Kevin, we will miss you…

Today we heard of the unexpected passing of a thoroughly great bloke, Kevin Cantlon from Surrey Heath.  Kevin was instrumental in helping us get the Frimley Business Association off the ground.  He always projected and attitude of “nothing is too much trouble”…  He came to meetings even if he was off and supposedly on holiday, he was totally committed to us.

Kevin, we have no idea what happened, as you were incredibly chipper just a few weeks ago, and we would like to do something for your family. Blessings our friend…

Now that didn’t take long…

How I voted on the 9th November 2016 Council Meeting and why you should care…

We had a special Council Meeting to consider the authorisation of a joint waste management agreement between ourselves and 3 other Borough Councils: Woking, Elmbridge (Esher), and Mole Valley (Dorking). The vote was carried by a margin of everyone-else to 1. The 1 being me of course…

The reasons are fairly straightforward:

1-Delivering waste services is something you have to do as a Council, it’s statutory.
But like everything else that is statutory, it’s like a pass-fail class in school, you just have to pass it. You get no extra points for anything but passing…roary
We have had a service that has ranked in the top 10 nationally for each of the last 5 years that I have been here, it isn’t broken. We passed the class…  So you have to ask yourself, why then are we trying to fix it? With so many things broken there is no need to fix the ones that aren’t. No one really knows why we are doing this, other than because we can…  We have now spent 2 years and countless tens of thousands of pounds, and for what reason???  So to “fix” the things that aren’t broken we are going to spend £3.9M, with the hope of saving some undefined amount of money in some undetermined time frame…
In short, the leadership is doing this because it can.
Not because we need to or are required to, but because we can… Or at least that’s what it looked like on the surface, and still pretty much is. But once we have this system up and running, we are going to “offer” it to the other 7 Borough Councils in Surrey, at a substantial cost (to them)… Smells dangerously like a business…
rubbish-bins2-But the real reason is we are going to press way beyond our statutory responsibility to collect your trash is to move into business waste as a business.
So the real truth finally came out, and when I specifically asked for this to be clarified by Mrs. Chapman the portfolio holder, she exclaimed with glee that this is exactly what we are doing. When I brought her attention that we would be competing against businesses that do this for a living her glee only got bigger… So, we are going to use taxpayer money to build a business to compete against taxpayer businesses… I don’t suppose we are going to pay business rates for running our business???  And I am now branded by the leadership as a right-wing lunatic for suggesting we might not want screw our taxpayers…
So you might want to ask your Councillor why they voted to use taxpayer money to build a business that competes with taxpayer businesses?
This is such an explosive revelation, that I have no doubt the leader and portfolio holder will find a great spin on it to make you think it isn’t really what it is. But guess what? It really is what it seems it is… So girls, give it an almighty great spin, and let’s get this thing swept under the carpet…

 

Conservatives believe in smaller government, not bigger. And we certainly don’t subscribe to using taxpayer money to build a business to compete with our taxpayer businesses. This is just so wrong on a bunch of levels, there is nothing to discuss.

Drawing The Line…

The pic says it all: enough is enough…  So the line being drawn in the sand is not about who is in the little Surrey Heath Borough Council club called the conservative group, it is that line being drawn between politics based on emotion and politics based on facts. I’ve been removed by the leader’s pique of raging emotion, one that has damaged and will damage the Council for many years to come. I’ve watched this get worse and worse in the last year or so.
Unfortunately, people dominated by emotion are detached from the truth of the actual world that we actually live in. Up becomes down, left becomes right, black becomes white, and so it goes. Whilst you can try and put up with it for awhile, at some point enough is enough…
In the next few days we will discuss the fake-lawyer credentials of the leader, the debacle of the Camberley Town Centre, the state of the A30, how the patronage is dispensed by the leader, and why it’s not going to change voluntarily. However, understand this: I am not surrendering my beliefs as a Conservative, and I am not going to stop representing my fellow residents of Frimley as a Councillor.
Conservatism made simpleSo, if you can’t stomach the delusion any longer, does that make you a bad Conservative???  Well, myself and several others believe that in fact it makes you a stronger one. One willing to stand up for what he believes in, the values espoused by one of our greatest leaders: facts not emotion. Stay tuned…

Why I voted as I did planning meeting 14.09.15

 

Development: 14/0925 Little Heath Nursery

  • Planners Recommendations: was grant, now refuse
  • Issues of Contention: character, drainage, need for this housing, most important issue is flood risks
  • How I voted: for refusal, refused by unanimous
  • Why: this application needs to be completely re-thought…

Development: 15/0175 Camberley Police Station

  • Planners Recommendations: grant, put in 35 houses
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: for, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to

Development: 15/0272 Orchard Cottage, Windlesham

  • Planners Recommendations: refuse
  • Issues of Contention: drainage, greenbelt
  • How I voted: for approval, matter overturned by 10-4, with 1 abstention
  • Why: much needed facility, no real harm to the greenbelt

Development: 15/0433 4 Frimley Road

  • Planners Recommendations: grant
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: for, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to, there was no compelling reason not to do this

Development: 15/0455 80 Verran Road Camberley

  • Planners Recommendations: refuse
  • Issues of Contention: they still have not sufficiently changed the plans
  • How I voted: for refusal, matter refused by 6-2
  • Why: no reason not to go with officer recommendation

Development: 15/0568 Former Cheswycks School

  • Planners Recommendations: Grant
  • Issues of Contention: ecological grounds
  • How I voted: for, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to, there was no compelling reason not to do this

Changes to local bus services?

From 29 and 30 August there will be changes to some local bus services in Surrey. These changes were drawn up following two wide-spread public consultations in which thousands of residents and stakeholders had their say. 

For details of all of these changes, please see the attached booklet, which can also be viewed online at surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview. Paper copies of the booklet will be available from early August in libraries and local council offices in all areas of Surrey where changes are planned, as well as on all affected bus services. Copies of the booklet in standard, large-print or easy road format can also be requested by calling 0300 200 1003 (SMS: 07527 182 861). 

New timetables will be available from late July and during August online at surreycc.gov.uk/buses and traveline.info/se as well as via bus operator websites and leaflets. Where applicable, Surrey County Council’s Bus Guide booklets will be updated to reflect the changes, and new timetables will be available at bus stops from late August. 

These changes are being made as part of the first phase of the council’s local transport review, which aims to secure or strengthen the local transport services that residents rely on most in the face of huge funding pressures. The changes take into account feedback from over 6,800 residents and stakeholders about which local transport services are most important to them, and the views of over 1,500 residents and stakeholders on the proposed changes. Some of the original proposals have been modified for the better, as the council has listened and acted where there were strong local concerns. There are also a number of improvements and increased travel choice in some places. 

If you would like any more information, please email localtransportreview@surreycc.gov.uk. 

The Local Transport Review: 

Visit:                          http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview 
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Write to:                 Local Transport Review | Room 365 | County Hall | Kingston Upon Thames |  KT1 2DN
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