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A MESSAGE FROM A ‘ MAD SWIVEL-EYED LOON’

Well Well!  I’ve been called a few things over the past few weeks.  A leaflet published by the Surrey Heath Labour party during the run-up to the Election seemed to suggest that anyone standing in the Election who had not been born in Camberley was a  ‘Political Stooge’.  Actually I’m proud to have been born in Scotland. My maternal Grandfather was a convenor in the Boilermakers Union, based on Clydeside.  Over the years I have formed my own political opinions.

Anyone who has read the letters page in Camberley News and Mail this week will note that a resident was willing to vote for me despite my having a face like a ‘ Bulldog chewing Bees’.

So -I’m a mad-swivel-eyed-bee-chewing-bulldog-faced-political-stooge?  OK -I can take that. But I’d like to remind  the ‘member of David Cameron’s inner circle’ who supposedly made the remark about grassroots political activists that these very ‘grassroots political activists’ returned me and a record number of Conservative candidates in Surrey to County Hall.  I would like to remind him or her  that we suffered insults and abuse on the doorsteps, largely because some voters believe the Conservative Leadership to be out of touch with reality. The number of former Conservative voters who decided to vote for the ‘fruitcake’ party should have been a clear enough message to those on high in the Conservative Party.

People have long memories -particularly if they have been insulted because of their strongly held faith-based views. If the  Conservative leadership are expecting support from the ‘mad swivel-eyed loons’ in the fast approaching General Election campaign they’d better start listening to what their supporters at ‘grassroots’ are saying.

An apology might be a good start

 

Denis Fuller

According to a recent Tweet from Daniel Hannan MEP……………………….

………..Labour will not trust the Working Man to vote in a Referendum.  Well!  I’ve had some interesting discussions with members of the Labour Party on this. I’m told -(I’ve not checked) that ‘Europe’ or ‘Referendum’ does not rate highly on the lists of priorities held by Working Men. I’ m told that their priorities are Unemployment, Poverty, Housing Costs , Food Prices etc.  I think I heard that ‘Europe’ appears lower down the list than these, and other areas of concern.

I wonder if Labour have spelt out why, perhaps, some of these major issues of concern are more serious than they otherwise might have been?  Because of the crisis in the Eurozone,  ‘Europe’ , our biggest market, are not buying from UK at the level they otherwise might. As a result of our EU membership we have to accept workers from other European Countries coming in to seek employment. They obviously need somewhere live.  Etc.Etc.

Whether or not these areas of concern would magically disappear if we were to leave the EU is not clear -but not to appreciate that ‘Europe ‘ is a factor which is contributing to some of these problems is perhaps just a little short-sighted. I’m absolutely sure that the ‘Working Men’  realise  this; I’m equally sure that many of them will not be happy if not offered a Referendum at some time in the not too distant future

 

Denis Fuller

I’M GETTING THE FEELING THAT PRESSURE IS MOUNTING AGAINST THE LITTERERS

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Outside my gate lies an empty paper  cup from Wild Bean cafe. Unlike my friend Quentin Brodie-Cooper I’ve left it there for all to see until such time as the SHBC  litter-pickers come and take it away, together with all of the other garbage that litters my road.  Quentin, of Zilch, would have picked it up.  When canvassing prior to the recent Surrey County Council Election I met a Mr B in Frimley -he makes it a habit to collect two items of litter from Frimley High Street every day. If Mr B of Frimley can collect 700 items in a year, it beggars belief how many items are thrown onto the Frimley High Street pavements in a  year!  What sort of people are we living amongst? Would they tolerate this in Singapore? I don’t think so!

On Saturday morning last I found on my lawn the wrapping of a Sainsbury’s Roast Chicken -presumably someone had eaten it whilst walking home from Camberley and could not be bothered taking the litter home. Nice!

On Sunday morning there was the cover of a MacDonalds Wrap on my lawn. Nice!

This is not new – this has been going on for generations- I’ve lived in the same house for over 30 years!   On the assumption that the perpetrators in 1980 were the young revellers coming home from a night out, they are probably now in their fifties. Are their children and grand children still throwing litter in the streets.

What is the cost of cleaning the streets of Surrey Heath. The Council do a good job in the areas where litter is cleared – but what about the areas that are not cleared?  I know that some worthy volunteers regularly clean up Barossa Common -but why should they have to?

I hope and believe that  the time has come for ‘Zero Tolerance’ (to use the expression of our newly elected PCC).  If we can encourage litterers to respect the rest of the community who have to live in the mess that they create then we may be taking the first step to encourage respect in other walks of life.

Denis Fuller

THE WORK BEGINS NOW

It seems like an age ago, but  only a week  has passed since we Surrey Heath Candidates  were at Camberley Theatre awaiting the County Council Election Results.  Hundreds of other ‘ hopefuls’  were awaiting the results around Surrey. I use the word  ‘hopeful’  in the belief – I hope I am wrong -that  amongst  them  may have been some ‘paper candidates’  who had agreed to be put forward as a candidate without seriously harbouring any thoughts of winning. Perhaps they were suffering rising feelings of dread as they watched the counters add to their piles of ‘Yes’ votes. (No -I’m not going to call them ‘dreadfuls’  instead of ‘hopefuls!).  Whatever! Those of us who were successful should now have been ‘sworn in’ at County Hall; the induction process has commenced; we’ll soon be told which committees we’ve been allocated to; the list of meetings planned for the next few weeks has been published; we are all expected to be at County Hall on Monday for  the second Members Induction day. Soon we’ll receive a long  list of organisations  who require a Surrey County Councillor representative on their management board. in 2009 I volunteered to serve on several which were of particular interest and have enjoyed my experiences so far with Surrey Historical Buildings Trust, Lifetrain Trust & Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

For me the enquiries, complaints, concerns etc. of my Camberley West residents have continued; for any new County Councillor they are about to begin – by now they may have received a list of on-going concerns etc from the previous Councillor.

Thus I was determined to use the week after the Election to catch my breath, relax, deal with some domestic issues etc. Walking in the fabulous Surrey Countryside on Reigate Hill & Puttenham Common is a great way to wind  down. I was actually ‘wound up’ at the sight of litter om Barossa Common during my Sunday Morning pre-breakfast walk!  A blog will be following on that!  Yesterday could hardly have been better – a round of golf at Leeds Castle -then spending time with my ever -more vociferous granddaughter in the castle grounds. ( My daughter had  been worried that Jessica;s first words were going to be ‘bus lane’)

Have to stop now – I have a lever-arch file full of information for County Councillors to be ploughed through before Monday morning. I hope the traffic is not too bad for that journey to Kingston!

Denis Fuller

CEDAR LANE CAR PARK FRIMLEY

Shortly after becoming the Surrey County Councillor for Camberley West (which includes Frimley) in 2009 I had to get involved in the problems with the wheel-clamping in Cedar Lane car park. After a lot of hard work by fellow councillors,  businesses, Surrey County Council Trading Standards Officers, the media  and our MP Michael Gove etc. we managed to get wheel clamping on private land banned -Nationwide.  Recently a new company took over the management of Cedar Lane car park. Now that I’ve been re-elected as the County Councillor I’m reviewing the issues that I had deal with over my first four years in the role.  I want to be sure that the new arrangements in Cedar Lane car park Frimley are operating smoothly and efficiently, and that the users, businesses, their staff etc. are satisfied.  Comments would be most welcome

Denis Fuller

RE – THE GROVE FRIMLEY

NOTICE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

(D3525) THE GROVE, FRIMLEY

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2013

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in the entire length of (D3525) The Grove, Frimley from the junction with Grove Cross Road to the End of The Grove at the junction with Partridge Close for a distance of approximately 242m.

This Temporary Traffic Order is required to facilitate The Surrey County Council to carry out surface treatment works. These works are anticipated to be carried out on 21st May 2013 for one day between the hours of 07:30 to 17:30 within the six month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order that commences on 21ST May 2013. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closures will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles at all times. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses wherever reasonably possible and advanced notification will be given however in the event that it is necessary to restrict any access at any time under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the road can only be closed for a maximum of 8 hours in any 24-hour period. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highway during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.

There is no diversion route as this is a cul-de-sac.

DATED         3RD MAY 2013

Authorising Officer: Richard Bolton

Local Highways Services Group Manager

Any Enquiries relating to this notice should be directed to:

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Surrey County Council – Highways

Hazel House

Merrow Lane

Guildford

Surrey GU4 7BQ

Tel: 0300 200 1003

NOTICE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

(D3525) THE GROVE, FRIMLEY

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2013

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in the entire length of (D3525) The Grove, Frimley from the junction with Grove Cross Road to the End of The Grove at the junction with Partridge Close for a distance of approximately 242m.

This Temporary Traffic Order is required to facilitate The Surrey County Council to carry out surface treatment works. These works are anticipated to be carried out on 21st May 2013 for one day between the hours of 07:30 to 17:30 within the six month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order that commences on 21ST May 2013. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closures will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles at all times. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses wherever reasonably possible and advanced notification will be given however in the event that it is necessary to restrict any access at any time under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the road can only be closed for a maximum of 8 hours in any 24-hour period. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highway during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.

There is no diversion route as this is a cul-de-sac.

DATED         3RD MAY 2013

Authorising Officer: Richard Bolton

Local Highways Services Group Manager

Any Enquiries relating to this notice should be directed to:

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Surrey County Council – Highways

Hazel House

Merrow Lane

Guildford

Surrey GU4 7BQ

Tel: 0300 200 1003

NOTICE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

(D3525) THE GROVE, FRIMLEY

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2013

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in the entire length of (D3525) The Grove, Frimley from the junction with Grove Cross Road to the End of The Grove at the junction with Partridge Close for a distance of approximately 242m.

This Temporary Traffic Order is required to facilitate The Surrey County Council to carry out surface treatment works. These works are anticipated to be carried out on 21st May 2013 for one day between the hours of 07:30 to 17:30 within the six month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order that commences on 21ST May 2013. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closures will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles at all times. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses wherever reasonably possible and advanced notification will be given however in the event that it is necessary to restrict any access at any time under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the road can only be closed for a maximum of 8 hours in any 24-hour period. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highway during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.

There is no diversion route as this is a cul-de-sac.

DATED         3RD MAY 2013

Authorising Officer: Richard Bolton

Local Highways Services Group Manager

Any Enquiries relating to this notice should be directed to:

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Surrey County Council – Highways

Hazel House

Merrow Lane

Guildford

Surrey GU4 7BQ

Tel: 0300 200 1003

NOTICE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

(D3525) THE GROVE, FRIMLEY

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2013

THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in the entire length of (D3525) The Grove, Frimley from the junction with Grove Cross Road to the End of The Grove at the junction with Partridge Close for a distance of approximately 242m.

This Temporary Traffic Order is required to facilitate The Surrey County Council to carry out surface treatment works. These works are anticipated to be carried out on 21st May 2013 for one day between the hours of 07:30 to 17:30 within the six month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order that commences on 21ST May 2013. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closures will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles at all times. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses wherever reasonably possible and advanced notification will be given however in the event that it is necessary to restrict any access at any time under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the road can only be closed for a maximum of 8 hours in any 24-hour period. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highway during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.

There is no diversion route as this is a cul-de-sac.

DATED         3RD MAY 2013

Authorising Officer: Richard Bolton

Local Highways Services Group Manager

Any Enquiries relating to this notice should be directed to:

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Surrey County Council – Highways

Hazel House

Merrow Lane

Guildford

Surrey GU4 7BQ

Tel: 0300 200 1003

I’D NEVER DRIVEN A MINI-COOPER BEFORE…

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….. let alone one without an ignition key! It had a disc to put in a slot on the dashboard – then you put your foot on the clutch and pressed a button -and it started!  When you stopped at traffic lights the engine stopped too! PANIC!  I soon found out that by pressing down on the clutch -the engine started!  WOW!

So what was I doing on Election Day May 2nd with this super car?  Well; for a  candidate,  Election day is quite frantic -involving visits to the six polling stations, the committee room, plus last-minute canvassing. I decided that my old blue Jaguar XK8 convertible, apart from being utterly unsuitable for use on election day, (the engine tends to flood if you stop-start),  might send out the wrong message to those who thought it was worth a lot of money. (Sadly some voters seem to despise success -even though ‘success; creates jobs, wealth etc. for others). In any event the old car had been stuck in the garage for much of the winter and needed a service. So I booked it in with my friend from Camberley, Dave Cutler, the owner of  the excellent Yateley MOT Centre, and asked for the loan of a courtesy car. A few months earlier I’d had occasion to borrow one of Dave’s courtesy cars  -Carol and I re-titled it a ‘discourtesy car’! I was glad to take it back.  I was hoping to be using Dave’s best car -his old faithful  Ka – roomy, nippy, economical, easy to park – all just the job for Election Day.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Yateley MOT Centre  on Wednesday and found this Mini waiting for me!  It was basically Red – Rodney Bates would have fancied this I’m sure!  The wing-mirrors had Union Flags on them which would have please the UKIP candidate.  The only hint of Tory Blue on the car was the Aldershot Football Team Logo – and  -guess what -they went into Administration on May 1st – a really good omen!

Miraculously I got the Mini back to Dave in one piece. Secretly I’m hoping the 0ld Jag. breaks down soon so I can have another go

Denis

IT HAS BEEN SO GOOD TO BE ABLE TO HELP IN THE COMMUNITY

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This picture was taken at St Michael’s Church at Christmas. I was able to source some funds from Surrey County Council to help with the cost of improving the kitchen in the church hall. Opening a kitchen was a novel experience -I’d never opened one before!  Afterwards we took part in an a carol singing world record attempt. I really hope to be re-elected to serve Camberley West for a further 4 years -but if not I’ll continue to serve as a Rotarian, charity worker etc.

 

Denis

THIS COUNTY COUNCILLOR THRIVES ON GETTING STUCK IN!

 

 

Sorted and bagged with signLitter Pick team (2)

I really ‘enjoyed’ my session with the fantastic ZILCH team, helping them clear the accumulated rubbish beside the Frimley Road railway Bridge.  Well done Zilch -I’ll be back!

 

Denis Fuller

 

 

 

WHAT I CAN AND WHAT I CANNOT PROMISE THE RESIDENTS OF CAMBERLEY WEST

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Having served as a County Councillor since 2009 I know that  -as the song said -I cannot make promises that I just can’t keep. I played a big part in getting rid of the clampers in Cedar Lane (and the rest of the country); if I win the Election I will tackle the problems arising under the new management at this car park -which is having a detrimental affect on the residents and businesses in Cedar Lane.  But I won’t promise to resolve it.  Four years ago I set out to deal with the problem of the dangerous A30 bus lane. I encountered opposition -I promise to take up the cudgels again next week if I win the Election -but I cannot promise that I will win. I pledged to help businesses and residents who were victims of absurd  Government and EU policies. Ask Siemens. Ask the residents of Station Road Frimley- they will tell you -as will others. I’ve fought tooth and nail for my residents and will continue to do so. David Hodge -the Leader of SCC – will confirm that I am a very good  colleague but that sometimes he will find me working against him if his policy is not in the best interests of my residents.

So: four years experience have shown me that at least some of Rodney Bates six ‘Pledges’, well-meaning and worthy though they are, may be impractical to say the least. I’ve managed to persuade residents to set up Community Groups and campaigns. I’ve encouraged some to bring petitions to the SCC Local Area Committee Meetings. I wish more had listened to me and set up Neighbourhood Watch or Speed -Watch groups -but one can only lead a horse to water…..

So; visiting every school  -every term. Unrealistic! I’ve replied to this on my blog.

So: a Monthly Newsletter?Surrey Heath Councillors do these very well. Paul Deach runs the superb Surrey Heath Residents Website. Why on earth would Rodney want to set up three new Newsletters??

So: ‘ speaking out at County Hall to ensure proper provision of social care and mental health services in our area’.  The entire Council -all 80 of us in 2009-13 – have worked to this end. Rodney can ‘speak at County Hall’ all he   likes if he gets elected. What I’ve done over the years is get down to the core of each issue I have concerns about; find out who is responsible, and seek change at the right levels. It takes action -not words’.

So: regular pothole patrols! I’ve written about this too on my blog. Potholes appear overnight. I try to educate my residents to report potholes to SCC -by phone or via the SCC Website. It would take Rodney two hours every day to patrol the 40 miles of Camberley West.

I could go on  -I think I’ve made my point.

And -oh yes – I still object to having been called a ‘Political Stooge’

Denis Fuller