REVEALED: Surrey's Tory Tip Tax may be breaking the law

Alun Jones on BBC SurreyTory Tip Tax
Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their surprise and anger after it was revealed that Surrey's unpopular "Tory Tip Tax", where residents are charged to use local Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), could be illegal.

Street lights face the axe at night after residents are not consulted, say Lib Dems

streetlightLiberal Democrat Councillors have criticised Tory-run Surrey County Council after it was revealed that residents who are set to lose their street lighting at night were not formally consulted on the proposal.
At a meeting of the Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 18th October, the ruling Conservative administration agreed proposals that would see 44,000 lights switched off between midnight and 5am. However a consultation which was carried out in August that boasted a 75% approval figure for the plan, was actually conducted through the Council's residents' panels, drawn from people all over the county, rather than those specifically affected by the turning off of street lights.


alun jones councillor caterham fly tip BBC surrey

We have only two small local community recycling centres - Bond Rd, Warlingham and Chaldon Rd, Caterham on the Hill.

Conservative run Surrey have already made thefollowing changes:

  • Ÿ Cut opening hours by 1 hour a day
  • Ÿ Cut opening days closing Chaldon Rd Wednesdays and Bond Rd Sundays and Mondays
  • Ÿ Cut what can be recycled locally - any building waste must go to Earlswood or Epsom

Now the Tories running Surrey are going to charge to recycle domestic building materials from £4 a bag to £50 a car load.
Cllr Alun Jones of Caterham Valley says, “This is madness. It is important we make it easy for people to do the right thing. If you clear up a few rocks from your garden, you must now take it to Earlswood and be charged!”

Fly Tipping Increasing by 40%

Fly-tipping is a menace - rubbish dumped in parks, alleys and lanes as well as on private property.

P1000771 SMAcross Tandridge it has been increasing. Now there are on average 4 instances that Tandridge council have to clear up every day. Last year this cost £51,700 (£21,200 over budget) of your money.

Cllr Alun Jones says, “this cost is born by Tandridge any savings made by Surrey cutting the recycling centres will cost 

es inability to think things through and see the consequences of their actions.Tandridge more to clear it up!”
Cllr David Lee says, “this shows the Conservatives inability to think things through and see the consequences of
their actions.”

Surrey Lib Dems slam Tory Council's £1m raid on sick and disabled

Liberal Democrat Councillors have strongly criticised Conservative-run Surrey County Council for agreeing to hike adult social care charges by over Personal Independence Payment disabled elderly Surrey£1m for disabled and vulnerable residents. The new charges, due to take effect from 3rd October 2016, have been pushed through by the Conservative-run Council, despite a consultation which showed strong opposition to the plans by residents and disability groups.