If the Tories gain too many seats in May’s council elections, it could mean the green light for more sales of publicly owned land and greater possibility of on street parking meters!
We believe, in terms of membership we are the largest political party in the borough, and are more able break the Tory control. We are standing 21 candidates, and all wards will be represented. The Tories at present have total dominance of Spelthorne, as they hold around 31 of the 39 council seats — we believe that no one political party should have so much control, and that all parties should be given a voice in local government. This way all political views are taken into consideration.
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Spelthorne in Greater London!
Some of the advantages of being part of Greater London:
· We would automatically become part of zone 6, this would make rail fares cheaper for commuters going into London.
· All over 65s would get a freedom pass which would give them free rail and underground travel into London.
· More money spent on primary and secondary school education. Dedicated schools grant: Surrey per pupil £4,943.29; Hounslow per pupil £5,773. 11; Kingston per pupil £5,048.69.
· Being part of Greater London would give more status, as part of a world class city.
· Quicker emergency service back up times from neighbouring Greater London boroughs, than from across the river in Surrey.
· The cheaper fares would also encourage multinational companies to relocate, bringing more employment to our borough.
· Possibly Lower council tax, e.g. Spelthorne band D £1,915.51, Kingston band D £1,800.27.
The results of a recent survey carried out by us:
A Should Spelthorne become part
of Greater London? 91% yes
B Would you prefer to stay in
Surrey being divided into 3 or 4
unitary authorities or one big one
like Cornwall. 91% no
This is something that must be explored!
The village residents of Shepperton Green, Laleham, Charlton village and Halliford and Littleton are right to express their anger at the decision to expand the studios onto greenbelt land. The noise, pollution, congestion and safety threats of HGVs storming through our villages was not part of the discussion at Planning committee. Additional lorries from gravel excavation - the Eco Park and Heathrow expansion, when they come into force, will make our roads a safety hazard. Labour will fight the
issue at the next committee.
Until we have a council that represents the
collective views of all political parties, big
business will always seem to be favoured!
We must also protect
Staines' Oast House from being sold off to property developers
TWO-STOREY SEMI–DETACHED IN ASHFORD
TO BE TURNED INTO A HOMELESS SHELTER
Spelthorne’s Tory run planning committee have given planning permission for a two- storey semi-detached home in Edward Way to be converted into “temporary accommodation” for seven homeless people. The development will become a house of multiple occupancy (HMO), with seven en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen and a dining area.
Although the landlord appears to have altruistic motives, turning a semi-detached home in a residential street into homeless shelter is unacceptable!
The council have acted irresponsibly by setting a precedent of allowing a semi-detached house in a residential area to be turned into a hostel, this now makes it more possible for this to happen all over the borough.
Greedy landlords will be able to evict families, and convert more homes into HMOs, as is happening all over the country. Instead of easing the housing shortage it will make it worse.
The council should be dealing with this matter themselves, They could use the Oast House in Staines which has stood empty for eight years and could easily house thirty people.
The above picture shows what has been done in Mitcham.
The 36 unit Y:Cube development in Mitcham, South West London, is an innovative low cost housing initiative for single people in housing need.
The first UK Y:Cube development, located at the corner of Clay Avenue and Woodstock Way in Mitcham, is a 100% affordable housing scheme providing homes for 36 people in housing need from the local area.
All of the 36 flats are currently rented out, with half of the residents coming from YMCA London South West’s hostel accommodation, and the other 50% nominated from Merton Council.
All tenants will have to be meaningfully engaged in either employment, training, education and volunteering. The referral process will be rigorous to ensure all tenants can live independently and be a good neighbour.
The scheme consists of 36 self-contained one bed flats. Each identical flat contains a living space that includes a galley kitchen, separate bedroom and an en-suite toilet and shower. Each flat have a net space of 26sqm.
The rent is to be set at or around 65% of the market rent for one bed flat in Merton. All properties will be let on an assured short-hold periodic tenancies with the anticipated length of stay being 3 to 5 years.
Homeless crisis “State pays rich to exploit the poor”
Landlords carving up a home into micro-flats can squeeze out £50,000
a year and it’s taxpayers who foot the bill.
Source: The Guardian