Change of Heart Over SureStart Threat Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 22:00

Kid profile silhouetteConservative led Surrey County Council has been considering whether to proceed with a formal consultation on the closure of 8 SureStart centres based in the County. One of the centres earmarked for closure is the Meadow Primary SureStart Children's Centre in Stoneleigh.

County Cllr John Beckett has been working closely with the Centre Manager, Head Teacher and parents a over a period of several months as well as raising the issue formally at county council meetings voicing his objections to the potential closure. Cllr Beckett also noted the level of support indicated to him by residents during the recent Borough Elections in May.

Cllr Beckett is therefore delighted that SCC has reconsidered its decision as well as announcing that they will be taking a more in depth view at how the Sure Start Children's Centre programme contributes to young children and their families. With this change of heart there is now no current plan to implement a formal consultation process regarding the future of the children's centre.

Cllr Beckett would like to thank all the parents, grandparents and carers who contacted him over the past several months voicing their concerns and support. He said "let's hope we have heard the last on this subject matter and I am glad to see that SCC recognises the contribution these centres play in the local community".


Roadworks alert Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:13

RoadworksResidents are no doubt aware of the numerous roadworks taking place at the moment on our local roads.

To make life a little easier you can now plan ahead by viewing roadworks taking place or planned for roads near where you live or work.

Simply visit and search for a location.

Magna Carta costs are spiralling Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:54

Penny from the reign of King JohnSurrey’s Residents Association and Independent Group has called into question the Conservative led County Council's spiralling expenditure on the Magna Carta celebrations.

Figures unearthed by the group show that Surrey County Council spending on a one-day event to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta has risen from an original £100,000 to a projected £500,000.

The overall cost of all the Council’s Magna Carta projects is expected to be £1.47 million, including £300,000 on highway repairs to roads leading to the site.

Cllr Eber Kington, Residents’ Association County Councillor for Ewell Court, Auriol and Cuddington, has questioned the Conservative administration at County Hall about its spending priorities.

“No one disputes that the signing of the Magna Carta is a significant moment in our history, however, with Surrey County Council already announcing cuts to the highway budget, youth services and Children’s Centres, this does seem a strange spending priority”.

A public work of art is being purchased for £400,000 at council taxpayers’ expense and Surrey County Councillors were informed that eminent historians and our American friends were surprised at the lack of a monument at the site.  However Cllr Kington said:

“With such powerful support for a work of art it should have been possible for the County Council to tap into their enthusiasm and gain sponsorship for a monument rather dipping into the Council’s own resources”.

He was also critical of the £300,000 spending on highway improvements saying:

“SCC has cut local highway spending by £1million this year which means a reduction in the repair of local roads and footways, yet a further £300,000 is siphoned off from the budget solely for this project”.

In another move, Surrey County Council has placed an advert in a public sector jobs website for a Senior Communications Officer (Magna Carta) for 36 hours a week at £37,715 per annum.  This is despite already employing over 20 communication and press officers at County Hall.

Thank You! Print E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:23

A big thank you to the residents of Stoneleigh and Auriol for electing all our SARA candidates. The full results are as follows.

Auriol Ward

Candidate Votes
BECKETT John Richard 1,286 32%
WEBB Peter 1,030 26%
DE FREITAS Alfredo 666 17%
RAJASOORIAR Millan Surendra 463 12%
CHINN Becci 193 5%
LUCAS Julia Karen 191 5%
GOACHER Julia 159 4%

Turnout was 75%.

Stoneleigh Ward

Candidate Votes
DALTON Hannah Charlotte Emily 1,174 15%
REEVE David Hilary 1,174 15%
TEASDALE Mike 1,170 15%
DALE Darren James 1,078 14%
TARBIT James Michael 980 13%
DALE Sadiye 914 12%
COSGROVE Mark Thomas 353 5%
KHATRI Raish Prashad 312 4%
MCGINNISS William 273 4%
FISHER Brian William 243 3%

Turnout was 77%.

Results for all wards in Epsom and Ewell can be found on the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council website.

SWT supports step free access for Stoneleigh Station Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 October 2014 19:58

Our campaign to make Stoneleigh station step free has got off to a flying start, with Councillor Mike Teasdale receiving a positive letter from South West Trains following his call on them to improve accessibility. The letter is reproduced below.

South West Trains
Floor 6, Friars Bridge Court
41-45 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NZ

26th September 2014

Dear Cllr Teasdale

Thank you very much for your letter dated 29th August 2014 outlining Stoneleigh & Auriol Residents’ Association’s aspirations for Stoneleigh station to be made step free.

As you mentioned in your letter, the Department for Transport does have an Access for All fund which train operating companies can bid for in each five year period. The successful recipients of these funds were announced in May this year and South West Trains and the Network Rail Alliance (the Alliance) have been allocated funds to improve the access at five stations on their network - Walton on Thames, Godalming, Whitton, Virginia Water and Barnes.

Stoneleigh station was not put forward due to its close proximity to Worcester Park station which was recently completed and now fully accessible, however the Alliance do understand the access issues which are currently experienced at Stoneleigh and we would be very interested to meet with you at the station to discuss this further and outline the process for adapting this station.

I will contact you in the next couple of days to arrange a meeting at the station.

Yours sincerely

Richard Kempton
Stakeholder Support Manager
(South West Trains and Network Rail)

Councillors Mike Teasdale and Christine Long are drawing up plans to take the campaign to make Stoneleigh Station step free forward. Further details will be announced soon on how you can get involved and show your support.


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