“Tory debate on air quality is hot air without action on Heathrow “say Surrey Greens

Cllr Jonathan Essex, Green County Councillor for Redhill East, has criticised Surrey’s Conservative Councillors for preventing the mentioning of Heathrow expansion during a discussion on air quality across the county.

Cllr Essex moved an amendment to a Conservative motion at Council on Tuesday 10 July, calling for the County Council to support local authorities opposed to Heathrow expansion because of local air quality and noise impacts.

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Expanding Heathrow will harm the climate and people’s lives

Last night, the House of Commons voted to approve the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement [1]. This paves the way for a third runway at Heathrow, and signals the government’s intention to fly in the face of international climate change agreements, as well as ignoring those calling for public transport connections, air pollution and noise pollution to be addressed first.

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Greens warn of cuts to Surrey youth services

Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex has today criticised Conservative-run Surrey County Council for planning to reduce youth services, including youth workers and youth clubs, in Reigate & Banstead and across the county.

At a recent County Council meeting, the Conservative Cabinet admitted via a written answer that the number of hours of youth service provision each week in Boroughs and Districts across Surrey are planned to be reduced.

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Green success as Surrey  County Council agrees to go “plastics free”

Last week, Surrey County Council passed a motion which I had tabled to tackle the scourge of single-use-plastics.

The motion follows campaigns across the country to reduce the use of single-use plastics after programmes such as the BBC “Blue Planet II” series highlighted the damage they cause to oceans and marine life.

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Surrey Greens call for County Council to go single-use plastics free

Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex is calling on Surrey County Council to become a ‘single use-plastic-free’ authority by the end of 2018.

The call follows campaigns across the country to reduce the use of single-use plastics after programmes such as the BBC Blue Planet II series highlighted the damage they cause to oceans and marine life.

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DMP: We propose new development policies and object to Green Belt release

East Surrey Green Party submitted a response to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Development Management Plan (DMP) Regulation 19 consolation.

We do not believe that the DMP in its current form is sound.

The DMP doesn’t set any density targets. If it required higher density at development sites (with different targets depending on the type of area), and by completing its Brownfield Site Register, including other sites known to be developable in the urban areas, the Council could meet its housing targets without needing to build on Green Belt land.

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Let’s stand up for the Green Belt: Briefing on the DMP consultation

We have produced a briefing for those who wish to respond to the Council’s consultation on its Development Management Plan.

It contains information and suggestions for points to raise about four aspects of the DMP:

  • Proposed ‘urban extensions’ into the Green Belt
  • Affordable homes for local people
  • Identifying sites where homes can be built
  • Redhill town centre.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday 23 February 2018.

Read our briefing here

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“Invest in recycling in Surrey, not a retail park in Loughborough”: Greens propose budget changes

As Councillors meet this week to decide on Surrey County Council’s budget, the Greens have come up with an alternative way of doing business.

Instead of accepting Government cuts, Surrey Greens are calling on the Tory majority on Surrey County Council to fight back.

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“Crisis for affordable housing, crisis for the Green Belt”

More than 100 local residents packed Redhill Football club yesterday evening (1 February 2018) to hear about plans which might bring thousands of homes to green spaces in the area. They were particularly concerned about the scale of development planned for Redhill aerodrome, where some 8,000 houses could be built.

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Public meeting: have your say on development plans

Stand up to defend the Green Belt from development threats AND secure the affordable homes we need. 

Come to an open meeting to find out about our local Council’s Development Plans and how you can put your views across. 

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