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Petition to: Ensure the independence of Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) and its ability to protect the County’s Wildlife and its habitats by continuing to provide adequate funding for SWT’s activities in managing social assets on behalf of the Community such as Special Protection Areas.

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to Ensure the independence of Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) and its ability to protect the County’s Wildlife and its habitats by continuing to provide adequate funding for SWT’s activities in managing social assets on behalf of the Community such as Special Protection Areas. More details

Petition update 2 from the council, 29 June 2015

Dear Petition Signers,

Please see the response to this petition which was tabled at the meeting of the Cabinet on 23 June 2015:

I understand the well intended motivation of Mr Paton and those who subscribed to the petition. However, I do not agree that the county council's proposals are in any way inconsistent with our enduring pledge to protect the Green Belt; on the contrary they are aimed at enhancing the contribution that our countryside makes to this valuable asset.

The County Council is well aware of the value of the Countryside Estate as it relates to the immediate benefits of wildlife and habitat protection, and the wider benefits to public health and Surrey's unique and vital economy and enshrined this in the Agreement with SWT.

The proposed changes to the long term Agreement with Surrey Wildlife Trust have been jointly developed based on sound principles which recognise the wider aims and objectives of both organisations.

Our work with the Wildlife Trust has shown the Agreement can work effectively, with reducing levels of financial support from the County Council, provided that we work collaboratively, have strong governance arrangements in place and develop clear plans.

SCC has statutory responsibilities towards the Countryside Estate including rights of way and nature conservation. (The Estate is protected by a range of designations including SPA (Special Protection Area), SAC (Special Area for Conservation), SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and the AONB (Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). These designations attract a modest amount of grant but in order to conserve them at the level these designations require, further sources of funding need to be attracted, including working with other organisations to bid for funding.

SWT as a charity is protected under the agreement if it is not able to generate the income needed to manage the Estate.

I will present detailed plans describing how the Agreement will be revised to achieve these objectives to the Cabinet later in the meeting, similarly the Wildlife Trust will present the changes to their Council in July.

I trust that the signatories to the petition are reassured by this response.

Mr Mike Goodman
Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning
23 June 2015

Petition update 1 from the council, 08 May 2015

This petition will be considered at the next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 23 June with a response tabled at the meeting.

You are welcome to attend and speak for 3 minutes on the issue you have raised.

Please note the 3 minutes is for the petition creator to speak unless this is delegated to another petition signer. Please let me know if you or a representative will be attending the formal public meeting.

The meeting will start at 2.00pm in the Ashcombe Suite at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN.

Committee papers for this meeting will be available from 12 June.

Please contact me with any questions regarding this meeting.

Kind Regards,

Rianna Hanford
Committee Assistant

02082132662
rianna.hanford@surreycc.gov.uk

More details from petition creator

The Surrey Advertiser has reported that the County Council has plans to withdraw all County funding from Surrey Wildlife Trust over the period to 2021. This may require SWT to work with commercial sponsors and supporters to find new sources of funding which has the potential to compromise its independence and conflict with its role as manager of Special Protection Areas within the Thames Basin Heaths. Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website states, ‘SWT is the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey.’ The Wildlife Trusts website states, ‘The Wildlife Trusts want to help nature to recover from the decline that for decades has been the staple diet of scientific studies and news stories. We believe passionately that wildlife and natural processes need to have space to thrive, beyond designated nature reserves and other protected sites.’ Wildlife habitats across the County face the constant threat of encroachment by new development. Surrey needs an organisation which can champion the interests of Nature.

Withdrawal of funding from SWT is inconsistent with SCC’s pledge to protect the Green Belt.

Current signatories

Mr Ben Paton, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Michael Bruton
  • Tony Edwards
  • Susan Parker
  • Greta Edwards
  • Helen Jefferies
  • Mary-Claire Travers
  • Darren Carbine
  • Steven Crooke
  • Colin Bowes
  • Emma Fosh
  • Arthur Perkins
  • Malcolm Aish
  • Claire Attard
  • Anne Geary
  • Geraldine Wright
  • Nicola Smith
  • George Grant Hughes
  • Peter Luckham-Jones
  • Georgina Howse
  • Jeremy Cowell
  • Frances Porter
  • valerie Austin
  • Chris Bingham
  • Margaret Grinter
  • John Way
  • Lisa Forrest
  • Nigel Ian Spencer Dane
  • julia cook
  • Jenni Mansell
  • Margaret Bailiss
  • David Bellchamber
  • Grahame T Sewell
  • Gordon Pipe
  • PETER DAVEY
  • Helen Cannon
  • Sally Gilbert
  • Wendy Harvey
  • Daphne McFarlane
  • Peter Warner
  • Brian & Angelina Gray
  • Sue Kitcatt
  • Robert Colvill
  • Daniel Truman
  • Andy Cova
  • Judith Mercer
  • Geraldine Leiper
  • Maggie Biard
  • Lisa wright
  • Margarita Hvaldina
  • Anthony Thompson
  • Viv Colvill
  • Norman and Morag Evans
  • Gina Wild
  • Hilary Perryman
  • Craig Callander
  • Missy Harvey
  • Kelane
  • Linda Peters-Smith
  • Anthony Latham
  • Jan Hickson
  • Jennifer Latham
  • Carol Cordrey
  • Robin Brind
  • simon greenstreet
  • Gillian Sharp
  • Nicholas Dixon
  • Jean Bruton
  • Helen Clare
  • Harry Eve
  • Nicola Theo
  • Doreen Jones
  • Anne Benzecry
  • Philip & Felicity Ashfield
  • Eric Harris
  • Sarah Tait
  • Neal Basson
  • Keith Noble
  • John Flatman
  • Angela Coutts-Wood
  • Dacid Peters
  • Emily haywars
  • Susan Watson
  • A Millership
  • Willemien van Kampen
  • Michael Brown
  • Ian Bentley
  • Amanda Baines
  • John Burgess
  • Clare Dawson
  • Ian Wilkinson
  • Carole Gale
  • Catherine Young
  • Sally Pound
  • Carol Cullen
  • JOHN PEMBERTON
  • Russell Pascoe
  • ALASTAIR CAMERON
  • Saskia Horst
  • Jan Jewers
  • Julian Cranwell
  • Matthew Davies
  • Christopher Angus
  • Simon Runton
  • Anthony Harris
  • Peter Warburton
  • Kim Locke
  • Simon Connolly
  • S Fannin
  • Steve Cardis
  • Peter Cordrey
  • Mark Watson
  • monika neczaj
  • Richard Fish
  • Melanie McLaren
  • David Simms
  • Graham Sykes
  • Hilary Griffiths
  • Amy Barklam
  • Cameron Brown
  • Suzanne Lofthouse-Jackson
  • Angela Wood
  • Richard Langtry
  • Margaret Pasfield
  • Naeem Iqbal
  • Judith Allen
  • stephen hewlett
  • Garry Walton
  • Peter Gelardi
  • Karen Stapleton
  • Margaret Cox
  • Helen Harper-Smith
  • Lorraine Kendrick
  • Su Johnston
  • Adam Aaronson
  • Rex Butcher
  • CA Nicholson-Ross
  • Yuko Seki-Butcher
  • Tony Forrest
  • Marc Gachoud
  • Julia evernden
  • Tessa Pearson
  • Suzanne king
  • Nicholas Clemens
  • Jeremy Palmer
  • Edmund Middlehurst
  • Stephen Parker
  • Tom Middlehurst
  • Zena Singer
  • michael h dear
  • John Burge
  • Sarah Bowes
  • Simon Marshall
  • Graham Webster
  • Arabella Bowes
  • Brian Rutherford
  • Jane Barnwell
  • Stephen Prendergast
  • Sue King
  • Gerry Coward
  • Roderick Gerrard
  • David Foot
  • Michael Keogh
  • ditz brown
  • Ingrid Dupre
  • Samantha Tarrant
  • Maureen Ruddock
  • Dexter Walsh
  • Fia Tarrant
  • Ian Henry Pearce
  • Paul Barnwell
  • Deborah Harris
  • Elizabeth Wolfe
  • Sally Erhardt
  • Roger Chamberlain
  • Christina Appleby
  • Sheila Bonny
  • Brenda Chamberlain
  • Patricia White
  • David Appleby
  • Martina & Nigel Watson
  • Evangeline Foster
  • Sasha Glass
  • Karen McQuaid
  • Jenny Spiers
  • Jan Gerrard
  • Nick Norton
  • Lorraine Harper
  • Julia Ambidge
  • Lesley Foreman
  • Brian Starr
  • Lydia Sykes
  • Lorna Houghton
  • Valerie Thompson
  • David N. Ross
  • Linda Ross
  • MARK C WORSFOLD
  • Roy Harrington
  • Mike McQuaid
  • Mike Greenslade
  • Andrea Berry
  • Lesley Greenslade
  • Colin Cross
  • April Whalley
  • Anneand John Cox
  • Roger Maude
  • Jill Gooding
  • Claire Netherton
  • Abigail King
  • Christopher Scarlett
  • Linda Manning
  • Barnaby Lawrence
  • Adrienne LAwrence
  • Isobel Irwin
  • Imogen Jamieson
  • James Jamieson
  • Rosanna Jones
  • D B Saidman
  • Michelle O'Dell
  • Mark Blowers
  • Robert Harvey
  • Brian Wolfe
  • Moira Tailby
  • Claire miller
  • William Sennett
  • Roscelyn Connor
  • Maureen Pennington
  • Peter Young
  • Andrew McNeill
  • Tim Bennett
  • Clare williams
  • Fred Onslow
  • Giorgie Altomare
  • Norman Higgins
  • Ysella Sims
  • Lucy Jamieson
  • Kevin Rhoades
  • Sian Rhoades
  • Desmond McCann
  • Valerie Jenner
  • Carol Williams
  • David Jenner
  • Jo Komisarczuk
  • N.J.Mellstrom
  • Amy King
  • John wood
  • Kim Taylor-Peat
  • Alison Drennan
  • Chris Mealing
  • David Scotland
  • Anna garfield
  • PETER WALL
  • Jan Brind
  • Julie Allen
  • Sheila Dyke
  • Claire Bell
  • Ann Lay
  • John Lay
  • Gary Attfield
  • Leslie Tedder
  • Jane Baker
  • Teli Rendle
  • Marjorie Sennett
  • Lizzie Bartlett
  • Carrie Turvey
  • Ian Whittle
  • Sheila Morley
  • Rosamund Bovill
  • Melinda McLean
  • billie anderson
  • Rob Searle
  • fiona cheese
  • Holly Ashfield
  • Caroline Hayes
  • Peter Philip Earle
  • Andrew Roberts
  • Elizabeth Hoy
  • Darren Rees
  • John Hack
  • Arnold Pindar
  • Leanne Cardy
  • Lynn Currall
  • Simon Moxon
  • Ed Jamieson
  • John Kettle
  • David Moss
  • Helen Cowell
  • Sally Smith
  • Simon cowell
  • Patricia wood
  • Eric flint
  • David Worsfold
  • Lesley Tregaskes
  • Nick Kennedy
  • Ray Pritchard
  • Lorna Caviet
  • Vanessa van den Bergh
  • Malcolm Scott
  • Elizabeth Murphy
  • Geoff Hewlett
  • Helen Chamberlain
  • Roger Adams
  • Suzanne carr
  • Christopher J Norman
  • Simon Waldman
  • Louise Patterson
  • A moran
  • Neville Bryan
  • Glen Travers
  • Nicholas Travers
  • Caroline Ambidge
  • Jennie Ambidge
  • James Harvey
  • Kate Harvey
  • Emma Harvey
  • Geoffrey Tregaskes
  • David Berliand
  • Rebecca Jones
  • Georgina Stockwell
  • Jeremy Thorman
  • david chesters
  • Jessica Faulkner
  • Kelvin Hayes
  • Katharine Paulson
  • Alan Robertson
  • Carol Jull
  • Terry Jull
  • Doris Park
  • tony pratt
  • Dreda Todd
  • Jane Cochran
  • Marion Malcher
  • Mary flint
  • Tony Jones
  • Kim Meredith
  • Colin Brewer
  • Monika Brewer
  • Ian Kilpatrick
  • wendy lloyd
  • Jamie Hogg
  • Colin Bell
  • Angela goldsmith
  • Colette Clegg
  • Jan Parker
  • Christopher Virley
  • Caspar Hancock
  • Vicky French
  • Richard Seymour
  • Mike Smyth
  • Samantha Tarrant
  • Clare Windsor
  • Paul Windsor
  • Fia
  • James Carlisle
  • Wendy Johnson
  • Christina Sheard
  • Cherry Allan
  • Ian ward
  • Trevor Orpwood
  • Coral Cornwell
  • C Coventry
  • Rebecca Cowell
  • Elizabeth Maycock
  • John Maycock
  • David Burnett
  • Chris Venables
  • Tieleke Williams
  • Ann-Marie Barker
  • claire sallows
  • Molly Sandquest
  • Jackie Kenny
  • Sally Bridgewater
  • Elisabeth Fischbach
  • Susan Suleski
  • Dominic Bridgewater
  • NJBrockway
  • Roger Stevens
  • Noga Stevens
  • Dawn Tissington
  • Joanna Silvester
  • Allan Siva
  • Sarah Ward
  • J Hampson
  • S Hampson
  • Edward Hann
  • Michael Adler
  • Sue Reeve
  • Stephanie Brown
  • Ray Harris
  • Sue carmichael
  • Teery Miller
  • Penny Panman
  • Ann Masset
  • Aileen Aitcheson
  • Nigel Fulton
  • carolyn whitfield
  • Edward Woodouse
  • Robert Churchlow
  • Lucy Pearce
  • Andrew Lock
  • Bruno de Souza
  • Amanda Pye
  • Bruce D Edwards
  • Robert Taylor
  • CAROLYN PRITCHARD
  • liz scanlon
  • John Carroll
  • Gail Rushmere
  • Gwyn Keepence
  • Andrea Tann
  • Rupert Pye
  • Lizzie Reeve
  • Nicola Hughes
  • Kerrell Heffer
  • Alison Heath-Taylor
  • Rhiannon Stroud
  • Gillian Borthwick
  • Nicola Owens
  • Maria Babiak
  • Dorothy FREEMAN
  • Ray Carnell
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2019

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