Author Archives: Councillor Sarah Finch

Redhill Landfill smell: an update and FAQs from the Environment Agency

For the past month, Redhill residents and people further afield have been suffering from the horrible smell from the Biffa landfill site east of the town centre. As well as the unpleasantness of breathing stinky air, people have complained of impacts ranging from nausea and headaches to lost house buyers. We have liaised with the […]

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Plane Speaking at Hard Runway Inquiry

Plans to build a hard runway and associated infrastructure at Redhill Aerodrome have been under examination this week at a Public Inquiry. The aerodrome currently has two grass runways but the owners want a hard runway to allow for larger aircraft, longer flying hours and year-round flying. They have made a succession of planning applications, […]

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Green peer Jenny Jones to speak at Redhill event

Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulsecoomb, the recently appointed Green Party peer, will be guest speaker at the Reigate & Banstead Green Party annual fundraising dinner on 13 March 2014. Jenny has served as Deputy Mayor of London and Green Transport Adviser under Ken Livingstone, and now, as a member of the London Assembly and Deputy […]

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Green Councillor voted ‘Best Panellist’ at Question Time event

Cllr Jonathan Essex was voted best panellist at the Borough’s annual secondary school Question Time debate. Jonathan got over 40% of the vote, more than twice as many votes as the next most popular candidate. 80 young people from six local schools put their questions to a panel of local Councillors and others.  The event, […]

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Battlebridge: Concerns over new primary school plans debated

This week, Reigate & Banstead Planning Committee members discussed Surrey County Council’s plans to build a new primary school at Battlebridge Lane. The Committee voted to object to the application – because of the impacts it would have on traffic and the lack of safe routes for children to walk or cycle to school. This […]

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Proposed primary school on Battlebridge Lane: Our submissions

Council planners are considering a proposal to build a primary school on the recreation ground at Battlebridge Lane. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) is being consulted and the RBBC Planning Committee will debate this at its 27 November meeting. The decision whether or not to allow the school to be built will be made […]

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Why I’m laying a wreath of white poppies on Remembrance Day

The two young men in the photo are my great uncles, Fred Bradford and Arthur Whybird. They both died, aged 19 and 21 respectively, in the Battle of the Somme. Because both my grandmothers had lost a much-loved brother in the First World War, I grew up with a strong sense of war as a […]

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New school at Battlebridge – planning application submitted

Surrey County Council has submitted a planning application to build a primary school on the recreation ground at Battlebridge Lane. The site is the field to the north of the lane (next to the field with the athletics ground and football pitch). The application is for: erection of new two storey 2 form entry primary […]

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Protecting Redhill’s historic centre – have your say

The Council is consulting on its plan to designate a Conservation Area in the centre of Redhill, to protect the remaining Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The proposed Conservation Area consists of parts of the High Street and Station Road around Maple Square. This was the heart of the Victorian town, which grew up from the […]

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Saying no to fracking in Balcombe and Surrey

This Sunday, several Redhill Green Party members travelled to Balcombe in West Sussex to show support for residents in their stand against fracking. Protests have been going on at Balcombe since fracking company Cuadrilla began exploratory drilling for shale oil there three weeks ago. The government would have us believe that shale gas and oil […]

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