Watch out there’s an election about!
Despite being in the middle of a Pandemic and told to hunker down we hear the county election is ON. Even in Woking where hanging out of the window for a breath of fresh air looks a strong possibility!
For those of you who read the Waverley Web, it will come as no surprise then that in recent months our Tory-controlled Surrey County Council has been throwing money and ideas at us. Or perhaps they should be called bribes? WHY? Simples – because it wants to take control of the whole county, dumping 11 borough and district councils along the way! After, all isn’t that what everyone wants – one huge behemoth Unitary Authority based in Leatherhead?
Here’s another: Roll up, roll up for the Big Surrey Giveaway.
Wow! £100 million pounds – and the race to snaffle some of the cash has already begun! Strange that? Do the head honchos at Surrey really believe the county’s voting fodder is completely stupid? Too preoccupied with trying to feed their families, home-school them – and hang on to thier ever-increasingly precarious jobs to actually notice that we are facing record council-tax and service tax hikes? Too dumb to realise that the county council is facing massive losses on its investment income in retail outlets – like Blightwells here in Farnham and retail parks around the country?
Perhaps they think we are no longer aware of the ever-increasing potholes because we are forced to ‘Stay at home – Stay Safe and Save the NHS?’
So what are the Tories up to – as they prepare to smash any opposition to their rightful fiefdom of County Hall?
Let’s begin with Godalming: Where finally Cllr Peter Martin – former SCC Council Chairman leader has now thrown in the towel.
Life for him hasn’t been quite the same since he was thrown out of his job and forced to apologise for inappropriate remarks to a wannabe employee!
The Conservative councillor resigned after admitting he had shown a lack of “cultural awareness” and “good judgement” during a recent interview.
So who is the incumbent county councillor hanging over the baton too? None other than young Mum Kirsty Walden. Who says on her Facebook Page:
Perhaps someone can remind us? Wasn’t it Kirsty who was working abroad when she stood in the 2019 election for a seat on ‘Your Waverley?’ No worries there then? Although she failed, she should take a leaf out of Guildford MP Angela Richardson’s book and take heart from one of her Tory colleagues who also failed in her bid to represent Cranleigh. The Hon Angie failed to secure a seat at Waverley Towers but just look at her now! – Private Secretary to non-other than Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson! So being a Boris Buddy does work!
Interestingly we see that Frank Young has already resigned once in March 2017 (Elected 2015 Godalming, Binscombe), due to ‘work pressures.’
So tell us please Frank? How on earth can you represent residents at Surrey County Council, a body which meets during the day?
“Godalming Town Council has regretfully accepted the resignation of Cllr Frank Young. Cllr Young has found it increasingly difficult to balance his full-time job in London, family commitments as well as his responsibilities as a town councillor and fulfilling his duties of representing the residents of Binscombe.”
Here’s what Lib Dem Paul Follows says:
“Well, it’s sad to say that you can already tell there is a county election coming.
My message to residents is this.
“I hope it’s clear that I am around all the time on social media, and not just for elections.We may not always agree but I hope you feel you can certainly always talk to me about whatever the concern is.