Electric Charging Point plans dropped
Residents in part of Stanwell allowed themselves a sigh of relief this week when plans for a huge Electric vehicle Charging point on the corner of Everest Road were dropped.
News that the proposals were being withdrawn reached villagers as they staged a wet and windy protest on Saturday morning.
Along with County Councillor Robert Evans and borough councillors Sue and John Doran, the protest drew attention to the possibility the contractor Iceni might represent plans at a later stage.
This is definitely a victory for local campaigners,’ Robert Evans told this paper.
‘Mercedes Fitzgerald, John O’Shea and the whole community have come together in opposition to these plans. Together with councillors from all political parties we have shown how collective action can make a difference,’ said Mr Evans.
‘Even on an appalling rain-soaked day, people were out to protest as this is such an unsuitable proposal,’ added Cllr Evans.
The planned demolition of the block of lock up garages to the rear of Wellington Court, on the corner of Everest and Clare Road, could have meant thousands of extra visits by car drivers, taxis and other vehicles coming to the new rapid electric charging bays.
Spelthorne Council have confirmed that the developer, East London based contractors, Iceni Projects have withdrawn the plans, for now and are ‘going off to think about it.’
THIRD RUNWAY FEARS
For further information contact Robert Evans on 07785 290546 or John O’Shea or Mercedes Fitzgerald via Cllr Evans
Labour pushes for
As a local party we have remained neutral concerning Heathrow expansion. Our MP Kwasi Kwarteng is in favour, though most other MPs in the area are against it.
Although the decision will be made at national government level and a number of our members are in favour because some jobs would be created, it would be irresponsible not to make residents aware of the possible impact that this massive development could have on them.
Added to the extra levels of pollution caused by 30% more flights will be the levels caused by motor vehicles, when the proposed “worlds biggest car park” in Stanwell, with a capacity for 125,000 car spaces, as well as taxi feeds and rentals together with 100 spaces for HGV lorry parking, is built.
The rest of Spelthorne will not escape the impact. The number of trucks carrying aggregate through the borough will greatly increase as even greater chunks of Spelthorne are dug up!
When the third 3 km concrete runway is built, the polluted surface water during heavy rain, could increase the risk of flooding in an already flood prone area.
Coincidentally Esso is planning to update its fuel pipeline going from Southampton to the West London Terminal storage facility in Hounslow. We have grave concerns about the re-routing of some of the 7.1km section that will pass through large parts of Spelthorne before reaching its destination.
There seems to be little gain for local residents, pollution levels will surely rise as life expectancy decreases.
Labour’s Surrey County councillor Robert Evans has been campaigning relentlessly for a deal for local people; one that provides proper compensation, addresses the parking chaos,
the lorries, and provides a decent transport service.
In our recent survey carried out in Spelthorne 62% of the replies were against expansion
Is it the green light for on
street parking meters?
In the recent borough elections Spelthorne labour Party warned that the Tory run council could be planning to install on street parking meters, with the possibility increasing if the Tories did well in the local elections.
Spelthorne at it again with another property purchase
Although they suffered a loss of 7 council seats, they still have a substantial majority, and as they are safe for the next 4 years, could feel confident enough to press ahead.
Church Street Ashford could be one of the first places to be metered, forcing more cars to park in the already over parked back streets. Residents will then complain, and “residents only permits” could then be introduced, creating frustration, hardship and extra cost to locals to park outside of their own homes, and nowhere for their visitors to park.
Let’s hope that the newly elected opposition councillors work together, to try to stop this from happening.
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 year 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 Spelthorne council paid out £484.000 on temporary accommodation, as hostel
accmmodation 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.
Or alternatively, find out how Tory run Hillingdon has frozen its council tax for the ninth successive year, and band D council tax is £396 lower than in Spelthorne. In addition free burglar alarms, swimming and allotments for the over- 65s.
Spelthorne’s Tory Council
invests £1.5 billion on
That’s a liability of about £37,000 per household, but is hesitant to back a
scheme to stop flooding.
In a recent newspaper article the leader of Spelthorne Borough Council would not confirm his 100% support for the £588 million River Thames Scheme — a flood defence initiative that would reduce the risk to 15,000 homes. Spelthorne’s contribution would be £25 million.
The floods of 2014 are still in our memories. The devastation caused in our borough resulting in the death of Zane Gbangbola aged 7, and injuries to his father Kye who remains paralysed from the waist down. The family is still fighting for justice!
‘For further information please go to www.TruthAboutZane.com’.
Labour would support the River Thames Scheme, providing it adequately protects Spelthorne
in the long term.
Auditors call council's billion pound property
"roulette" into question.
Spelthorne Labour Party members campaigning in Staines, against further NHS cuts.
Surrey Health Service ‘an increasing shambles’
The health service in Surrey is fast becoming a real shambles and I fear 2017 will become a year of crisis as the area’s ambulance service is in ‘special measures’ and a union official has branded the provision ‘a comedy of errors.’
In September, South East Coast Ambulance Service which covers Spelthorne, came under serious criticism when it proposed to delay ambulances by 10 minutes to check whether the call out was really necessary or not!
I’m afraid this sort of thing is just what I and other Labour people have been warning might happen if the Conservatives got their way with the NHS. Phillip Hammond the MP in neighbouring Runnymede holds all the purse strings now. The under-funding of the ambulance service is down to him. With the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt as another of the County’s MPs, the Conservatives in Surrey are very much in control of the NHS, the budget and its whole future.
As a Labour County Councillor in Spelthorne, I’m also worried that the situation is probably even worse when you add in the plight of the nurses. Ashford Hospital is at the heart of my Stanwell and Stanwell Moor division, and a recent survey suggested that nurses pay nurses has dropped in real terms, by nearly £15 000 a year since 2010. This must be having a huge impact on morale and the general well-being of our hospital.
In a county like Surrey, where accommodation costs are so high, this is a problem, that will surely only get worse. But of course, it’s not just nurses who are feeling the pinch as other NHS workers are also suffering from the government’s wage freeze and austerity programme, for example ambulance care assistants stand to be nearly £10 000 a year worse off by 2020 according to GMB union.
‘The shocking treatment of public sector workers is a typical example of this Government’s upside down approach to the things that matter,’ stated the GMB union’s national secretary Rehana Azam.
Spelthorne is administratively part of Surrey which is one of the richest parts of the country. I really think Phillip Hammond and Jeremy Hunt should be doing more to make sure our people and essential workers are better looked after. If as they argue, there isn’t enough money, then one area we could be considering is a rebranding of council tax with more bands to cover higher-value properties. It does seem very wrong that if you live in a property worth several millions of pounds you still fall into band H.
In 2017, the Government should look at bringing in several more Council Tax bands for high value property. This would increase revenue and reduce the disproportionate pressure on lower income families.
More generally I think Surrey people need to wake to the threat to our NHS. We are already losing the GP practice at Ashford and goodness knows where thousands of patients are going to find another local doctor. Apart from Ashford-St Peter’s we have four other major hospitals in this county, Epsom, Royal County Hospital at Guildford, East Surrey in Redhill and Frimley Park near Camberley. All these hospitals of course rely on their staff and on the ambulance service. At the moment, I think we’re entering a period of real crisis with the Conservatives almost blind to the problems of their making.
Statistics reveal ‘shocking’ deprivation in Surrey
A commonly held belief is that deprivation incidence in Surrey is on a par with icicles in the Sahara.
A local charity, The Community Foundation for Surrey, blasts that lazy assumption to pieces, with its 2017 research. its ’Surrey Uncovered’ makes dreadful reading, and the need for an active County Labour presence most urgent.
· Physical Health - A quarter of Surrey’s 10 and 11 year olds are clinically obese.
· Mental Health - There are 10,600 children, aged 5 to 15 who que for mental disorder treatment.
· Lack of Exercise - Only 7% of 16 to 21year olds take exercise. The national average is 25%.
· Domestic abuse - 24,000 victims 16 to 59 years suffer.
· Dementia - Needs and resources are miles apart. 15,800 cases are lacking response, there are over 30,000 carers over 65 years and 14,000 youngsters caring for family members.
· Children in poverty - A shocking 22,600. Some 1,800 living in ‘poverty pay’ working homes.
· Juvenile Alcoholism - 7 out of Surrey’s 11 districts are in the nations top ten percentage for ‘risk to health’ drinking.
The interim chief executive of the Community Foundation for Surrey finds that ‘the situation is even worse than in 2013.’ To show concern and to offer help, call 01483 478092.
This appalling state of affairs, dire poverty amidst great wealth, will be referred to Spelthorne Labour Party for urgent action, onwards to the County Party. The report also indicates how poverty at home in Surrey shatters children’s life chances.
The Conservatives monopolise Surrey services and the resulting shameful state stains them.
Compassion in care homes – essential but not sufficient.
A newly opened private home for mentally disturbed elderly people is advertising for staff.
‘All a care assistant needs is is compassion! On the contrary, professional skills are vital, and must be learned.
Labour demands that the establishment receives close monitoring by social services.
‘Selecting which Children to educate is uncivilised’ (Clem Attlee).
Adopting this obvious principle, abolishing ‘sheep and goats’ selection at 11 years of age, Labour passed its ‘non selection’ law in 1988, to to write off for good, a barbarous, class related scheme.
For every new grammar school, if the Tories repeal it, there will have to be
4 ‘sink secondary modern schools’ says OFSTEAD’s chief officer.
So Spelthorne’s parents will face a 1 in 5 chance of a good education, or pay for 11 plus tuition to give their children better odds for ‘passing the test,’ winner, not loser.
Labour’s policy? -- Every child to reach full potential, a comprehensive approach in the national interest in developing a child into a happy, civilised adult.