The future for Surrey County Council is not looking quite so blue.

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True Blue Surrey’s Conservative contingent at County Towers Towers has now slumped from 61 seats down to 47.

So although the 81 seat County Council is still controlled by the Tories its comfort zone is reduced.  

This was assisted by some good results for the Lib Dems,  Farnham Residents’ and Independents in the borough of Waverley.

FARNHAM Residents completed a clean sweep of Farnham’s three county seats, while the Lib Dems also made gains in Haslemere,  Godalming South, Milford and Witley, Cranleigh and Ewhurst.

In another bruising election for the Conservatives locally, the party held onto just two of the nine available Surrey seats across Waverley borough after the results were declared at The Edge Leisure Centre in Haslemere on Friday.

David Harmer held onto his seat in Waverley Western Villages, and Afold’s Kevin Deanus took Waverley Eastern Villages for the Tories.

Waverley’s recently elected Mayor John Robini now becomes a Surrey County Councillor. Its Leader Paul Follows becomes a county councillor for Godalming South and his Lib Dem running mate Penny Rivers is returned again for Godalming North.

Cllr Follows polled 3,044 votes and his Tory rival Kirsty Anne Walden 1,886 and Labour’s Zahida Zahoor 244.

Cranleigh Cllr Liz Townsend who polled 2,318 votes with a 44.26% turnout. One of the highest in the county.

Cllr Andrew Povey a former Leader of Surrey County Council was bounced out of his Cranleigh & Ewhurst seat by Lib Dem’s Liz Townsend who is also a member of Waverley’s Executive.

 

The hotly contested seat required two recounts with only 120 votes separating the winner. Former Cllr Povey sought a third recount, but Returning Officer, Waverley CEO Tom Horwood, said a third recount wasn’t going to change the outcome and declared Cllr Townsend the winner. The disgruntled loser failed to make the customary congratulatory speech and sloped off home, according to onlookers.

However despite saying this when the Tories took a vote of no confidence in him as the leader:   He described the new cabinet as

‘six men, four women, one known gay and no Ph D’. However, Dr Povey still managed to convince 2,198 people in Cranleigh & Ewhurst he was the man to vote for.

Here’s the full list of results across the county where Residents’ Associations are making impressive inroads onto the county’s political scene.

https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/mgElectionResults.aspx?ID=16&V=1&RPID=0

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner vote counting is taking place today Saturday (May 8).  Some voters thought they were voting for Cranleigh’s Liz Townsend and not the Tory hopeful Lisa Townsend!

Should have gone to Specsavers?

More pictures to follow.

Will the future still be BLUE at Surrey County Council?

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Election results will come in steadily throughout the day-to-day Friday for the Surrey County Council Elections and the election for a new Surrey County Council Police & Crime Commissioner.

Results can be found for Waverley by Clicking on the link below:

 https://www.waverley.gov.uk/Services/Council-information/Registering-to-vote-and-elections

 

Here’s a message from the new Leader of Waverley Borough Council Paul Follows and Cllr Penny Rivers who also stood as  Liberal Democrat candidates in the Surrey County Council election yesterday.

 

Today’s the day to have your say in Surrey.

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Elections Ballot Box

Where will you be putting your vote in the forthcoming Surrey County Council Elections? Remember – we get the government we deserve. No vote – no say.

But before you put your X in the box – read what an Essex MP has to say if you dare to put your council into the hands of others! And look at the lengths some Waverley candidates have gone to?

Because Jeremy Hunt’s election litter picking controversy almost broke the local community boards!

This is absolutely shocking and this man should be thrown out of the Tory party for making this outrageous suggestion.

A Conservative MP urging voters to vote Conservative as Ministers won’t help a Council controlled by an opposition party. This is not how Government ought to function – is it?

According to his Agent, his direct quote from Sir David Amess was…

“Unless we have a strong Tory council my ability to fight for Southend is hampered as Government ministers are reluctant to go that extra mile for an opposition-controlled local council.”

So we ask? Will our MP’s – the Honourable Angie and Jeremy Hunt – be able to work with Surrey County Council if it is run by others?

A little more local shenanigans? TGWIAO. (Thank God when it’s all over).

If you can’t kiss babies these days – pretend to pick up litter instead!

Over 300 comments on one post about the coincidence of Jeremy Hunt just happening to meet some candidates who just happened to be given some black bin bags for a photoshoot in Farnham, Haslemere & Milford

If you can’t kiss babies these days – pretend to pick up litter instead! Oh! and don’t forget the Tory leaflets in the gutters were just caught in a puff of wind!! The same puff of wind that put leaflets in car windscreens no doubt?

LINK:
From Jeremy’s newsletter:

 

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Waverley has the highest COVID infection rate in Surrey!

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There were 33 confirmed cases in Waverley in the week ending April 30, which is equivalent to an infection rate of 26.1 cases per 100,000 people.

The lowest infection rate in the county is in Mole Valley where the latest rate is 9.2 cases per 100,000 population and is down by 50 per cent compared to the previous week.  The borough of Elmbridge is on the up.

So the message is – it ain’t over until it’s over? So – stay safe, particularly over the coming days – and obey the rules. Having the title of the highest infection rate in Surrey – is nothing to be proud of!

 

Coming soon – Godalming’s Annual Town Council Meeting.

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GODALMING TOWN COUNCIL ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – 11th May 2021
Your chance to have your say or ask a question of the Town Council.
Godalming’s Annual Town Meeting will be on Tuesday 11 May 2021, at 7.00 pm. The Mayor of Godalming will present a review of the Council since the last Annual meeting in 2019 and will also present volunteering awards.
The meeting will be live-streamed via Godalming Town Council’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Godalmingtc/
Residents who are registered to vote can ask questions of the Town Council.
If you wish to ask a question in person, let it know and it will provide a zoom link or you can submit your question in advance and it will be read out for you.
For either of these options please contact the Town Council by 5 pm on 11 May (T) 01483 523575 or email Office@godalming-tc.gov.uk.
There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting via Facebook messenger.
Cllr Paul Follows,
Leader, Godalming Town Council
Cllr Penny Rivers
Mayor of Godalming

 

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A message from ‘Your Waverley’s’ new Leader.

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Paul Follows – The New Leader of  ‘Your Waverley’

To Waverley residents,

I was elected to Waverley Borough Council by the residents of the Godalming Central and Ockford Ward a little over 3 years ago at the end of 2017 and I was the sole Lib Dem member of the council.

In 2019 those same residents (and nearly 900 more) honoured me with re-election and following the wider success of like-minded groups across the borough – I helped negotiate a cross-party alliance with the leaders of all of the non-conservative groups to form a new administration at Waverley Borough Council and served as its Deputy Leader from that point.

This week I was honoured to be nominated and then elected to be the next Leader of Waverley Borough Council (proposed by Cllr Penny Rivers and seconded by Cllr Andy Macleod). Elected by a majority of councillors and all 35 councillors of what is often referred to as the ‘Rainbow Alliance’ of the non-Tory groups.

 

Former leader and the new deputy mayor – Cllr John Ward in his Rainbow Alliance tie pictured at the Full Council this week.

I want to repeat my thanks and enduring respect to my coalition partner and the outgoing leader, Cllr John Ward – who has himself now been elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough.

It is a great honour to serve my community at all, let alone in this way and I will endeavour to ensure that we govern to the best of our abilities for all the people of Waverley.

Cllr Paul Follows

 

Here’s the Waverley Web’s take on the appointment Take me to ‘ Your Waverley’s new Leader?