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!
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
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.
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.