Lib Dems reveal Surrey County Council’s £67m spend on property outside the county
Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have revealed almost £67m of public money has been spent on buying properties outside the county, using a council-owned property company called Halsey Garton Property Limited. The properties purchased with funding from the Conservative-run Council were mainly warehouses situated in locations such as Wiltshire, Bristol, Worksop and Salford. The most expensive acquisition was an office in Bristol, at the cost of just under £20m.
Big Swing to LibDems in Warlingham West By-election
Warlingham LibDems are celebrating their best result in Warlingham West since 1996, with Celia Caulcott winning 34% of the vote and turning the seat into a marginal.
The result was:
Conservatives 367 (56%)
Liberal Democrats (Celia Caulcott) 218 (34%)
UKIP 64 (10%)
Celia Caulcott said: ”I am delighted with the result in Warlingham West and reducing the Tory majority from 375 to 149. I believe this reflects resident concerns at the threat posed by the Local Plan process and the potential for the new housing required in Tandridge to be met by dense development in the North of the District, as well as support for local LibDem achievements in working for the local community and the frustration of many at the result of the Referendum”.
Plastic Bag Use Slumps … A LibDem Success Story
Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.
The number of single use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 0.5bn in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.