Introducing Katie Smith, Green candidate in Earlswood & Whitebushes

Katie Smith, Green Party candidate for Earlswood & Whitebushes

Katie Smith is standing for election as Councillor in Earlswood & Whitebushes on 3 May 2012.

Katie is a digital strategist with more than ten years experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Most recently she was Head of Digital Media at Macmillan Cancer Support, where she was responsible for all their online services including the UK’s biggest online community for people affected by cancer.

Before that, Katie managed the websites for 10 Downing Street and the Home Office. While at the Home Office, she led the development of the first immigration department website, and at No 10 she was responsible for the development of the original award-winning e-Petitions service.

Katie is married and mum to one teenager.

She says, “I was born in Redhill and have lived in the area for most of my life.

“I believe our town, and the community it serves, deserve better from our council, and I want to make sure that commercial interests are properly balanced against the real needs of local people.

“That means championing improvements to community facilities and our local environment, from potholes to open spaces. If you live in Earlswood or Whitebushes, I would like to hear from you about the issues that concern you most.”

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  1. Alison Bannon
    Posted Sunday, 3 March 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink


    I am strongly against development on green belt. Particularly in Salfords. This area of land is often a flood plain and building on it is unacceptable for many reasons. This area is already built up, particularly Redhill, Crawley, Horley and so on.

    Who is the councillor for Whitebushes and Earlswood and what is your view on this. I am trying to find the right person whom I can support who shares my views on this appalling matter.


    • Councillor Sarah Finch
      Posted Monday, 4 March 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Alison

      We agree – we are strongly against allowing development on the Green Belt.

      The proposal for Salfords is a speculative development by a developer which would not be allowed under present policy.

      However we are very concerned about the Council’s new Core Strategy, which does allow for building on the Green Belt next to Redhill and Merstham first, then Woodhatch, then eventually in Salfords. You can read more about it here:

      The Green Councillors in Redhill East have been leading the campaign to challenge these plans, submitting detailed objections to the consultations, and raising awareness among residents and councillors alike.

      The Councillors for Earlswood & Whitebushes are all Conservatives: Cllrs Thomson, Renton and Durrant, and you can find their details on the Council website.

      Thanks for commenting and please stay in touch if there is anything we can help with.

      • Karen Dixon
        Posted Friday, 26 April 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

        Do you know why there is a temporary closure on Green Lane in Whitebushes coming up from May? I know the farmer has applied for planning permission on green belt previously. I cannot find any information?

        Reference Byway Open to All Traffic No. 401 (Salfords and Sidlow) Temporary Closure dated 26/02/2013.

        Thank you.

        • Councillor Sarah Finch
          Posted Wednesday, 1 May 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

          Hi Karen

          No we don’t know – will investigate and report back.

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