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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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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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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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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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Gatwick noise increased? New campaign group formed

by Mike Ward on 21 October, 2014

A new campaign group, PlaneWrong, has been  formed to campaign against the changes in Gatwick departure routes to the north of the airport. People across a wide area from Capel to Beare Green and Coldharbour and then across the Holmwoods, Brockham, Betchworth & Leigh to Reigate and Redhill and beyond are being affected for the […]

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Gatwick 2nd Runway consultation flops

by Mike Ward on 13 August, 2014

Gatwick Airport Limited’s proposal for a 2nd runway at Gatwick has been comprehensively rejected by its own consultation. The results were: Option 1       194 Option 2        167 Option 3.       733 None of these options.   6,200 Commenting on the results, Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign (GACC) said, […]

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Beare Green library opens

by Mike Ward on 20 October, 2013

The new library opened on 4 October and is based in the small hall of Beare Green Community Centre. It is open 2 days a week from 1-2.30 0n Wednesdays and 10-11.30 on Fridays.  It is run by a volunteer professional librarian, Hilary Christmas, helped by volunteers. The stock is 500 books provided by the […]

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Hookwood Speed Limit Decision Coming Soon

by Mike Ward on 20 October, 2013

A final decision on the extent of the speed limit for Hookwood is expected soon. It was agreed in June that the village will be to 30 mph and the A217 from the Longbridge roundabout to the Hookwood roundabout will go down to 40 mph. However, a decision on whether to extend the 40 mph […]

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Councils fail Hookwood residents over parking

by Mike Ward on 20 October, 2013

Hookwood residents are being let down by both Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council over the parking nuisance that many roads in Hookwood suffer from. Only Malcolm Gardens is likely to see any significant improvement after the protracted review that has taken more than a year. Surrey’s proposal to change Povey Cross Road […]

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It’s good that more people are cycling. It’s a healthy activity. It’s also understandable that people from London and other towns want to enjoy our beautiful countryside while they do so. However, all local residents are aware of the pressures arising from the numbers of cyclists using our area, especially at weekends. This needs to […]

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