Author Archives: Sarah Finch

Shedding light on Surrey’s secret billion pound property plan

Surrey’s Green and Liberal Democrat Councillors have revealed that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing and development across dozens of sites, in a secret deal that could be worth more than £1bn with a private sector partner. The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a ‘Joint Property […]

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Big Green Autumn Party

Join us on Friday 6 October for a party at Reigate’s liveliest new venue, The Yard at Reigate Station. This is a fabulously  atmospheric and quirky new venue just ONE MINUTE from Reigate station. There will be live music from Ian Machecek and Rebecca Riedtmann.  You can buy drinks at the cash bar – and feel free […]

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Green motion prompts County Council rethink on Recycling Centres

Surrey County Council will now explore alternatives to closing four Community Recycling Centres and reducing the opening hours of the others, thanks to a motion tabled by Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex at the Council meeting on 11 July.

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Liquid and Envy site: a missed opportunity

The redevelopment of the Liquid & Envy site (or the former Odeon cinema) in Redhill for apartments was approved on 17 May, despite opposition from several councillors. Most agreed the need for action on what has been a derelict site but many expressed concern and disappointment at the design and the limited amount of affordable housing […]

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County Council election results

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve kept our Redhill East seat on Surrey County Council. Jonathan Essex beat the Conservative candidate by almost 1,000 votes (1849 to 879), getting 53.41% of the vote. But we didn’t manage the breakthrough we had worked for in Redhill West & Meadvale. Rob Jarrett came second with 22.25% of the […]

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Surrey County Council unanimously supports Green Motion on restoration of mining sites

Surrey County Councillors voted unanimously to support a motion calling for high standards of restoration of mineral sites across the county. The motion was tabled by Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex, who represents Redhill East. In introducing the motion, Cllr Essex said, “Surrey has lots of quarries, active and historic. “National planning policy requires quarrying […]

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Surrey Greens call for £177m pension investments to be moved from fossil fuels

Green Party Councillor Jonathan Essex has called upon Surrey County Council’s Pension Fund to change the way it does its business. Cllr Essex, who attended the latest meeting of the Fund this week, highlighted the financial case for considering a more sustainable investment strategy

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Surrey Pension Fund urged to divest from fossil fuels

On Friday 23 September, Green Cllr Jonathan Essex is raising questions at a meeting of the Surrey Pension Fund Committee about their continued investment in climate-wrecking fossil fuels [1]. Surrey pension fund members and Divest Surrey campaigners will be there to show support for calls to divest from fossil fuels.

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Green Councillor joins Opposition Forum at County Hall

Liberal Democrat and Green County Councillors have formed a Combined Group, the Surrey Opposition Forum, on Surrey County Council to provide a more effective opposition to the Conservatives at County Hall. Jonathan Essex, Green County Councillor for Redhill East, said, “The new Opposition Forum will enable us to more effectively scrutinise and challenge the Council’s […]

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