Author Archives: Jack Baart

The government’s planning proposals: wrong answers based on wrong assumptions

Councillor Steve Mckenna is compiling a response from the local Green Party to the Government’s ‘Planning for the future’ policy proposals – please send your thoughts before Thursday, 29 October and he will try to include all useful contributions in our response.   The planning system is often misunderstood but it has made an enormous […]

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Friends of the Earth and Robert Jenrick to take part in Horse Hill judicial review

Friends of the Earth and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, have been granted permission to participate in a local campaigners’ legal challenge over oil production at Horse Hill, near Gatwick in Surrey. Local Green Party member Sarah Finch argues that the Council failed to consider the direct and indirect […]

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Art For The Earth

In order to fight the legal battle against the continuation of oil extraction at Horse Hill Sarah Finch has launched Art for the Earth. The initiative will help to raise the remaining £4,500 needed in legal fees. Here is a message from Sarah Finch on the #ArtForTheEarth scheme: Click here   

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Nuclear Weapons and Our Future

The threat of nuclear weapons is a dull, anxious constant for many people. Those who grew up during the cold war will recognise the fear of seeing a plane’s vapour trails in the sky. Whilst nuclear weapons may not make the headlines so much anymore, that does not make them any less prevalent in today’s […]

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One enormous council?

The leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver, has written to the government saying the existing two-tier system should be replaced with one single council. With 1.2 million residents this would make it the largest unitary council in England. The Federation of Surrey Green Parties has issued a statement in response to the proposal, asking […]

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Support Horse Hill campaign

Campaigners are very excited to have secured permission for a Judicial Review of Surrey County Council’s decision to allow 20 years of oil extraction at Horse Hill. The judge gave permission on the basis that one of the arguments against drilling, put forward by claimant Sarah Finch, had not been fully considered. This is good […]

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Reigate’s cycle scheme scrapped – Press release

The Green Party’s press release on the Reigate high street cycle lane: It is widely known that Surrey County Council’s current highways contract will be coming to an end in 2022, but the fact that the process to appoint a new supplier starts this week has come as a surprise to councillors. A webinar is […]

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East Surrey Greens’ Constitution

East Surrey Green Party Constitution Agreed at meeting 15 February 2016 Below is a complete copy of the East Surrey Greens’ Constitution

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Dunsfold Dumps Drilling Plans

“Have you found any quantifiable benefits of this application. The answer is no, because, councillors, there are none in this three-year exploratory proposal”. – Chris Britton, Dunsfold resident Plans to begin drilling for oil and gas in Dunsfold, Surrey have been rejected after a tense vote by local councillors, eventually vetoing the plans 6-5. A […]

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How Surrey can achieve a green recovery from COVID-19

The Corona Virus changed our way of lives in a matter of weeks. Many people have lost loved ones, jobs and lives to the disease. As we begin to rebuild from the uncertainty and chaos of lockdown, how will Surrey progress? Will we see a return to the old normal, of pollution and needless travel? […]

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