Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Meet The Candidates (Independent)

Party: Independent
Ward: Worcester Park (LB Sutton)
Name: Richard Edmonds

I am retired engineer and a Sutton resident, and I have worked in London most of my life. I see Britain and especially England as over-populated. On current trends of immigration , we native Britons will become a minority within a generation. Our once proud and law-abiding cities are now becoming riot-ravaged, permanent crime-zones. Who can forget those days and nights of rioting in the summer of 2011 ? To their shame the authorities totally lost control of the situation. As a British patriot I know that we should leave the European Union; it is a bureaucratic, undemocratic, corrupt, expensive and unaccountable nightmare of a monster. Let us be true to our Traditions: Rule from our own Westminster, and not from Brussels.

Traffic and Transport:
For those who live in Worcester Park, those who work and shop in Worcester Park, those who travel to school in Worcester Park, those who worship in Worcester Park, and those who travel through Worcester Park to some-where else along the very busy A2043, and not forgetting the pedestrians who need to cross from one side to the other,  ALL know of the confluence (Yes, rather like several mighty rivers merging into one river basin) of the resulting, almost permanent traffic jam that is Central Road during a large part of the day. All matters of town planning, both from the point of view of the locals, whose town Worcester Park is, and from the larger all- London perspective, should bear the traffic problems of Central Road very much in mind.

Housing and Planning
With regard to Town planning in the context of Housing:It has to be asked: is there any planning undertaken by the Central Authorities at the Home Office, with regard to the on-going, and very high levels of immigration into Britain, and the consequent pressure that this immigration puts on the demand for housing ? In this context, two vital questions for our community arise: How can the Green Belt, the "lungs of London" be protected, and the urban sprawl of London be contained ? There are seven million of us living in this city. And secondly with the resulting pressure on housing, how are young Britons ever to find a home on their own: the immigrant-fed demand for housing,results in higher rents, higher house-prices, higher mortgage payments, higher down payments. It is elementary that one cannot put two pints into a one-pint bottle.

Rubbish and Recycling:
Well I am sure that I am not alone in expressing the hope that the Council manages to maintain a weekly collection of the house-hold rubbish, and that we in Sutton, do not experience what was imposed upon the residents and rate-payers in other less well organized communities, namely the rubbish taken only every other week.

Children and Education:
We live in an ever increasingly competitive world. This is true in every aspect of modern life. The young are growing up in a world, where the centres of trade, of manufacture, of design, of research and development, etc., etc. are located in countries all around the globe; and all are in keen competition with each other. The days when Britain was the work-shop of the world and had a monopoly on trade and manufacture: that is long gone. Education is the key to earning a worth-while place in the modern world. I will only say here: the abilities and aptitudes of all children should be born in mind and catered for: the academically bright, and those who want to learn a trade; and that all young persons should feel wanted, that they are needed, and have a vital role to fulfil in society, whatever their abilities.

The Local Economy:
Worcester Park is part and parcel of one of the greatest cities in the world. When one talks of the "local economy" - is one talking of the shops in Central Road ? - I'm only asking. Or is one talking of the finance houses of the City of London, Insurance, Assurance, etc., etc. Vast amounts of the trade and financing of the world is master-minded from London. Products manufactured the other side of the globe are designed by teams of engineers and technicians in London. Shall I mention: Harley Street, London W.1., for those world-wide in need of the best medical attention possible. Have I made my point ? The local economy extends a very long way.

Promoted by Richard Edmonds of PO Box 279, Sutton, SM1 9AR