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Surrey Greens call for waste disposal charges to be dropped

Green county councillor Jonathan Essex has repeated his call for Surrey County Council to scrap its unpopular charges for disposal of waste at Community Recycling Centres. This follows a meeting at County Hall where a petition signed by more than 7,000 people calling for the charges to be scrapped was discussed with the Cabinet Member for […]

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Statement on Surrey Conservatives’ ‘gentleman’s deal’ with the Government

David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, told Conservative colleagues that he had reached a “gentleman’s agreement” with senior cabinet ministers that persuaded him to cancel a threatened 15% council tax rise. According to media reports, in a secret recording of a Conservative group meeting on 7 February, Hodge revealed there had been a “series […]

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Green councillor calls for more affordable housing

On 9 February, Councillor Steve McKenna moved a Motion calling on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council to agree that publicly-owned sites should deliver higher levels of affordable housing than is required for the Borough as a whole. The Motion also asked the Council’s new Property Company to invest in affordable housing. See the Motion on the Council […]

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Greens slam Surrey Conservatives’ budget cuts and secrecy

Commenting on the Conservative budget that was passed by Surrey County Council today, Cllr Jonathan Essex, Green County Councillor for Redhill East, said: “Today’s budget debate was a sham, with the Conservatives choosing to suddenly drop their proposal for an unaffordable and unfair council tax rise of 15%. But no new money was announced, so perhaps […]

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Why we’re standing up for the Green Belt

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is consulting on new development management policies that include potentially allowing up to 1,400 new homes to be built in the Green Belt. You can view the Council’s proposals and submit your comments online – or visit an exhibition to see the plans and meet planning officers. Details of both are on this […]

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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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