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???
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…
Just when the Torys are getting ready to tell us how they are going to blister us with record Council tax increases for next year, we find out that high-flying Deputy Mayor Dan Adams shagged us all. So he finally paid his Council taxes after being forced to court over it. But while he was defaulting on his taxes, he was voting to increase them on the rest of us. And the real problem? He got caught… Not that he thinks he did anything wrong, just that he got caught…
And how is it that he has not resigned from his Deputy Mayor position? Is the strong leader protecting him? Of course… Deputy Dan, do the right thing, resign…
This morning, this very interesting post was put up on Nextdoor.com by Stephen Lark in Watchetts.
Turns out the Watchetts drug dealers are so out-in-the open, that people are easily filming the transactions on their phones. And the police seem to be doing almost nothing. This is outrageous…
So we have one of the top 5 most dangerous roads in all of Surrey on the A-30, top 5 worst crime areas in all of Surrey on the Camberley Town Centre/London Road area, and now this… And what is your Council doing about it??? Call your very own local Watchetts councillors and ask them:
1-Charlotte Morley, Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council and Police Liason
2-Dave Lewis: Surrey Heath Borough Council
Demand to know what your Council is doing about Crime in Your Neighbourhood…