• Jan Can Launch
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Sarcasm and humour are a good outlet for anger and frustration. We all cope in different ways. However, the real challenge is to funnel that anger and frustration into constructive action. It is easy to tear an idea down or to advocate for it, but it is much harder to build an idea from the ground up or have a clear and credible vision to replace an idea you reject. Humour me for a moment. I am going to put forward an assertion, and then I'm going to try and demonstrate the point through examples and finally tie it all together at the end… something about taking the science out of the scientist.

  • Paul Kennedy outside Guildford Police Station
    Article: Mar 3, 2021

    An estimated 1,647 care home residents - 17% of Surrey's care home population - have tested positive for COVID-19 since the Government lifted the last national lockdown on 2 December 2020.

    This distressing information came in response to a public question - to Surrey County Council's Adults and Health Select Committee - from Cllr Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner, and Mole Valley District Councillor for Fetcham West.

  • Jan Harwood
    Article: Feb 28, 2021
    By Jan Harwood

    Enough with the sarcasm and jokes. People like to ask me "So what would you do differently?", so here is my answer. Firstly, I'm no big wig, fancy pants Westminster MP. I am however a Surrey County Council (SCC) candidate, so I will pitch my answer at a level I can potentially play at. If you want to fire the starting pistol for climate change action at County Council level, the initial changes are simple to identify: transport, energy and leadership.

  • Dene Street
    Article: Feb 24, 2021

    At the Cabinet meeting of Surrey County Council on 23 Feb a decision on the future use of what used to be the Adult Education Centre in Dene Street, Dorking has finally been made - again!

    The building is one of a number of vacant properties belonging to the County Council that have been left empty and unused for over 10 years. Over that period there have been a number of suggestions as to how it could be put to use, including as a community facility, but all proposals were rejected by the Council. Just three years ago planning permission was granted for it to be converted into flats, but this project was also abandoned.

  • Housing Construction
    Article: Feb 19, 2021

    In the run up to this May's elections, the local Conservative party has been making misleading claims about £2.3 million of money received from the sale of council house taxes under Right To Buy which had to be returned to the government after it couldn't be spent within a three year deadline.

    The Liberal Democrat/R4GV coalition at Guildford Borough Council has now issued this statement to set the record straight about what has happened:

  • Chris Botten
    Article: Feb 10, 2021

    Lib Dems at Surrey County Council set out its proposal for a £26m (over 5 years) Road Safety Fund last week. Led by Group Leader Chris Botten, Lib Dem councillors had put together the alternative budget plan in response to the growing number of requests from the public to their Local or Joint Committees, for improvements to junctions, reductions in speed limits or the introduction of other road safety measures. These together with other outstanding local highway schemes amount to around £50m.

  • Paul Kennedy outside Guildford Police Station
    Article: Feb 8, 2021

    Cllr Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner, has criticized the decision of Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro to press ahead with a 5.5% increase in his council tax precept, ignoring the concerns of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel and the public.

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