I have lived in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames since 1975, initially in Canbury Ward and moving into Norbiton Ward in 1981.
In 2006 I transferred to Norbiton Ward which I have represented ever since and for some of that time I have held Lead Member posts for Housing and for Healthy Living and Adult Services. I am committed to helping Norbiton residents as much as I can.
My prime interests have always been in the health and wellbeing of Norbiton residents and meeting the need for good housing, efficient waste re-cycling facilities and street cleansing across the ward. I see a need to improve the quality, repair and maintenance of social housing on Norbiton Ward and to ensure that Housing’s Better Homes Programme provides council tenants with all that they need and that this work is completed as soon as possible because parts of Norbiton are among the last of the areas in the Borough to be completed.
Over the next four years there should be an opportunity to ensure that the largest area of mostly unused recreational land available in Norbiton is targeted for significant improvement to benefit us all. We need particularly to work with officers to improve the neglected recreation ground South of Kingston Road and restore opportunities for tennis and other outdoor games and exercising for health reasons. We also need to improve the area just inside its eastern entry gate with work to open up some of the gloomy trees and by planting new shrubs and restoring the tennis courts to encourage local people to play tennis, and enjoy other ball games. We also expect to put in some sturdy modern seats. Suggestions for other improvements for this area from Norbiton people will be very welcome.
I hope that we can be proud of the appearance of Norbiton in the longer term. There is a need to bring to attention that dog –owners and dog- walkers in Norbiton should behave in a civilised way and always clear up after dogs that are fouling footways, tree-pits or roads and that they should never drop the bags they have used in our streets or gardens.