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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Action on Oxted Quarry

I remain deeply concerned about the situation at Oxted Quarry, including Southern Gravel’s request for 200 movements of waste HGVs per day. I am fighting to ensure Chalkpit Lane does not become an HGV Highway and have: – Submitted my formal objections to SCC as part of their consultation on…

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Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s speech cleared the House of Commons this evening by 323 to 309 votes. Obviously, the high level of interest in the Queen’s speech this year is because we have a minority government with a small majority. The 10 DUP MPs agreed to support the measures as part of…

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NO TO HGV HIGHWAY IN OXTED

I met with Councillor Martin Fisher yesterday to discuss the Chalkpit Quarry in Oxted and our objections to plans that could create an HGV highway in the town. These plans are a ‘terrible idea’ and will have a seriously negative impact on the quality and way of life of the…

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Gibb report

Chris Gibb, the trouble shooter appointed by the Government to investigate the problems at Southern Rail, has today published his report. The findings are consistent with what we discussed when I met with him in December, and the report can be found here: http://bit.ly/2tRChFw Key Findings include:  – RMT and ASLEF…

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