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Is Surrey the flagship for privatisation?
The appointment of Joanna Killian as Surrey County Council’s Chief Executive would indicate that more cuts to services are on the way.
The new appointment was praised by several councillors, no doubt they were impressed by the £450 million cut to public services she made in her previous
job as Essex’ Chief Executive.
Many of Spelthorne’s residents, “Surrey’s backyard” are well aware of Surrey’s trajectory of cuts to services that go back a long way.
Over the years we have lost a cottage hospital an A&E, a maternity wing at Ashford hospital, four council run nursing homes, schools, Spelthorne 6th form College and now we are about to lose a fire station.
That’s not to say there have been no gains, we gained a women’s prison an “Eco Park” with an incinerator and an anaerobic digester, not forgetting water filled gravel pits. To epitomise Surrey’s meanness, they have cut the daily allowance of chargeable household waste. Their reason given is to save more than £100 million.
You might think that we get a good deal for our council tax, here’s a comparison with some neighbouring Greater London boroughs:
Dedicated schools grant.
Surrey per pupil £4096.45
Hillingdon per pupil £4820.35
Hounslow per pupil £5210.99
Kingston per pupil £5310.91
All the above Greater London Boroughs are in zone 6 and all over 65s get a freedom pass to travel free on trains and buses into London.
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.
Brexit under the Conservatives could 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 Greater London borough 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.