Liberal Democrats have selected Carshalton resident Chris Williams as their candidate for the Carshalton Central by-election on 28th July.
Chris Williams lives in Mill Lane and is a recently retired teacher, having taught at Wallington Country Grammar School since 2002. Previously, Chris was Deputy Headteacher at Orleans Park School in Twickenham.
He is passionate about protecting local green spaces and heritage sites. As a regular rail user he is only too aware of the recent poor service commuters from Carshalton have had to endure.
Chris joined the Lib Dems to give something back to the local community.He is a member of the PCC at All Saints Carshalton, where he was married in 2014.
Alongside existing ward Councillors Jill Whitehead and Hamish Pollock, Chris will be working with Lib Dem-run Sutton Council and Tom Brake MP to highlight the following issues:
Keep Carshalton Special: Liberal Democrats have worked hard to protect our valued local green spaces and heritage.
Commuters: Chris and the Lib Dems want Southern Rail sacked NOW due to the appalling service provided to Carshalton Central residents
Cuts to local pharmacies: Chris and the Lib Dems will be fighting Tory Government plans to cut the money that goes to local pharmacies which could see 11 pharmacies in Sutton close.
Local Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake, said: “I am delighted that Chris Williams has been selected to fight this election. Working alongside Jill and Hamish, Chris will be part of a strong team working hard all year round to get the best deal for our area.”
Liberal Democrat candidate for the Carshalton Central by-election Chris Williams commented: “Carshalton is such a special area and it is a real privilege to stand for election in the community I live in and have grown to love. I will be fighting this election to protect our local parks and heritage, get a better deal for local commuters and to send a clear message to the Tories that central government cuts to local services are unacceptable.”
The election is being held after the resignation of Cllr Alan Salter.
Sutton PC Heath Keogh has received one of the highest honours to be given by the RSPCA for his work on a borough-wide initiative to promote responsible dog ownership and to tackle anti-social behaviour by owners.
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, has joined with local pharmacists in mounting strong opposition to Government plans to cut £170 million from pharmacies in 2016/17. If the government’s plans go ahead, an estimated £660,000 would be slashed from Sutton pharmacy budgets, putting as many as 11 pharmacies at risk of closure.
Popular pedalling practitioner Dr Bike returns to various locations across Sutton in a chain of events over summer 2016.
The Dr Bike sessions are a chance for residents to get free safety advice and security marking to keep their bikes safe from theft. The police will also be at the events to help support the initiative and share their expertise with residents.
Tom Brake MP recently paid homage to carers across Sutton as part of carers week. These unsung heros in our community are finally getting the recognition they deserve, with a week dedicated to the invaluable service that they give.
An estimated 20,000 people in Sutton juggle their jobs and responsibilities, while also giving care to their loved ones. Carers Week seeks to highlight the challenges that carers face, as well as being a way for the community showing their gratitude for the work that they do. The focus of this year’s campaign has been to build ‘Carer Friendly Communities’. This is focused on businesses better understanding the needs of carers, and hopefully in the future, carers will feel more integrated in their communities.
The Liberal Democrats have had a strong record regarding carers, investing £400m into a respite fund during the last Coalition government. The Lib Dems would also have given carers a £250 bonus each year had they been in Government.
MP Tom Brake, thanking the carers in his constituency said:
‘Carers in the borough of Sutton make up almost 10% of the population, yet often their needs are overlooked as they put the needs of others before themselves. Carers need us to rally behind them and show how much we value all the work that they do. That is why I am encouraging as many businesses as possible to commit to building more carer-friendly communities and to also get involved with the various events going on this week’
If you want to help make your community more carer-friendly, sign up at http://www.carersweek.org/about-carer-friendly-communities or head over to Sutton Carers Centre to see how you can get involved.
Alan Salter has resigned from the Council following financial allegations made against him. He is seeking legal advice on the allegations made.
Alan has been a member of the Council for Carshalton Central since 2010.
Ruth Dombey, Liberal Democrat Leader of Sutton Council, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Local Government and London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The high value that Sutton places on its thousands of unpaid carers has been highlighted during this year’s National Carers’ Week.
Sutton households could have a new weekly food waste collection along with almost double the amount of recycling capacity if plans to outsource services are approved by four boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership.
More than 50,000 people in Sutton - a quarter of the borough’s population - undertake some voluntary work each year. And more of Sutton’s young people than ever before are turning to volunteering, both to give something back to the community and to learn new skills and to gain practical experience they need to help secure a job.