Railway Ticket Office Closures

Today, I received a letter of support from London TravelWatch, the train customer watchdog, in response to my letter objecting to ticket office closures at Thames Ditton and Hinchley Wood stations. The full text, which is set out below, lists a range of other additional failings which South West Trains must address. We await their […]

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Ambulance Services in Elmbridge

This week, I visited Walton Ambulance station. I was briefed by William Pickering of South East Coast Ambulance Service, Sue Day a senior paramedic (below) and other paramedics on duty. These emergency paramedics on the frontline do a fantastic job for us locally, and I admire their commitment. The service saw an increase in emergency […]

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Debating British Middle East Policy

Earlier this month, I was invited by Press TV to debate Dr Rosemary Hollis’s new book, Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era, on Epilogue, a show hosted by Ken Livingstone. Press TV broadcasts legally in Britain. It is not banned, but it is (I understand) funded by the Iranian government. So I […]

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A Human Right to cigarettes?

Yesterday, BBC Surrey reported that a prisoner at HMP High Down is suing the Prison Service, claiming a human right to cigarettes. The prisoner in question was denied tobacco as part of the sanctions applied for disciplinary breaches. In my view, this kind of claim is an abuse of process, a corruption of the very […]

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Open Letter on Surrey Police Review

This weekend, I wrote an open letter to Surrey Police Authority, based on my own consultations, highlighting the local impact in Elmbridge of Surrey’s Operational Policing Review, and requesting further information. You can read the text of the letter below. Peter WilliamsChairmanSurrey Police Authority Dear Peter, SURREY POLICE REVIEW – IMPACT ON ELMBRIDGEThank you for […]

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Preserving Our Greenbelt

One of the things I enjoy most about living in Elmbridge is being able to disappear off for an hour or so, jogging across the commons – from Claygate to Oxshott. We are blessed with wonderful greenbelt. It is easy to forget that the borough council work hard to keep our local commons – and […]

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Elmbridge Business Network – AGM

Today, I attended Elmbridge Business Network’s AGM, held over breakfast at the Civic Centre in Esher. It was valuable opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs – like Sally Findlay, who runs a promotions business in East Molesey, and Ajeet Singh Ahuja, who manages a communications store in Cobham (see below). I was briefed on a range […]

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Government Vetoes New Schools for Surrey

In a letter sent on 8 March to Ian Taylor MP, Schools Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed that the government has rejected Surrey’s application to join the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Program in 2009/10. BSF was designed to invest billions across the country to modernise schools for over 3 million secondary school pupils. Once […]

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