How to shut people up Surrey County Council style.

The Waverley Web used a piece of masking tape to keep Waverley Councillor and Green Campaigner Steve Williams shtum.

But the clever wallers at the county council had their own means of ensuring Waverley’s Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainability was silenced. Well, that was before UK Oil & Gas’s planning application to drill in Dunsfold was postponed until the end of June!

Cllr Williams, Chairman of Waverley’s Green Party and the architect behind the council’s  Climate Emergency Declaration was refused the right to speak to the virtual committee on Thursday.
Surrey County Council told him he did not qualify as a speaker because he submitted an objection on behalf of Waverley Borough Council on council headed paper. Only individuals were permitted to participate in the meeting, he was told.


Now the county council will have to find another reason to gag Waverley’s first Green Councillor, an educationalist, green socialist and political activist, and editor of The Compass. No doubt he will ensure next time he makes his objection at the hearing on June 29, it won’t be on Waverley’s headed paper!

No determination should be made until site visit restrictions are lifted. Seeing the area, on the ground, is an essential part of any decision-making process – let alone on such a controversial planning application.


4 thoughts on “How to shut people up Surrey County Council style.”

  1. Better make sure Steve Williams officially withdraws his first objection letter before writing a new one. As the old one will still be on the record and could be used again at the postponed meeting!

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