Business Breakfast

Congratulations to Rachael Lake and Elmbridge Business Network, for organising their breakfast meeting today, despite the snow and ice. I updated the group on the government’s plans for cutting business taxes and red-tape, and expanding investment in finance for small and medium size companies. Unsurprisingly, we discussed business rates, and the idea for local authorities […]

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Rock ‘n Roll in Cobham

Well almost. Last night, co-founder of the Boom Town Rats, Jerry Cott, played the first night of a series of performances, to launch his new album Urban Soundscapes. If you love solo guitar and/ or blues, check out the album and his other shows at http://www.gerrycott.com/. The proceeds from the show went towards the Riverhill […]

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Out with the Scouts

Yesterday, I visited Hersham Scouts, a great local club for youngsters. The lads were full of creative ideas for cutting the budget deficit and didn’t hold back with a whole range of probing questions! The troop also have an entrepreneurial streak, and run a Christmas Tree delivery (and pick up) service, to raise money for […]

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Claygate Clubhouse

On Saturday, I joined the Claygate Recreation Ground Trust at an event at Sandown Park to help promote, and raise funds, for a new local clubhouse (see below). The recreation ground is a real focal point for the village – whether you enjoy football, cricket or the flower show. Richard Waller and Nigel Abbott have […]

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Watching local Vandals

Congratulations to Weybridge Vandals, who pulled off a nail-biting win over Gosport and Fareham RFC on Saturday. The lads won in style, and I was really impressed with the club. They are serious about their rugby, but it’s also a very family-oriented club – a real asset to the local community. Good luck for the […]

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Don’t Forget the other Chelsea

Elmbridge may be famous for hosting Chelsea FC’s training ground, but there is another international team by the same name nearby – Chelsea Technologies in West Molesey. Hired to help clear up the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chelsea Technologies’ sensory technology is being pioneered for a range […]

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Celebrating our Local Schools

Students, parents and teachers in Elmbridge and across Surrey have been celebrating a strong year for GCSE and A-Level results. On Friday, I was invited to attend the annual prize-giving at Notre Dame school in Cobham (below) – and enjoyed being part of their celebrations, after an impressive year of academic, sporting, artistic and musical […]

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When it rains!

As the forecasters duly proclaimed the end of the lingering summer weather, today saw downpours across Surrey. I was up before 6 a.m. to catch a ride with local paramedics (Aran Blunden and Katie Crabb, see below), and get a glimpse first-hand of the challenges they face on an ordinary shift. They responded to two […]

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Planning and Local Democracy

Planning is a red hot local issue in Elmbridge, a borough which is 57% greenbelt. I have regularly posted comment on the need to protect the greenbelt, but also address the lack of affordable housing locally. The South East plan imposed top-down targets of nearly 6,000 new housing units in Elmbridge. The newly elected government […]

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How Resilient is Elmbridge?

Last week, the BBC published a report based on research by Experian (a credit checking business) which stated that Elmbridge (and Surrey) are amongst the areas of Britain most ‘resilient’ to economic shocks. Good news, and little surprise at one level. We live in an affluent area with thriving local business and relatively low unemployment. […]

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