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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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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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Save our Green Environment

by lesleybushnell on 25 October, 2017

MOLE VALLEY DISTRICT COUNCIL LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GROUP STATEMENT FROM COUNCILLOR MARGARET COOKSEY, PLANNING SPOKESPERSON ‘The somewhat flawed but very important first consultation process for the new Local Plan has now concluded and the results are being analysed. The consultation, based on the disputed requirement to build nearly 6,000 additional new houses, has, as expected, raised […]

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