Welcome to the first of what are going to be regular ‘Constituency Round-Ups’.
I know that lots of you are in regular contact with me and my office about particular campaigns and issues we are working on, but this should give a quick update on just five things that I have been working on, or have been bought to my attention in the past few weeks.
Oxted Quarry & Chalkpit Lane
Like many Oxted residents, I too am concerned about the daily volume of lorries proposed to be allowed along Chalkpit Lane from the Oxted quarry. The sheer number of lorries proposed is unacceptable and I have been lobbying hard on your behalf to bring this number down to a more sensible level. Last week I met with Julie Foley, Area Manager at the Environment Agency, and next Friday I have arranged a meeting with representatives from both Surrey and Tandridge Councils to visit the site and make further representations. I will update you all soon on any developments.
An issue that was raised during one of my surgeries was the increasing congestion on the A22 at the junction with the A264 at Felbridge. I am keen to help resolve this if possible, and so I have written to Surrey Highways requesting a meeting to discuss this issue and try to find out further if anything can be done to alleviate this.
After a brief break for the election, my regular constituency surgeries are back on. My August surgeries were fully booked, and I was able to meet many of you to discuss problems you are facing. Employment support allowance, support for people with learning disabilities, immigration, planning, local charities and environmental policy were just a few of the things discussed. Should you ever wish to come and see me at a surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com, or phone the office on 020 7219 3504.
I know that the summer has given very little respite for long suffering commuters on Southern Rail, with unions continually threatening disruptive and disproportionate strike action on the network. The Gibb report published back in June was clear that the unions were “the primary cause for the failure of the system integrity” last year and strike action continues to threaten the improvements being made by Govia. I urge all sides to get back round the table to find a way to make long overdue progress in this long running dispute.
That said, I am still concerned about Govia’s performance. In the coming weeks I will be meeting with CEO Charles Horton again to discuss the service on Southern and the Gibb recommendations in detail, as well as Southern’s plans to implement them. Given last month’s announcement of a 3.6% in regulated fares next year, it is even more vital that passengers have a good and reliable service.
Warlingham Recycling Centre
Many of you have contacted me regarding the proposed closure of the Bond Road recycling centre in Warlingham. Like many of you, I submitted my views on the consultation, and met with Cllr Cindy Steer to ensure your views were being heard regarding the closure. I have written to the Council (my letter can be found here:https://www.facebook.com/GyimahforEastSurrey/photos/a.206714942815768.1073741827.204388219715107/887200851433837/?type=3&theater) asking that they reconsider the decision to close the site given how important it is locally.
If you would like any further information on any of the points raised, do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.