Lesley Bushnell and the Lib Dem Focus Team

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Dorking Tip Closure Postponed… but the Battle Continues

by lesleybushnell on 3 February, 2019

The County Council’s Cabinet has decided to postpone the closure of the Dorking Tip until 1 October 2019. However, even with this reprieve, the Dorking Tip will be restricted to only accepting recyclable material and it will still be closed in the Autumn unless a way of operating the Tip can be identified which will […]

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Let’s fight plans for Gatwick expansion

by lesleybushnell on 4 November, 2018

Mole Valley Liberal Democrats have reacted with dismay to reports Gatwick Airport might convert their emergency runway into a second runway, bypassing controls on airport expansion when a restriction runs out next year. The draft plans came a week after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned we had just 12 years to […]

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Safeguarding our Green Belt

by lesleybushnell on 22 October, 2018

Introduction Last November, the Liberal Democrats warned residents in our rural areas that Tory-controlled Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) had sent out calls for Green Field sites (including Green Belt) for development. Clearly, this desperate measure to meet their overly-ambitious targets by eroding the Green Belt was going to cause concern. Of course, the Liberal […]

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When I have been out chatting to people in our area, the local issues most frequently aired are related to our roads. People in the villages are very concerned about speeding and want measures taken to help reduce this danger. Some are worried about specific dangerous spots and crossings on our highways. Others find it […]

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by lesleybushnell on 5 March, 2018

Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have criticised the Conservative-administration for budget proposals containing £54m of further cuts to services and a 5.99% council tax rise. The budget was approved by the Council’s Conservative Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by the County Council on Tuesday 6th February. These extra budget cuts included: £25 […]

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Police funding cut nationally. What does this mean locally?

by lesleybushnell on 18 February, 2018

Surrey Police face a £1.9m real-terms cut in Government funding – and Council taxpayers must plug the gap In December 2017, the government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as the current year. With inflation now running at 3.1%, due to Brexit, that means Surrey Police funding will face a […]

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In our area, where patients are served mainly by East Surrey Hospital, 850 patients faced waits of half-an-hour of more in ambulances outside A&E so far this winter. Of these, 184 faced waits of over an hour Liberal Democrat analysis of NHS England figures has revealed. This was during the period 20th November 2017 to […]

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Meet the Lib Dem Focus Team

by aldc on 3 January, 2018

Lesley Bushnell Lib Dem Campaigner for Capel, Leigh and Newdigate Lesley who has worked within the healthcare industry for most of her career, joined the Liberal Democrat party a few years ago, when she realised that sitting on the sofa and shouting at the politicians on the TV was not a valid way of helping […]

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Houses for local people without using Green Belt land

by lesleybushnell on 31 December, 2017

Homelessness in Mole Valley – one of the wealthiest parts of the country In November 2017, the cross-party report on homelessness from the Public Accounts Committee was released. It stimulated a flurry of publicity on this national crisis as the huge scale of homelessness was revealed. It is scandalous that as of all the contributing […]

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Council could override Capel Neighbourhood Development Plan

by lesleybushnell on 21 December, 2017

  Our Green Belt and Greenfield areas are still under threat by this Conservative-led Council Mole Valley District Council is carrying out a Greenfield Call for Sites between 11 December 2017 and 5 February 2018. This means that landowners and other interested parties are being invited to propose land and sites for development over the next […]

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