So, the results are in and the truth is now told, here as well as everywhere cross the UK, the Conservatives have taken a thrashing, apparently bigger than at any time since World War II.
This was a well-earned thrashing, and here as in many places, not just the conservatives, but labour were also thrashed, but they only got a spanking compared to the conservatives who were obliterated by the Liberal Democrats and a handful of independents. In the end they maintained a 1 seat majority on the Council, which is actually worse than losing. Worse because a mayor needs to come out of that lot, and then there will be an even split.
The Conservatives have ruled unilaterally and harshly for over 25 years here. So much so, that whilst I am a capital “C” Conservative, I resigned from the party 2 years ago. Reasons?
1-in 2017, their calendars would not work or open to any date past 2007. They had no capacity to grasp the fact that life and technology had moved on, they were sure the internet and ecommerce would “never be anything”
2-many of the leadership were shockingly crooked, and had no regard for the voters. They were only there to enrich themselves and the voter expense
3-they tolerated, accepted, and endorsed shockingly incompetent behaviour from the CEO and the Chief Legal officer, the CEO is under investigation criminally as we speak for the “Leisure Leagues” debacle
4-they preferred borrowing and wasting shocking amounts of money (£160M) which will enslave the electorate to the tune of £2,000 for every man, woman, and child in Surrey Heath
5-they “eat their young”… The Tory party has brought contempt and disregard for human decency to a new low level, lower than I thought imaginable. If you do not toe the party line on all matters, even criminal, you are to be destroyed…
So, my stand, and walking away, has been vindicated…
Bizarrely, on that last point, it is probably the single biggest thing locally that contributed to the big wins on Thursday. The outgoing mayor, Dan Adams, is a council tax-cheat and was convicted of fraud who has done time in prison for it; and his sidekick, Paul Deach is just an uneducated thug from the wrong side of Manchester. They engaged in so much shocking behaviour that it caused a lot of the popluation to get up in arms about it. They are of course blaming it all on Brexit, but the only person to blame is the person they see in the mirror in the bathroom… So, bless you Paul and Dan…
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???
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
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.”