Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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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Gatwick Noise Pollution

by Roger Abbott on 15 February, 2017

It is no surprise that the new departure routes introduced in 2014 caused such rumpus. Gatwick Airport had started using a new satellite navigation system that concentrated all departure flight paths along almost the same line rather than having them spread out across their permitted range as had always been the case. In addition, what […]

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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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Drilling For Oil In Brockham

by Roger Abbott on 30 November, 2016

The oil well off Old School Lane, Brockham has been operating by traditional means (not fracking) since 1987 with little disturbance to anyone. The site gained new owners two years ago and they have discovered new deposits of oil that can be extracted. The company is Angus Energy and an extension to the licence (i.e. […]

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Some thoughts on the summer budget

by Mike Ward on 10 July, 2015

Anyone interested in the details of summer budget can find some useful briefings and information here: BBC Local Government Association Liberal Democrats Our party spent five years preventing the Conservatives from implementing policies that we felt were unfair, as well as introducing distinctive Liberal Democrat policies that made our recovery fairer and more sustainable. Sadly, […]

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Gatwick groups in Downing Street

by Mike Ward on 27 March, 2015

On Monday protest groups from all around Gatwick airport came together to present their agreed  demands to the Prime Minister and I was privileged to be one of those attending. The demands include no departure routes outside the NPR and a return to the previous pattern of dispersal of flights. Longer term aims include an […]

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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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Tough regulation of fracking

by Mike Ward on 8 February, 2015

Liberal Democrat MP’s are working hard to ensure that if fracking is allowed, it is done only under the tightest possible conditions and with full regard for the environment and the safety of water supplies. It’s a complex subject which makes it all the more important that people are prepared to go into the necessary […]

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