Leader of the Council

The Leader is a councillor from the majority party who acts as principal spokesperson on council matters and works closely with the Chief Executive.

Our current Leader is Councillor Martin Fisher, who represents the Oxted North ward.

Martin's weekly newsletter

Annual Council speech

His column below is taken from the Tandridge Magazine.

The Council's vision for the year ahead

The Draft Local Plan will be out for a final consultation this summer. This consultation will recommend the South Godstone Garden Community, which we believe will provide homes for our children and much needed infrastructure for the district, while protecting the natural environment which we all value.

I am confident the publication of the proposals will provide more clarity. It will be around 4,000 homes, built over at least two decades and will include a mix of affordable housing – real homes for people to bring up their families in. We will not accept a scheme which does not do this or which fails to deliver the infrastructure needed to make the new community sustainable.

But this Council is not just about the Local Plan – our major projects are focusing on creating a sustainable future for the area – in terms of employment, retail and leisure and you’ll see many examples of this work on the pages which follow.

I am delighted we have completed another council house scheme in Bletchingley, with more planned. This demonstrates our commitment to developing affordable housing for residents.

We also expanded our Wellbeing Prescription service which supports residents with a range of health issues such as stopping smoking, depression and weight loss.

Our financial management remains sound – we ended the last financial year within budget, despite significant reductions in external funding. All this has been achieved while implementing a radical transformation programme – Customer First.

There is much to do, but I am confident we can achieve our goals and provide the leadership and services our residents expect, need and deserve.

To stay up to date follow me on Facebook – search for Martin Fisher. You can also e-mail me at leader@tandridgedc.gov.uk or leave a message on 01883 732747 (24 hour answerphone).