Headline Debate from Last Night's Full Council Meeting - Housing Need vs Green Land Protection

carolineCllr 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.

2009 0516surrey0028  SMGovernment 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.

School pupilsOne in 10 secondary schools is failing to help pupils reach their potential, Government figures show.

The 10.7% are “coasting” – where fewer than 60% of pupils get five good GCSEs and below-average numbers make the expected progress.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This is a damning indictment of the Government and their record in education .