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Green success as Surrey  County Council agrees to go “plastics free”

Last week, Surrey County Council passed a motion which I had tabled to tackle the scourge of single-use-plastics. The motion follows campaigns across the country to reduce the use of single-use plastics after programmes such as the BBC “Blue Planet II” series highlighted the damage they cause to oceans and marine life.

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Surrey Greens call for County Council to go single-use plastics free

Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex is calling on Surrey County Council to become a ‘single use-plastic-free’ authority by the end of 2018. The call follows campaigns across the country to reduce the use of single-use plastics after programmes such as the BBC Blue Planet II series highlighted the damage they cause to oceans and marine life.

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DMP: We propose new development policies and object to Green Belt release

East Surrey Green Party submitted a response to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Development Management Plan (DMP) Regulation 19 consolation. We do not believe that the DMP in its current form is sound. The DMP doesn’t set any density targets. If it required higher density at development sites (with different targets depending on the type […]

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Let’s stand up for the Green Belt: Briefing on the DMP consultation

We have produced a briefing for those who wish to respond to the Council’s consultation on its Development Management Plan. It contains information and suggestions for points to raise about four aspects of the DMP: Proposed ‘urban extensions’ into the Green Belt Affordable homes for local people Identifying sites where homes can be built Redhill […]

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“Invest in recycling in Surrey, not a retail park in Loughborough”: Greens propose budget changes

As Councillors meet this week to decide on Surrey County Council’s budget, the Greens have come up with an alternative way of doing business. Instead of accepting Government cuts, Surrey Greens are calling on the Tory majority on Surrey County Council to fight back.

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“Crisis for affordable housing, crisis for the Green Belt”

More than 100 local residents packed Redhill Football club yesterday evening (1 February 2018) to hear about plans which might bring thousands of homes to green spaces in the area. They were particularly concerned about the scale of development planned for Redhill aerodrome, where some 8,000 houses could be built.

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Public meeting: have your say on development plans

Stand up to defend the Green Belt from development threats AND secure the affordable homes we need.  Come to an open meeting to find out about our local Council’s Development Plans and how you can put your views across. 

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Surrey County Council budget: Let’s demand better funding for Councils and invest in services for a better future

Surrey County Council’s financial problems are set to continue as a Council Tax rise of 6% was announced, as well as £66 million of spending reductions required in the next financial year. The proposals will be approved by the County Council’s Conservative Cabinet next week before all Councillors vote on the proposals at the Budget […]

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Surrey’s Waste Plan: secret incinerators and unambitious recycling targets

Surrey Greens have reviewed the County’s draft Waste Plan to 2033, which highlights a massive planned increase in incineration at the cost of recycling. The Plan, which is open for consultation until February 7th, proposes up to six new incinerators on Green Belt land, even though Surrey is joint top for recycling in England.

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Last chance to save Green Belt from housing development

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is consulting on its Development Management Plan for the final time. Despite widespread objection to the idea of removing land from the Green Belt to build hundreds of new homes, the final draft Development Plan still allows for: 1400 new homes on Green Belt adjacent to Redhill, Reigate and Merstham […]

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