Guildford Greenbelt campaigners form political party
4:27pm 13th November 2014
(Updated 4:35pm 13th November 2014)
A group of Guildford residents rise up against proposals to build on the Greenbelt. They have started their own political party. The Guildford Greenbelt Group says it will give residents a voice, with the key aim of protecting the countryside.
We asked party leader Susan Parker if she thinks they can win council seats on a single issue.
She said: “Broadly speaking, planning is one of the very major things that is the responsibility of local government.
“Many of the things that also concern people, like education, are not the remit of the local council.
“Housing and planning are the key issues that are being run locally.”
So what does the party stand for?
Susan said: “We’ll actually try to protect and conserve what really matters to all of us here, in terms of quality of life, in terms of the countryside, in terms of the quality of the town.
“It’s not just a case of having to accept something because it’s handed down from on high.”
The Guildford Greenbelt Group is planning to have candidates running to be councillor in as many wards in the borough as it can.
Susan says the party will not stand against current councillors who have publicly opposed development on Greenbelt land.
She has also not ruled out having someone stand in the General Election in May.
The council’s Draft Local Plan, which suggests housing numbers, is currently on hold.