Living on the border of Surrey, it is tricky to attend our local East Surrey Green Party meetings but Zoom meetings are a different!
Last night I attended the latest meeting, run via zoom, and found out the latest information about the local elections coming up in Surrey and Regiate and Banstead.
I had wondered whether local authority nomination papers, to stand for council, would be altered given we are in the middle of a pandemic. Usually ten signatures are required, last night I found out this had been reduced to just two.
The councillors in the group informed the meeting about local issues. It was fascinating to hear the latest news.
One of the issues that came up was a proposal for Reigate and Banstead Council to enter into a joint venture to build a business park in Horley. The Council has loaned £11m to a company that it wholly owns to purchase the land for the business park, which happens to be on a flood plain. Greens naturally oppose this. More details here: Keep Horley Green