Green Wins across Surrey – breakthroughs onto five Councils

Five of the six Green Councillors: L-R Steve McKenna, Sue Sinden, Hal Brown, Ruth Ritter and Jonathan Essex

Green Council seats across Surrey soared from three to 14 in local elections held on 2 May.

Greens broke through onto five Councils: Waverley; Guildford; Surrey Heath; Runnymede and Spelthorne.

In Reigate and Banstead – where all out elections were held because of boundary changes – Greens took over two seats. Redhill East and Earlswood and Whitebushes now have six Green councillors, who all won with big majorities.

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Local elections 2019: What are we standing for?

Elect Greens to fight for:

  • Action on climate change – and better transport, recycling and protection of our countryside
  • Investment in affordable homes and community facilities
  • A fairer society – we will stand up for disadvantaged residents
  • Stronger opposition on the Conservative-dominated Council

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Print your Vote Green poster here

Could you display a poster in your window to show your neighbours and passers-by that you are voting Green?

You can download an A4 poster to print at home using the links below.

 

If you have a big window, or are in a prominent location, and would like a poster, please get in touch and we will bring you one if we can.

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Introducing our local election candidates in Tandridge

On 2 May 2019, there will be local elections in Tandridge.

We have 3 candidates standing this year.  If there is a Green standing in your ward – please display a Vote Green poster in your window.

And don’t forget to vote for them on 2nd May!

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Introducing our local election candidates in Reigate & Banstead

On 2 May 2019, the whole of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is up for re-election, following ward boundary changes.

We have 18 candidates standing in 12 wards.  Your poll card will tell you which ward you are in and where your polling station is.

If you’ve got a Green standing where you live, please put a poster in your window to show your support.

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Green Cllr Jonathan Essex calls for earthquake inquiry to be reopened

Green Councillor Jonathan Essex presented evidence about the Surrey earthquakes to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Impact of Shale Gas – a group of MPs with an interest in in shale gas exploration and extraction in the UK and abroad – yesterday.

There have been 28 quakes in Surrey since 1 April 2018, in an area where none had been previously recorded. The epicentre is on a fault only three kilometres from the active drill site at Horse Hill.

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Gatwick Airport’s climate claims are hugely misleading

Cllr Jonathan Essex and Surrey Green Party submitted a response to Gatwick  Airport’s Master Plan consultation, which closed yesterday.

The Master Plan which includes a proposal to convert Gatwick’s Emergency Runway into a fully active second runway, with a possible 80,000 additional flights a year – and to safeguard land for a brand new runway to the south of the airport.

The plans are based on three highly misleading claims:

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Have your say on proposed council cuts

How do you think Surrey County Council should invest its money?

Surrey is consulting on proposed changes to some of its vital services:

  • Children’s Centres
  • Concessionary bus travel
  • Libraries and cultural services
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Community recycling centres

If you have views on these, please share them with the Council by 4 January 2019.

You can find the consultation documents here: surreycc.gov.uk/consultations

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No new runway at Gatwick!

Gatwick Airport has published a Five Year Master Plan, which includes a proposal to convert its Emergency Runway into a fully active second runway, with a possible 80,000 additional flights a year.

This would increase the problems already being experienced by local communities – noise, air pollution and excessive road traffic – not to mention being a disaster for the climate. Only this month, the world’s leading climate scientists gave the starkest warning yet that we need to make a rapid transition to the post-fossil-fuel age if we are to keep global warming below 1.5C. Increasing flights makes no sense in this context.

We’ve arranged a photo call on Tuesday 20 October, with Keith Taylor MEP and the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), to shine a light on Gatwick’s expansion ambitions and encourage people to take part in the consultation about them.

It’s at 12.30 at Old Brighton Road, Lowfield Heath, Crawley, RH11 0PR.

If you’re free on Tuesday, please come along.

Get in touch if you’d like a lift or can offer one: info@eastsurreygp.org.uk

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March with us for a People’s Vote

The East Surrey Greens are joining the People’s Vote March for the future in London on Saturday 20th October. Would you like to join us?

This is an opportunity to join a friendly group of us as we say to the government that we think that there should be a People’s vote and a say on the final Brexit deal.

Whether you voted leave or remain, and whatever your political persuasion, you are welcome to join us to make the case for a People’s Vote.

We are planning to meet on Platform 2 at Redhill Station around 10.20am, tp catch the 10.41 train to Victoria, ready to assemble with the march on Park Lane from 12 noon. We will have Green flags/posters for identification.

For more information about the march, check out their website:

https://www.peoples-vote.uk/march

 

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