Councillor Update

30th Sept 2020

My activity update to 30 September as College Wards’ Residents Association Councillor by Cllr. Nigel Collin

Council meetings commenced in earnest in September coinciding with the end of the holiday period.

On the 17th September the audit crime and scrutiny committee met to consider the annual governance statement and the related internal auditors report for the 2019/20 year. The committee noted that the auditors’ report finalization had been impacted by Covid and that it would be updated at November’s meeting.

In the evening the Twinning committee met to consider both strategy and plans for activities once the pandemic position improved.  There was a strong desire to hold a joint 25th anniversary celebration with Chantilly in 2021. A celebratory zoom meeting will be held with the Chantilly committee on 6 October and a virtual AGM is to be held on 13 October.

The proposal for a Surrey wide unitary authority has generated a significant debate among the 11 district councils in Surrey and the proposal is strongly contested. The Residents Association firmly believes that this is not in the best interests of our residents since local people need responses from Cllrs who know the locality and can act quickly to attend to issues. You will have received a bulletin outlining how to sign a petition objecting to the proposal and I would urge you to sign this if you are opposed to the proposal. The good news is that last week HMG has withdrawn the unitary proposal for the time being, although it may resurface after the County elections in May next year.

The Strategy and Resources Committee met on 22 September and the external auditors, Grant Thornton presented their report on the accounts to 31/3/20. The accounts were approved with a clean audit opinion.

Other matters considered were the 20/21 budget targets, the local government structure in Surrey, the LGA Communications review action plan and EEBC’s diversity and inclusion framework. After a full debate, all recommendations were approved.

The Repair Café Trustees met on 25 September to further develop preparations for the café’s opening next year. The café has received charitable status from the Charities Commission and has opened a bank account. Marketing activities are ongoing.

On 30 September Julie Morris and I have arranged a meeting with the local police team to review progress in relation to anti-social behavior at Alexandra Park.

My case load this month has included noise pollution, Alexandra park issues, parking restrictions at Abela Green, road works and waste collection, altogether a varied diet.

Finally, I would urge everybody to follow the Covid guidelines of hands, face and space so that we can contain the Covid 19 spike.

Please address any urgent issues via email to info@collegeward.org