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.
Lib Dem Councillors have criticised Stagecoach over cancellations and cuts to key bus services in Guildford and Woking.
From today, the Services 1 and 2 in Guildford, will reduce to every 30 mins. From Monday 25th July, the 91 Service in Woking will reduce to 15 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday; evening journeys and the whole of the Sunday timetable will remain unchanged.
Lib Dems will be calling on Surrey County Council to declare a cost-of-living crisis emergency in a motion they will propose at the full council meeting on 12 July.
Families in Surrey were starting to struggle even before the pandemic, but spiralling prices and real terms fall in wages have caused many more residents to start claiming benefits for the first time. Food bank usage has increased by 300% over 2019 figures and around 23,000 children are already living in poverty.
Woking's MP will never be forgiven for standing by Boris Johnson through years of sleaze and scandal.
It has been shocking and shameful to see Woking's Conservative MP stand loyally by Boris Johnson and his Government through years of scandals and lies.
After years of silence, at the eleventh hour, Jonathan Lord finally admitted that the Prime Minister has lost the confidence of his parliamentary colleagues and should stand down. However, Woking's MP failed to say that he had lost confidence in Boris Johnson and did not call for his resignation. It is clear Woking's MP only acted at the last minute to save his own skin.
The Lib Dem administration at Woking Borough Council has announced that it will pause and review the Victoria Arch widening scheme.
At its next meeting on Thursday 14 th July, the Borough Council's Executive is set to agree to a fundamental review of the Victoria Arch project. The Council is likely to pursue a revised scheme for Victoria Arch and the surrounding area to reduce both costs and disruption to residents.
Lib Dem Councillors have called the Conservative-run Surrey County Council's plans to axe area committees as one that 'undermines local democracy and reduce the local people's voice in Council decisions.'
Local and Joint Committees have been the mainstay of local democracy in Surrey over the last 20 years, providing a forum for county councillors to join with their counterparts from the district/borough councils to discuss issues and make decisions on local county council spending. Members of the public participated in the meetings by bringing petitions and asking questions about council services.
The Lib Dems have said the Conservatives are on the brink of losing Woking Constituency following the historic by-election result which saw the people of Tiverton and Honiton elect a Lib Dem MP.
Last night, the Lib Dems won the once safe Tory seat of Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, overturning the largest by-election majority in the history of British politics in the process. It follows a successful local election campaign and similarly huge wins against the Conservatives in Buckinghamshire and Shropshire.
The government has slashed funding for free school meals for 4-7-year-olds in Surrey by £940,756.00 in real terms, shocking new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
The party said it is another example of the Conservatives "short-changing our children."
Universal Infant Free School Meals were introduced by the Liberal Democrats, to provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, since the policy was introduced seven years ago, the Conservatives have increased funding per pupil by just 4 pence, from £2.30 to £2.34, or an increase of 1.7%.
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