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Green Belt ruling sends "shivers down the spine" of Lib Dem campaigners

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Lib Dem campaigners are again voicing their genuine concerns about the threat to Chessington’s Green Belt following a new Government ruling that gave the go ahead for 1,500 homes to be built near Gloucester.

Youth centres should be protected

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The Conservative-run Council have voted to close 50% of the Borough’s Youth Centres. Following the Council decision, the doors will now finally close for Barnfield, Devon Way and Searchlight Youth Centres to save £95,000 a year.

Councillor Margaret Thompson, Liberal Democrat Opposition Spokesperson for Young People said:

Mandeville Drive - sign the petition


[From left] Councillors Malcolm Self, Hilary Gander and John Ayles inspecting the junction

The resurfacing work carried out at Mandeville Drive on 31st March has been left in an unsatisfactory state, with the new surface ending well short of the end of Mandeville Drive and the junction with Oaks Way and Saffron Way.

The junction itself is in a very poor condition and needs resurfacing.

In addition, repeated requests for the footways, also in a very poor state, to be resurfaced, have been ignored.

Campaign to save 22 Gloucester Road for emergency housing


Pictured outside 22 Gloucester Road, a large detached property owned by the Council, Councillor Bamford, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing said “Keeping this house for our own homeless is a no brainer!"

Full and frank consultation needed before Tories force our primary schools to become academies

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In his recent Budget, George Osborne set out plans to convert every primary and secondary school in the country into academies by 2020.

Nationally the scale of the challenge is huge as 16,000 primary schools need to become Academies in the next five years. Over the last five years the Government has found it difficult to secure enough quality sponsors to take on just 5,000 Academies.

Level crossing at Elm Road, New Malden

Crossrail 2 has received the go ahead from Central Government and will increase the frequency of trains from New Malden. But there are sticking points yet to be resolved in New Malden.

The most local is what to do about the current level crossing on Elm Road.

Tell us your views on building on the Green Belt


Residents in Chessington may have received a leaflet concerning the potential development of the former Chessington Golf Centre in Garrison Lane. You can also see the plans on www.garrisonlane.co.uk.

"We only only had sight of the outline plans on 11th March, and we really would like to know what you think,” says local resident and Councillor Rachel Reid.

Estate Regeneration on the Council agenda – Lib Dems challenge reduced membership of Housing Sub Committee

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Liberal Democrats have raised concerns about the membership of the new Housing Sub Committee. The terms of reference being put forward by the Conservative Administration will see not only a reduction in Liberal Democrat Opposition places (from two Members to only one) but Resident Associations would lose their votes all together.

Air Quality Action Plan – Liberal Democrats fight for clean air

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Since 2003, the Council has had to develop an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) setting out the measures it intends to put in place in pursuit of National Air Quality Objectives. In several locations in the borough primarily close to busy roads, the Council is exceeding safe limits set in the National Air Quality Objectives for both Nitrogen Dioxide and particulate matter.

Councillor Hilary Gander, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment said,

“Unfortunately in some places our air quality is not good enough and this poses a potentially harmful risk to the health of Borough residents.”

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