The split within the local Conservative party over libraries and car parking charges has thrown Conservative-run Surrey County Council into disarray with the departure yesterday of its leader, Andrew Povey, following the dismissal of deputy leader David Hodge on Monday.
Residents have been bewildered recently by Conservative borough councillors campaigning against car parking charges in Stoneleigh, while the Conservative MP has voiced his support of the scheme and Conservative county councillors dreamt up and championed the scheme in the first place.
Local anger among residents has taken its toll, with the dismissal of Conservative deputy leader David Hodge, who was the architect of library closures and pay and display parking charges.
The real fear now is that library closures and car parking charges will be irreversibly rushed through by Conservatives before their power vaccum in the cockpit of the county council is filled.
Residents are urged to show their support of local libraries by joining a protest by the Surrey Library Action Movement at 2pm on Tuesday 27 September at County Hall in Kingston. In the words of John Bond, Communications Officer:
"Take the day off work, cancel your dentist appointment, take friends in your car - tell everyone. We must stop the lirary plans - we must stop Surrey County Council - we must act NOW!"