On 5 May you have the opportunity to vote in a Surrey County Council by election. This election is about local issues that affect you in your community. It is separate from the police (PCC) election on the same day and nothing to do with the EU vote that is still two months away.
I am a local candidate concerned about local issues. I have lived here in Staines for close on 40 years and value the community I live in. I have watched in dismay at the steady decline in services in our area, especially highways, transport, and social care. I feel that Spelthorne has been treated as the poor relation of Surrey and has become the forgotten land north of the river. I want a better deal for this area than we are getting.
It is little surprise that Chris Bateson has been chosen as the Lib Dem candidate in the by-election in the Staines South and Ashford on May 5th. Chris has a long and distinguished record of campaigning on a wide range of local issues.
Chris has lived in Staines nearly 40 yrs and is angry at the way we are treated as the poor relation of Surrey. He is deeply concerned at the way developers seem to run Spelthorne, while at the same time our infra structure is failing to keep up through lack of investment.
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.
Parliamentary candidate, Rosie Shimell thanks Vince Cable for his support in what will be an important issue for the future of Spelthorne and Sunbutry in particular. If this significant piece of Green Belt is lost, nowhere in Spelthorne will be safe from opportuinistic developers after a fast buck.
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.
We set out below what the Liberal Democrats will be working towards in the next four years. We feel these issues are important to the residents of Spelthorne, and we are prepared to engage and work with other groups on the council where they share similar aims.
The Lib Dem Dozen
1. Structure - engage with other parties to abolish the 'Cabinet' system and return to the committee system