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No new runways – time to get active

This autumn, the Government will decide whether to build a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow. The Commission it appointed to advise on this difficult question concluded that the new runway should go at Heathrow – but also said that Gatwick presents a “plausible case for expansion”. Expansion at either airport would be a disaster – in […]

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Budget 2015 – All smoke and mirrors. And more smoke

The Conservatives are now the party of working people. No, honestly. George Osborne used yesterday’s budget to introduce a living wage, a supertax on the banks and an end to lucrative mortgage relief for buy-to-let landlords. Plus, he’s abolishing non-dom status. So they must be. “From welfare to work” said the Telegraph; “The Well Fair […]

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Fracking. Where are we now?

We haven’t heard so much about fracking – or shale gas extraction – since Cuadrilla packed up and left their site at Balcombe in Sussex at the end of September. But it hasn’t gone away. The government is still pretty keen on it, and wants to offer the industry “the most generous tax regime for […]

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First Green councillor on Surrey County Council

A little later than planned, here is our round up of the local election results from Reigate & Banstead. As you may have heard, Jonathan Essex achieved an emphatic victory in Redhill East, gaining nearly 50% of the vote. Congratulations to Jonathan, who becomes the first ever Green Party councillor on Surrey County Council. Jonathan […]

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Commuters have had enough! Greens speak out against massive rail fare hike

Rail fares are due to rise by 6.2% from January 2013, the Government announced today. Train companies are permitted to increase fares by 3% above the July Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which now stands at 3.2%. Many people living in our Borough commute to work by train – and many have told us […]

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Join our Personal Carbon Footprint monitoring scheme

For a number of years Surrey Green Party has run a Carbon Rationing Action Group. Membership has declined however and its impact has been less than we’d hoped for. We suspect that many members found the idea of rationing off-putting. Surrey Green Party has therefore decided to change the rules and re-launch as a more […]

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What kind of town? Our kind of town!

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is writing its plans for how it wants to ‘regenerate’ Redhill Town Centre, through planning policy shaping proposals for retail, leisure, housing, employment and supporting infrastructure. You can have a sneak peek at the Draft Redhill Town Centre Area Action Plan – consultation will begin this month, and our Green […]

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Reigate & Banstead Green Party website. This site will keep you updated with news, discussions and events related to the Green Party in the borough. Following our recent successes in Redhill East where Jonathan Essex and Sarah Finch have been elected as the first Green councillors in Surrey, the Reigate & Banstead […]

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