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Following a flurry of elections on 6 May, the Conservatives are no longer the largest party on Tandridge District Council.

The loss of seats in the south of the district means the Oxted & Limpsfield Residents Group (OLRG) and their alliance of independents are the largest political group with sixteen councillors. The Tories now have fourteen and the Liberal Democrats have nine. The Conservative group has shrunk from 29 councillors in 2000.

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After 21 years of Conservative rule... it's time for change.

Tandridge District Council has been run by a Conservative administration since 2000. They have run out of steam, lost any sense of direction, run down key departments, especially Planning, and came close to bankruptcy last summer.

The Liberal Democrats have driven forward the building of council homes for local people, the development of Quadrant House in Caterham - supporting local business and employment and worked hard to secure proper parking enforcement. They successfully declared a Climate Emergency and action plan.

Cllr Alun Jones at Quadrant House

Liberal Democrat Councillors welcome long overdue investment in Quadrant House

Last week Tandridge District Council submitted proposals to upgrade Quadrant House in Caterham Valley. The plans form part of a £4.9m investment from Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership to support economic growth and development in Caterham Valley. The proposals include a complete revamp to the outside of the building, signage update, the addition of a roof terrace with landscaping, and the introduction of a living wall.

John Orrick

John Orrick

1950-2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Councillor John Orrick. After many months’ valiantly fighting leukaemia, he died peacefully of an infection on Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Annie and family.

First elected to Tandridge Council in 1997 John has represented the people of Queens Park and Caterham Hill on the Parish, District and County Councils.

There are few councillors who instinctively attracted such warmth of feeling across party divisions as John Orrick. A naturally good humoured man liked by both political friend and opponent. His passions and dedication right up to the very last to the people he represented will be his testament.

John’s family has asked for privacy at this time and we ask that this is respected. Arrangements and memorials will be advised.

 

You can support a local charity in memory of John by visiting John Orrick's Memory Christmas Tree website. All proceeds go to the 'Christmas at Home' scheme, run by The Westway Centre.

David Lee and Jeffrey Gray

Whyteleafe Liberal Democrat Councillors are celebrating an award of £502,000 to Whyteleafe’s Station Road surgery to support the expansion of its premises and the upgrading of services to its patients. The money comes from a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) fund and was awarded by the District Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee at the 22ndSeptember meeting.

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First net zero carbon council houses to be built in Caterham

New council homes will be zero carbon in Tandridge thanks to local Lib Dem councillors’ climate change initiative. Last night’s Tandridge Housing Committee agreed to build a trial 12 new net zero carbon council houses in Caterham. This follows the Liberal Democrat Councillors introducing a motion to declare a climate emergency earlier this year which was supported by all councillors with the exception of the two Harestone Conservative Councillors.

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