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    Article: May 30, 2020

    Over the past few weeks, there has been much discussion on whether certain year groups should return to school on 1st June. During that time I have organised a survey to better understand local people's views on the issue, and alongside our councillors have been following up the questions raised on the issue by you.

  • Angela Richardson tweets re coronavirus and Dominic Cummings
    Article: May 23, 2020

    On Friday it was revealed that Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's chief advisor, broke the lockdown rules by driving 260 miles to County Durham with his family whilst sick with coronavirus in order to have his elderly parents help with childcare. Understandably this has angered and upset so many families and individuals who have diligently remained at home throughout the coronavirus outbreak in order to keep them and their families safe, and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. An illness which has resulted in thousands of people dying alone, families being unable to be with loved ones as they have died, or meant that people have been unable to be there to look after seriously ill relatives.

  • Article: May 5, 2020

    Guildford Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce a new co-operative approach to running Guildford Borough Council.

    The news was announced by Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves, at tonight's meeting of the Full Council. The eight-person Executive is now divided equally between the Liberal Democrats and Residents for Guildford and Villages (R4GV).

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: May 5, 2020

    Following a request from the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council will start a phased reopening of its Community Recycling Centres on 11th May.

    With fly tipping increasingly becoming an issue across Surrey, last month Lib Dem Councillors asked the Council to reopen local tips. This was supported by latest Government advice which said that Household Waste Recycling Centres can be open provided appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

  • County Hall
    Article: Apr 24, 2020

    Surrey County Council has cancelled plans to move its headquarters from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Woking due the coronavirus pandemic.

    As a result of the current Covid-19 situation, the current tenants of Midas House cannot move out and the Council cannot get access to all of the building to make it suitable for its use.

    In addition, the procurement and commissioning of a contractor to carry out the necessary works to turn Midas House into a County Hall style property is just not possible under the current lockdown constraints.

    Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, and Chairman of the Task Group responsible for scrutinising the move, Will Forster, said:

    "Although I am disappointed the County Council will not be moving to Woking as planned, this was inevitable with the current pandemic. The Council is rightly focused on fighting Coronavirus and protecting vulnerable local people."

    "If this move went ahead, there was a real risk the County Council would have purchased Midas House when the property market was at a high before the coronavirus pandemic but sold County Hall in Kingston-Upon-Thames when property was cheaper afterwards. That would be unacceptable and not be value for money for taxpayers."

    "I am pleased the Council has agreed with me that Woking remains the best place for the County Council to have its Civic Heart once the pandemic is over."

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