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Council Motion: Surrey needs to listen to residents and repair divisions

Jonathan Essex, County Councillor for Redhill East, will move a Motion at the Surrey County Council meeting on 12 July, inviting the Council to respond to the challenges posed by the result of the recent EU referendum. The text of the Motion is as follows:

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New Green Councillor elected in Redhill

Steve McKenna was elected as Councillor for Redhill East in last week’s local elections. Steve joins Jonathan Essex as one of two Greens on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. You can read more about Steve here. Thank you to everyone who supported the Green candidates – and all those who voted Green.

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Introducing Steve McKenna, candidate for Redhill East

Steve McKenna is standing for election as Councillor in Redhill East on 5 May 2016. [Read about our other candidates here] Steve is a Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner. He has 30 years’ experience working for public and private sector organisations, and has managed many major urban regeneration programmes. He currently works for a charity that […]

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Surrey County Council signs up to climate initiative, thanks to Green-led Motion

Surrey County Council will sign up to the Local Government Association’s ‘Climate Local’ initiative [1], and will write to the Borough and District Councils within Surrey encouraging them to do likewise, following a successful motion presented by Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex [2]. Speaking in favour of the Motion, Cllr Essex said, “Investment and action […]

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Calling new Community Speed Watch volunteers

Earlswood is the envy of many parts of the Borough as it’s a 20mph zone. 20mph limits in residential roads make places safer and support more walking and cycling. Earlswood also has an active team of Community Speed Watch volunteers who monitor speeds and help to educate drivers. They are always looking for new people to […]

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Core Strategy: challenging the Housing Minister’s ‘Empty Rhetoric’

This letter from Cllr Jonathan Essex was in the Surrey Mirror this week. To the Editor, A recent letter “Green Belt: Time Council Came Clean” discussed who should take the blame for Reigate and Banstead Council’s new Local Plan, which would allow house building on our Green Belt. The letter challenged the Council’s claim to […]

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Green councillors take part in YMCA Sleep Easy event

Councillors Sarah Finch and Bryn Truscott are taking part in Reigate and Redhill YMCA’s Sleep Easy event next weekend. They will sleep under the stars for one night to highlight the issue of  youth homelessness and raise funds to support the YMCA’s work with young homeless people. Sponsor Sarah and Bryn now Monies raised will […]

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Introducing our candidates for the County Council election

On 2 May, you can vote Green in elections for Surrey County Council. The Green Party is standing candidates in the two divisions in Redhill.

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Council tax benefit changes: have your say

Reigate and Banstead Council is asking for local people’s views on changes to Council Tax benefits . The consultation is happening because the Government has decided to scrap the current Council Tax Benefit scheme as part of its wider welfare cuts. This means that local authorities like ours are having to design their own schemes […]

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