• The Wentworth Estate - Banner 1
  • Lake in Winter (snow scene)
  • The Wentworth Estate - Banner 3
  • The Wentworth Estate - Banner 4
 

Contact the WRA

The Wentworth Residents Association

Switch to the WERC section

Wentworth Estate Roads Committee
more »
WRA News

 
 
Prospective MPs
Whilst the WRA is apolitical, you may be interested to know about the respective views of the candidates for MP, Runnymede & Weybridge, on some key local issues on which we have been campaigning on your behalf. We don't often see candidates on our doorsteps anymore so it's difficult to quiz them face-to-face. Consequently, we've asked all seven parliamentary candidates to share their views on Runnymede Borough Council's 2030 Local Plan and Heathrow's proposals to change as well as intensify flight paths and to expand the airport with a third runway. The candidates' responses are the following:
 
The Candidates:
Robert King                                Labour Party
Stewart Mackay                          Independent
Rob O’Carroll                              Liberal Democrats
Lorna Rowland                            Independent
Benjamin Smith                           Green Party
Ben Spencer                               Conservative Party
Nicholas Wood                            UK Independence Party
 
All candidates responded except Robert King (Labour), Lorna Rowland (Independent) and Nicolas Wood (UK Independence Party) did not respond.
 
The Questions
 
1. Would you support or oppose RBC's 2030 Local Plan and in particular the development of Longcross Garden Village? 

Cllr Stewart Mackay (Independent) - I think there is a lot to Virginia Water and Wentworth and my vision for the Borough and constituency is that it remains Green and prosperous. If I may pen candidly on the subject, I think that we want the richer residents staying in the constituency and in that case overdevelopment helps no-one.

Rob O’Carroll (Lib Dems) - Longcross Garden Village is beyond the point of opposition as it has been approved as one of fourteen Garden Villages by the Conservative Government.   As for the Runneymede Local Plan, it has just completed its final stage of review by the Planning Inspector so is likely to be adopted in 2020.  Again, the time to oppose has passed.  The key going forward I believe is to minimise any adverse impacts on the existing communities of Runnymede by ensuring key infrastructure such as station parking is delivered in a timely manner. I would obviously work closely with the local Liberal Democrats councillors.   I can say categorically that I do oppose the proposals for Fairoaks Garden Village.
 
Benjamin Smith (Green) -  I'm opposed to the Local Plan and any development on Green Belt land. 

Ben Spencer (Conservative) - Runnymede Borough Council's Local Plan is set by the Council in conjunction with consultation with residents.  Should I be elected your MP, I would not have jurisdiction over local council decisions or policy.  My involvement as your member of Parliament regarding planning would be to support you as residents on national policy issues, including setting the National Planning Policy Framework within which local authorities must operate. I do believe it is important that the democratically made policies of Neighbourhood Plans are upheld, and that local people are given their say over development in their area.  I believe current planning policy does need reform and would welcome local views on how planning policy can work better for local communities.
 
2. Would you support or oppose the changes proposed by Heathrow to existing flight paths?

Cllr Stewart Mackay (independent) -  I am NOT in favour of the proposed Heathrow changes. I am in favour of a fast rail link to Gatwick and an expansion of Gatwick. I am pushing for this project to go live and have even been involved in early talks:  https://heathrowrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/hsr-september-brochure.pdf. This line goes underground from Chertsey to Heathrow out to Guildford. As this is being privately financed, I think it makes for Government to become the shareholder and pay to extend this to Gatwick. It would cheaper option than the work being carried out LHR.

Rob O’Carroll (Lib Dems) -  Everything possible needs to be done to minimise noise pollution from Heathrow's flights.
 
Benjamin Smith (Green) -  I'm opposed to the flight path change.

Ben Spencer (Conservative) - The issue of flight paths in Runnymede and Weybridge is complicated, as there is a significant variation in the impact of noise and pollution across the constituency.  However, as a point of principle, I believe all residents deserve respite from flight noise, which is why I not only support a ban on night flights but also the wider distribution of flight paths, rather than concentration over fewer communities.  
 
3. Would you support or oppose the building of a third runway at Heathrow? 

Cllr Stewart Mackay (Independent) -  I am NOT in favour of the proposed Heathrow changes. I am in favour of a fast rail link to Gatwick and an expansion of Gatwick. I am pushing for this project to go live and have even been involved in early talks.  https://heathrowrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/hsr-september-brochure.pdf. This line goes underground from Chertsey to Heathrow out to Guildford. As this is being privately financed, I think it makes for Government to become the shareholder and pay to extend this to Gatwick. It would cheaper option than the work being carried out LHR.

Rob O’Carroll (Lib Dems) -  We absolutely oppose the building of a third runway at Heathrow.  This continues to be a key element of the National Liberal Democrat Manifesto.  Our opposition is based on serious environmental concerns for this area, including air and noise pollution.
 
Benjamin Smith (Green) -  I'm opposed to its expansion in any capacity.
 
Ben Spencer (Conservative) - I do and will continue to oppose the building of a third runway at Heathrow. However, the decision has already been made by Parliament so I believe we must also take a pragmatic approach.  If it does indeed go ahead, I will work with yourselves and other local residents to try to mitigate the impact of expansion, especially in relation to air and noise pollution, and also ensure that we can benefit from it in terms of improvements to our infrastructure and support for local businesses. 
 
3. What is your email address should residents wish to follow these or other matters up with you?
 
Robert King             Labour Party                             cllr.robert.king@runnymede.gov.uk
Stewart Mackay        Independent                            cllr.stewart.mackay@runnymede.gov.uk
Rob O’Carroll           Liberal Democrat                     robert_ocarroll@yahoo.co.uk
Lorna Rowland         Independent                            LornaRowlandGE2019@gmail.com
Benjamin Smith        Green Party                             btgsnd@gmail.com
Ben Spencer            Conservative Party                  ben@drbenspencer.org.uk
Nicholas Wood         UK Independence Party          N.D.Wood@kingston.ac.uk

Hopefully, this information is useful in providing some local context; the candidates' contact details are provided in case you wish to follow up and/or quiz them on any other issues prior to the General Election on 12th December.

Make your vote count!

Kind regards,
 
WRA Executive Committee
 

« BackRead full news article »

Contact the WRA

The Wentworth Residents Association

Switch to the WERC section

Wentworth Estate Roads Committee
more »
Address
THE WENTWORTH ESTATE
The Estate office
Wentworth Club
Wentworth Drive
Virginia Water
GU25 4LS
Follow us
twitter icon Instagram icon Facebook icon
Contact us
ESTATE OFFICE LANDLINE
01344 842819
CANNONS SECURITY OFFICE (24/7)
0208 699 9800
PATROL CAR MOBILE (24/7)
07899 984272