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  • Sandra Dunn planting Cedar's Rec
    Article: Nov 19, 2017

    The project to lay a path around the perimeter of Cedars Recreation Ground was suggested by a local Sunbury resident who was having problems using the park for her disabled son as pushing a chair around without a solid path was difficult. Around the same time local Councillors were given a Windfall Grant from Spelthorne and this has been used for the project which started at the beginning of September.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2017

    There is growing concern for the state of Surrey County Council's finances. Over the last 6 years council tax in Surrey has gone up almost 20%, while many have seen only small increases in wages. In spite of these increases, we are facing a staggering £123m of cuts to services in the next 12 months.

  • Fly tipping
    Article: Nov 19, 2017

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner, Tom Fidler, is horrified by the increase in fly-tipping following changes to charing policy by Surrey County Council and writes:

    The latest update on the recycling centres is that all domestic building waste such as rubble, plaster and soil will be charged at £4 a bag from January 2018. There are also some sites in Surrey that will close 4 days a week so that the council can reduce costs. We have seen a marked increase in fly tipping across the borough in the last 12 months and are fearful that the decision to charge for this type of waste will further escalate the problem.

  • Eco Park
    Article: Nov 19, 2017

    Councillor Sandra Dunn has provided the following update on the Charlton Lane "Eco Park".

    On a recent site visit around the Eco Park I was still overwhelmed by the sheer size of the project. 'Suez' are quick to tell you that the design from the roadside gives the impression that this huge structure has been softened by the curves of the Administration Building and the glass fascia. However, behind this lays the anaerobic digester and the gasification building. The stack still towers above the building and continues to be a controversial issue as it can be readily seen from quite a distance locally. It has six warning lights fitted to ensure safety of low-flying aircraft.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, has set out the alternative Liberal Democrat approach to the budget and the problems with the Conservative one.

    A Liberal Democrat budget would commit to the following:

    • Increase capital spending, particularly on transport infrastructure and large-scale housebuilding. Borrowing to finance productive investment at very low-interest rates is financially responsible and good for the economy.
    • Put a penny on each pound included for income tax to raise £6bn a year for the NHS
    • Introduce a lifelong learning endowment to enable every 18 year old to fund their own training and professional development
    • Reform business tax and clampdown on tax havens; including through a public register of beneficial ownership for Overseas Territories
  • Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, has set out the alternative Liberal Democrat approach to the budget and the problems with the Conservative one.

    A Liberal Democrat budget would commit to the following:

    • Increase capital spending, particularly on transport infrastructure and large-scale housebuilding. Borrowing to finance productive investment at very low-interest rates is financially responsible and good for the economy.
    • Put a penny on each pound included for income tax to raise £6bn a year for the NHS
    • Introduce a lifelong learning endowment to enable every 18 year old to fund their own training and professional development
    • Reform business tax and clampdown on tax havens; including through a public register of beneficial ownership for Overseas Territories
  • Article: Nov 16, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

  • wind farm
    Article: Nov 2, 2017

    The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.

    As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.

    Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 24, 2017

    "This report shows that a whole section of society are being failed by this government and remain permanently trapped in low-paid work.

    "This is only being made worse by the Conservatives' pursuit of an extreme Brexit that is damaging businesses, pushing up prices and hitting the poorest hardest.

    "We urgently need to invest more in education, including adult learning, to improve social mobility and help people escape from poverty.

    "Employment rules must be made fit for the 21st century, to strengthen rights and increase security for workers."

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 24, 2017

    • 83 of 150 local authorities in England will see per pupil funding fall in in real terms during 2017-18, i.e. once inflation is taken into account.

    • England as a whole will see spending per spending per pupil fall by £29 (0.65%) in real terms.

    • Local authorities with some of the worst school results in England, including Blackpool, the Isle of Wight and Poole, will be hardest hit by the funding cuts

    • The South East will see the largest real-terms fall, with funding per pupil falling by £131 (3%.)

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