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  • Spelthorne Lib Dems (Spelthorne Lib Dems)
    Article: Jul 10, 2020

    No doubt about what local residents thought

    Following an incredible response from residents, Surrey County Council has scrapped its plans to close a number of roads in the Lower Sunbury Area as part of its Active Travel plans. The Liberal Democrats were not responsible for these initial plans, but have been glad that despite no consultation, residents have got their voice heard.

  • CCTV Security in Sunbury (Spelthorne Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jul 10, 2020

    Read the consultation letter

    Have an opinion on this? Let Tom Fidler know

    Recognising the increase in Anti-Social Behaviour in the Sunbury Area, Spelthorne Lib Dems have been liaising with the Council to help make residents and businesses feel safer.

    Cllr Tom Fidler and Cllr Kathy Grant enquired with the Neighbourhood Safety Team at Spelthorne Borough Council about the prospect of installing CCTV on the shopping parade in Green Street. This followed concerns raised by residents in School Walk, Blacksmith Close, Green Street and discussion with the businesses on the parade.

  • SLD (SLD)
    Article: Jul 8, 2020

    There is very little time - please let us know in the next week

    Click here to take the survey

    Surrey County Council has agreed to match fund the Government's Emergency Active Travel Fund which potentially provides much needed improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for residents.

    Cycling and walking around Lower Sunbury has become increasingly difficult as traffic grows again on our main roads and social distancing must be maintained. We are delighted that Surrey has identified Sunbury as a site for improvement, however as seen from the experience of French Street, we must get the schemes right before implementation.

  • Sunbury Active Travel zone proposal
    Survey: Jul 6, 2020
    9 questions

    Deadline for completion: Midnight on Tuesday 14 July 2020

    Surrey County Council Highways have received a government grant to create an Active Travel zone in Sunbury. The purpose of this type of zone is to improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists and to facilitate social distancing and promote alternative modes of transport. It is proposed to do this by stopping traffic going through Lower Sunbury by blocking off the seven roads as marked on the map below. Provision will be made to allow buses to pass, but not cars or any other vehicles.

  • Lib Dem Spelthorne Councillor Bernie Spoor selected for Surrey Police and Crime Panel (John Cameron on Unsplash)
    Article: Jun 23, 2020

    Sunbury Common Councillor Bernie Spoor will join the panel

    Have an opinion about local policing? Let Bernie know your views

    Following the AGM, Councillor Bernie Spoor was elected to represent Spelthorne on the Surrey Crime and Police Panel. The role of the committee is to examine the actions and decisions of our Police and Crime Commissioner and we are delighted that Bernie has been successful.

  • Spelthorne Council New Committees (Casey Allen on Unsplash)
    Article: Jun 19, 2020


    At the Spelthorne Borough Council AGM on the 18th June, the Liberal Democrats led the calls for a renegotiation of the terms of reference for Committees for the ensuing year. This was done to ensure that the Council is considering constitutionally sound papers before members are asked to vote.

  • Lendy Memorial, Walled Garden, Sunbury-on-Thames (Photo by Jim Linwood on Flickr used under a Creative Commons licence)
    Article: Jun 14, 2020

    Our solution to reopen the Walled Garden in Sunbury-on-Thames

    Spelthorne Borough Council has closed the Walled Garden in Sunbury for an indefinite period in response to the inclusion of the Lendy memorial in a list of potential targets on the ToppleTheRacists website. In the light of the protests in Bristol, London and elsewhere we can understand why a shot-term closure might be both pragmatic and in the best interests of public safety.

    The memorial commemorates two young Sunbury residents who died in Southern Africa late in the 19th century. Both were serving in the armed forces and were actively involved in what we now consider to be colonialist wars.

    Local Liberal Democrat councillors were not informed or consulted about the closure of the Walled Garden. We questioned the decision when we discovered it had been made and are pushing for the reopening of this important public space as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Local Liberal Democrats see the monument as an integral part of Lower Sunbury. It does not present an image of an individual nor does it seek to glorify colonialism. In order to reflect the inequalities that the latest Black Lives Matter protests have highlighted, we would like to see a new plaque added to provide a more modern context.

    Sunbury East councillor, Kathy Grant said "Racism has no place in our society and the Liberal Democrats as a party continue to strive to build a fairer, society without prejudice. We cannot ignore our colonial legacy. If we are to look towards a better future, we have to recognise it as part of our national history. Removing this memorial to two local young men would do nothing to promote racial equality, but we all need to accept that we have to engage properly about some of the difficult narratives of our past. An updated plaque or similar acknowledgement shows that we can be part of this important dialogue."

  • Queues at Charlton Lane Eco Park (Tom Fidler, Spelthorne Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jun 10, 2020

    No response yet from Surrey County Council to our letter

    The queues for Charlton Lane Eco Park are intolerable. Your local borough representatives, inc LibDem Cllr Tom Fidler, sent several messages to Suez and Surrey CC. We have gone back to Suez to get some more understanding but silence from Surrey who are not leading by example.

  • Front Door (Spelthorne Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jun 9, 2020

    Conservative infighting is disappointing; but we'll continue to fight for you

    The Spelthorne Liberal Democrats are disappointed that Conservative infighting has come to a head again during a time when we are all trying to pull together. Far from the inclusive and positive effort that we have contributed and supported during this crisis, we now find ourselves in a situation that distracts from key issues. Nonetheless, as the Council moves into No Overall Control for the first time in its history, it is right that we as the Liberal Democrats, the main opposition party look to ensure stability and an optimistic outcome that puts residents first.

  • Spelthorne secret planning decision (Photo by Michel Paz on Unsplash)
    Article: Jun 8, 2020

    Many councillors were left in the dark

    Spelthorne Liberal Democrats have major concerns about Spelthorne Borough Council's announcement regarding the plan to develop the Bridge Street Car Park and Hanover House site as a Hotel-led mix use development. The Council has announced that, following a competitive tendering process, the Arora Group have been awarded the development contract. The procurement approach and the outcome were unanimously approved with minimal discussion by the ruling Party Cabinet. It would appear that very few, if any, other Councillors outside the Cabinet had been involved, so were unaware of just how advanced this proposal was and that the process was now completed.

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