Monthly Archives: December 2011

Winter Night Shelter – can you help?

A night shelter for homeless people has been set up as a collaboration between local churches and local charity Hope2540. The shelter is open for six weeks, running until the end of January. It offers homeless people an evening meal and breakfast and safe, comfortable overnight accommodation, as well as washing facilities and a chance […]

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Taking on the tax dodgers

  Public sector workers watch our pension-grabbing Highwayman This weekend I took part in a Tax Dodger Fashion Show with Redhill Coalition Against Cuts. As part of a national day of action, we visited Redhill’s Topshop and Boots branches to highlight the fact that these hugely profitable companies are not paying their share of tax.

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Building community one meal at a time: introducing Casserole

Today I was in Redhill helping the guys at Casserole to make a video promoting their project. This is a great little project that is connecting people and tackling social isolation all through the medium of food. The idea is beautifully simple. People can sign up as Cooks or Diners: cooks simply commit to cooking […]

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Developing Redhill, demolitions in Horley, but no more solar power

This Thursday was the latest meeting of the Council’s Executive. As usual we joined other ‘back-benchers’ in asking questions before the 10-person Conservative Executive voted on key decisions. The agenda was an epic 342-pages! Some of the discussions on it and our thoughts are shared below.

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Powering Community: Our proposal to fund community projects from the sun

Last Thursday, I introduced our motion for the Council to invest in solar panels as a cost-effective way of going green and funding community projects together. We proposed setting up a local Community Trust Fund linked to an Energy Services Company (ESCo) to enable investments to return the government subsidy (called the Feed-in-Tariff, FIT) from […]

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New incinerator to be built in Surrey, contrary to policy

We were disappointed this week when the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, decided there was no need to review the decision to grant planning permission for a new waste incinerator in Shepperton, in North West Surrey. There are numerous reasons why building this incinerator is a retrograde step. It’s called […]

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