Mark West- Promises to Cranleigh

The Best of Cranleigh

The Best of Cranleigh

Mark’s key promises for Cranleigh.  If you elect me, I will

  • keep in contact with you in person and through social media to listen to your views
  • make sure any housing plans include a range of housing types to buy AND rent, keeping within the affordable reach of all Cranleigh people
  • work with different local groups and organisations to make sure we have adequate infrastructure changes when new housing is planned
  • speak up for keeping Cranleigh open for the development of local job opportunities
  • keep the re-opening of the Youth Café on the agenda and support local sports teams
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Mark West for Cranleigh East-

Aiming Far! Mark West is Labour’s candidate in the Cranleigh by-election on 11 Feb 2016. Mark is a keen amateur archer. “Archery ….teaches me many skills which are useful in life; archery teaches mental me how to stay focussed, and yet relaxed in stressful situations. Even election campaigns! And when I’m representing colleagues – I’m a union rep for USDAW.

Mark West - On Target for Cranleigh East

Mark West – On Target for Cranleigh East

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Longfield care home under threat

16 October 2014 – for immediate release

Threat to Surrey’s Care Homes

The six remaining residential care homes for older people that are still maintained by Surrey County Council (SCC) are under threat, including Longfield in Cranleigh. At the SCC Cabinet on 21 October councillors will be asked to begin the process of closing them down and transferring hundreds of elderly vulnerable residents to privately run care homes.

Labour’s Richard Wilson said, “As life expectancy increases, we need to think more about how older people are cared for. We need decent, dignified, safe care for our mums and dads. I hope Surrey County Council are not considering washing their hands of this responsibility. Moving residents will be very traumatic for them, even the prospect of their homes closing will cause great distress to many vulnerable people. I am saddened that after raising our Council Tax repeatedly and awarding councillors bumper pay rises the Council claim they cannot find the money to maintain and improve these homes.”

If the Cabinet follows the recommendation next Tuesday, a consultation process will start and the final decision will be taken next February. SCC owns 30 care homes for older people but the running of 24 have been transferred to the private sector. The remaining 6 are:

6 care homes

In addition to the permanent residents, in the table above, there are around 89 “respite” residents who live there temporarily to give their carers at home some time off.

Around 500 staff work in the care homes.

The GMB union will be lobbying councillors on Tuesday 21 October from 1pm outside the front of County Hall , Kingston ahead of the cabinet meeting at 2pm.


Note 1: Richard Wilson is Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford constituency, which includes Cranleigh.

Richard Wilson

Note 2: This issue is item 16 on the Cabinet agenda for 21 Oct:

Note 3: The table above comes from this document:


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Use your Cranleigh West Postal Vote today

If you are a Cranleigh West voters with a Postal Vote- now’s the time to act! Vote for Lynda MacDermott , a fresh face on Cranleigh Parish council!


Lynda has lived in Cranleigh for almost 30 years. She has two grown up sons and 4 grandchildren and is an elected member of the Co-operative Group for Surrey.

She’s an active member of the community. She chairs Cranleigh Patients’ Participation Group and is a member of the Fairtrade steering group. Presently she is involved as a volunteer in drawing up Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood plan on the Economy working group.

Why am I standing?

“I am taking part in this election because our village stands at an important crossroads in its development. I want to use the co-operative values of social responsibility and self-help to get the kind of village we need, with balanced development that includes housing accessible to all, opportunities for local business to develop and the necessary infrastructures and supports to flourish and grow.

Another co-operative value is democracy. I believe that everyone should be encouraged to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Specifically today, I want people to have their say about what we can do with the infrastructure levy – a levy on developers which we can use to add the amenities we want for our village.  I want to enable people to participate in the discussions and in return I promise to keep them in touch with what’s going on”

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Cranleigh Labour Party Force Council By-election

Waverley Borough Council’s Electoral Services staff have confirmed that a petition organised by the Cranleigh Branch of the Guildford Labour Party has been successful in forcing a by-election. The election will fill a vacancy on Cranleigh Parish Council created by the resignation of a councillor.

Richard Wilson talking to voters in Cranleigh

Richard Wilson talking to voters in Cranleigh

Labour have forced this election because people in Cranleigh parish are not being well represented by the council. Parish councils are gaining new powers and if they don’t use them in the interests of local residents then developers could devastate the area. New homes are badly needed and it is essential they are in the right place and supported by appropriate, sustainable infrastructure.

At Cranleigh's market

At Cranleigh’s market

Labour’s 2015 parliamentary candidate for the Guildford constituency (which includes Cranleigh), Richard Wilson, said, “The Surrey countryside is a green and pleasant land which must be passed on as an inheritance to the next generation. Similarly, we must ensure future residents of Cranleigh have somewhere affordable to bring up their families. Only Labour will stop rapacious big developers from trashing the green spaces of the parish.

In Cranleigh village centre

In Cranleigh village centre

Only Labour will create a community accessible to young families and respectful of the elderly too.”

Waverley Borough Council will soon be issuing a Notice of Election detailing the timetable for the election.


Note: Richard Wilson is available on or 07939 273229 or Twitter @RichardWLabour

Guildford Labour Party is on Facebook at

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