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Statement to voters
Mark moved to Claygate a few years ago, having friends who have lived in the Village for many years. He brings significant business and financial experience from his career as an international marketing director and a commitment to do the best for the community in which he lives. Mark has previous experience as a District Councillor and fought hard and successfully in the area he represented to get council funding to build an Age Concern Day Centre.
Mark is already very much involved in local activities in Claygate. A regular attendee at Claygate Parish Council meetings, he was co-opted onto the Parish Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2015. Mark is also a Claygate Recreation Ground Trustee.
Key issue: Housing and development
Mark says: "Elmbridge Borough Council is developing its new Local Plan. This will determine where new homes should be built. We need more housing, accompanied by new infrastructure - school places, roads and health care facilities. I played an instrumental part in the rejection of the unauthorised development on the Green Belt’s 40 Acre Field - I will continue to robustly oppose any development on Claygate’s Green Belt. The Conservative’s new Local Plan will not include building on our Green Belt. We will provide homes for our community without sacrificing our local environment."
Mark's 6-point plan:
Safeguard our Green Belt and Environment. Claygate, our green and pleasant land. Let’s keep it that way. I am committed to protecting our Green Belt and conserving our common, open spaces, trees and woodlands.
Make Claygate Even Safer. I will support our local police to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. I will promote Claygate Neighbourhood Watch.
Improve our Roads, Pavements and Transport. I will continue to push Surrey and Thames Water for repairs. I will press South Western Railway to improve their service.
Uphold Vital Community Services and Champion our Local Businesses. I will vigorously support funding of community services, including the Centre for the Community and Meals on Wheels. I pledge to promote a vibrant social, business and retail environment.
Press for More School Places. It is imperative that enough school places are available locally. I will work with our Surrey Councillor, parents, and schoolsto make this happen. Stand up for Claygate’s Interests.
I’m fortunate to call Claygate my home. Year round, I am accessible, listen, and take action to solve YOUR problems.
This statement was added by Mark Sugden, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The Elmbridge local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Claygate
- 2018: The Elmbridge local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Claygate
- 2016: The Elmbridge local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Claygate
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