Chilcott Report Backs Lib Dem Opposition to Iraq Invasion
Tony Blair led the Labour Party with strong Conservative support into the Iraq war illegally. Lord Chilcot's damning report into the invasion of Iraq is clear that Tony Blair lied to the parliament, that ...
Military action was not the last resort.
The severity of threat from Iraq's weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) was not justified.
Policy was based on flawed intelligence
There was too little time to prepare Britsh troops with the correct equipment
Britain relied too heavily on its 'special relationship' with the United States and was subject to poor US decisons.
Spelthorne and Runnymede Liberal Democrats willingly add their voice to the growing calls from all sides of the political spectrum for Spelthorne to be fully integrated into the Oyster card ticketing system.
Despite being north of the River and more closely aligned with Middlesex than Surrey, Spelthorne loses out in many areas of service provision. None more so than where Transport is concerned.
It is widely recognised that the Travelcard and Oyster card systems are of immense benefit to those who use public transport whether it be rail or bus. Simplicity of use and universal interchange between both modes of transport encourages travel away from the private car with the benefits to the environment that brings.
Currently Spelthorne is yet again disadvantaged. Whilst Oyster cards may be used on buses, this is not the case with train travel on South West Trains. This despite it having one of the highest levels of commuter travel into London within the home counties. The add on cost of travelling beyond the current Zone 6 boundaries at Feltham to Ashford and Staines and Hampton to Sunbury and Shepperton are significant and place a disproportionate burden on Spelthorne residents.
Whilst the question of cost is invariably raised this should be counteracted by such a change bringing economic benefit to the Borough. It would encourage a greater level of commute into the Borough and would result in a plus factor for Commercial and Residential property prices as well as encouraging relocation. Whilst finances for Local Authorities remain tight Spelthorne should seriously consider that a financial contribution from them to make this happen would be a good investment.
Liberal Democrats will work with others to achieve the desired result for the benefit of all Spelthorne residents.
The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for action to be taken by the council to recruit and retain more Social Workers in the County. The need for action follows an inadequate rating by Ofsted inspectors of Surrey's Children's Services in a report published last month.
There is also a growing need for Social Workers to protect vulnerable adults with an increasingly ageing population in the County.
The joint SHMA for Spelthorne and Runnymede has beed published for consultation. This is a vital component of the Local plan. It seeks to define the strategic housing "need" for both Boroughs in accordance with government guidelines. It is an incredibly dangerous document that could have a massive inpact on the local area.
The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for the threshold number of signatures on a petition to be reduced from 10,000 to 3,000 to allow a petition to be debated at full Council meetings.
Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, said:" The Conservative administration at County Hall is setting the threshold for the number of signatures on a petition to allow it to be debated at full Council far too high at 10,000. It should be drastically reduced to 3,000 signatures to give residents a realistic chance of presenting a petition for debate at full Council."
You will be told repeatedly how it is inevitable that there must be development on the Green Belt. Well there is another side to this so here are some of the things you won't be told.
October last year the number of complaints from angry residents throughout the South East got so bad that Eric Pickles was forced to issue a statement backed up by policy examples trying to balance the picture. Known as the 'Pickles Panic ' It did not create any new policy just tried to re-balance those policies that already existed. Key among them was...
Conservatives are still trying to pretend they oppose the Incinerator at Charlton. This is not true. They made lots of noise but that was easy. When it mattered most they totally stabbed local residents in the back. The most important thing to note here is that ALL Documents are official ones from the Tory councils themselves - Not political propaganda.
Vince Cable has offered strong support to local residents in their opposition to housing development on the Green Belt At Kempton Park. Below is the text of a letter that he has sent which makes it clear that he will do what he can to make sure our Green Belt is protected from opportunitic development which would be unsustainable and do long term damage to the local environment.
Sunbury residents were horrified by the sudden appearance of 69 cameras in the area. They actually stretched from Hampton Church to the Shears junction, with the biggest concentration around Sunbury Cross. No doubt what they were for: it was all to do with the Kempton Park Green Belt Development
The aim was not simply to count traffic flows but to monitor traffic movement. If each camera only recorded for 12 hours that is still 750 hours of data to monitor. This sort of survey does not come cheap. An operation like this costs tens of thousands of pounds, but the Tories say 'Nothing is happening' .
Cllr. Bernie Spoor is going to courrt to appeal against a decision of Spelthorne Council. They have approved yet another alcohol seller on The Parade at The Cross. This makes four shops selling alcohol within 50 yards. The Cross is a recognised high crime area and the easy availability of alcohol is one of the causes. Spelthorne Licensing Committee does have some powers to reject an application. But as usual they took the easiest option.