You couldn’t make this stuff up…

Congratulations to the Council Leader Karen Whelan and Leader Moira Gibson for bringing our Council into total disrepute and making us the laughing stock of the UK

So, today we have managed to be the centrepiece of the Times Business Section. Yes that small investigatory set of journalists that take a weekly look at the most outrageous and stupid behaviour on our charming little island… And yes, we win that prize, take a look for yourselves:

Could you actually make any of this up???

An understatement? Really quite shocking…

The professionals saw Whelan and Gibson a mile off… And that wasn’t a compliment…

And what do you think they saw from a mile off??? Is this the pot calling the Yank kettle black???

Welcome to NIMBY Night at the Council…

So, NIMBY #1, our two Councillors in Camberley, by Southwell Park Road, Dougal  and McClafferty , called this in because they can’t cope with an increase of a couple of children at a day care centre close to their home.

Noisy children? Shock and horror… No, no, no… Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)… So these two Councillors are voting to build out 500 new flats within 100 metres from their homes. And do you think that any of those new residents will have any children? Apparently they don’t think so. Just exactly where are those children going to be taken care of?

And the result of the vote? Carried against the NIMBYs 11-4…

This matter was followed by NIMBY #2 The Dance Studio on Lightwater…  The proposal is for the shocking use of this dance studio for 1-to-1 tuition on nine Sunday mornings during the year. What? We can’t have this sort of nefarious dancing going on in Lightwater.  Classical ballet on Sunday morning? Highly disturbing that this is even considered… Why on earth would we want to inspire these children to be great dancers?  We can’t do that, we need to get them on back on their iPads instead, there just aren’t nearly enough socially deviant children…  This one was called in by His Highness former mayor Winterton.

And the result? Matter carried against the NIMBYs 8-7

The blame game, a tale of 2 Councils…

So what can we tell about the House of Fraser closure announcements?

Well, let’s look at how Epsom is handling it:

So, they are going to fight to keep the store open, they are going to do whatever it takes to keep the store open and save the jobs of their employees and residents.. And the response from Surrey Heath?

Blame the store and House of Fraser for not spending more money on upgrading it, as if that would have made any difference. The House of Fraser Managment has accurately assessed the willingness of the Council to assist them in their problem… The bizarre thing is that the “joint statement” makers, Whelan and Gibson are clueless as to why blaming the House of Fraser might not work. Further, they are applying this logic to the whole of the development in Camberley.

Epsom: fight to make it work. SurreyHeath: blame the management. What is wrong with this picture???

Public statement from the Others Group at Surrey Heath Borough Council – House of Fraser in Camberley

We have noted with sadness that House of Fraser announced yesterday their intention to close their Camberley store.  This will clearly impact on many hard working local employees and residents that will now lose their jobs should these proposals be agreed. For our part, we will be happy to meet with any impacted constituent and help refer them to suitable employment and benefit advice services should they need this.

It is no secret that we as opposition Cllrs representing different political opinions have been concerned for some time about the reliance of traditional retail in Camberley Town Centre development plans.  It is particularly alarming that House of Fraser have chosen to propose closing the Camberley store whilst keeping many other stores open in other towns and cities across the UK including at Guildford and Reading.  This suggests a lack of confidence by House of Fraser in the redevelopment of Camberley despite the Council having repeated talks with them about future plans. As a result, it raises serious questions about the future town centre plans of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Whilst we all want to see a positive vision and future for Camberley, it is important that we and all elected Cllrs understand the impact of this closure to our residents and local taxpayers. We remain committed to ensuring that our local residents receive answers and assurances as to the future of Camberley.”

House of Fraser is dead
The puff of smoke above the House of Fraser in Camberley, the end is here

The reprehensible proposes and elects the immoral and shameful

Tonight we got to witness the soft-shoe side show of the proposal and election of the Mayor by the part of the Council with no moral fibre whatsoever. That part of the group were represented by the reprehensible and outrageous proposals of Councillors Deach and Chapman, and then were endorsed by other members of the Conservative Cabal. They have successfully spun the Council into irretrievable debt by buying worthless properties and some other amazingly foolish investments, all of whom are destined to fail and cost every man, woman, and child in Surrey Heath a shocking amount of money. They have then thumbed their noses at the constituents of Surrey Heath by appointing a Mayor who, as Deputy Mayor, refused to pay his Council taxes, and only relented when he was taken to Court by the very Council he now represents.

Any man of any moral character would have had the dignity and self respect to have resigned when he was “caught out”. It is our hope, that at every Mayoral function in the next year, the constituents demand to know why they should pay their Council taxes and he shouldn’t… The entire opposition voted against this law-breaker…

And as for the Deach and Chapman, their constituents must demand of them why they have promoted a law breaker with no moral conscience to be mayor. Because, at the end of the day, why should any of us live up to our obligations if the mayor isn’t?

So finally the law breaker is sworn in… Ironically several Conservative Councillors didn’t show to the meeting, easier than voting your consciences…