Message from the Leader - July
Since my first message as Leader in last month's edition of this e-newsletter, the Liberal Democrats have led the way towards significant changes being made to the decision-making process at Mole Valley District Council, in addition to a substantive step forward being agreed so that the Council can work towards achieving carbon neutrality in the next ten years.
In only our second month as controlling party, I am delighted with the progress we have already made in such a short period of time. We will continue to do all we can to agree policies and put plans in place in the best interests of people who live and work in Mole Valley to help improve residents' lives and local businesses to prosper.
Two very important motions were put forward at an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 June by Councillors Claire Malcomson and Margaret Cooksey. I am very pleased to say that both motions were approved at this meeting and the long-term benefits of both will be far-reaching.
The first to be approved was Councillor Margaret Cooksey's motion to return to the committee system of decision making. This is a step forward for democracy in our view and will see all Members' voices being heard. This process will re-introduce more of a collective responsibility for Council decisions, which we consider to be very important. There is work still to be done, which will take place over the next few months or so, but we expect the committee system will take effect from May next year. For more information, click here.
The motion put forward by Councillor Malcomson to declare a climate emergency in Mole Valley was then also agreed, with support across the chamber. The consequences of rising global temperatures was recognised and a pledge agreed to not only make our own commitments as a council, but to also empower the district's residents and businesses to help make a difference. You have my assurance that we consider this to be one of our key responsibilities as a council and we will be working hard to develop and then put plans in to action to help protect the local environment in the long-term. More information is available here.
Councillor Stephen Cooksey
Leader of the Council