Vicki Macleod for Weybridge in the Surrey Elections 4th May 2017

On Thursday 4th May, you have a  chance to elect a new councillor to represent Weybridge on Surrey County Council.

Your local Liberal Democrat candidate is long term Weybridge resident Vicki Macleod.

You may know Vicki from her work in our local community, perhaps from her five years chairing the Friends of The Weybridge Centre charity. or as a school governor.

Vicki‘s priority is to give Weybridge a stronger voice for better delivery of the services local people need, including:

  • Better maintained and safer local roads and pavements
  • Local school places for Weybridge children
  • Responsible budget management by Surrey County Council

Many people see Surrey County Council as remote and inefficient with its history of mismanagement. Vicki will work with other councillors to put pressure on the administration for more effective financial management and for budgets that reflect local needs.  Her longer term aim is to see some of the services currently run by Surrey brought into local Elmbridge control.

Read more at elmbridgelibdems.org.uk

 

Extra support during a power cut?

power-cutAlthough power cuts don’t happen very often when they do they can be worrying.  UK Power Networks is the electricity network and it provides a ‘Priority Services Register’ for people who might need extra help in a power cut.  Older people, families with very young children, and people with specific medical conditions are among the many people who are eligible to register for free support.  You can find more details and register by visiting the website or calling 0800 169 9970.

Does your home still suit you?

Older people in Elmbridge can get free advice and support from the housing options officer. They can help people adapt their current home, assist with a house move or offer advice on residential care. Help with applying for grants and sourcing contractors can also be provided. To find out more about your housing options go along to the drop-in sessions:

  • Weybridge Centre for the Community
  • Monday 14 November, 10am-12 noon.

For further information call: 01372 474645 or email: careandrepair@elmbridge.gov.uk

Full of Life Celebrations at the day centre

olderpeopleIn celebration of ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1 October 2016 the day centres are holding special lunches and events. Centre members are being encouraged to bring along a friend to enjoy a three course meal and entertainment, and to join in with the celebrations.

If you would like to join the centres in their celebrations why not make an enquiry with the centre manager. New faces are always welcome and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in a range of activities; you can learn how to use an iPad, join an art and crafts group, take part in one of the many exercise classes, become a volunteer or make use of the hairdressing facilities.

The centre is in Churchfields Close. For the Centre’s contact details please visit the Elmbridge website.

For any further information about the Community Support Services please visit the website or call the team on 01372 474552.

Community Centres

Weybridge Centre Inside-03No sooner had the new Elmbridge Liberal Democrat coalition got into office than Surrey announced in was to cut funding – in-year – to social services.  Elmbridge has a long record of supplying a higher level social care for the elderly than other parts of the country and this is because Elmbridge provides many services directly.

Fortunately, despite these Surrey cuts Elmbridge has been able to maintain the services almost intact.  This is because of good husbandry by the previous Conservative administration in Elmbridge – credit where it is due – and the flexibility and imagination of Elmbridge staff.

It might be time to consider radical new ways to provide services for the elderly in the near future.  The last thing we want to do is to slowly salami-slice funding of the present arrangements.

Dementia Carers Coffee Morning

Dementia Care-01Surrey Library Service is organising a Dementia Carers Coffee morning in Weybridge for people with dementia and their carers.

The Alzheimer’s Society will be attending and there will be dementia navigators to help with questions, plus information on library services we offer relating to dementia and other areas.

It will take place at 10 on Friday, 19 September 2016 in the Weybridge Centre, Churchfield Place, KT13 8DB   For any queries, please call: 0300 200 1001.

Hospital Directors

healthcareThe Ashford and St Peters’ Hospital Trust is currently seeking to recruit a number of talented and motivated individuals as non-executive directors to join its board.

They are seeking applications from candidates who have worked at senior level in a large, complex organisations, capable of chairing board sub-committees and able to contribute to the strategic direction and future success of Ashford and St. Peters Hospitals.

If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be interested – who lives within the trust’s catchment area – more information is available on the following here.  The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday, 3 May 2016.

Sam Beare Hospice

The Weybridge Society is promoting a Sam Beare Hospice supporters’ dinner at La Casa in Monument Hill to raise funds with a  raffle on at 7:00, on Tuesday, 26 April.  Guests will be offered a starter and a main course for £25 from a menu and can pay extra for dessert and drinks.

For further information and to book please ring Anne Littleton 01932 840860.  Come and join a friendly table or bring family or friends with you.  For details of the restaurant see – http://lacasa-restaurant.co.uk/

Community Centre Grant

Weybridge Centre Inside-03The Weybridge Community Centre opened in 1978 and over the last thirty seven years it has been providing a service for older people but also a venue for the community to hire outside of core centre operating hours. Because of very dilapidated loos which have not been refurbished since the centre was built, an important and vital requirement to replace the loo facilities within the building which could impact on the continued usage both by customers of the centre and by hirers of the building.

The centre operates five days a week 9-4:30 Monday to Friday offering a wide range of service and facilities for older people. There is a fully operational kitchen which provides a three course hot meal and also provides meals on wheels for vulnerable residents in Weybridge. There is a tea bar to support light refreshments.

As far as I can see, this expenditure is not discretionary in that it is a legal requirement to provide these facilities at such an establishment.  This grant is therefore replacing funding that would otherwise be found elsewhere.

See more information here.  Give your views on our giving £80,000 grant for this proposal here.  Information on the other grants here.

Grants in March

CIL Grants

On Tuesday we will be deciding on whether or not to offer grants to several projects in Weybridge.  I want you hear your views.

£170,000 is available for Weybridge to allocate locally. Legislation states that these funds must be spent on projects that meet the following criteria.

  • The provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or
  • Anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.

This fund need not be spent if the grants are not deemd worthy.  The fund may carry over from one financial year to the next.

The definition of infrastructure is broad and includes:

  • Roads and other transport infrastructure
  • Flood defences
  • Schools and other educational facilities
  • Medical facilities
  • Open spaces
  • Sporting and recreational facilities.

The decision is made by all of the Weybridge councillors together at the civic centre, Esher at 7:00 on Tuesday, 8 March 2016.

The grants are for:

  • Loo replacement at the Weybridge Community Centre – £80,000
  • Town centre gateway signs and lamp column banners – £3,900
  • Cycle storage facilities for 60 cycle extra cycles at Heathside School – £33,500
  • Signage between the Thames Path National Trail and the Wey Navigation Towpath – £12,000
  • Weybridge Point (where Walton Lane and Thames Street meet) which would include landscaping of the car park, benches and introduction of a viewing platform – £5,000

A total of £134,400.  Please give your views here.