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A message from Nick

August 31, 2011

Some residents recently received a letter from the Lib Dem Candidate. The letter suggests that I and by implication, Paul Johnston, did nothing during our time as councillors. He goes on to suggest we lost the seat because we were complacent, a charge I am not willing to accept as Paul and I have always believed that ward issues came first and what we did in the Guildhall on our respective portfolios was additional. I do not believe we ignored anyone or any issues during our time.

I do not intend to lower myself to his level. However, should you disagree with the contents of the letter, I would be most grateful if you would share your views widely with your neighbours and friends as they, the Lib Dems, have clearly decided to only say negative things in direct mail and try to stay “Nice” in more open forms.

His statement about Newent House is grossly misleading. We were advised by experts in the field that Newent House was coming to the end of its life as a care home and Day Care facility. They suggested building a new Care Home and Day Care Centre next to the new health care centre on the old Surbiton Hospital site. This would have then released the current location with spare land attached to build a new school, which would also be adjacent to the Children’s Centre and the Surbiton Nursery School and close to the Fish Ponds Park and Alexandra Recreation Ground. For us it was an option we would have been prepared to explore but it was rejected by the Lib Dems. Sadly only last week, one of the Doctors at Oak Hill said to me that this option would have been the best and improved the quality of lives for the Elderly in the Borough as well as solved the future generations education needs.

If any of you would like to talk through any of the issues raised please feel free to call me.

Thank you

Kind regards,


07753 787358

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 3:41 pm

    Both you and Nick did so much for lots of people both during your time as councillors and since. Prior to EBRRA being formed we tried to get Ed Davey to help us. Result a big fat nothing. Need I say more.
    2 hours ago · Like

  2. August 31, 2011 3:51 pm

    We intend to carry on doing as much as we can whatever the outcome of the bye-election. That goes for both of us, by the way! Of course, if Nick wins it will help us be a much more effective force and if the Elmbridge resident then does the honourable thing we can be more effective still.

  3. Benedict permalink
    September 3, 2011 7:52 pm

    I loved the way the Lib Dems wrench everything out of context. Their letter said you wanted to bizarrely bulldoze Newent House, as if on sort of a whim.

    You can’t trust Lib Dems further than you can throw them!

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