On 1st March I was re-adopted by the local Conservative branch to stand as the Conservative candidate for the Cobham Fairmile ward. On Thursday I received confirmation from the Electoral Registration Officer that my nomination form was in order and therefore I will be the Conservative candidate for Cobham Fairmile for the elections on 3rd May.
I am delighted to be standing again and I pledge myself, if I am elected, to continue serving all the people of the Cobham Fairmile ward, whether they are Conservative supporters or not, to the best of my ability. In the next few weeks, election leaflets will be coming through the doors. Sometimes we make mistakes with deliveries and some voters may by accident not see my election address, and so I am reproducing it below:
As your councillor for the past 4 years I have worked hard helping local residents to make their views heard. We resisted the erection of huge telecoms masts. We have persuaded Sainsburys to respect their neighbours by planting evergreen trees to reduce light pollution from their car park. I worked with Reed’s School to allow them to develop their facilities in a sensitive manner.
The Recreation Ground has been smartened up, with better lighting so that it is safe for use at night. I have campaigned against unnecessary road closures imposed by the utility companies and the developers of the new motorway service station. I helped secure £50,000.00 for the Riverhill area regeneration project and £500 for the Oasis scheme for vulnerable children.
As Cabinet member for Housing I have delivered over 250 new affordable homes in 2 years. I have launched a scheme making loans available for people to get on the housing ladder. I am now rolling out new projects to bring empty homes into use and to help social housing tenants move to smaller properties.
Our administration has a zero tolerance policy on fly-tipping and benefit cheats. We have frozen the Elmbridge portion of the Council Tax for 5 years out of 6. This is a record of which we are proud.
James is the Cabinet member for Housing on Elmbridge Borough Council. He is a barrister specialising in landlord and tenant and housing issues. He divides his time between Cobham where he lives with his family and his offices in London. His clients include leading firms of estate agents, local authorities and the occupiers of the very worst examples of local authority housing. James has been involved in the Conservative Party for many years, having been a Parliamentary candidate in Yorkshire and then Chairman of the Hammersmith & Fulham Conservative Association where the Conservatives won the Parliamentary seat in 2005 and then took control of the Council in 2006.
James is a member of St Andrew’s Church and of the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust and is a former school governor.
If elected James promises to:
(i) Continue the Conservative effort to deliver value for money for local residents;
(ii) Increase the supply of good quality affordable housing in the borough;
(iii) Defend the Green Belt and the unique character of Cobham;
(iv) Support Surrey Police in cracking down on crime and vandalism;
(v) Promote choice in education for everyone and not merely those who can afford private school fees.
I am looking forward to this election and I hope that everyone feels free to contact me via the comments section on this blog.