Archive for the ‘County Council’ Category

Village Primary Schools Under Threat

by Roger Abbott on 15 April, 2017

Ockley School Has Closed   There is a major problem looming with our village primary schools. Unless we take action, there will be extensive closure of village schools, not just in our area but all over the country. The consequences will result in major changes to the demographics of our rural communities and this is […]

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Brockham Oil Update

by Roger Abbott on 18 March, 2017

For some time I have been becoming more and more suspicious of what Angus Energy were up to on the site at Feltons Farm. Around Christmas I decided to find out exactly what they had permission to do and sought copies of their licences. The email response on 4th January 2017 from Samantha Murphy, Principal […]

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Funding Social Care & The NHS

by Roger Abbott on 12 February, 2017

I have long believed that social care and health care are two sides of the same coin. Both should be universal, such that the care service is the same whoever you may be and wherever you may live. As such they should be treated by government as a single entity within the same government department […]

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Buses For All

by Roger Abbott on 8 February, 2017

Town & Country Services People living in rural areas need buses just as much as people living in towns and cities. Imagine being near the County Council offices in Kingston. You need to catch the bus to, say, Surbiton. You get to the bus stop to find you’ve just missed one. Don’t worry there’ll be […]

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Faster Internet Speeds Are Essential In Our Rural Area

by Roger Abbott on 2 January, 2017

Fast and reliable digital connectivity is a necessity for households and businesses in the UK. The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to re-affirm its commitment to a national minimum broadband speed across the country to stop hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses falling into a “digital twilight zone”. However, after delays to […]

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Flanchford bridge delay

by Mike Ward on 1 November, 2016

Surrey Highways has issued the following update regarding Flanchford Bridge: Stakeholder Update – 29 September 2016 Work to replace Flanchford Bridge continues as you may have seen, the old bridge has been removed, construction of new foundations is underway and there will be more visible progress during the next month. However, we are now unlikely […]

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Flood Grant Deadline Extended

by Mike Ward on 15 February, 2015

The County Council has extended the deadline for applying for grants to protect homes against future flooding to 20 March 2015. The grants are available to people who were flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. They are for measures to contain or reduce the impact of future flooding and the maximum is […]

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Liberal Democrat Roger Abbott is calling for Surrey County Council to carry out a full geological survey to understand the sources of groundwater flooding threats to Brockham & Betchworth. Please sign his petition. He says, “The risk of flooding continues to be a major concern in parts of our villages. A large element of this […]

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County Council allows composting at Swires Farm

by Mike Ward on 29 July, 2014

Unfortunately the County Council’s Planning Committee has approved the application for composting at Swires Farm. This over-rides the objections of Mole Valley District Council and many local residents. See here for more detail. Councillor Stephen Cooksey, who represents residents in Blackbrook Road north of the Henfold Lane railway bridge argued for refusal at the meeting […]

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Prudential Ride London misses Ockley next year

by Mike Ward on 28 December, 2013

Ockley will not be directly affected by the Prudential Ride London event to be held on Sunday 10 August 2014. However, the route will come as far south as Forest Green and will also significantly affect Dorking, Westcott and Coldharbour. It has also been confirmed that the event will continue for another 4 years. But […]

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