ELMBRIDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTION – 7TH MAY 2015
MANIFESTO OF SIMON LUMB & ANDREW STURGIS, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES for HERSHAM North & HERSHAM South.
- We strongly support Hersham’s active community spirit. We will support the strengthening and enhancing of Hersham as a community e.g. the establishment of a civil parish council for Hersham. We are critical of the failure of Hersham’s conservative councillors to mount any effective opposition to the proposed new ward boundaries which will detach most of Hersham North from the centre of Hersham, for voting purposes.
- We are keen to encourage cycling and walking and the use of public transport e.g. safe cycle routes to the stations, schools and shopping centres. This would help ease parking and congestion in local town centres. We would work to increase the frequency and punctuality and routes of local bus services.
- We will work to protect and improve local open spaces, in particular school playing fields.
- We would give priority to the building of more affordable housing in Hersham.
- We would reduce local government bureaucracy by establishing a single unitary authority for West Surrey, which would work with local parish & town councils.
Simon was brought up in Elmbridge and is keen to ensure the area’s community spirit is preserved. He has participated in campaigns to get a pedestrian crossing near Hersham library and to transform the former Walton library into a Film and Visual Arts Centre.
He has volunteered at the Connect Foundation for Mental Health shop in Walton for a number of years. Simon is currently working as a financial administrator for a pest control company.
Alongside the preservation of community spirit, Simon also wants to ensure the Council works hard to promote walking and cycling both to protect the environment and encourage health benefits. As a regular cyclist he wants proper cycle lanes and better maintenance of our roads and pavements which cause so many problems for pedestrians and cyclists.