Statement to voters
Local services are under the spotlight more than at any time in recent history. Many will claim that financial pressures undermine councils’ capacity to support communities. Others will suggest that if local authorities were a little more efficient then they would be able to cope. Whichever position you take, there is no doubt that your councillors need to be focused on, and be capable of providing, excellent service. The woefully poor introduction of the new refuse service by the LibDem / Resident Association coalition two years ago showed the consequences of lackadaisical leadership.
My background of senior roles in major international energy companies taught me to plan, organise and manage complex projects. It also highlighted the importance of delivering what has been promised. And my focus on Human Resources equipped me to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds to seek solutions, often on sensitive issues.
I cannot promise to solve all the concerns of Riverside residents, but I can promise to be responsive and supportive to all those who seek my help. Working diligently with other councillors and Elmbridge Officers I will forcefully represent the interests of the Riverside Ward. The division of responsibilities between Elmbridge and Surrey County Council can often be used as an excuse for not getting things done but I will work closely with Tim Oliver, your councillor and Leader of Surrey County Council, to provide a joined-up service.
I have been a resident of Elmbridge for thirteen years, ten of them in Weybridge. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area that attracts many new people to come and live here. I am committed to making sure the council can respond effectively to the increasing pressures we face because of the town’s popularity.
Paul's 6 Point Plan for Weybridge Riverside:
1. Putting Weybridge Riverside first: I will act on residents’ concerns. I will be an energetic champion for the interests of local residents and support initiatives to enhance the area. I will be YOUR Councillor, accountable to YOU.
2. Weybridge Hospital Redevelopment: This is a great chance to improve community services, and I will seek to influence proposals to ensure that the needs of Weybridge residents are met. The tragedy of the hospital fire can be turned into a great opportunity for local residents.
3. Town Centre Infrastructure: Our shopping areas need all the help they can get in these difficult times for retailers. I will support initiatives that keep businesses thriving, including enhancements to the streetscape and improvements to parking arrangements for the additional benefit of all local residents and shoppers.
4. Protect our Environment: While being sensitive to the need for more housing, and particularly affordable homes, I will stand up for residents against the impact of excessive development and threats to open spaces. I will support the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.
5. Cooperating with Surrey County Council: Working closely with our Surrey County Councillor I will strive to ensure effective and seamless support across all services for Weybridge residents.
6. Ensuring value for money: The Council’s money is YOUR money and I will work hard to ensure it is spent wisely and efficiently.
Promoted by Suzi Coul on behalf of Paul Wood both of EWCA, 3 Bridle Close, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2JW.
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