chastised repeatedly for his apparent ignorance about global trade and basic economics.

    Like many Brexiteers, he leaned heavily on Donald Trumps narrative that the EU is a protectionist state, a claim which is just not true. He also failed to understand that our current economic strength relies on our unique position as an access point into the EU and close ally of the USA. He even argued that the vibrant modern economy we have developed since joining the EU somehow isn't a good fit for Europe (he failed to explain why).

    While not for lack of effort, Crispin's arguments failed to hold water. The dissatisfaction in the audience was palpable. All the arguments for leaving the EU just don't hold up well in the cold hard light of reality. Like everyone else, Brexiteers thought they would lose the referendum. Pro Brexit MPs never thought anyone would have to deliver on the many promises they made while campaigning. The champions of Brexit are now scrambling to avoid responsibility while defending their pre-referendum views, and this showed in Crispin's talk. Crispin was keen to tell us how he could negotiate a much better deal, but alas, he is not in a position to do so.

    The simple facts are that distancing ourselves from the countries we trade with the most will not benefit our economy. We will not become a more global country by abandoning our valued position as an access point into the EU. We will not be better off having fewer people coming to the UK to work and pay taxes. And while the UK may not have been invaded in WW2, our DNA is very much European!

    The limits of time meant there were plenty of questions that were left unanswered. Here are some that we would like to have asked:

    • By supporting Brexit, Jacob Rees Mogg, Liam Fox, Micheal Gove and many others have had a significant boost to their career prospects. How has supporting Brexit impacted Crispin's political future?
    • Many prominent Brexit voting areas are also places that traditionally feel ignored by London. How did our EU membership prevent our government from doing anything to solve this issue?
    • Many young people see humanities future prosperity coming from closer co-operation between nations and see Brexit as a step in the wrong direction. How does Crispin feel a more divided Europe will impact the future of humankind?
    • In recent years, Putin's Russia has shown itself to be a severe threat to western stability. What impact will Brexit have on Russia?
    • Much of our environmental protection legislation in recent years has come from the EU. Can you guarantee us that environmental protection will still be a priority post Brexit?
    • According to the register of Members' interests, Crispin receives considerable amounts of money for consulting work regarding UK exports to middle eastern markets. Does Crispin stand to gain financially from a no-deal Brexit?

    Crispin came to the event with the patronising intention of "opening a few minds" about Brexit, but if anyone was opening minds it was the students. Unfortunately, the challenging questions and rational arguments had no effect. Crispin's mind remained firmly closed. He wants a reckless hard Brexit and doesn't appear to care what it costs his constituents.

    It was a great event, and all credit goes to Reigate College for putting it on. The most impressive part of the evening was the quality of the questions from students. While we may have lost faith in the old guard of Crispin Blunt's era, rest assured that there are some very bright young people coming to take his place.

  • Dove
    Article: Nov 11, 2018

    There will be peace:

    when attitudes change;

    when self-interest is seen as part of common interest;

    when old wrongs, old scores, old mistakes

    are deleted from the account;

    when the aim becomes cooperation and mutual benefit

    rather than revenge or seizing maximum personal or group gain;

    when justice and equality before the law