Merstham Councillors Open Surgery – Sat 3rd April 10-12

Merstham’s councillors are holding their monthly open residents surgery on Saturday 3rd April from 10 to 12 at the Merstham Community Facility, 44 Portland Drive.

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Council approves 30% cut in energy costs and emissions

Ambitious plans by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council to cut its energy costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a massive 30 per cent over five years were given the go-ahead by the Executive last Thursday (25 March 2010).

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Roads budget funding for repairs is only papering over the cracks

Surrey Country Council Leader Dr Andrew Povey has described the country wide budget announcement of an extra £100 million funding for road repairs nationally will only allow councils to “paper over the cracks”.
He welcomed the emergency funds, Dr Povey stressed that at least £200 million is needed in Surrey alone to get its roads into a good enough condition.

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Should Merstham follow Torbay’s approach to dog fouling problem

Merstham councillors are asking concerned local residents if the Council should follow Torbay’s controversial campaign for tackling dog fouling in Merstham.
Torbay’s successful but controversial campaign featured a hard-hitting image appearing to show a young child eating dog faeces which they found in a playground, with the headline “Children will put anything in their mouths”.

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Report Potholes using your iPhone and FixMyStreet App

iPhone owners can now download a free application from FixMyStreet that allows them to report road defects from their phone.

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Get up with the larks to hear early morning birdsong

Merstham residents are invited to join Reigate and Banstead’s countryside rangers to hear in the Dawn Chorus on Redhill Common on Sunday 21st March. Ideal for early birds, an “introduction to the dawn chorus for beginners” gives people a chance to listen to the early morning birdsong and learn to identify which song belongs to which bird.

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Council confirm General Election count arrangements

Reigate & Banstead Returning officer has confirmed his intention to count the votes from this years General Election directly following the close of polls rather than on the following day as previously through.
This change of approach follows both a national and local campaign to “Save Election Night”.

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Work begins to replace local streetlights

Work has began to rid Surrey of its night time orange glow and replace it with the clarity of brighter white lights, increasing visibility and making the county’s streets safer for motorists and pedestrians.

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Keep car keys safe and out of sight urge Police

Merstham residents are being warned to make sure they keep car keys safe and out of sight following an attempted burglary this week.

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Tragic death of Brook Road teenager

Local Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of a teenage boy at an address in Brook Road, Merstham, which occurred on the evening of March 11.
Police have confirmed that a firearm was involved in this incident but there is no risk to the wider public.

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