Conservatives running Surrey County Council dismissed calls by the Lib Dems to roll out 20 mph zones in residential roads and outside schools across Surrey at yesterday's Full Council meeting.
Surrey Lib Dems put forward a motion calling for a bigger and bolder programme of schemes to implement 20 mph zones using signs only, in a bid to facilitate better conditions for walking and cycling; improve road safety; tackle climate change and to allow residents to enjoy the resulting wider health benefits.
The Lib Dems have exposed an almost £50 million loss of value in just two commercial properties owned by Surrey County Council.
In 2017, Surrey County Council's property company Halsey Garton, purchased Malvern Retail Park for £75m and the Debenhams store in Winchester for £15.8m. However, in response to a question from Lib Dem Group Leader Will Forster, the County Council confirmed that the Malvern Retail Park is now only valued at £35m and the Debenhams site in Winchester is only worth £6.25m.
Surrey Lib Dems are coming out in support of commuters across the county who are facing more uncertainty following South Western Railways' decision to introduce a new reduced timetable effective next week.
SWR are citing reasons of reduced passenger numbers and staff shortages due to a high number of Omicron infections. The timeframe for reinstating normal services has been left open adding to the insecurity of key workers, school pupils and those unable to work from home and who have no choice, but to travel by train.
Guildford Liberal Democrats Contact: Zöe Franklin EMBARGO: Immediate
At yesterday's PMQs, after weeks of lying and gaslighting the public and Parliament, we all saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson admit he attended a party at the height of Lockdown in 2020. This is unacceptable and insulting to the people who followed the rules and sacrificed so much to try and stop the spread of COVID. Boris Johnson must, for once, do the right thing for the country and resign.
Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and the surrounding area, has today written to the Secretary of State for Energy, Kwasi Kwarteng, demanding that he backs the Liberal Democrat's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms, to raise money to support local families facing soaring energy costs.
Surrey Lib Dems are challenging Surrey County Council to roll out a bigger and bolder programme of schemes to implement 20 mph zones using signs only, in a bid to facilitate better conditions for walking and cycling and improve road safety. The Lib Dems group is bringing a motion to the Council meeting on 18 January 2022. It will press the Council to follow many other highways authorities such as Lancashire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire to radically change their approach to the introduction of 20 mph speed limits in areas where it is currently 30mph. This would affect all roads in Surrey with a 30 mph limit unless there is a good reason to leave the speed limit at 30 mph, and would include roads outside schools, residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.
Rising energy prices have been the topic of many news stories recently and a new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has shown that families face dramatically higher energy bills this Christmas. A whopping £100 million more than the same week-long period between Christmas and New Year in 2020 - definitelynota welcome Christmas gift. And one that will leave many families with the devastating choice between eating and heating - in sharp contrast to the Number 10 parties and Boris Johnson's posh wallpaper.
This year, as with 2020, people across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages have done so much to look after each other and keep each other safe from Covid - thank you. And while much of our lives have gone back to something resembling normal we do, of course, need to continue to be careful, follow social distancing measures and ensure we are fully vaccinated. With cases rising due to the Omicron variant this is particularly important.
The Lib Dems are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including here in Surrey, following the historic by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire.
The party won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary by-election the Lib Dems have won against the Tories this year, following their victory in Chesham and Amersham in the summer.
Surrey Lib Dems are challenging Surrey County Council to roll out a bigger and bolder programme of schemes to implement 20 mph zones using signs only, in a bid to facilitate better conditions for walking and cycling and improve road safety. The Lib Dems group is bringing a motion to the Council meeting in January.
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