In my nearly 5 years as a councillor I have to say that this evenings Planning Applications Committee was as about as contentious and emotive as they come.
There would not be much point in me adding my own views on these items as I am not a member of that committee and to my mind the decisions were made democratically with the upmost integrity of councillors and council officers.
There were 3 items heard by the committee this evening but I am only including the two that were contentious. I have not edited the content in any way other than to cut out the silences at the beginning and end. I have also included a recording of one of the lead resident campaigners prior to the committee meeting.
Please note that the audio from proceedings are not an official record. For an official record please contact SHBC.
Community Spirit is alive and well in Surrey but one of the things I hear over and over again by people involved with community groups, charities and voluntary organisations is that they sometimes struggle to raise their profile in the community.
It was really these groups in our community which was the inspiration behind the Residents Network when it was originally set up.
Local media expert and professional broadcaster Sean Usher has joined the Surrey Residents Network to help any community group, charity or voluntary organisation in the Surrey area raise their profiles and he will be doing this with a regular internet show called #CommunitySpiritSurrey
The best way to find out about the show and how you can take part is to watch the video below. Please share it with anyone you think might be looking to shine some light on their work in the community.