Guildford Liberal Democrats are asking residents to support a simpler community-wide 20 mph zone.
This petition will be used to encourage Surrey County 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.
Ever since the extent of sewage pollution in our rivers and coastal waters, I have regularly had conversations with residents who are angry and upset over the Conservative Government's failure to stop sewage dumping in our rivers and coastal waters.
The Conservative Government has tried to say publicly that it shares that anger and is acting decisively to bring an end to the issue. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Guildford Liberal Democrats Contact: Zöe Franklin EMBARGO: Immediate
In April inflation hit 9%, its highest rate in 40 years. Energy prices, fuel prices and good prices are all soaring with no sign of slowing down in 2022. For many people things are being made even worse by the recent National Insurance hike, cuts to Universal credit and the January fall in wages. The result is a cost of living crisis that has left people facing difficult financial decisions, some as extreme as the choice between heating and eating.
Lib Dem borough and district councillors had an election to remember earlier this month when residents in those Surrey areas which hold elections in thirds, went to the polls on 5th May.
Lib Dems in Elmbridge successfully held onto three seats and gained 4 of the 6 seats lost by the Tories. Many of the wards holding elections were part of Dominic Raab's parliamentary seat which has already been identified as being 'under threat'. These successes are continued evidence that an upset could be on the cards in the next general election.
The practice of discharging raw sewage into our rivers, lakes and coastal waters was not one that the public was really aware of until late last year. However, once they were their anger and disgust at the practice was clear.
Shortly after it hit the news, the Guildford Lib Dem team and I organised a public protest to enable local people to show the strength of their anger and concern about the issue. It was attended by nearly 100 people despite having just a few days' notice. These residents came together with us to make it clear to Guildford's Conservative MP and Thames Water that enough is enough and that they would not stand for raw sewage flowing into the River Wey and its tributaries that flow through our communities; waterways on which people live, kayak, paddle, walk alongside, allow their dogs to swim in and use for many other leisure activities.
The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government for being soft on crime, as they reveal that 83.8% of burglaries in Surrey went unsolved by the police last year.
Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of new Home Office figures show that 3265 burglary cases were closed by Surrey in 2021, but in 2735 of them no suspect was identified. That equates to 53 unsolved local burglaries every week.
The cost of living is at its highest rate for 10 years - rising by 5.1% during 2021.
Energy prices, fuel prices, and food prices are all soaring with no signs of things slowing down in 2022. For many people things have been made worse by Council Tax rises, National Insurance rises and Universal Credit cuts.
Recently local residents have contacted me about the deeply concerning decisions by the Conservative Government when it comes to our rights. Many of these are not well known but all have either been slipped through under the radar or pushed through Parliament with the full support of Guildford and Cranleigh's Conservative MP. In contrast, Liberal Democrat MPs have voted to stop these changes.
We are far from meeting the climate change targets set by both our government and international agreements such as COP26. We must urgently decarbonise our power grid, and reduce the influence of fluctuating overseas fossil fuel prices.
A key way to tackle this is through community-scale renewables. They provide green, clean, energy that stimulates local economies and reduces our dependence on skyrocketing overseas fuels. The problem is that unfair regulations and disproportionate costs are stifling opportunity.
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