Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ 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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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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The Green Belt And Why It Is Important

by Roger Abbott on 12 November, 2016

For my first entry to this blog, maybe I should say something about the Green Belt and why it is so important to me. In my youth,I lived in a village where, because of the acute post-war housing shortage, huge numbers of houses were built on land that was then similar to the Green Belt […]

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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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Mole Valley set to drop Green Belt review?

by Mike Ward on 27 October, 2014

Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt review looks set to be dropped following a recent debate on a motion to stop it. The motion itself was withdrawn but the Executive member responsible indicated that he was minded to cease work on it, saying “the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than […]

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Aircraft nuisance to continue to November

by Mike Ward on 13 August, 2014

Information from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that the noise nuisance from aircraft flying the new flight paths is likely to continue until November. A review and final decision is due at that point. This means that it is vital to keep complaining, even after the consultation closes on 14 August, whenever we are disturbed […]

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If you live in The Holmwoods, Beare Green, Capel or parts of Brockham, Betchworth & Leigh, you will have been only too aware of the increase in flights and noise overhead since the start of the year. For many of us, we have gone from having occasional flights, but not enough to be much of […]

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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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