The world of politics
Much of a councillor's time is taken up by either attending meetings or dealing with people's individual problems.
I will start this column by going backwards in time:
Last Saturday evening (24th March 2013) instead of being at the Hersham Cinema Club as usual we were guest of Doug and Ann at the Whiteley Village Variety show being performed by the Whiteley Amateur Dramatic Society.
It was a show well worth seeing with all sorts of music and comedy sketches.
When you think that some of the people performing were well into their eighties and yet were still able to hold a musical note, it was amazing.
Someone said that the total ages added up to 1,500 years.
I was also impressed by the Tappers who can still perform a mean tap dance.
When you think that people have enough trouble getting up off their sofas to vote, yet at their ages, these oldsters could still put young people to shame.
A few weeks ago we attended the Rydens School product5ion of Bugsy Malone.
Having sat through many performances at Rydens over the years especially when my two daughters were at the school, it was a pleasure to see these young people perform.
Praise to the Director and back stage staff, the props were brilliant including an actual car!
This was one of the best performances that I have seen at the school and I hope that we get invited to many more.
I have been busy on dealing with people’s personal and housing problems, neighbour disputes, unneighbourly neighbours, parking problems and problems with people needing their central heating fixed.
I attended a meeting of the north area planning meeting recently which lasted from 7.45 p.m. until 11.15 p.m., I then had to lock the Community Centre up, it was freezing weather out and locking the Piglets gates was very cold.
I have been to later meetings, one meeting of the council at Walton lasted until 3 a.m. and that was all about the Poll Tax!
I was pleased to be able to support the Walton councillors in speaking up and opposing the proposed hotel where P&Q is in Walton.
On the same evening I also helped the Molesey councillors oppose a new supermarket on Walton Road where their currently is a small garage (next door to Langley Records), this would have had a terrific impact on the small local shops.