It has been a few years since Surrey Highways rebuilt one half of Cabell Road. Since then anyone who drives along the road knows which bit they’re on because of the shaking of the car or bus. Lib Dem Councillors have been campaigning with local residents to get the other half done and finally Fiona has had an email from Surrey to say that it will be will be finished by Christmas at the latest.
Fiona commented: “We thank the two ladies who live in Cabell Road for the time they took to get signatures on a petition which was taken to Guildford Local Committee and reminded them of how bad the road condition is”.
Weston Road – Still not on the list
Surrey have a project called Horizon to get the worst roads in the County repaired. There are other Westborough roads on the Horizon list but one which is not there is Weston Road. It needs a proper repair and not just another round of filling and hoping. Guildford Lib Dems will keep campaigning until it is sorted out.
Construction is well under way for the redevelopment of the Farnham Road hospital. The Surrey and Borders NHS partnership and Laing O’Rourke, the construction company, are working closely with residents to try to solve any issues as they arise.
Councillor Anne Meredith says “Being a town centre site there are bound to be complications but regular meetings are held with myself and Councillor David Goodwin to discuss problems, and we also attend the drop in sessions which are held regularly for residents. There are meetings on 21 August and 28 October from 4.00 – 7.30pm in the education centre on the second floor of the main hospital building on Farnham Road.”
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Councillor Caroline Reeves says “We are very pleased to hear that The Environment Agency has received £1million to start work reversing the damage of the winter’s floods on the River Wey.
“The river experienced some of the highest flows in 15 years, resulting in it being the wettest winter on record. More than 160 properties were flooded in the Guildford and Godalming areas. In flood, the river carried a large amount of sand which has settled aroud bridg es and within the channe l of the river and the floodplain.
“The Environment Agency’s funding will allow it to start removing fallen trees and clearing areas where the sand has built up, with the work being carried out over the summer, focused initially between Guildford and Godalming. Residents who were flooded have all been offered the opportunity to meet with surveyors to assess the damages through the Surrey County Council repair and renew scheme.”
Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the excessive increases in councillor allowances and the excessive number of special responsibility allowances pushed through by the Conservative administration at County Hall. She also asked him to check whether the Government’s own regulations had been followed by the County Council.
Cllr Watson said : “I am delighted with the response I have received from Brandon Lewis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to my letter. He has condemned the decisions on councillors allowances as “deeply concerning” and agrees with me that the County Council did not comply with Government Regulations. He has stated that the Government expects those in public life to show restraint and to set levels of allowances for councillors and remuneration for officers which reflect the pressure on budgets and the need to pay off the deficit left by the last Administration. I totally agree with his comments.
“Given the Government’s clear condemnation of the decisions and also the outrage expressed by Surrey residents who have to foot the bill, I am again calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to overturn their decisions on councillors allowances and replace them with something much more reasonable.
“The Conservative administration at County Hall is living in cloud cuckoo land if they think that they can get away with these outrageous councillor allowances. It is time for them to back down and admit they made a massive mistake to the detriment of Surrey residents.”
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford, featured in last Sunday’s Independent talking about the funding crisis in the NHS;
The British Medical Association is right to warn of a funding crisis in the NHS. Years of Labour spend-to-appease-voters left the debacle of PFI debts spiralling out of control.
When I campaigned against the NHS bill through the Social Liberal Forum, one of the key issues was that CCGs would take over with no debt, and if they did incur debt, would be sold off to private firms.
There are two clear issues. Firstly, Jeremy Hunt’s naïve presumption that healthcare, like sales, can be run on economies of scale. This is simply not true. It is based on people care, and no doctor can be cheaper if he sees more people. Much the same applies to hospitals, diagnostics and treatments. There is a minimum cost per patient, and this cannot be reduced. To continue to cut budgets will have a detrimental impact on one of the Country’s greatest assets, a truly National Health Service.
The second is the spiralling debt incurred by Labour’s years of pandering to headlines about waiting times and beds.The debt escalated to such degrees and was then sold off in chunks to try and recoup value. The reality is, not even the Treasury have a grasp of who owns PFI debts, and Trusts and CCGs are still racking up interest, reducing their ability to invest in better care.
We need an approach to the health system that puts patients first, not pennies. A system where you get good quality care quickly and locally. And for goodness sake stop treating a public service like a factory production line. This is people we’re talking about.
Social Liberal Forum
Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford