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PASSING OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September. This marks the end of an era in which she has been an inspiration to so many through her dedication to duty, her compassion, and her interest in so many aspects of the nation’s well-being. She gave us a role model for a life in public service.


Those of us who were fortunate enough to meet her are left with memories we will always treasure, and our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.


We also welcome King Charles III, whom we trust will endeavour to follow her example as we face the economic and environmental challenges over the coming years. 

PUBLIC DEBATE ON ARTIFICIAL PITCH HOTS UP
  • SURVEYS LAUNCHED TO IDENTIFY RESIDENT’S VIEWS

  • CANCER DANGERS FROM ARTIFICIAL PITCHES HIGHLIGHTED

  • 26TH SEPTEMBER DEADLINE FOR RESIDENTS TO COMPLETE PETITION

The Ashtead Independents’ , together with other increasingly concerned residents, are pushing hard this week to collect 800 signatures to get Ashtead residents’ views on the proposals to fence off part of the Queen Elizabeth II Recreation Grounds for an artificial football pitch.

Two different initiatives have been started by residents in order to gather views to present to the Council before a final decision on the proposals (see our article Ashtead’s Recreation Ground Under Threat).

The first initiative is a petition organized by resident Steve Kershaw, who organized a public meeting on the issue at St Georges’ Church on 24 August. This aims to get the issue taken out of the hands of the Liberal Democrat Cabinet and brought to a full Council meeting for decision on 11 October. This requires a minimum of 800 signatures, include details of the signatories, and must be in his hands ready to submit by 26 September. If you feel there should be such an open debate, print off and sign the attached (ideally getting other electors to assign) and return the hard copy (not scans) to either Mr Kershaw or one of your Ashtead Independent Councillors before 26 September. Full details of for contacting your local councillors can be found here.


The second initiative is a leaflet prepared by former Epsom & Ewell Councillor Tina Mountain which is being distributed to all households asking that you complete an online survey (https://s.surveyplanet.com/5vuzpb7m) and also e-mail Chris Grayling MP (chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk) with a “yes” (support the development) or “no” (against the development). This will inform the Cabinet, but not mean the issue is debated at Council.


Please consider responding to both these initiatives as the Ashtead Independents consider that a decision affecting so many residents should not be taken without a fuller consultation and debate.


Since greater scrutiny is being put on the Football Club’s plans, a number of councillors and residents are highlighting in the increasingly concerns about the potential dangers to health of the use of artificial turf.  Much of those concerns are documented in articles from respected publications which can be seen HERE.

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THREE WARDS TO BECOME TWO,
AND SEVEN COUNCILLORS
TO BECOME SIX, IN ASHTEAD

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England released its recommendations on Mole Valley Ward Boundaries on 6 September 2022

 

(https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/surrey/mole-valley).


These recommendations will now go to Parliament for approval but can be considered as being  final, coming into effect for the May 2023 local elections. For years, we have had elections in three years out of four but the Independents argued in favour of having one election every four years, and having one Councillor for each ward. This would be less confusing for the electorate and they would get to know their own Councillor more easily.


The Liberal Democrat Administration at Mole Valley District Council refused repeated requests by the Ashtead Independents (supported by the Conservatives) to change the system as outlined above so we will continue to have elections three years out of four. This is supposed to allow all electors to have a chance to vote every year there is an election; but this has been a source of confusion for many voters where some wards had an election and others not.

For more details please click HERE

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Consultations

Mole Valley Spatial Strategy – time for a rethink?

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The Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) Local plan identifies sites in Ashtead and elsewhere in the district for the development of housing, health facilities, leisure, cultural facilities, new public open space, early years’ education, business, and commerce.

With 90% of MVDC land categorized Green Belt or Countryside the result could be further intensification of construction within Ashtead if the current Spatial Strategy is maintained.

The Inspector will examine the plan in detail and will be holding public hearings, probably in June. When satisfied, the Inspector will produce a report and, if the Inspector’s findings are satisfactory, the Council will formally adopt the plan. More here

Previous consultations, now closed, can be found in the archive HERE

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Ashtead Independents
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Representing the three Ashtead Wards on Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council ... ... and with good reason!

Ashtead Independents are registered with the Electoral Commission to enable them to be identified and use a logo. Our Constitution and Rules make clear each vote independently with no whip.

We, the majority of Ashtead residents and the Ashtead Residents’ Association consider that National party politics has no place in local councils.  It creates unnecessary antagonisms and divisiveness, and tends to prevent a proportion of members of the Council from being able to exercise full influence on behalf of their constituents.

In this site we introduce ourselves and try to keep you up to date with current issues affecting Ashtead.  Please use it to contact us to ask questions, to ask for help, to offer assistance in our campaigns, or especially if you would like to join us!