Preserving our environment

Statement from Jonathan Lord MP on Protecting our Green Belt in Byfleet and West Byfleet:

Monday 26th October 2020

I want to protect and preserve all our green spaces for future generations, and those that have green belt designation should retain that protection. I am making strong representations to the Inspector about the land adjacent to West Hall and our green spaces in Byfleet and I urge residents and local organisations to make equally robust submissions to the Inspector during the current consultation period.

Unfortunately, as MP, I have no formal decision making role whatsoever in this process, but I will be doing my utmost to support residents and the Residents’ Association every step of the way. I was very honoured to present a petition to Parliament on behalf of residents about these matters a little while ago, and the arguments made then are still entirely relevant.

The Chair of the Byfleet, West Byfleet and Pyrford Residents' Association, Stewart Dick, commented:    

"In our determined efforts to protect threatened Green Belt in both Byfleet and West Byfleet we are very grateful to our Member of Parliament, Jonathan Lord, for his valued advice and steadfast support. He has assured us that he will continue to lobby both the Inspector and, if necessary, the Minister on our behalf." 


Jonathan Lord MP attends climate debate

Last Friday, Jonathan Lord MP took part in a debate on climate change, chaired by Bronwen Smith-Thomas, Senior Campaigns Manager at WWF UK. 

The debate was organised by members of WEAct (Woking Environment Action) as part of Woking Great Big Green Week.

Jonathan Lord MP attends climate lobby

Jonathan Lord MP met with members of Woking Environment Action (WEAct) last Friday to discuss a number of issues including energy efficient housing, public transport and local flooding concerns. 


Natural England to review Surrey Hills AONB boundary

Jonathan Lord MP is delighted to confirm that Natural England will conduct a review of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) boundary starting next year.

The news came in a letter from Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, who said: