Fighting Barclays Faircross Parade Branch Closure

Archive for September, 2014

Fighting Barclays Faircross Parade Branch Closure

Friday, September 12th, 2014

I am extremely disappointed that Barclays have ignored calls from the local community to stop the closure of their Faircross Parade Branch.

I have spoken to residents who rely on this bank who are concerned about the impact this closure will have on them. Those residents without access to the internet will have to travel all the way in to the busy town centre to carry out simple banking transactions- such as transferring money.

This is their second branch closure in two years and this will place even more pressure on the already busy Barclays in the town centre.

This week I have written to Barclays urging them to reconsider this ludicrous decision.

You can see the letter I sent below.



Better Buses for the Thames Residents

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I am delighted that I have successfully persuaded Transport for London  to increase capacity on the EL1 and EL2 buses which serve Thames residents.

Many residents will remember that a few months ago I met with Leon Daniels, Managing Director for Surface Transport at Transport For London urging him to increase the number of buses. Fr0m 30th August residents are enjoying a 20% increase in capacity on the buses.  The number of buses across both routes has gone up from ten to twelve buses per hour for most of the day on weekdays and Saturdays.

This is great news for residents.  There were not enough buses going through the area which was a real problem at rush hour.  Residents were waiting far too long only to find they were full to the brim when they arrived. I am glad that TfL listened to our concerns and have increased the number of buses. This should go a long way towards easing the pressure on this busy route.


Voting against the Bedroom Tax

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Last week I voted once again against the bedroom tax. I supported Andrew George MP’s private member’s Bill, which will exempt anyone from the bedroom tax unless he or she can be found a smaller home to move to.

I have been inundated with letters and emails from constituents deeply concerned about the impact of this cruel tax. This is a despicable policy that has caused far too many residents nothing but misery. Many constituents are being forced into poverty by this Government’s unfair welfare reforms. I am delighted that the vote was won. Although this will not abolish the bedroom tax, it is a step in the right direction and offers a glimmer of hope for residents.

Residents should be assured that I will continue to fight this policy at every chance.​

Cleaning up Parsloes Park

Monday, September 8th, 2014
I have been on a crusade to clean up the Borough with my ‘Cleaner Streets Campaign’.
This weekend I was shocked to hear about the state of Parsloes Park.  Residents found glass strewn across the pavement and a lot of dog mess in the park. One resident was unable to enjoy a family picnic because of the large amount of dog mess on the grass.
This is not fair. Local families should be able to enjoy the green space and play areas in the Borough. In its current condition the Park is becoming increasingly unusable for residents and their children.
I have written to the Council to demand that the Park is properly cleaned and maintained. I want to make sure we have parks thatr all residents can be proud off.

16-25 year olds- want to make a difference and win £500?

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

We all know that managing money can be very tricky. However, learning to be responsible with your cash is the most important skill people can learn.

If you are aged 16-25 and you think you have innovative ideas about teaching your local community to manage their money then please sign up to the Money for Life Challenge.

The Money for Life Challenge run by Lloyds Banking Group gives 300 £500 grants to teams of people who can run improving money management skills projects in their community.

The most original projects will progress to the National and UK Grand Final, with great prizes on offer. Teams can apply Monday 1 September until Friday 21 November by visiting the Money for Life Challenge website:

I know how many creative young people there are in the Borough who want a difference to their neighbourhoods. Please do apply online and let me know how you get on!