Green Party concern at flood of oil and gas drilling applications

Surrey Green Party is concerned at the flood of oil and gas drilling applications being dealt with by statutory bodies across Surrey.

“The industrialisation of the Weald promised by the oil and gas industry is under way,” said Green Councillor Jonathan Essex.

“This will put a huge strain on our already pressurised regulatory bodies, and on our local communities who have to deal with the potential impacts.” 

“The oil companies are in a phase of expansion across the South East at a time when funding for the regulators – the County Council and the Environment Agency – is being cut.

“It’s being left to local communities to battle a tidal wave of environmental and other impacts coming from this industry, which is out to make a quick buck in the Weald.”

The Environment Agency has published details of two new applications for permits at Brockham – where Angus Energy drilled a horizontal sidetrack without permission earlier this year. Nine people were arrested when they protested at the site. Surrey County Council is taking legal advice on how to deal with the breach.

Angus Energy has pressed ahead with its application for permits for the storage and handling of crude oil and its waste management. Local campaigners Brockham Oil Watch are concerned about the impact on groundwater and the huge increase in operations at the site, which has worked at a low level for many years.

Angus has said it wants to open up the Weald for industrial production with a series of back-to-back wells.

Meanwhile Island Gas Ltd has applied to the Environment Agency for permits relating to groundwater storage, mining waste and radioactive waste at its site in Bletchingley. Members of the public can comment on these applications on the Environment Agency website.

The Environment Agency is still considering applications for permits relating to oil exploration on Leith Hill in Surrey and the Traffic Management Plan for the site goes to Surrey County Council’s planning committee next Wednesday (August 2).

 

 

 

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Review of Surrey SEND services finds many weaknesses

Local paediatrician Dr Paul Wright reports:

On 1 April 2016 OFSTED and Care Quality Commission (CQC) began a programme to inspect all 152 local areas over five years to evaluate how well they were fulfilling their duties in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people and those who have special educational needs and/ or disability aged 0-25.

20 inspections were completed between May and December 2016. Of the first 16 inspections, 4 areas were issued with Written Statements of Action due to significant concerns. One of the areas which was issued with a Written Statement of Action was Surrey.

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Can you help fund our General Election campaign?

We have launched Crowdfunder appeals to raise funds to help our candidates Jonathan Essex and Benedict Southworth campaign stand in the upcoming General Election.

Jonathan hopes to raise £1,400.  You can support him at:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/support-jonathan-essex

Benedict hopes to raise £500. You can support him at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/green-party-candidate-for-surrey-east 

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Introducing our General Election candidates

We are pleased to introduce our candidates for the General Election on June 8.

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Your County Council candidates

We are fielding eleven candidates in the County Council elections on 4 May. They are standing on a manifesto which prioritises:

  • building a Green economy which creates local jobs
  • protecting the Green Belt and our wider countryside
  • ensuring safe, sustainable, accessible and healthy modes of transport across Surrey
  • defending our public services so that all Surrey residents have a good quality of life
  • working with honesty and transparency to the highest possible standards

Read the Green Manifesto for Surrey 

Please support your Green candidate! If you would like to help with delivering leaflets, or on polling day, please email info@eastsurreygp.org.uk.

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Dinner with Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas at Westminster

Caroline Lucas at Westminster

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Caroline Lucas, prominent MP and Green Party co-leader, will be speaking at a Fundraising Dinner for East Surrey Green Party in Reigate on 2 March 2017.

Caroline is a passionate campaigner on the environment, social justice and human rights. She has been MP for Brighton Pavilion since 2010, and previously represented the South East of England at the European Parliament for eleven years. She sits on Parliament’s influential Environmental Audit Committee.

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East Surrey Green Party response to the Autumn Statement

The 2016 Autumn Statement failed to tackle the serious funding crisis affecting adult social care.

Rob Jarrett, a local Green Party campaigner and former chair of Brighton and Hove Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. Social services are unable to cope with the demands of an ageing population. This has a knock on effect on the NHS as more vulnerable adults end up in hospital and then can’t be discharged when they are ready to go home.”

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party co-leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, has accused the Government of ‘shirking its responsibilities’ and having ‘deeply skewed priorities’.
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Introducing Shasha Khan: candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election

Shasha Khan, candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election November 2016

Shasha Khan, candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election November 2016

We’re pleased to announce our candidate for the by-election in Kingswood with Burgh Heath.

Shasha Khan is a hotelier by trade, and a community campaigner.

Shasha says, “This year the nation voted to leave the EU. Reigate and Banstead also voted to leave the EU, but by just 799 votes out of the 81,200 votes cast. Talking to residents on the doorstep in Kingswood and Burgh Heath, it is clear that many are concerned about the ‘hard Brexit’ line the government are pursuing.

“I am standing because a post-Brexit Britain needs to ensure good community relations are maintained. Hate crime is on the rise, and it is disappointing that this Council failed to support ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week‘, from 8 to 15 October, unlike neighbouring boroughs.

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Reigate & Banstead’s Development Management Plan: Our response

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up a new Development Management Plan that will shape where new homes, shops, schools and workplaces should go between now and 2027.

The Council put the new policies out for consultation and residents and local organisations were invited to give their views.

Our response

East Surrey Green Party sent a detailed response, commenting on many aspects of the Plan and the evidence on which it was based. This response has been written with input from our two local councillors, our members and residents.

You can download our response here.

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Council policies to allow housing on Green Belt

Come to an open meeting to discuss the Council’s proposed new development management policies, including the threat of housing development on the Green Belt, and how we can respond. All welcome.

The Meeting Room, Toby Carvery, Redstone Hill, Redhill
RH1 4BL (Map)
7.30pm on Wednesday 21 September 2016

Download a flyer for the meeting

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up new development management policies that will shape where development, like new homes, shops and workplaces should go between now and 2027.

The new policies are out for consultation before being submitted to the government for approval.

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