All I want for Christmas is………..

Well if you thought you were bored with politicians talking Brexit, you will hardly be inspired by the thought of those same people knocking on your door and filling your TV screens, asking for your support at the ballot box on December 12th.

And therein lies a very great danger – if anything, there has never been a more important time to make sure that you cast your vote and the reality is that there are many amongst the political classes who really don’t want you to.

I saw a comment on social media recently about our local Liberal Democrats and their “victory” in a Council By-Election in Wallington North.  The comments questioned on the suitability of the Liberal Democrat candidate, the imposition of the Parking Strategy on the area, the Incinerator and other failings of the incumbent administration – yet the Liberal Democrats won.

They won because they got their supporters (representing 12.5% of the total ward electorate) to the ballot box – congratulations to them for their organisation.  That small band of supporters delivered on a low turnout and it is what “professional” politicians have increasingly relied upon.

Look what happened to that political establishment when they asked for a simple binary choice in the 2016 Referendum 70+% of the electorate turned out to vote and chaos ensued – it is called the silent majority and what a noise they made.

We need you out there again on December 12th – locally, we know that the Liberal Democrat machine will be at work supporting their 55th local Councillor, Tom Brake. 

I say that because during the local elections in May 2018, I spent a considerable time convincing a voter that Mr Brake was not a Councillor but an MP. 

But should an MP be out canvassing with the Chair of the Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee (who runs his Parliamentary office) on the Council Parking strategy when half the Borough is represented Paul Scully MP, a Conservative?

And if the Labour Group bring out the Haringey Councillor, Emine Ibrahim again, it is a real North London stand-off with Tom Brake having started his political activity as a Councillor for the London Borough of Hackney! 

So we are pleased that the Conservatives have gone local with Elliott Colburn – no, not old Etonian but an alumnus of Carshalton Boys who works for the NHS and who perhaps knows more about St Helier than merely as a backdrop for photo opportunities.

Good Luck to them all.

But who ever you like or support, on Friday 13th December, you must be able to look yourself in the mirror and say “At least I did my bit for democracy”.


Bin it for Beddington

Ambitious for Sutton? But not for Beddington!

At last night’s Housing Economy and Business Committee, a draft of the South London Waste Plan was presented with the idea of taking it forward to “consultation”.

The supporting document’s summary for the committee starts “ As part of the ambitious for Sutton vision to make the borough a great place to live and work…..”

When you read on, there is the exciting news that no new waste sites are planned and it then goes on to summarise the totals by borough of Croydon, Kingston Merton and Sutton who make up the South London Waste Partnership separated into Household/C & I (Commercial & Industrial) and C&D ( Construction and Demolition).

It makes for an interesting summary, especially if you bring in a split of Sutton / Beddington North.  Measured in tonnes

Borough                                             Household/C&I                 C&D

Croydon                                                      32,883                        48,474

Kingston                                                      35,642                            0

Merton                                                       213,179                   150,183

Sutton (excl Beddington)                        17,212                       2,728                                                           

Beddington North                                   647,429                  40,297

So there you have it, their numbers not mine – Beddington North a waste receptacle taking more waste than the four boroughs put together.

To the eco-protesters worried about the progress on Beddington Farmlands earlier in the evening – what chance have we got for an ecological nirvana when we are dismissed so readily by this travesty of a waste plan.

Included in the numbers is the new SUEZ plant so readily given planning permission in spite of a flawed travel plan that the London Borough of Croydon are still in dispute with and promoted because of “extant planning permission”.  In spite of the site not being occupied since 2011, in 2014, inspectors for the Planning Department decided that the presence of incomplete kerbstone fitment and tarmac on the site deemed construction had started and site allocation for waste was secure.  That is planned for 305,000 tonnes of waste.

Ambitious for Sutton?

As long as the ruling group can ignore Beddington North. And they are starting at an Emergency Full Council meeting on Monday when they will “debate” proposals for changes to Ward Boundaries.

Not wanting their image tainted by waste, Beddington South, with 3 Liberal Democrat Councillors, is planned to be renamed Wallington East.

Beddington North – well that becomes just plain Beddington, waste capital of the four boroughs.

We will keep fighting!!

Bin it for Beddington