Less than a week to go watch final messages from John and Chris

There are only a few days to go before polling on Thursday 5th May. 

Watch and listen to our candidates: Christopher Thompson (Meadvale & St John's) and John Vincent (Reigate), discuss their priorities for the Borough, if they are elected.

Chris is keen to prioritise recycling and 20 mph speed limits. John highlights the transport challenges facing Reigate parents whose children will be relocating with the Reigate Priory school to Cockshot hill. 

 


Proposal for the New Reigate Priory School

Surrey Country Council announced its move to Reigate a couple of years ago. Its new headquarters at Woodhatch Place is the former Canon building. A part, of what is a large hillside site, will host Reigate’s Priory School. Next year, a new 600 place Reigate Priory Junior School will be built. Plans, so far, show a vehicle access off Cockshot Hill and a separate footpath off Hornbeam Road.

Lib Dems believe the site must be accessible by public transport. Parents walking their young children up and down Cockshot Hill, to and from the new school are going to face real hazards. Today, the poor provision for pedestrians and cyclists on the main A217 is not acceptable.

The project’s timescales are short. Nobody knows what the travel plan for the new school is going to look like. We say, whole community needs to be involved. This should not be discussed behind closed doors at County Hall.


Where are our candidates standing?

Take a look at this map of the Borough Council wards to see where our candidates are standing for election on 5th May. We are not standing in every ward. If there is no Lib Dem standing in your ward, then use your vote wisely - we need to challenge the Tory run council!

You can find out more about their priorities and what they would do if they were elected here.

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Meet the Candidates for the 5 May 2022 Local Elections

2022 Local Elections: Meet our candidates in Reigate & Banstead

On Thursday, 5 May 2022, you have a chance to vote for councillors to represent you on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.  Polls are open between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. You can also vote by mail or by proxy, the deadline to register for a postal vote is Tuesday 19 April and proxy vote is Tuesday 26 April, you can find out more here.

If you have a Liberal Democrat candidate standing where you live, please give them your support. You can put up a poster to put in your window to show your support.

If you would like to help us win here by delivering leaflets, or join our local campaign team, please e-mail [email protected].

Christopher Thompson

Meadvale and St. John's

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Christopher has lived in the area for the past 8 years with his wife and 10 year-old daughter. A financial journalist by background, he joined the Liberal Democrats in 2019 and takes a particular interest in policies designed to boost local businesses and grow the economy in a more inclusive way. He is a volunteer at the Trussell Trust foodbank, a keen footballer and outdoor swimming enthusiast.

John Vincent

Reigate

John has lived in Reigate for 30-years. He represented central Reigate as a County Councillor from 1993-1997 and a Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor until 2000. John has been campaigning since the mid-1980s and stood as a Lib Dem European and Westminster parliamentary candidate.  He has worked on policy and implementation of environmental, planning and transport problems.  He likes to walk in the local countryside, amateur gardening, and travel. John is a chartered engineer who has worked in aerospace and international aviation. In his retirement he runs a small charity and undertakes consultancy work on aircraft safety.

Jemma De Vincenzo

Redhill West & Wray Common

 

Jemma has a young family and chose to set up home here in a community that benefits from green spaces and great community facilities. As a front line healthcare worker, Jemma recognises the pressure services are under and the fight families face to get the support they need. She’s passionate about ensuring children and young people have the best start in life by protecting valuable services and local green spaces, and ensuring worthwhile investment so that all children can have a brighter future.

Stuart Holmes

Redhill East

Stuart has lived in Redhill and Reigate all his life. He lives in Redhill with his wife and two children. Stuart grew up in Woodhatch and attended schools locally. He works as a Design Manager. If elected Stuart promises to work hard, listen, and get things done for residents of Redhill East. Stuarts’s top priorities are: making Redhill greener by reducing the Borough’s carbon footprint and supporting biodiversity; make active travel safer with more cycle lanes, school streets and reduce urban speed limits to 20mph; and repairing our roads and footpaths, and protecting Redhill’s green spaces, and older buildings.

Graham Burr

Hooley, Merstham and Netherne

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Graham and his family moved to this area some thirty years ago attracted by the country feel and great access to London. Two children and three grandchildren later he still sees the Borough as one of the most beautiful places and is passionate about preserving and enhancing it for future generations. His priorities are affordable housing that doesn’t destroy our inherited Green spaces, proprerly funded services and local transport and a real commitment to building a sustainable zero carbon and nature positive future. As a Liberal Democrat, he is standing to give voice to those who no longer feel they can endorse this current Government. He is also a committed European after decades working across Europe.

Steve Wotton

Horley West and Sidlow

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Steve moved to the Borough nine years ago with his family, following five years spent working abroad in Asia. He has three children at local schools and works in banking and financial services, commuting 2-3 days a week into the City. If elected, Steve's priorities would be: building more homes, including affordable houses for first time buyers; enhancing the borough's transition to net zero (through good green transport and EV charging); and improving opportunities for school leavers and young adults. Steve joined the Lib Dems in 2018 to campaign against Brexit, he is a committed pro-European and supports restoring our relationship with Europe.

Moray Carey

Banstead Village

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Moray has lived in the Borough for more than 30 years. He’s a long-time member of a local athletic club, for whom he served as Treasurer for over 10 years, and a regular volunteer at Parkrun. If elected, he would lobby for: (i) future housing developments to include an adequate number of affordable homes to make property ownership more accessible; (ii) more free outdoor gyms, such as the one in the Redhill Memorial Park, to promote physical and mental health; (iii) adequate funding for the parks and countryside for everyone’s recreation and enjoyment; and (iv) ways of improving the environment, including combating the growing litter problem, especially through education.

 


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Get in Touch

With elections coming up please do get in touch. The easiest way to do this is by email on [email protected]

This email inbox is monitored so you will get a reply within a few days. 


What are your rights as an EU citizen living in the UK?

Reigate’s Lib Dems are concerned about the situation for long standing European Union citizens living in the UK.  It’s good that reliable information is available to support EU citizens in the UK but not everyone knows where to find it. 

This free leaflet provides answers on the settled status process, who has to apply, how to apply and access to benefits and pensions post-Brexit. The leaflet is available in all EU languages. It’s ready to read, download, print and share:

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/d5c0ac34-b689-11ea-bb7a-01aa75ed71a1/language-en

 

 


You can Vote

You Can Vote

Local Lib Dem Party Chair John Vincent welcomed the announcement that resident EU citizens will be able to vote and stand in the Thursday, 6 May 2021 local elections.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen the 2020 Borough Council local election pushed back to 6 May this year. Taking place at the same time will be the 2021 Surrey County Council local election and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election.  To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote.

John Vincent said: “EU citizens who have chosen to make their home in the UK contribute a great deal. It’s more than appropriate that they are able to vote and stand in our local elections.”

An "EU citizen" is someone with citizenship of one of the EU Member States.

For more details follow the link below

https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/which-elections-can-i-vote

 


Act now. Don’t lose your vote.

Act now. Don’t lose your vote.

Local elections in England are to go ahead as planned in May.  It’s going to be a bumper set of local elections this year. With the local elections postponed from last year because of the coronavirus pandemic this will make May 6th a “Super Thursday.”  You will be able to elect local Borough and County councillors and a police commissioner for Surrey. 

Local voters who wish to vote at a local polling station will need to abide by new coronavirus safety rules.  That’s likely to mean you have to take your own pencil to mark their ballot paper.  If you prefer to vote by postal ballot please remember the deadline for application. 

In Reigate & Banstead, the deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections in May is 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April 2021. You must also be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April.

Find out how to apply: https://electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person-post-or-proxy/voting-post

 


Make a difference in 2021

Make a difference in 2021: Become a Borough or County Councillor

Find out more at our “Ask the Experts” discussion: Monday January 11th at 8.00pm (Links to follow)

Are you passionate about helping your local community? Perhaps it is providing opportunities for young people, caring for the environment or supporting local businesses to thrive. Whatever it is Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and you could be just the person to do it by becoming a Councillor.  

Reigate Liberal Democrats wants to identify interested and committed local residents who are prepared to stand in local elections, for the Surrey County Council and the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, whether you are already a member of the liberal democrats or not.  You don’t need specialist skills and any training is provided.

If you want to know more ask the experts! We are holding an online discussion where four of our current and past, County and Borough councillors will tell you what its really like and be available to answer all your questions. Monday January 11th at 8.00pm. We will send links nearer the time. If you are interested let us know by signing up here or email us on [email protected]

You may also want to look at the information provided on becoming a local councillor here: https://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/info/20044/your_council/323/be_a_councillor and  here: https://www.local.gov.uk/be-councillor and for a County Councillor here  https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/councillors-and-committees/how-to-become-a-councillor

Being a councillor is both challenging and rewarding.  You can really make a difference,  so get involved.

Your Community needs you

 


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