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Surrey commits to improve road verges for wildlife, thanks to Green motion

Surrey County Council has committed to reviewing its use of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller that has been blamed for causing cancer, following a motion tabled by Green councillor Jonathan Essex. The motion also introduces moves towards a wildlife-friendly verge cutting regime, to protect wildflowers and invertebrates. The motion was passed with 63 votes in favour […]

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Surrey agrees Climate Emergency Motion – but needs to reach net-zero sooner

Today Surrey County Council voted in favour of a Climate Emergency  Motion, with the aim of going carbon neutral by 2050. Green Cllr Jonathan Essex said: “After trying to get Surrey to move forward on its climate commitments earlier this year, we’ve finally got some progress with a Climate Emergency Motion being passed.

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Surrey Climate Commission launched today

Redhill Green Councillor Jonathan Essex spoke at the launch of the Surrey Climate Commission today, alongside some of the county’s leading climate experts. Watch highlights from the launch on this short (three-minute) video

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How can Councils best improve issues around Social Housing?

This week, the Surrey Mirror asked local politicians to comment on the question: How can Councils best improve issues around Social Housing? Jonathan Essex, Green Councillor for Earlswood & Whitebushes, responded: Housing policy and funding are in a right mess. House prices in Surrey are unaffordable for most people, and there is a desperate shortage […]

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Are healthier lifestyles less achievable for families on a lower income?

This week, the Surrey Mirror asked local politicians to comment on the question: Are healthier lifestyles less achievable for families on a lower income?  Sue Fenton, newly-elected Councillor for Earlswood & Whitebushes, responded: Former Work & Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith famously claimed he could live on £53 benefits a week, despite shortly after trying […]

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Election news: Greens win six seats on Reigate & Banstead Council

We’re celebrating big wins in this week’s local elections. We now have six councillors on Reigate & Banstead Council, where the whole council was re-elected following boundary changes. We won all three seats in Earlswood & Whitebushes, where we previously held one. The ward is now represented by Hal Brown, Ruth Ritter and Sue Fenton. […]

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Introducing our candidates in the local election

On 2 May, the whole of Reigate & Banstead Council is up for re-election following some changes to ward boundaries. You will have the chance to vote for three councillors to represent you – Please vote for the three Green candidates Your poll card will tell you which ward you are in and where your […]

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Crime, planning, parking… lively community meeting in Earlswood

Surrey Police’s Sergeant Ross Spanton joined Hal Brown, Green councillor for Earlswood & Whitebushes, and Jonathan Essex, Green Surrey County councillor, at a packed community meeting on Monday 11 March. Around 50 residents attended the meeting at Earlswood Baptist Church, with local crime the focus of the discussion.

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Consultation on parking restrictions

Surrey County Council proposes to introduce some new parking restrictions in our area, to make the roads safer for everyone and improve access for emergency vehicles, refuse vehicles, buses and service vehicles. The following are where new restrictions are proposed in the Redhill East county division, which includes North Earlswood (this is the area represented by […]

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Reigate and Banstead Council agrees Climate Change Motion

At the full Council meeting on 7 February 2019, Reigate & Banstead Council adopted a Climate Change motion tabled by the Green Councillors. The Climate Change Motion commits the Council to greater and more urgent action on climate change, in light of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming published in October 2018, which stated that […]

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