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Lib Dems call for school transport improvements

by Mike Ward on 11 December, 2013

Surrey County Council has announced a review of school transport, but from the start has said: ‘Surrey County Council is not proposing any changes to its home to school transport policy for 2015’. If this sounds crazy to you, then you can tell them what you think by going to the consultation. My colleague, Stephen […]

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Major Road Repair Programme but gaps remain

by Mike Ward on 20 June, 2013

The County Council has announced a major programme of road repairs throughout the County thanks to additional funding from the Government. This means that several roads will be repaired over the next 5 years including some that have been in poor condition for some time and that we have mentioned here or in FOCUS. These […]

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Hookwood Parking Progress but some issues remain

by Mike Ward on 19 June, 2013

Finally some decisions have been reached on parking controls in Hookwood. These are as follows: Povey Cross Road – The no return period will be extended to 4 hours from the current 1 hour. Apparently this will make enforcement easier. Forge Place & Malcolm Gardens – No parking between 10am and12 noon. Reigate Road & […]

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Horley Road has long had a flooding problem near the junction with Perrylands whenever there is heavy rain. At long last, Surrey have carried out an investigation into the cause and the result is shocking. It seems that an as yet unidentified utility company ran a connection through the drainage pipe and bodged the repair […]

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Citizens Advice Bureau Grant Cut

by Mike Ward on 23 March, 2013

The Conservative/Independent administration running Mole Valley District Council has cut £14,000 from grant to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. My colleague, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Iain Murdoch, said, “The CAB is a vital service for an increasing number of residents who desperately need advice in current difficult economic times.”

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Ockley to host men’s professional cycle race

by Mike Ward on 27 February, 2013

Following on from the Olympic cycle road race last year, a professional men’s cycle race with 150 competitors is to be held on Sunday 4 August. The route starts and finishes in London and will pass through Surrey. It includes 3 laps of a circuit round Leith Hill. Road closures and parking restrictions will be […]

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2 new fire stations but one less fire engine

by Mike Ward on 20 December, 2012

Last week Surrey County Council announced two new fire stations including one at Salfords. What they didn’t highlight was that the number of fire engines operating in Surrey will be reduced by one. This follows the decision by West Sussex Council no longer to operate a fire engine from its Horley fire station. The new […]

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One of the clearest outcomes of the recent surveys carried out by the Liberal Democrats in 9 villages was overwhelming support for more bus options for children to travel to school. The surveys also strongly backed the idea that schools should be incentivised to arrange transport for children if the school believes that that is […]

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Hookwood Speed Limit Petition

by Mike Ward on 6 December, 2012

The petition to reduce speed limits in Hookwood and tackle the accident problem at the Mill Lane junction was presented to the Local Committee yesterday by local resident, Jill Baker. She told the Committe about the difficulties faced by residents as a result of speeding traffic, especially those who live on the A217 section of […]

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Recycling Collection extended

by Mike Ward on 14 September, 2012

Mole Valley District Council has extended its collection of recyclables to include plastic food trays, pots and tubs. It will also be possible to recycle textiles and smaller electrical items. The change was effective from the beginning of September. I very much welcome this. The Liberal Democrats have been calling for recycling to be extended […]

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