We were saddened to learn that the quality of many of our rivers and streams in Runnymede have deteriorated considerably, mainly due to sewage discharge. These include The Bourne at Chertsey, Virginia Water Lake and The Moat at Egham, all of which have an ecological status of "Poor".*
Cllr. Sylvia Whyte took the opportunity at Full Council in July to ask the Leader of The Council what the Administration have done to bring about improvements to the ecological status of our waterways.
The Conservative Government is failing to deliver the promised 259 more police officers for Surrey.
Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that a total of 155 extra officers have been recruited by Surrey Police under the Government's uplift programme that started in September 2019.
It also reveals that Surrey Police actually went backwards in the last three months, recruiting no additional officers between March and June.
To meet the Conservatives' own target of 259 by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to 12 per month over the final nine months of the programme.
Surrey's Liberal Democrats have slammed the government for failing to keep their promise to communities, adding that there needs to be a return to full and proper community policing.
Responding to the figures John Robini, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Surrey and Chair of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel said:
"People in Surrey are being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative Government. With so many local crimes going unsolved, we desperately need more police on our streets and in our communities.
"Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people."
"The Conservatives' pledge to boost police officer numbers looks set to become yet another of their broken promises. They are letting down victims of crime and our communities right across our area."
Surrey Lib Dems secured agreement from Surrey County Council at its meeting on 12 July that it would look again at how best to coordinate public engagement on climate change projects such as the installation of electric vehicle charging points.
Surrey County Council has a target to reduce emissions by 1.38m - 2.4m tonnes of carbon per year by 2025, just 3 years away. The two major contributors to carbon emissions in Surrey are household heating and transport, primarily private car journeys. Effective communication and engagement are crucial to achieve this target. Ordinary people will be encouraged to make changes to their behaviour, for example to replace their gas boiler with a heat pump or to use public transport instead of travelling by car. At the moment there is no mechanism to bring together the general public, relevant local organisations, and elected representatives to air their views on how best to implement schemes locally.
A Surrey Lib Dems' motion calling on Surrey County Council to declare a cost-of-living crisis emergency in Surrey was voted down by the Tory administration at its full council meeting yesterday. One of the proposals put forward was for Surrey County Council to hold a county-wide summit to bring together a range of organisations that are involved in advising, supporting or providing financial help to residents who are experiencing hardship. The aim of the summit would be to find ways of better coordinating services; identify any gaps in provision and see what more could be done to ease the cost-of-living pressure on vulnerable residents.
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