• Julia McShane
    Article: Aug 5, 2022

    Lib Dem Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Community and Housing, Cllr Julia McShane has confirmed that a programme of safety works to improve the Council's housing stock is on track to be delivered to meet upcoming government legislation.

    Cllr McShane has highlighted the fact that 1,100 council-owned properties had already received the new carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and over 1,500 homes had received upgraded smoke detectors in order to meet the requirements of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2022, due to come into force in October this year.

  • Cait Taylor
    Article: Aug 5, 2022

    Guildford Lib Dems are leading on action to improve air quality in the town centre and wider area.

    Guildford Borough Council has just closed its consultation inviting residents, visitors and businesses to comment on its draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) that sets out to achieve reductions in the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and other air pollutants in the local area. An Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Guildford town centre was approved in October 2021 following a breach of the air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide, that was assessed to be down to emissions from road traffic.

  • Rear view of two police officers watching protestors (Ethan Wilkinson @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Aug 4, 2022

    The Conservative Government is failing to deliver the promised 259 more police officers for Surrey.
    Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that a total of 155 extra officers have been recruited by Surrey Police under the Government's uplift programme that started in September 2019.
    It also reveals that Surrey Police actually went backwards in the last three months, recruiting no additional officers between March and June.
    To meet the Conservatives' own target of 259 by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to 12 per month over the final nine months of the programme.
    Surrey's Liberal Democrats have slammed the government for failing to keep their promise to communities, adding that there needs to be a return to full and proper community policing.
    Responding to the figures John Robini, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Surrey and Chair of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel said:
    "People in Surrey are being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative Government. With so many local crimes going unsolved, we desperately need more police on our streets and in our communities.
    "Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people."
    "The Conservatives' pledge to boost police officer numbers looks set to become yet another of their broken promises. They are letting down victims of crime and our communities right across our area."

  • black silhouette of drilling equipment against a dark blue sky ()
    Article: Aug 3, 2022

    Prominent Lib Dems in Surrey have declared their intention to lead the fight against a decision to allow exploratory drilling for gas and oil at a site at Loxley, near Dunsfold in Waverley borough.

    Permission to starting fracking activities was originally refused when the application was considered by the Planning & Regulatory Committee at Surrey County Council. However, UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) appealed the decision, and it was recently overturned by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Community, currently under the leadership of Michael Gove.

  • Broken police recruitment promise
    Article: Aug 1, 2022

    Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that a total of 155 extra officers have been recruited by Surrey Police under the Government's uplift programme that started in September 2019.

    It also reveals that Surrey Police has not recruited any new officers under the campaign in the last three months - much fewer than is needed to meet the Conservatives' pledge of 20,000 more officers nationwide by March 2023.

  • Pile of money
    Article: Jul 29, 2022

    This morning, The Times reports on a new analysis by the Liberal Democrats, revealing that Guildford Constituency is amongst one of the hardest hit parts of the country affected by the Government's stealth tax increase which froze the higher rate tax threshold.

    There are now 4,950 new higher-rate taxpayers in the local area due to the broken Conservative promises on tax since the 2019 election.

  • Police ()
    Article: Jul 28, 2022

    Surrey Police closed over 29,000 cases last year without even identifying a suspect, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The party's analysis of new Home Office figures has found that of the 69,199 offences committed between April 2021 and March 2022 29,614 were unsolved.

    This means a staggering 43% of crimes across Surrey were left unsolved.

  • AR backs Boris
    Article: Jul 19, 2022

    The local Conservative MP for Guildford has been criticised for backing Boris Johnson to remain as Prime Minister.

    In Parliament last night, Angela Richardson voted in favour of a motion of confidence in the Government. Had the motion been defeated, Boris Johnson would have been removed as Prime Minister, but the Conservative MP and 339 of her colleagues decided to keep him in Downing Street despite all other opposition parties (apart from the DUP) calling for Johnson to resign immediately.

  • Ambulance
    Article: Jul 14, 2022

    The Guildford Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to convene an emergency COBRA meeting to solve the local ambulance crisis.

    South East Coast Ambulance Service is now at the highest alert level (REAP Level 4), with response times now being measured in hours instead of minutes.

    People across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages are being forced to wait dangerously long for an ambulance to arrive, with the local NHS now even encouraging people not to dial 999. The problem impacts local hospitals such as the Royal Surrey.

  • Girl wearing 'Time is Running Out' sign on her back (Tobias Rademacher@unsplash.com)
    Article: Jul 14, 2022

    Surrey Lib Dems secured agreement from Surrey County Council at its meeting on 12 July that it would look again at how best to coordinate public engagement on climate change projects such as the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

    Surrey County Council has a target to reduce emissions by 1.38m - 2.4m tonnes of carbon per year by 2025, just 3 years away. The two major contributors to carbon emissions in Surrey are household heating and transport, primarily private car journeys. Effective communication and engagement are crucial to achieve this target. Ordinary people will be encouraged to make changes to their behaviour, for example to replace their gas boiler with a heat pump or to use public transport instead of travelling by car. At the moment there is no mechanism to bring together the general public, relevant local organisations, and elected representatives to air their views on how best to implement schemes locally.

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