Is this really
the kind of
development
we need?



Bridge Street Car Park
sold for £28.8 million



The 12 storey tower block which has been given planning approval in Staines by its Tory run council; and as described in a local paper, will indeed become “an eyesore” as its size alone puts out of balance with the rest of the landscape.

It is our belief that this kind of development is socially damaging. The proposed 205 one, two, and three bedroom riverside apartments will be too expensive for local people especially our young. As a consequence more people from the London area forced out by even higher property prices will buy them up!

A Tory councillor described the development as regeneration, but in reality it’s just
“over population.” This will put an even greater strain on our over stretched services;
nurseries, schools, doctors surgeries, hospitals; and also the drainage system, in an
area prone to flooding. Another Tory councillor who spoke against the plans said: " In the nature of democracy sometimes decisions are made that many disagree with." This is not the opinion of Socrates who's view was, in democracy; "The poor and the free
being the majority control government" not small a bunch of Tory councillors!

Ignoring the needs of our young adult population creates a breakdown in family structures. More young people in the borough are moving further away in order to get their feet on the housing ladder, or for more affordable rents. Grand parents will be unable to look after their grandchildren, and their sons and daughters will be unable to help their parents in their old age. The cost of home care for one person to be dressed in the morning and undressed in the evening is around £230 per week. This would eventually eat up the savings of many people on low pensions. And if nursing home care is required, as it will be for some before the age of eighty, will cost over £1200 per week. This will mean for many re-mortgaging or selling their homes — no inheritance for the children!

For many, Spelthorne could become a borough of isolated and lonely people.

THERE ARE OTHER MAJOR BUILDING PROJECTS
STARTING IN SPELTHORNE INCLUDING THE DEMOLITION OF BROOKLANDS COLLEGE, TO BUILD HOMES, SHOPS AND OFFICES; NOT FORGETTING THE POSSIBILITY OF 900 HOMES BEING BUILT AT KEMPTON PARK ON LAND OWNED BY THE JOCKEY CLUB, WHICH HASN’T BEEN RULED OUT BY OUR TORY RUN COUNCIL


BUT NO MENTION OF AFFORDABLE STARTER HOMES
TO RENT OR BUY FOR LOCAL PEOPLE!


Although the Tories have majorities on both councils,
they seem to be able to out vote themselves, by voting against the many matters of public concern.



River Thames Scheme
The Environment Agency and other partners are working together to reduce flood risk, secure the local economy and enhance the River Thames through a proposed programme of projects and investment known as the River Thames Scheme.

The scheme will reduce flood risk to all communities between Datchet and Teddington. This includes: Datchet, Wraysbury, Egham, Staines, Chertsey, Shepperton, Weybridge, Sunbury, Molesey, Thames Ditton, Kingston and Teddington. Find out how the River Thames Scheme is reducing flood risk for communities from Datchet to Teddington Come along to one of the public events, there is no need to book; you can drop in any time. They will be at the following locations in August and September:



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