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Surrey County Council urged to rethink its countryside policies

Surrey County Council urged to rethink its countryside policies

CPRE is calling on Surrey County Council to “think again” about some of its policies in view of the negative impact they are likely to have on the countryside. In particular, CPRE wants the County Council to withdraw its proposals for short-term car parking charges in villages and small towns, and to safeguard funding for rural libraries, roads, footpath maintenance, and bus services.

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FOREST SELL-OFF: CAMPAIGNERS WELCOME COALITION CLIMBDOWN

Countryside campaigners at CPRE Surrey have welcomed the decision by the Government not to proceed with sales of Forestry Commission land. The Government’s climbdown was signalled recently by the Prime Minister’s comment in the House of Commons that he was not happy with the proposal, and then the subsequent statement by the Farming and Rural Affairs Minister that the sell-off scheme had been a mistake and would be withdrawn. CPRE Surrey branch director Andy Smith said: “The Government’s decision is a massive relief to everyone. This was a fight that none of us wanted and I’m so pleased the Prime Minister saw sense in the end and realised what a catastrophic error the proposal had been.”

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RENEWED FEARS OVER CHERKLEY

RENEWED FEARS OVER CHERKLEY

Conservationists at CPRE Surrey are fearful about the future of an important corner of the Surrey Hills which could be at risk from damaging commercial development. The Branch is worried about the threat to historic Cherkley Court, its gardens and surrounding countryside on the outskirts of Leatherhead, if the property is sold to developers. A scheme for a luxury hotel and golf course, by property developer Longshot, would in CPRE’s view spoil the landscape and lead to a loss of chalk downland with wild orchids and other native flora.

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CPRE SURREY TO LAUNCH MAJOR NEW INITIATIVE ON FLY-TIPPING

CPRE SURREY TO LAUNCH MAJOR NEW INITIATIVE ON FLY-TIPPING

CPRE Surrey is planning a major new initiative in 2011 to highlight the problem of fly-tipping in the Surrey countryside.

Inspired by CPRE President Bill Bryson’s “Stop the Drop” campaign, the Surrey Branch is approaching potential partners across the county, including farmers, landowners and wildlife conservationists, to develop a campaign to encourage monitoring and reporting of fly-tipping incidents.

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CPRE RESPONDS TO THE DRAFT SURREY TRANSPORT PLAN

CPRE Surrey has responded to the County Council’s draft Transport Plan. In its submission, the Branch expresses concern that insufficient attention is given in the Plan to the transport needs of the rural parts of the county. The Branch also questions the draft Plan’s failure to address traffic-related environmental impacts other than air pollution, such as noise and vibration and visual intrusion.

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