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Guildford Labour believes that only a massive rise in the use of buses can keep chronic congestion from swamping Guildford town centre. 

Last week Labour announced its policy of providing under 25s with free bus travel. The shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, said: “Buses are vital for easing road congestion and air pollution, but for too long private bus companies have run our services for profit not people.”

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Passenger bus journeys are at their lowest level for a decade, with the average number of bus trips made by young people under 21 down by almost 40%. These figures were probably uppermost in the minds of Guildford’s family-run bus company Safeguard which last week announced a “Kid a Quid” bus fare deal for young adults, alongside a range of other new ideas. Safeguard recognise the need to attract and retain young people as the bus users of tomorrow by improving value for money, punctuality and reliability.

Guildford Labour fully support Safeguard’s attempts to bring young people back onto Guildford’s buses, but also recognise that only a national initiative such as that proposed by The Labour Party can really create the step change in bus use that all our towns need to see if they are not to be choked by cars.

Labour will make bus travel free for under 25s

Guildford Labour believes that only a massive rise in the use of buses can keep chronic congestion from swamping Guildford town centre.  Last week Labour announced its policy of providing...

Head to Portsmouth this Saturday where John Howarth MEP will be speaking alongside Heidi Alexander MP at the Labour Rally for the Single Market.

The event, at John Pounds Centre, Queen Street, Portsmouth between 12:30 and 14:30, is hosted by Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan and organised by the Labour Campaign for the Single Market.

The next few months are going to be vital in the fight against a Tory hard Brexit. Despite the chatter in the media, Labour spokespeople have all made it clear that we want to see an outcome to the Brexit negotiations that protects jobs and the rights of our people - at work, at home and as citizens. Labour doesn’t believe that anyone voted to be poorer and both Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer have made it clear Labour will vote against a Brexit deal that falls short of Labour's six tests.

Whatever you think of Brexit, some Brexits are definitely worse than others - with greater damage to the country and its economy, more jobs lost and greater damage to our NHS. The campaign to keep Britain in the single market and customs union is about ensuring that we have the least damaging Brexit. This is your chance to hear how we protect jobs, defend our rights and have the capacity to reinvest in our communities.

We cannot afford to leave the field to the Tories or the vested interests they have always represented will win. The voices of Labour members making loud arguments in favour of continued membership of the single market and customs union are going to be crucial over the coming year. This event is your opportunity to listen to the arguments, ask questions and learn what you can do to help.

You can sign up to the event here: https://lcsm-portsmouth.eventbrite.co.uk

Places are limited so book your place today.

If you can't make the event but want to find out more, go to www.labour4singlemarket.org and follow @laboursinglemkt@laboursinglemkt on Twitter.

 

 

Join Labour Campaign for the Single Market in Portsmouth

Head to Portsmouth this Saturday where John Howarth MEP will be speaking alongside Heidi Alexander MP at the Labour Rally for the Single Market. The event, at John Pounds Centre,...

The All Members Meeting for March took place on Wednesday night at Cranleigh Sports and Social Club. The main speaker was David Cowan who leads Surrey Community Led Housing. His talk was a beginners guide to community led housing, including coops, self-build and co-housing developments.

While the absolute numbers of houses built in these ways is small, it is growing rapidly, and in other parts of Europe make a major contribution to the housing stock.

There are several advantages to this sort of housing development.

Firstly, being community led, it avoids the issue of housing developments being (or appearing to be) foisted on the local community, and all the benefits flooding out of that community. An absolute principle for these developments is that the local community have the say of where, how big and what type of housing is built.

But as this is not ‘social housing’ there is no ‘right to buy’ involved. The community can decide on its own allocation policy and can (for instance) ensure the housing remains within that community for all time, or that the property can only be sold for X% of the current market rate or must be rented at X% of the local median pay…. There is no standard model for community led housing, which is the point!

There was a lengthy Q&A following the talk and several members expressed an interest in learning more about these schemes. All in all an interesting evening out in Waverley…

A Community future for Housing

The All Members Meeting for March took place on Wednesday night at Cranleigh Sports and Social Club. The main speaker was David Cowan who leads Surrey Community Led Housing. His...

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