MP Theresa Villiers calls for people to push for transport improvements in Sutton

Theresa Villiers with Marion Harper of Age UK Sutton

Theresa Villiers with Marion Harper of Age UK Sutton

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A Government minister has called on people to make sure their views are heard if they want transport improvements in Sutton.

Northern Ireland Secretary and former Transport Secretary Theresa Villiers visited Sutton with Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam on Monday.

Sutton Guardian:

Judy Okeke (senior manager) Marion Harper (CEO), Paul Scully, Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers

During her trip she spoke to traders in Central Road, Worcester Park to find out the challenges they face and visited Age UK Sutton's headquarters in St Nicholas Way to see the work the charity does.

She also spoke to the Sutton Guardian about the importance of improving the transport network in the borough through projects such as Crossrail 2, which is planned to pass through Worcester Park but may not stop there, and the scheme to bring the Tram to Sutton.

She said: "One thing I will take away from my trip here is how important transport is.

"Crossrail 2 could be really important and I would encourage people to focus on the fact that many decisions regarding where it will stop are yet to be made there is time yet to make sure the voice of Worcester park is heard in that debate.

"In many places trams have had a transformative effect. Look at Croydon and Manchester where the Metrolink has had a radical impact. I would encourage everyone to join the debate about expanding the Tramlink to Sutton.

"Obviously it does come at a cost but it's a priority to the Government and that's reflected in the grant given to Transport for London. It's about making sure it can bring an economic benefit to the area."

Mrs Villiers had a look at Age UK Sutton's offices and spoke to service users, volunteers and chief executive Marion Harper. She also spoke to businesses in Worcester Park about what the Government can do to help them.

Sutton Guardian:

Theresa Villiers talks to 71-year-old service user Richard Stout

She added: "It's been quite inspiring. The visit to Worcester Park was excellent and it was great to talk to retailers there and hear their ideas for revitalising the High Street.

"They are from intense competition and we want to give them as much help as we can.

"At Age UK I was able to find out how they are helping in one of the biggest challenges our society faces - more of us are getting older and there are more elderly people meaning the voluntary sector is having to do more to support the NHS."

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12:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

ResidentTony says...

Let's hope Crossrail does stop at Worcester Park. Also, let's hope the borough gets Tramlink.
Let's hope Crossrail does stop at Worcester Park. Also, let's hope the borough gets Tramlink. ResidentTony
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5:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Hang on, isn't it our MPs job to improve services they recognise are failing?
Hang on, isn't it our MPs job to improve services they recognise are failing? Niki R
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9:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

ResidentTony says...

Niki R wrote:
Hang on, isn't it our MPs job to improve services they recognise are failing?
Yes, but you can be sure that people in neighbouring boroughs will be agitating for Tramlink. The ones who push and shout loudest (ie organise most effectively as interested citizens) tend to get the prize. This may be *all wrong*, but............
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: Hang on, isn't it our MPs job to improve services they recognise are failing?[/p][/quote]Yes, but you can be sure that people in neighbouring boroughs will be agitating for Tramlink. The ones who push and shout loudest (ie organise most effectively as interested citizens) tend to get the prize. This may be *all wrong*, but............ ResidentTony
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8:20am Wed 29 Jan 14

Paul Scully says...

Niki R. Yes it is. It's also the MP's job and that of councillors to listen to residents and local businesses about how they believe that local services can be improved. This doesn't seem to have happened in Worcester Park to a sufficient degree with a number of traders saying that although they were presented with choices in how the recent funding for improvements was spent, they were given narrow choices ignoring other preferred options. I have more faith in local traders knowing what their customers want and what is required to build a thriving High Street than most politicians.

There's a video of the Worcester Park leg of the visit on the Worcester Park Blog at http://www.worcester
parkblog.org.uk/2014
/01/ministerial-visi
t.html
Niki R. Yes it is. It's also the MP's job and that of councillors to listen to residents and local businesses about how they believe that local services can be improved. This doesn't seem to have happened in Worcester Park to a sufficient degree with a number of traders saying that although they were presented with choices in how the recent funding for improvements was spent, they were given narrow choices ignoring other preferred options. I have more faith in local traders knowing what their customers want and what is required to build a thriving High Street than most politicians. There's a video of the Worcester Park leg of the visit on the Worcester Park Blog at http://www.worcester parkblog.org.uk/2014 /01/ministerial-visi t.html Paul Scully
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5:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

suttondad says...

Pointless lip service exercise, for those who believe for one minute that the points we make will be acted upon, tramlink will be built, but not because we asked for it, but because of financial gain, be it for one or more persons, for the local area and the wider local economy.

Bus services don't need addressing that much, the only thing that can be done better is the attitude of some drivers and the way they cope with some idiots who use the buses(not that any MP would know as their private car works fine)

Train services, it doesn't matter what we say on that we will still have to pay our huge season fees to be stood for a long delay because of a stray dog on the track or because a landslide is still not removed.

I wait to see theoutcome of her consultation, but it would save her and us alot of time if she just read this site every other day to see about the top ten reasons trains are delayed or stand at Victoria/Waterloo/Lo
ndon Bridge most evenings to see the problems for herself, take a few pictures and go see those responsible. Not rocket science I presume
Pointless lip service exercise, for those who believe for one minute that the points we make will be acted upon, tramlink will be built, but not because we asked for it, but because of financial gain, be it for one or more persons, for the local area and the wider local economy. Bus services don't need addressing that much, the only thing that can be done better is the attitude of some drivers and the way they cope with some idiots who use the buses(not that any MP would know as their private car works fine) Train services, it doesn't matter what we say on that we will still have to pay our huge season fees to be stood for a long delay because of a stray dog on the track or because a landslide is still not removed. I wait to see theoutcome of her consultation, but it would save her and us alot of time if she just read this site every other day to see about the top ten reasons trains are delayed or stand at Victoria/Waterloo/Lo ndon Bridge most evenings to see the problems for herself, take a few pictures and go see those responsible. Not rocket science I presume suttondad
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