Who would have imagined even a year ago that the Conservative Leafy suburbs of Surrey would totally turn their backs on decades of Conservative rule? And they didn’t just lose, they were thrashed. Farage and Co. got 3 times as many votes, and the Lib Dems got twice as many as them. And this is the district of Michael Gove? He who would be Prime Minister? Time for the door…
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???
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???
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.”
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…