Liberal Democrat councillors are asking Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to delay the publication of the "regulation 18" part of its Local Plan from the current date of early February, so as to incorporate potential changes to the housing targets set by national government. It is expected that Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, will make changes to how local councils need to interpret housing targets, and the treatment of Green Belt land, and the implications of those changes are currently unclear. It is hoped to hear more from central government in the next few weeks.
Dear friends, welcome to our latest update on local (and some wider) news covering November 2022.
Grateful residents have written to thank recently elected Lib Dem county councillor Harry Boparai for his work in helping to resolve two longstanding issues in his Division, Sunbury Common & Ashford Common.
124 fully qualified GPs are over 55, 24% of total number in Surrey Heartlands area that covers most of Surrey. Lib Dems warn of GP "retirement time bomb" facing local communities with almost 1 in 4 heading towards retirement age. Will Forster, Leader of Surrey Lib Dems is calling for the Government to set out a clear plan to recruit more GPs in NHS workforce plan. The Liberal Democrats have warned of a "GP retirement time bomb," after new research by the party reveals almost one in four family doctors are nearing retirement age.
It is good news for Surrey residents that thanks to Lib Dem pressure the County Council seem to have changed their mind about cutting future expenditure on highway maintenance.
Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey sets out a five-year cancer plan to boost survival rates, including a new legal right for patients to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral.
Hear from Councillor Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Hazel Grove.