Constituency Round Up

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…

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Le Personne Homes, 65th birthday

Happy 65th birthday to Le Personne Homes in Caterham, which has done a great job providing affordable flats for older ladies over the years. I enjoyed cutting the cake with indefatigable Daphne and catching up with the Trustees. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who work so hard to…

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Woldingham PC suggestion

Very thoughtful suggestion from Woldingham Parish Council on the closure of the Warlingham CRC. Certainly worth considering. I will be making formal representations to Surrey County Council myself this week, so if you have any further comments you’d like to share with me, do get in touch

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Warlingham, Bond Road CRC Closure

I understand Surrey County Council has delayed (from 5th to 20th) the decision on the closure of the Bond Road CRC. I believe that’s the right decision. If this decision were to go ahead, residents of Caterham, Warlingham, Woldingham and Tatsfield will have to share the already congested Caterham CRC on reduced opening hours.…

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Oxted Quarry Permit

Today, I met with the Environment Agency to discuss the increase of HGVs on Chalkpit Lane resulting from the revised permit for the Quarry. The EA confirmed their hands are tied by legislation: they cannot take account of traffic movements in their deliberations or to consult unless the site is…

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Record employment figures

Great to see figures yesterday morning showing employment at a record high of 75.1%, with 3 million more people in work since 2010. In East Surrey, the unemployed claimant rate was 1.1%: lower than the UK wide figure of 2.5%. I’ll soon be visiting our local Jobcentre Plus office to…

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Southern latest – fines and union action

Southern has been forced to pay £13.4 million for its dismal performance over the past year. This money will mainly be spent on funding improvements for passengers which includes £4 million for 50 on board supervisors from January next year. At the same time, ASLEF have rejected a 23.8% pay…

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Re-launching campaign to build a Hooley bypass

I am very pleased the Government will invest £1 billion of funding to improve A roads and construct new bypasses. I have therefore resurrected the long standing campaign for a bypass at Hooley, and  wrote to Chris Grayling to request an urgent meeting to discuss this important project. An interchange…

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