R.I.P. Joyce Trace,
progressive head teacher.
It is sad to report Joyce’s passing, in her 90th yearat a Sunbury nursing home. She had suffered from a condition of Delusive dementia since 2011. which accelerated from a fall, and broken hip in June 2018.
Joyce was a Borough Councillor, Labour, for Ashford North and Stanwell South, and Surrey Labour County Councillor for Stanwell and Stanwell Moor.
She met husband - to - be, Harold, the party’s present local press officer, when they were both ‘Attlee undergraduates’ in 1947. They married in 1953
She met husband - to - be, Harold, the party’s present local press officer, when they were both ‘Attlee undergraduates’ in 1947. They married in 1953.
Leaving with distinction in law, she proudly remembered the fantastical young Ken Dodd and his Diddymen in their Liverpool district of Knotty Ash.
When their three children were young, Joyce ran a sixpence a day pre- school playgroup which, she joked, had a greater demand than Eton! The Trace’s exhibitionist nuisance cat, Rufus, always joined in. After a career as a teacher, and head in local schools she retired but kept active. In due course she became a local school governor. Then chair of governors, and a determined defender of State Education. She led the N.U.T. group on Hounslow council.
One of the founder members of Spelthorne Mental Health Association, she was instrumental in setting up the SMHA charity shop in Ashford’s Church Road.
With the party, she was adamant in refusing all payment for the service. ‘I’m paying my debts to the Attlee revolution.’
An activist in The Voluntary Euthanasia Society, she has donated her body for medical research, thus there will be no funeral.
The condition from which she died is now the most common cause of death in the UK and she campaigned that only research will end its scourge.
She advocated this ‘Constructive policy on death’ to -all give your body.
Pictured right Joyce and Harold Trace
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TWO-STOREY SEMI–DETACHED IN ASHFORD
TO BE TURNED INTO A HOMELESS SHELTER
Although the landlord appears to have altruistic motives, turning a semi-detached home in a residential street into homeless shelter is unacceptable!
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.
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
Dementia carers visiting support halves
Spelthorne residents with delusive senile dementia needs of a secure home have, no provision in the borough. Until now weekly visits to a home in Woking have been secured.
The incidence of senile dementia among the over 80s is 1 in 3.
But as part of the cuts to adult social care, under the camouflage of endless Brexit, the Tory council proposed to end them. To inflict exile on to mental torture.
From Stanwell or Ashford to Woking and back is impossible by bus – all services are cut.
To go by train involves a mile walk from and to the station to the residential home.
To go by taxi is £65 from Stanwell, £60 from Ashford.
This is not a provision, it is a dumping, lacerating to the emotions of carers.
Pressure from Labour activist has at least won provision of a fortnightly service.
It is a victory of sorts when a brutal Conservative ideological cult only halves a vital service, having failed to destroy it altogether.
:Jail the guilty Carillion racketeers?
Labour is concerned that company law at present offers no deterrent to giant ‘entrepreneurs’ who lack both conscience and competence, fines are mocked, and prison bars might succeed.
A spectacular instance of social injustice is that Carillion’s chief executive, though forced out more than a year ago still enjoys a £660,000 salary having issued major profit warnings.
His liberty is not at consequent risk.
Compare his parachute with the fatal crash results for the 30,000 employees and hundreds of supply chains.
So, whom to be brought to solid justice? Tory cabinet ministers – A sorry Surrey clique.
Half of our vital defence budget is now in the hands of the no – limit profiteers.
‘This is a mere foothill of the doctrinaire mountain.’
An incoming Labour government will scrutinise company law and will ensure
‘Truth and fairness’ as set out in detail in The Companies Act, 1948 brought in long Overdue by the Attlee government.
‘Freeing enterprises from regulation’ the Tory mantra, is to energise and legitimise villainous conduct.
Little or no
is an asset!
A £25.000 contract to recruit a replacement for Roberto Tambini as chief executive of Spelthorne Borough Council was awarded to Norman Broadbent Ltd.
Leaving aside the fact that Spelthorne’s Tory party chairman’s firm won the contract, the whole situation seems somewhat strange!
The gist of the argument for the selection of NBL instead of the other three contenders, even though they appeared to be more competitive and had more experience in working with local authorities, was that NBL had more experience in the private sector. Doesn’t this make as much sense as using a stopped clock because twice a day it’s more accurate than one that’s working!
This decision can only be credible if the council’s main aim is to acquire more property to add to their massive property portfolio, instead of dealing with Spelthorne’s many social problems, which requires an in-depth knowledge of how local authorities are run!
Why did Finance Director quit or was she sacked?
The mystery surrounding the sudden departure of Surrey County Council’s Director of Finance continues, after David Hodge, the Council leader refused to explain what had happened to her.
At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday, Labour’s Robert Evans asked Mr Hodge, why ‘on 5 July Councillors were advised that Sheila Little was leaving the following day?’
‘It is very odd that after 11 and a half years, such a senior figure should leave at a moment’s notice,’ observed Cllr Evans.
‘At a very difficult time, the Council now has no Director of Finance. It will take months to appoint someone new,’ he added
Cllr Evans also wanted to know the cost of any ‘financial or compensation settlement package.’
‘If the Council’s financial situation is so bad, the director feels she has to quit, then members and the public deserve to know what is going on.’
Mr Hodge’s predecessor as leader, Conservative Dr Andrew Povey observed, ‘The County’s finance director leaving should be "another warning" of the financial difficulties the Council has to overcome.’And even Conservatives were kept in the dark.
‘Who lost confidence in who?’
‘Just what is the real state of finances that forced the Finance Director to quit?’
‘Was Sheila Little pushed or did she jump?’
Privately questions were being asked all round the chamber;
“While Surrey County Council has been able to balance the budget in recent years, it now faces an unparalleled and significant challenge. I have come to the conclusion and decision that, given wider changes at Surrey, the time is now right for a new leader of the finance function and for me to explore new challenges”.
Officially, Ms Little was quoted only as saying,