Tolworth & Hook Rise Ward
South of the Borough Neighbourhood
|Phone:||0208 399 7848|
|Address:||Liberal Democrat Group Office|
|Kingston Upon Thames|
Election Statement 2014
My wife and I have lived in Tolworth , Surbiton since 1976. I have a daughter who is a practicing medical doctor. My wife has been working for the Inland Revenue for the past 28 years. I am a qualified electronic engineer and have worked in the computer industry for over 40 years. I have gained valuable experience working in technical, sales, finance departments in various roles and in a managerial capacity.
I am a very community minded person and I try to use my skills and spare time to help the local people. I have been involved with many voluntary organisations for the past 30 years. I received the Community Award from the Mayor of Kingston for services to the community in 1990.
I have played a key role in setting up and developing few voluntary organisations. In particular, I have served in various capacities as Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Trustee of Kingston Race and Equalities Council, Global Arts Kingston and
Institute of Tamil Culture.
I also attend Kingston police community partnership and Tolworth neighbourhood team police meetings. Working with a variety of voluntary organisations has helped me to understand and
experience diverse cultures, backgrounds and aspirations of the wider community.
I have been an ardent supporter of the Liberal Democrats for many years with a commitment to democracy and liberalism. I have been involved in Liberal Democrat campaigns since 1994 particularly during the general and local elections.
In spring last year. I joined the strong Tolworth and Hook Rise Focus team working for the local residents. Having lived the best part of my life in Tolworth, I have grown to love the Royal Borough of Kingston with a passion and I consider it a great privilege not only to live here but to be able to contribute to
its well being and make a difference.
As part of the team and under the guidance of the senior councillors and the efficient ward organiser, I have been actively involved in surveying, fund raising, recruiting deliverers, delivery of monthly focus news letters and street special letters. We have also participated in the Tolworth safer
neighbourhood police team street meetings organised to find out the concerns of residents/ businesses in a specific street.
We have been out surveying residents twice a week. Any issues or problems reported by residents during our surveys are taken up with the relevant council officers to try and get them solved.
I will work hard to fight the cause for this Ward and making it a better and safer place to live, play and work.
Election statement 2014
I have lived in Chessington now for nearly 20 years with my partner and our 7 year old daughter.
To be honest, for the first 13 years I didn’t really know anyone in my neighbourhood except my immediate neighbours as I commuted to my job as an administrator in financial services, leaving at 7am and returning at 6pm. However, that all changed when we had our daughter and I ended up roaming the streets trying to get
her off to sleep in her buggy and I realised what a great place we lived in and how many people stopped to chat and what a nice feeling it was to feel part of a community.
I initially got involved locally when our area was threatened with the ‘waste site facility’ and attended a meeting to find out what it entailed. I was appalled that our area might be selected to have this site and realised that by setting up a Residents Association we would be heard louder. We fought and we won.
Since setting up the RA, I have been in regular contact with the Council with issues the residents have raised. We have fought and won other planning developments that would have had an impact on the local area and we have raised funds for local projects. I have also been in contact with other RA’s so we can all work together.
I have also been part of the THR Safer Neighbourhood Police panel, letting them know of the worries and concerns we all have and helping to set their priorities each quarter.
So when I was approached by the THR Liberal Democrat Focus Team last year to see if I would like to get involved I grabbed the opportunity. Since joining the team earlier this year I have been out talking to residents on the doorstep, finding out what issues they have, be it broken recycling bins, street lights not
working or overgrown neighbours gardens, to the bigger issues with highway problems or finding out what services are available for young people. I’m now really enjoying listening and helping.
I have also attended several THR Safer Neighbourhood Police street briefings, again, listening to residents concerns and listening to the Police and how their roles are changing. I have been to the South of the Borough meetings where residents can direct their concerns to local councillors and I’ve listened to how they are addressed and learnt about the way the Council works.
I have always supported the Liberal Democrats in our area as I believe they have worked the hardest for us and listen to what we, the residents, have to say.
As my daughter grows up I would like her to live in a nice, safe environment and I believe we have that in Hook, Chessington, Surbiton and Tolworth and I will continue to ensure it stays that way.