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’