This morning, I caught up with Molesey candidates for Elmbridge Borough Council 2018 elections Paul Wood and Steve Bax, pictured with me below. We discussed four main issues.
First, we discussed long term solutions to the issue of slumboats on the River Thames in the Molesey area. In August this year, I wrote to the Secretary of State for DEFRA about this issue to seek stronger enforcement powers to protect and preserve the areas where the boats are moored.
Second, we caught up on the issue of illegal traveller incursions that occurred across Surrey over the summer. In September this year, I wrote to Surrey PCC, David Munro, and held a meeting with local representatives, to request an authorised site for travellers in Surrey which will make it easier to remove those who attempt to make illegal incursions.
Third, we caught up on progress with the new state secondary free school in the Molesey/Walton area. Heathside School is due to open in September 2019.
Finally, we discussed local concerns about noise from flights going over Molesey, particularly given the third runway planned for Heathrow Airport. I am due to meet with the Transport Minister before Christmas to raise these concerns again.