Community Spirit in Elmbridge

This week, I have been down to Cobham Day center, Walton Charity and Lower Green Community Association to hear how they are faring in the aftermath of recession. The voluntary sector suffers in any economic downturn, but I was delighted to see all three thriving despite the financial pressures. The voluntary sector play an important […]

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Government Scraps South East Plan

This week, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced that the government is scrapping all Regional Strategies, which impose top-down housing targets on local communities. Here in Elmbridge, the South East Plan had piled the pressure on our greenbelt, and other open spaces, by dictating the building of almost 6,000 new housing units. Mr Pickles has written […]

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Sport in the Community

On Friday, I visited Cobham Sports Association with Councillor Jan Fuller. It is an amazing local sports club, with great facilities and a strong family dimension. We met the Under 17’s Rugby team (below), who recently stormed 55-3 to win the national championships, a fantastic achievement. There was all the camaraderie you expect at a […]

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The Dittons Fair

Today, I embarked on my first official duties – opening The Dittons Fair, which is celebrating the centenary of the local Scouts Group. We talked a lot in the election campaign about promoting the ‘Big Society’ – strengthening the family, promoting community spirit and providing more positive activities for young people. Nothing captures that better […]

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