Zero Carbon Guildford is a community hub and a volunteer-led initiative aiming to provide individuals with the knowledge and resources to see what we can do at home to reduce our carbon impact on the planet and empower our community to develop an action plan to address climate change.
The space is to bring together individuals and groups along with climate mitigation and adaptation ideas. Its doors officially opened in Friary Street on Saturday (20th November 2021), and it was great to see so many familiar faces and meet others keen to find out what might be possible.
Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford and Cranleigh Zöe Franklin has written to Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend urging her to use her position to lobby the Conservative Government to ensure that a proposed information campaign aimed at the perpetrators of violence against women and girls goes ahead as soon as possible.
Surrey Lib Dems have backed a letter sent to the COP26 climate change summit signed by hundreds of local councillors across the country calling on more power for local government to tackle climate change.
Lance Spencer, spokesperson on climate change for the Surrey Lib Dems group said:
"What the country has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic will pale in comparison to the economic and social impacts of climate breakdown if we do not take action immediately. The latest UK Climate Risk Assessment concluded that the UK is "woefully underprepared" for the impacts of climate change that will hit the country.
"The UK's net zero targets can only be achieved if Government and local authorities work seamlessly together. More than half of the emissions cuts needed rely on people and businesses taking up low-carbon solutions - solutions around buildings, energy and transport - decisions that are made at a local and individual level.
81,853 low income households in Surrey are paying too much for their broadband because the Government has not forced providers to offer cheaper tariffs, an analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found.
So-called 'social tariffs', which typically offer broadband access between £10 and £20 a month, are only currently offered by some providers. But changes to the law that came into force last year mean that the Government now has the ability to force broadband providers to offer these cheaper deals.
By Julia McShane in A version of this story also appears in the July edition of Guildford Borough Council's tenant magazine Contact Point
With Cllr Julia McShane appointed to be Deputy Leader of Guildford Borough Council we thought it would be a great time to share this piece written by Julia about herself. We hope you will find it an interesting read and it will help you see why Julia (born and raised in Park Barn, Guildford) is such a great choice for this role.
Last month the cross-party peer, the Duke of Wellington, put forward an amendment to the Government's Environment Bill recommending that a legal duty should be introduced on water companies and Government itself to demonstrate progressive reductions in discharges of untreated sewage and would require them to "take all reasonable steps" to avoid using combined sewer overflows. These overflows see our rivers, lakes and seas polluted with sewage and other human waste, something that is completely unacceptable. This amendment was voted down by Conservatives in the House of Commons on 20th October 2021.
It was clear at the Lib Dem organised protest in Guildford on 30th October, that people are angry at the prospect of raw sewage flowing into the River Wey and other local rivers. And rightly so.
As I shared in my speech at that protest, in 2020 sewage flowed into local rivers and watercourses for approximately 1789 hours - and that's just at the sites that have monitoring equipment. This is an increase of 698 hours from 2019 and it'sallfrom local water company Thames Water's facilities. As a result, the River Wey, as it flows through Guildford and Waverley Boroughs. is one of the 23% worst impacted rivers in the country.
Guildford Liberal Democrats Contact: Zöe Franklin EMBARGO: Immediate
Following the passing of the Leadsom Amendment in Westminster yesterday, which saw Conservative MPs put protecting one of their own above upholding the democracy of our country, Guildford's MP claimed to have abstained as 'a matter of principle' and was willing to lose her job in the Government to uphold them. Just 16 hours later those principles seem less important than a job in government.
Only around 732 familiesin Surreyhave been supported to better insulate their homes under the government's flagship Green Homes Grant scheme, new figures have revealed.
The scheme was meant to help people upgrade their homes to net-zero standards and cut their energy bills through fitting better insulation or heat pumps but was scrapped earlier this year after just six months. However, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show how the scheme has failed families in the local area.
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