Transform

Today, on my various rounds locally, I caught up with Transform Chief Executive Paul Mitchell along with Surrey High Sheriff, Elizabeth Kennedy (pictured below). Transform is an innovative local charity that provides housing and support to some of the most vulnerable across our community (the Elmbridge branch is in Walton). I am a huge admirer of […]

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Whiteley Village

On Friday, I visited Whiteley Village to catch up with Chair, Peter Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Chandra McGowan, and above all local residents. I was briefed on Whiteley’s plans for the future, and some of their innovative ideas for making sure the retirement village continues, for the long-term, to deliver flexible and high quality housing and […]

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Building More Affordable Homes

Today, I caught up with Dilip Kavi, Ian Watts, Chris Whelan and Rachael Smart from Paragon Community Housing Group, who provide affordable housing across the borough. We discussed a range of local issues in Elmbridge, including their plans to build more affordable homes, the mix of stock (including rental and part-owned), the recent flooding, handling of […]

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A Royal Visit

On Thursday, Walton was graced with a Royal visit from Princess Anne, to open the Citizens Advice Bureau’s (CAB) new office at the Elmbridge community hub. Our CABs do a marvellous job locally, advising on a range of issues from debt to housing. We also paid tribute to their Domestic Abuse Service’s tenth anniversary.   It […]

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Affordable Homes in Elmbridge

The UK has a major shortage of affordable homes. The parlous state of the public finances has made filling the gap more difficult – although, it has to be said, more affordable homes have been built in each year under the coalition, than in any of the thirteen under Labour. At a local level, the need […]

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Walton Charity – Launch of Community Grants

On Friday, I joined Walton Charity CEO, Jackie Lodge, Trustee Chairman, Barry Cheyne, and an array of wonderful local organisations – from Chelsea FC to Elmbridge Community Link – for the formal launch of Walton Charity’s Community Grants program.   It is a great initiative. The idea is to allow Walton Charity – going now […]

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