The green belt, cuts to social care services and ring-fencing the NHS budget were some of your top priorities for Surrey’s manifesto
19:12, 30 March 2015 By David Stubbings
Get Surrey election manifesto demands
Earlier in March we asked you to make your voice heard ahead of the general election by completing the Get Surrey manifesto.
Well, hundreds of you wanted to make your thoughts known on issues such as building on the green belt, the NHS and social care cuts.
We can now bring you the results of our survey which will show those wanting to stand for the next parliament what you want from them.
The demands above are based on the results you gave us.
In total we asked you 30 questions and more than 600 of you replied. Included in the survey were questions on five local issues. They were about:
In total, two thirds of you said the green belt does not need to be built on to ease the housing crisis.
Of the 359 people who said it doesn’t need to be built on, 186 of you said the housing shortage is exaggerated and there’s enough brownfield land available while the 173 said the green belt is what makes Surrey beautiful and the threat is developer-driven.
A total of 23% said building on the green belt should be assessed on a case-by-case basis while 12.4% said developers should not be at the mercy of ‘nimbys’ with so many families on waiting lists.
Social care cuts
We asked you if Surrey County Council’s call on friends and family to take on certain roles in adult social care was a wise approach. More than half of you said it’s OK for minor tasks but generally it’s down to the council (52.5%).
More than a quarter of respondents (27% ) said the council has a point and there’s no need for the authority to provide everything which was double the number of people who said it’s the council’s job.
Only 40 people (7.3%) thought this approach was sensible.
Police and Crime Commissioner
When asked if the outspoken Police and Crime Commissioner, Kevin Hurley, has been effective, 47.7% said it is hard to see what he has achieved despite crime figures improving.
One fifth of you said he hasn’t been effective and should have been “concentrating on the job at hand” rather than lobbying the government while 19% said he is “all bluster”.
13.2% said he has been effective and “delivered zero tolerance policing without tarnishing the role with party politics”.
Surrey is the country’s second economic powerhouse. Should we get more government funding?
Well 37.3% said yes but only when the economic benefits can be clearly identified while another 23.1% said yes as growth in Surrey is good for Britain and investment here will bring greater returns.
On the flip side, 30.3% said funding should go where the need is greater and another 9.3% said the current system is fair.
Football league team
A total of 70.1% of you said it would be nice for Surrey to have a league football team, but it’s hardly important.
Meanwhile 19.6% said we need our cricket team back, 5.8% said yes but only if a private investor takes the lead and 4.5% of you thought authorities and MPs should come together to find a solution.
We also asked 25 questions about national issues.
We picked out the six questions from the manifesto (a combination of local and national issues) which you felt were of importance.
Click Here for the results of the other 24 questions.