Street lights face the axe at night after residents are not consulted, say Lib Dems
Liberal 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.
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:
- Cut opening hours by 1 hour a day
- Cut opening days closing Chaldon Rd Wednesdays and Bond Rd Sundays and Mondays
- 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.
Across 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
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 £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.
Southern Rail in Chaos
Southern Rail services across the south east have been thrown into chaos effecting millions of commuters. Caterham has not been as badly hit as other areas, but many trains have been cancelled from Upper Warlingham. A lot of commuters from Caterham use that line for fast trains.
Cllr David Lee who commutes regularly says, “I’m now catching the train half an hour or an hour earlier just in case a train is cancelled. I avoid trying to change trains a East Croydon as trains are so packed (or get cancelled)”
David continued, “Also I’ve experienced getting on a train on Victoria and the train gets delayed then cancelled and no information is given.”
Local commuters have put up with Southern Rail's incompetence and thoroughly dreadful service for far too long. The chaos needs to end NOW! Please sign Lib Dem MP Tom Brakes petition below calling for the abysmal Southern Rail to be sacked: