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Spelthorne at it again with another property purchase
The above headline appeared in an article in the Villager, initially it seemed to be some kind of criticism. But reading on, it turned out to be a Tory councillor boasting about a new acquisition of a 43,110 sq. ft office building situated in Stockley Park Uxbridge, to add to Spelthorne Council’s property portfolio. Last years purchases were also mentioned, the BP campus in Sunbury on Thames — the Sunbury BP campus was the largest privately owned office park in the UK, and cost the council £360m. Also Elmbrook House, in Sunbury was purchased this year. No details of cost was given!
All councils are able to get fixed rate deals with the Public Works Loan Board (PWL). These loans are at 2.5% interest over 50 years. The excuse given for these extravagant purchases, was to support services affected by Government funding cuts, by future profits from these investments.
The article goes on to say that Spelthorne Borough council is a leading investor in commercial property.
It’s true that other councils are taking advantage of PWL loans, but are they making better use of them? Neighbouring Hounslow for example is planning to build 3000 affordable homes by 2019, many of which are already completed. This council owned development consists of flats to rent, and some for shared ownership. The units to rent are composed of a mixture of 1,2,3, and 4 beds. Nine of the units are adapted for wheelchair use.
By contrast Spelthorne Council has no housing stock. There are currently 74 Spelthorne families living in temporary hostel accommodation, both inside and outside the borough.
Last year the council paid out £484.000 on temporary accommodation. As hostel accommodation is charged by the day, it’s twice as expensive as a monthly rented premises.
Perhaps our council could learn something from Labour run Hounslow, and invest in housing stock which is desperately needed in Spelthorne.
This idea of supporting vital services by funding from commercial property
speculation, doesn't seem to be working. Bus services are being cut, our fire service is to be halved to just one fire station, and Ashford’s multi storey car park is in a state of near collapse!
Thames Water’s fine is a tap on a leaky wrist
As the Labour cavalry charge over the hill, to Britain’s rescue Jeremy Corbyn’s reformers will sort out the privatisation of public services once and for all.
Last May, Thames Water, amid fears of drought, missed its water leakage target by 47 million litres a day. That is the daily volume of 18 Olympic swimming pools. OFWAT fined the miscreants £8.5 million.
The tap on a leaky wrist which is the maximum allowed. Before that — look away if eating — Thames Water pumped 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage into the river. The offence was hit with a record fine of £20.3 million.
Who owns this necessity of life? As the name implies, you would think,
we Brits/ Londoners.
Wrong the Tories have sold it to a mysterious foreign consortia of sovereign wealth funds involving Abu Dhabi, China, Australia, Canada, and Kuwait.
Are these the sort of trade deals we can expect when leaving the EU?
We “customers” might be disgruntled, but the shareholders will not. One billion pounds in dividends in the decade buys their complicity.
But surely Thames Water have sacked their £700.000 per year boss? Wrong again. No fine for him, instead, a bonus of £54.000.
Roll on a Labour government.
Excerpts from Labour’s fully costed manifesto
If you want free university education, vote Labour.
University tuition is free in many northern European countries,
and under a Labour government it will be free here too.
If you want to keep your home in old age, vote Labour.
In their first term, Labour will lay the foundations of a National Care Service for England.
If you want to see our utilities owned by the British Nation, instead of foreign investors, Vote Labour.
Across the world, countries are taking public utilities back into public ownership. Labour will learn from these experiences and bring key utilities back into public ownership to deliver lower prices, more accountability and a more sustainable economy. We will:
· Bring private rail companies back into public ownership as their franchises expire.
· Regain control of energy supply networks through the alteration of operator license conditions, and transition to a publicly owned, de-centralised energy system.
· Replace our dysfunctional water system with a network of regional publicly-owned water companies.
Reverse the privatization of Royal Mail at the earliest opportunity.
Public ownership will benefit consumers, ensuring that their interests are put first and that there is democratic accountability for the service.
If you want a good Brexit deal, Vote Labour.
labour accepts the referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first. We will prioritize jobs and living standards, build a close new relationship with the EU, protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, provide certainty to EU nationals and give a meaningful role to Parliament throughout negotiations.
Brexit under Labour would result in a fair deal for the many, and good relations with our EU neighbors.
Brexit under the Conservatives would result in hardship for many, dodgy trade deals with dubious nations and isolation from our former EU partners.
Spelthorne Labour Party would prefer to become part of Greater London.
Although Spelthorne Labour Party would support the idea being put out, of breaking up of Surrey into unitary authorities — after all nothing could be worse than what we already have!
In a recent survey carried out among Spelthorne’s Labour Party members, the findings came out totally in favour of Spelthorne becoming part of Greater London and a motion was passed to that effect.
This policy must be thoroughly explored after the elections.
Some of the advantages of being part of
· We would automatically become part of zone 6, this would make rail fares cheaper for commuters going into London.
· All over 60s would get a freedom pass which would give them free rail travel into London.
· More money spent on primary and secondary school education.
· Being part of London instead of Surrey’s back yard would give us more self pride and status.
· The cheaper fares would also encourage multinational companies to relocate here, bringing extra wealth and prosperity to our Thames side borough with its nearness to Heathrow Airport good links to the M1, M3, M4, M25, with the added bonus of a London address.
· Lower council tax, e.g. Spelthorne band D £1,748.56, Hillingdon band D
As a point of interest neighbouring Hillingdon has frozen council tax for all residence for the ninth successive year. Also free burglar alarms, swimming and allotments for the over- 65s.
Pre 1965 Spelthorne was considered as part of Greater London. GLC (Greater London Council), low deposit, fixed rate, low interest mortgages were given out by the then Labour government to help young people buy their first homes, these mortgages were also available to people living in Spelthorne.
Metropolitan Police living here got London weighting.
We also have our Greater London London TW post code.