Introducing Shasha Khan: candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election

Shasha Khan, candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election November 2016

Shasha Khan, candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election November 2016

We’re pleased to announce our candidate for the by-election in Kingswood with Burgh Heath.

Shasha Khan is a hotelier by trade, and a community campaigner.

Shasha says, “This year the nation voted to leave the EU. Reigate and Banstead also voted to leave the EU, but by just 799 votes out of the 81,200 votes cast. Talking to residents on the doorstep in Kingswood and Burgh Heath, it is clear that many are concerned about the ‘hard Brexit’ line the government are pursuing.

“I am standing because a post-Brexit Britain needs to ensure good community relations are maintained. Hate crime is on the rise, and it is disappointing that this Council failed to support ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week‘, from 8 to 15 October, unlike neighbouring boroughs.

“I have a strong track record of representing the community I live in. In 2014 I challenged a neighbouring Council in the High Courts for approving a planning application to build an incinerator.

“Presently the Conservatives are sitting on a massive majority on the Council which is unhealthy for democratic accountability.  I would urge residents  to vote for an independent Green voice to represent them with regard to protection of the Green Belt, saying no to new oil drilling, and saving our public services from cuts.”

The by-election is on Thursday 3 November 2016.

 

 

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Reigate & Banstead’s Development Management Plan: Our response

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up a new Development Management Plan that will shape where new homes, shops, schools and workplaces should go between now and 2027.

The Council put the new policies out for consultation and residents and local organisations were invited to give their views.

Our response

East Surrey Green Party sent a detailed response, commenting on many aspects of the Plan and the evidence on which it was based. This response has been written with input from our two local councillors, our members and residents.

You can download our response here.

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Council policies to allow housing on Green Belt

Come to an open meeting to discuss the Council’s proposed new development management policies, including the threat of housing development on the Green Belt, and how we can respond. All welcome.

The Meeting Room, Toby Carvery, Redstone Hill, Redhill
RH1 4BL (Map)
7.30pm on Wednesday 21 September 2016

Download a flyer for the meeting

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up new development management policies that will shape where development, like new homes, shops and workplaces should go between now and 2027.

The new policies are out for consultation before being submitted to the government for approval.

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Hiroshima Day – 6 August

71 years ago this Saturday saw the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing up to 180,000 people and destroying 13 square kilometres of the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing between 50,000 and 100,000 people. As well as those killed immediately, countless more people died in subsequent months and years due to the radiation released by the bombs..

The local Peace Group will mark the anniversary with a vigil and readings in Redhill and Reigate and a parade between the two towns this Saturday, 6 August.

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Last chance to stop Trident renewal

MorallyWrongThe long-awaited vote on whether to replace Trident, the UK’s submarine-launched nuclear weapons system, will take place on Monday 18 July.

There are currently four submarines, which carry up to eight Trident missiles, each fitted with a number of warheads.

The warheads are capable of hitting a target up to 7,500 miles away and each one is eight times the power of the one used at Hiroshima. Read More »

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East Surrey Green Party post-referendum statement

East Surrey Green Party members and supporters came together at a lively and well-attended meeting on the 5th of July, to discuss the many issues brought into sharp focus following the referendum vote last month.

IMG_20160705_215806With nearly 30 people in attendance, a wide range of concerns were expressed on the current and historic state of UK democracy, the economic impacts of leaving the EU and the single market, maintaining our environmental protections and our rights, and the failures of our own socio-economic system which has grown inequality, but for which many politicians have sought to blame others rather than their own policies.

We have brought together the views of the meeting, and would like to share the following statement from East Surrey Green Party members and supporters, regarding our current situation and our future direction post-referendum:  Read More »

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After the referendum – what next?

Last week, the voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union.

So what happens next?

The negotiation process for the UK to leave won’t start until at least September and is likely to take at least two years. This means there will be no immediate changes to relations with the EU, and EU citizens in the UK have the right to live and work here.

It will be a long time for the full implications to be clear. Read More »

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Greener In: Join our campaign

On 23 June we’ll be voting on whether Britain should leave or stay in the European Union.

We’ve all heard a wide range of views on this, with politicians arguing fiercely on both sides. So what’s our view?

Greens are strongly in favour of Britain remaining a member of the EU. We believe that by working together we can better face the challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to the refugee crisis. Read More »

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New Green Councillor elected in Redhill

Steve Election L-37Steve McKenna was elected as Councillor for Redhill East in last week’s local elections.

Steve joins Jonathan Essex as one of two Greens on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

You can read more about Steve here.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Green candidates – all those who voted Green, and everyone who helped with leafleting, canvassing and in numerous other ways, and those who generously donated towards our costs.

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Supporting Junior Doctors

Come and meet junior doctors today and tomorrow to find out more about their strike – and learn life-saving skills.

Junior doctors are on strike today and tomorrow across England, in protest at the imposition of a new contract. The new contract reduces the pay junior doctors get for working at night and at weekends. Guaranteed pay increases linked to length of service would also be scrapped.

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