Government tells Surrey residents: You can take County Council to court over Tory Tip Tax
A Liberal Democrat county councillor in Surrey has received an astonishing letter from the government suggesting that residents can take Conservative-run Surrey County Council to the High Court over its unpopular Tory Tip Tax.
Housing Need vs Green Land Protection
Headline Debate from Last Night's Full Council Meeting - Housing Need vs Green Land Protection
Cllr Caroline Warner writes:
The heated debates that have been raging on line about the Local Plan over the past months were articulated pretty clearly I thought in last night's Council Meeting. I'll try to boil it down.
On one hand, we need housing desperately. It is now the case that a family would need to earn not far off a 6 figure income in order to be able to afford to buy any house in Tandridge. This means that key workers and younger people are pretty much priced out wholesale. Population growth is a fact of life (as we're all living much longer) so unless we are prepared to become a community with only very elderly people living here, and not enough working age people to look after them, we are going to have to make room somewhere for the next generation.
Surrey headteachers express 'vehement opposition' to grammar schools plan
Government plans to expand selective education are facing fierce opposition in the Tory heartland of Surrey where more than 60 secondary school headteachers have written a letter of protest to the prime minister and her education secretary.
All 64 headteachers of Surrey’s state-maintained secondary schools – including academies, free schools, community schools and faith-based schools – signed the letter to Theresa May and Justine Greening expressing their “vehement opposition” to more grammar schools, attacking the 'nostalgic and unrealstic' proposal to expand selective education.