Author Archives: Sarah Finch

Election wins! Greens hold four council seats and gain two in East Surrey

Greens in Reigate and Banstead are celebrating big wins in this week’s local elections. We won a borough and county seat from the Conservatives, and held the four seats we were defending. We now have seven councillors on Reigate & Banstead Council and two on Surrey County Council.

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Local elections 2021: Meet our candidates

Local elections are coming! Borough and County Council seats are up for election on 6 May this year. We have some excellent candidates standing in and around Redhill and hope to increase our team of hard-working, independent-minded Green councillors on both the Borough and County Councils. The Conservatives have a strong majority on both Councils […]

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Wildlife-friendly public spaces: progress but more urgency needed

In September 2019, after Surrey County Council had adopted a policy for improving biodiversity in open spaces, Green councillor Stephen McKenna formally proposed that Reigate & Banstead Borough Council should adopt similar measures. These are important particularly to benefit pollinators, which are in serious decline. His motion called for the timing and frequency of grass […]

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Redhill Aerodrome: hard runway allowed, but Green Cllr wins important condition

Residents living around Redhill Aerodrome – which sits between South Nutfield and Earlswood – have fought destructive development plans for decades. The threats have included a hard runway – which would allow an intensification of flying at this rural location, with more and larger planes and year-round flying, which is currently impossible on the grass […]

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General election results

Thank you to everyone who voted Green in the recent General Election. You can read the local results here

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Hustings in East Surrey constituency

Three public hustings give you a chance to hear from all the candidates seeking your vote in the general election. Godstone hustings 30 November, 4pm The White Hart Barn, behind the White Hart Inn, High Street, Godstone RH9 8BT Whyteleafe hustings Monday 2 December, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church. Whyteleafe, CR3 0AA. Tatsfield hustings Wednesday 4 […]

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Hustings in Reigate constituency

Two public hustings give you a chance to hear from all the candidates seeking your vote in the general election. Come along – and bring any friends who may be undecided how to vote Redhill hustings hosted by Churches Together Monday 2nd December, 7.30pm St Bede’s School, Carlton Road, Redhill RH1 2LQ Please email your […]

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Meet our general election candidate for Reigate

Jonathan Essex has selected to be the Green Party candidate in the General Election on 12 December 2019 Jonathan is a chartered civil engineer and environmentalist, and has served as an active councillor in Redhill since 2010. He says, “I will fight to protect our Green Belt and Surrey countryside, for fairer rail and bus […]

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Extend fracking ban to Surrey oil sites – Surrey Greens’ demand to regulators

The Government announcement that fracking is being suspended misses out the huge expansion of oil and gas production using unconventional techniques in the South East. Green Surrey County Councillor Jonathan Essex said: “The ban needs to be extended to the unconventional oil and gas extraction methods used in the Weald, which carry the same earthquake […]

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Surrey Climate Emergency Motion fails to win support

Surrey County Council has rejected a Climate Emergency motion [1], which would have meant putting plans in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make Surrey carbon neutral by 2030. Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex, who proposed the motion, said: “It’s very disappointing that Surrey County Council has refused to join Councils around the country […]

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