WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE STAND FOR
A group of us started as a pressure group, challenging the Guildford Local Plan. We became a political party in 2014 so we could stand for election onto the Council and participate in decision-making. In 2015 we had 3 councillors; we now have 4. We are a vocal minority, and we are often the only opposition to policy in our local borough council. If you would be interested in joining us for the future, we always welcome new members and new potential councillors. We work closely with other local organisations.
The Guildford Local Plan was endorsed by the council in April 2019 (despite strong objections from GGG at every stage). There were three judicial reviews challenging the plan in the autumn of 2019 which were not successful in a case at the High Court, but the plan is not yet final due to an ongoing legal challenge.
We continue to campaign to protect all our countryside and open spaces. Our open spaces can be protected and we can win local battles. We also need to be aware that future plan reviews may threaten other areas, and that planning applications come forward all the time to proposing housing development building on countryside.
Our local environment is threatened. There are huge plans to build across the borough in the local plan, but we must also recognise that many other green spaces, even if not allocated in the local plan, are very vulnerable and need to be protected.
If you would be interesting in joining us to help protect our future environment come and join us. We always welcome new members and are particularly interested from people who might consider standing as candidates for borough or county councillors.
Send & Lovelace Ward
I qualified as a barrister and joined the Crown Prosecution Service at its inception in 1986. I served the CPS for 27 years attaining the rank of Principal Crown Prosecutor before retiring in 2013.
I moved to Send shortly after and as well as indulging in a love of local history (I am a member of the Send & Ripley History Society), I took on a number of voluntary roles which include serving on Send Parish Council and the Send Parish Council Planning Committee which I have chaired for the last two years. I work voluntarily for the Lower Mole Partnership where I am Director of its supporting Trust, carrying out countryside maintenance and conservation work in Surrey.
I have campaigned against the Local Plan since 2014 and as a member of the Planning Committee have spoken on planning issues affecting Send at Guildford Borough Council, and at Inspectors' Inquiries with some success.
As a Councillor I enjoy using the skills I have attained in my working life as well as those acquired at Council level, to represent my local community and to continue campaigning for a comprehensive review of the Local Plan and in particular, as regards its flawed assessment of likely population growth and thus housing need.
Send & Lovelace Ward
I have lived in Send for over 14 years now and within the local area most of my life. I am a 'hands on' resident who enjoys taking part in local projects that enhance our lovely villages, such as local litter picks and helping with the maintenance of Send church grounds. I am married and have 4 daughters and we all enjoy spending time together as a family both walking and cycling in the wonderful countryside setting of Send, Ripley, Ockham and the River Wey corridor through Guildford.
Our villages have retained a real village feel and all have a strong sense of community. I support projects that respect the character and wishes of our community and work to protect our villages and surrounding countryside from inappropriate urbanisation and unstainable development.
Send & Lovelace Ward
I have lived in the Send and Lovelace Ward for 20 years and served on the Send Parish Council for 7 years, where I was a member of the Planning Committee.
I am a keen advocate of youth development and have very much enjoyed managing the children's football team 'Send United' for 3 years and supervising young people undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.
I am a keen Martial Arts Practitioner and have a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do where I won 5 UK and British titles whilst representing the UK.
As a Councillor I aim to apply the skills attained from various aspects of my career and voluntary work to support residents of all ages and fight (metaphorically speaking) for a better Local Plan.
Ramsey Nagaty represented Shalford as a Borough Councillor from 2019-2023. He is a serving Parish Councillor at Compton where he has lived for 25 years. Amongst his achievements are getting agreement for a review of the much reviled Local Plan and the figures that underpin it and having Air Quality issues formally recognised in Compton and Shalford.
Mike is a former teacher and borough councillor and continues to serve as a Parish Councillor in the Send & Lovelace ward.