London Borough of Surrey?
PUBLISHED: 15:52 16 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:53 20 February 2013
Surrey could one day end up becoming part of London – or, at least, that's the fear of many people living here, who worry that the county will eventually be swallowed up altogether
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2010
Surrey could one day end up becoming part of London or, at least, thats the fear of many people living here, who worry that the county will eventually be swallowed up altogether.
Now concerns are growing after London mayor Boris Johnsons predictions of a population explosion in the capital it is expected that by 2031 the number of people living there will grow from the current 7.63 million to 8.89 million.
In 1965, Greater London consumed large chunks of what was once Surrey, so its hardly surprising that the county council now wants assurances that plans to cope with Londons growing population will not put added pressure on the Surrey green belt.
Our schools already admit pupils from bordering London boroughs and our roads carry many of the vehicles commuting in and out of the capital, says leader of Surrey County Council, Dr Andrew Povey. We have urged the mayor to make sure that we are involved in all significant development decisions with an impact on Surrey.
The county contributes more than 5 billion annually to the exchequer, which is more than anywhere else in the UK except London. And the government has already told authorities in Surrey to find room for more than 59,000 new homes as part of the South East Plan. Some 48,300 are earmarked for development in areas described as the London Fringe.
We must preserve and improve the qualities that make the county so attractive the combination of a successful economy, beautiful countryside and first-rate services, says Andrew. We need to work with the mayor to make sure this is not threatened by the potential growth of London, but rather benefits from it.
Speculation has been rife that the Greater London Authority has set its sights on the borough of Elmbridge, rated by the Halifax as having the highest quality of life in Britain, although at this point the borough council maintains that any stories are just that, purely speculative.
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