Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hamptons Fireworks

On Tonight - The Hamptons Fireworks... Get along and enjoy!





Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Club Developing

Some of you might remember Gary Weaving as the friendly neighbourhood policeman who use to patrol the streets of Worcester Park, others may know him in his current role as head of security on the Hamptons while others still might remember him as the guy who started and ran the angling club at the Hamptons. Few through may know him as a rock singer with a record out, recorded in the 1970s and fewer still may know him as a keen local photographer!

So when he asked me to promote the Cheam Camera Club of which he a a key member I felt it only right to do so. Please see below...

It's not strictly Worcester Park but as Gary pointed out, we don't have a Worcester Park camera club (that either of us can recall) so camera wielding Worcester Parkers now have somewhere they can all congregate and bond... or perhaps that should be converge and develop...


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Another Busy Day

After last weekend with so much going on locally, who'd have though this weekend could give it a run for it's money? Well the challenge has been thrown down and this weekend is looking to have just as much on as last weekend! Enjoy!











Additionally, the Friends of Green Lane School are having a silent auction so feel free to get in contact and place your bids...


Friday, 23 June 2017

Busy Day

There is so much on tomorrow I don't know where to start! If you want to try to get to everything I wish you luck - you are a better person than me! However here are the options for you to choose from. (Thanks to Richard Johnson for sending me a few I didn't know about!) At least you won't get bored!















Saturday, 15 April 2017

Vic House Update

Well the Victoria House situation is finally getting its official public hearing this Wednesday 19th April - at the Europa Gallery in the Sutton Council offices - St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA at 7:30PM.

See the leaflet below being distributed by the WPRA and CHAPRA.

The two residents' associations (WPRA and CHAPRA) have helped gather a total of 1423 signatures against the proposal and hopefully the Councillors on the planning committee will remember who it is they represent when it comes to making the final decision.

We know the current building is an eyesore and needs to be replaced ASAP but we don't want it replaced with something completely inappropriate, that will create more parking issues in the area and which we will be stuck with for at least another 50 years. What we want is for the council to deny planning permission for this Eyesore #2 and force the developers to come back to the table with something far more appropriate for the area. We have seen a number of acceptable designs over the years for a replacement development. It's time one of those was built - not this collection of ugly tower blocks.

Please come along to the meeting to show the planning committee the depth of local feeling over this issue.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Something New

Many blog readers have noted that I haven't posted much for a while. The reason is I've been rather busy!

Is is known to some readers that I have been an amateur musician for a while. Recently however, after constant low level encouragement I decided to take the next step and release a song. The video to go with it can be seen below. Eagle eyed viewers will note the clock on top of Maple Lodge in the Hamptons features in it!



The song is available to pre-order from iTunes and will be released properly on 22nd March.

Hopefully people will understand that doing something like this takes a lot of time and effort and in addition to raising a family, full time work, and continuing my work with the WPRA (we have been door knocking to gather signatures against the new proposals for Victoria House - over 1300 so far since you ask!) I've not had the time to research and write up posts as I would otherwise like to. And given the level of animosity towards me by a few individuals who feel I owe it to them to not only keep writing posts but to write them from a point of view they deem acceptable, I've not felt as eager to keep churning them out as I'd like to.

One of the reasons I took over the blog in early 2013 is to ensure there was a source of information about the local community and I rather liked the way the previous blogger took a slightly skewed look at things. I tried to keep it running in the same style and it was funny to note how all the comments about "how political the blog was" only came after people found out it was me running it - prior to that nobody complained , even though I'd been running it for months by then. I only decided to go public because as I was standing for council I didn't feel it was right to be blogging anonymously.

However I digress - It so happened that Richard Johnson started a Worcester Park Local Community Page a on facebook a few months ago and has been keeping local readers up to date with situations and events. I have published links to his page before and, knowing there was still a good source of local community information available, this was the other reason I wasn't so worried about turning my attention to other things for a short while.

In answer to Dave, who feels I ought to punished for my lack of posts I would say: were I an elected councillor I would have a specific responsibility to the community. Running a blog is a hobby. Yes it is useful to the community but there has never been any contract between you and me that I must write posts constantly - such a contract wouldn't hold up in law anyway as it would by totally one-sided. The obligations I have taken on board, like the WPRA and chairing the WP police safer neighbourhood team ward panel, I have continued to do - it's just that these things aren't so public.

To the person who offered to take over the blog - yes I do know who you are. Thanks for your offer however going through your comments I've noted you tend to be even more political than me, and are one of the people who have seriously exaggerated the amount of political posts on here. In reality there are very few posts on here that are political and I always offer both sides the opportunity to have their say. There are several people who tend to comment whom I strongly disagree with but I encourage them to continue commenting as their comments are intelligent and offer a different point of view. There are others who's comments are a constant steam of (often politically motivated) drivel full of venom against me and everything I do or say. It is rare that I block anyone but people like this will be blocked.

I would like to thank those who have commented in my defence. It is because of people like you that I want to continue doing this - so yes I will be doing more posting - however just for a while, it will be a little sparse.

Hope you like the song!