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,
PRESS RELEASE -Immediate’
The Conservative Party in Surrey was facing some difficult questions this week, after their County Councillors, defied the prime minister’s recent lead and voted down a motion on closing the gender pay gap.
A Labour motion, with Green Party support and Liberal Democrat backing was defeated, when all the Conservatives voted against it, despite it having been promoted by Theresa May only recently.
Labour County Councillor Robert Evans who proposed the motion said, referring to Joanna Killian,’ Surrey County Council is proud that our new Chief Executive, the most senior officer of the staff, is a woman. However, Council notes that the average female Surrey CC employee is paid 14.7% less than the average male employee’.
In his speech, Councillor Evans added ,’ Unequal pay is often the result of unequal opportunities; and as employers, Surrey must also have a part to play in providing solutions.
‘For example, many jobs advertised as full-time could be done by part-timers or as job shares. There are easy-to-find organisations out there with experience in advising about this.’
Members of Surrey County Council including the Tories, would have been aware that the prime minister recently announced reforms, to encourage firms to close the 18.4% gap between women take home compared with men. A gap which equates to women working for free for the first 67 days of the year.
Robert Evans added, ‘Childcare is often affordable for parents with only one child, but may become out of reach when more than one child comes along.
‘This can then lead to an exodus of some women from decently paid full-time jobs with prospects, into part-time work, almost always at the bottom of the pay and opportunities ladder,’ explained Cllr Evans.
Figures show that the average female Surrey County Council employee is paid 14.7% less than the average male employee. In Surrey Police, the average woman is paid 12.2% less than the average man in the force.
Concluding his speech Cllr Evans said, ‘By passing this motion today we will be agreeing to look closely at this issue and to adopt measures that will attempt to address the differential pay gap.’
When it came to the vote, led by their Leader David Hodge, 54 Councillors including all the Conservatives present, voted against it.
‘It’s unbelievable!’ moaned Robert Evans. ‘In this day and age, the year 2018, when we are celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage, Surrey Conservatives can’t even back this motion on gender pay equality.’
‘They must have understood it. The motion was quite clear. Perhaps they’re just still in the dark ages.’
The motion in full…
Mr Robert Evans (Stanwell & Stanwell Moor) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:
Surrey County Council is proud that our new Chief Executive, the most senior officer of the staff, is a woman. However, Council notes that the average female Surrey CC employee is paid 14.7% less than the average male employee.
Similarly, Council notes that the average woman employed by Surrey Police is paid 12.2% less than the average man in the force.
Surrey County Council is committed to equality and recognises that this is an issue that needs to be faced.
This Council hereby resolves to adopt measures that will attempt to address this differential gap in future.
For further info: Robert Evans 07785 290546
Surrey County Councillor, Labour
Stanwell and Stanwell Moor
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M: 07785 290546