Elmbridge Borough Council Elections

Elmbridge Borough Council Elections

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Thank’s to all candidates who took the time to send in details of their campaign to us – as you will see below the response was overwhelming!!

It’s refreshing that so many candidates are forward thinking enough to understand that engaging with a completely independent community organisation such as ours is a great way to share their message with the wider Elmbridge residential population.

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Another year, another election – standby for your epic guide to who’s who in EVERY Elmbridge Ward!

We’ve also got the addresses of all the polling stations across all the wards.

Click on the name of the ward you are intersted below and you’ll jump right to the relevant section!

There are also plenty of ‘back to top’ links which will bring you right back here!

Election Day is Thursday the 3rd of May and polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

Please do try and get out to vote, turnout in the 2016 borough elections was a paltry 36.8%!

We hope you enjoy reading what all (well, nearly all) of the election candidates have to say for themselves…

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Claygate Ward

Cobham & Downside Ward

Esher Ward

Hersham Village Ward

Hinchley Wood and Weston Green Ward

Long Ditton Ward

Molesey East Ward

Molesey West Ward

Oatlands and Burwood Park Ward

Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon Ward

Thames Ditton Ward

Walton Central

Walton North

Walton South

Weybridge Riverside

Weybridge St. George’s Hill Ward

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Claygate Ward


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter E: Claygate Village Hall, Church Road, Claygate, KT10 0JP

2016 Turnout: 47.3%

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Vera-Anne Anderson – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Mike Rollings – Liberal Democrat

Mike Rollings was brought up in Claygate and after a career elsewhere he returned to ‘the best village I know’.

He works in finance as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in London.

Mike finds Claygate and its atmosphere a perfect antidote to the busyness of a big city. And that is what he wants to protect and enhance.

If elected as a councillor Mike will work in close collaboration with Mary Marshall and Alex Coomes, Claygate’s two other councillors.

These will be Mike’s priorities as one of Claygate’s three Elmbridge Borough councillors:

  • Campaign for more well-located secondary school places for our children
  • Support sensible planning, but oppose out-of-character or out-of-proportion applications
  • Put pressure on Surrey to fix the dangerous potholes and ensure quality road repairs
  • Work to maintain the vibrancy of The Parade, our retailers and businesses
  • Protect our precious Green Belt which makes Claygate a great place to live
  • Encourage community sports, community activism, culture and neighbourly conduct
  • Assist seniors, youths, families and vulnerable people with appropriate services
  • Enable increased recycling, reduce cost of waste disposal and control fly-tipping

Mike’s campaign theme ‘Our Kind of Claygate’ reflects his commitment to a high quality of life in the village.

1. Claygate faces several issues: dangerous potholes, the scourge of fly-tipping, missing school places, non-affordable housing, threat to our retailers, vital services for the elderly, youths and families. Above all the need to protect the Green Belt and the village from over-development.

2. I will work with Claygate’s two other Lib Dem councillors, Mary and Alex, to tackle the above issues.  Press Surrey for more school places and maintaining roads and pave-ments. Work on Elmbridge’s plan to build affordable homes, fight to protect the Green Belt, support local shops and businesses, engage with young and old, and maintain Claygate’s unique character.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Mark Sugden – The Conservative Party Candidate

Mark moved to Claygate in 2007, having friends who have lived in the Village for many years.

Claygate is a gem of a Village and a great place in which to live, work and play.

He brings significant financial experience from his previous international business career. He’s been a Parish Councillor since 2013 and is involved in many local community and voluntary organisations.

He’s a problem solver who partners to get things done; is not afraid to challenge and campaign for the good of the Village; does his best to make sure local needs are recognised and to seek funding for local initiatives.

Mark works on a wide range of issues, such as caring for the young and elderly, planning, parking, roads, footpaths, school places, public transport, recycling and fly-tipping to make our Village an even better place.

His active involvement in the Claygate community has given him a clear understanding of villagers’ concerns and priorities along with the opportunity to resolve a broad variety of local problems.

He will continue to fight to preserve our Green Belt and resist inappropriate development, while seeking new affordable housing; protect funding for our critical voluntary services; work for more accessible local school places; to get Surrey to fix roads, Thames Water to repair leaks and to strive to find a workable solution to address on-street commuter parking issues.

Mark states:

”I’m independent -minded and I always put the interests of our Village first. I’m seeking your support for my positive vision to protect and enhance the quality of life for all. I will continue to listen, discuss and act, to try to get the very best for Claygate. I share your concerns and I will do all that I can to make a difference”.

Supporting Claygate Residents – Hands off Claygate’s Green Belt

Elmbridge Borough Council must prepare a new Local Plan to determine how many new homes should be built in the future and where. Last year, the current administration of multiple, political Residents’ Association and the Liberal Democrats consulted, including an option to build on some Green Belt land in the Borough, which was roundly rejected by residents.

It has to produce a revised plan, identifying areas that are suitable for building and those that are not. We need affordable housing, accompanied by new infrastructure – school places, roads and health care facilities. But let’s be clear, I will continue to robustly resist any suggested development on Claygate’s Green Belt.

My 6-Point Plan for Claygate

1. Protect our Green Belt and Local Environment

Claygate, our green and pleasant land. Let’s keep it that way, protecting our Green Belt and conserving our common, open spaces, trees and woodlands.

New, affordable housing – yes. Inappropriate development – no.

2. Uphold Vital Community Services

I will vigorously support Council funding for community and voluntary services, including the Centre for the Community and Meals on Wheels.

I applaud our volunteers, who make such a difference.

3. Press for more School Places

It is imperative that school places are available locally.

I will continue to partner with parents, schools and all levels of government to make this happen.

4. Continue to Work to get Roads, Leaks and Parking Fixed

I’ve a track record pushing Surrey and Thames Water for repairs.

Village car parks are not full, residential streets are congested.

I’ve consistently campaigned for reduced parking charges to help get vehicles off our streets.

5. Champion our Local Businesses and Community

I pledge to continue to promote a vibrant social, business and retail environment and to support our community organisations who work tirelessly for our Village.

6. Standing up for Claygate

I’m fortunate to call Claygate my home. Year round, I listen, I’m accessible and I work to solve problems – I live here, love it and I will continue to do my best.

Key issue:

Elmbridge Borough Council must prepare a new Local Plan to determine how many new homes should be built in the future and where. We need affordable housing, accompanied by new infrastructure but I will robustly resist any suggested development on Claygate’s Green Belt.

What I will deliver:

I will vigorously support Council funding for community and voluntary services, including the Centre for the Community and Meals on Wheels. I will work to get roads, leaks and parking fixed. I have a track record for pushing Surrey and Thames Water for repairs.

mark4claygate@esherwalton.com

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Cobham & Downside


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter HA: Cobham and Downside North Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU
Polling District Letter HB: Cobham and Downside West Downside Village Hall, Downside Common Road, Cobham, KT11 3NP
Polling District Letter HC: Cobham and Downside South Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU

2016 Turnout: 30.8%

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James William Browne – The Conservative Party Candidate

I and my family have lived in Cobham since 2006 and I have been one of your Elmbridge councillors for over 9 years.

Throughout that time I have worked with my colleagues, our Heritage Trust, our Residents’ Association and other local groups to keep Cobham special.

From opposing unwanted phone masts to supporting the renewal of the cherry tree memorial on the Tilt via helping the Free School find a new site and obtaining funding for footpath improvements and the Riverhill viewing platform, I have used my position to ensure our town gets a fair deal.

Cobham is a very popular place to live but this puts pressure on our infrastructure.

The car parks are full and the streets are clogged on a regular basis with large lorries taking shortcuts to avoid the M25.

Ordinary people in our community face huge housing pressures and rising demand for school places. I am committed to building more social and affordable housing and properties for first time buyers.

I also think that choice and quality in education should not be dependent on an ability to pay fees. If I am reelected I promise that I will use my experience and my professional expertise as an advocate to ensure that the voice of local residents is heard clearly.

Getting the right homes in the right places

Last year, 3,760 local residents wrote in to object to the Elmbridge Liberal Democrat / Residents’ Association administration’s plan to build over 5,000 new houses on 3 plots of Green Belt land – 2 of them in our local area.

It was a fantastic response and the Council backed down.

But the need for new houses has not gone away – it has increased. As your Councillor I and my Conservative colleagues will argue for building on brownfield sites and for increased density in our town centres rather than facing the loss of our open spaces.

Key issue:

Elmbridge is required to deliver 612 new homes per year to meet the needs of our growing population. I will campaign to ensure that these homes are located in built-up areas and not in our precious countryside.

What I will deliver: 

I support Cobham Free School’s plans to open its secondary school at Munro House. Parents will finally have a real choice of schools at 11 plus. I will do everything within my power to toughen up the response from Elmbridge and Surrey Police to traveller invasions. I will also encourage support for our shops – we have a great mix in Cobham but if we do not use them we will lose them.

My 6-Point Plan for Cobham and Downside

1. Protect our Green Belt

Elmbridge is required to deliver 612 new homes per year to meet the needs of our growing population. I will campaign to ensure that these homes are located in built-up areas and not in our precious countryside.

2. A state secondary school in Cobham

Local parents have had to endure the school places lottery for too long. I support Cobham Free School’s plans to open its secondary school at Munro House.

Parents will finally have a real choice of schools at 11 plus.

3. Save our car parks

Losing the car park behind Holly Parade has put more pressure on local streets.

Elmbridge should prioritise car parking when considering applications for new homes and restaurants.

4. Supporting local businesses

I love the variety of shops in our town centre but if we do not use them we will lose them and only chain stores will be able to afford the high rents.

5. Building affordable housing

Elmbridge is a very expensive place to own or rent a home.

I have spent the last 10 years campaigning for more houses in Cobham for local people on average wages and will continue to do so if elected.

6. Travellers

Local residents were appalled by last year’s illegal invasion.

I intend to do everything within my power to toughen up the response from Elmbridge and Surrey Police to this menace.

james.browne@esherwalton.com

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Elaine Linda Kingston – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

After a challenging year for UKIP our new leader, Gerard Batten, MEP and UKIP member since 1993, is forging ahead and leading our party with good, common sense policies. I am proud to represent a party which defends freedom and democracy and speaks clearly and openly about difficult issues and problems that need to be addressed through measured debate.

Here are some of those problems.

Crime:

Cobham and Downside is a relatively safe area.

But crime is on the up everywhere and we need to see a visible police force on our streets, which is the best deterrent against crime. The increased rate of crime in our area, such as theft, violence, anti-social behaviour and sexual offending, means we cannot afford to be complacent.

Green Belt / Planning:

It is vital we protect our Green Belt and take steps to avoid the overpopulation of our area, with its immediate and inevitable consequences of too much traffic, overcrowded trains, full-to-bursting doctors’ surgeries and health centres and under-pressure school places.

Permission for the proposed development in Church Street has been massively opposed, and refused several times in the recent past.

Yet now that the site is owned by Elmbridge Council, planning consent has been granted for a number of houses. Squeezing a housing development into this small location is inappropriate and impractical on every level and will serve no one.

Litter:

Cigarette butts, littered cans, crisp packets, plastic bottles and general waste blight our beautiful landscape.

I personally pick up litter when I see it, whether I am walking my dog or shopping in the High Street.

We can all play a part in keeping where we live tidy, but there is a huge shortage of street cleaning provision by the Council, and we need and deserve more.

Business Rates:

The constant eyesore of shop fronts closed and boarded up because they have been empty for weeks or months on end is unacceptable. Yet in Cobham this happens more and more.

NatWest and Cleaver are about to go.

Strada, Carphone Warehouse and Chewton Rose have gone.

The exponential increase in rents and rates is making it ever more impossible for traders to survive.

There has to be a fresh approach and a review of what’s happening, and a strategy going forward to halt the loss of our shops on the High Street.

Potholes:

Where is our Highways budget being spent, when our roads are full of potholes? Potholes are dangerous, not just for cyclists and drivers but just as much for pedestrians crossing the road.

Potholes may be national news, but there is little being done about repairing them and this must change.

These are just a few of the pressing issues that need to be addressed now, not at some time in the future. The pressure on all our services, be they schools, transport, the NHS or policing grows daily.

I intend to see what can be done to deal with these issues and to make sure there is a real improvement for our lives and our community here in Cobham and Downside.

www.ukipsurrey.co.uk

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Zelda Eloise Pitman – Liberal Democrat

Zelda Pitman grew up in Guildford and Weybridge, and has lived in Cobham since 2010.

Zelda has two sons who attend school locally, and she works as a solicitor in Guildford.

If elected she will work to ensure that the Council makes sound, practical, justifiable decisions in the interests of the whole community. Zelda has long been active in her local community, volunteering with charity fundraising events and social care for the elderly.

She is a fervent believer in a fair society for all and is concerned by the in-creasing reliance by hard working local families on food banks, as well as rising incidents of homelessness.

Zelda and her husband commute every day, so local traffic and transport issues are a serious consideration for her. With two primary school age children, Zelda is also concerned that education standards remain high and that everyone has access to good school places.

1. Cobham is congested and that creates daily problems for the residents, plus traffic fumes which deteriorates air quality. Single residences are knocked down and blocks of flats are built without any thought given for its impact. I am also concerned about homelessness and families relying on food banks, plus standards in education.

2. If elected my focus will be on bringing the community together to consider how we want Cobham to evolve. We want the process to be bottom up and as part of it I would want to encourage volunteering. Housing, traffic, vital services like social care, families in need and education will be my focus.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Irene Threlkeld – Labour Party

Irene has lived all her life in Cobham and has seen many changes.

She is the Chair of Cobham Ex-Servicemen’s Club and Secretary of Esher and Walton Constituency Labour Party.

She opposes the cuts made by the Government that restrict Councils in providing the resources needed for local services.

There is a danger of losing some services, such as Fire Stations, Community Centres and Libraries.

These services are already suffering from the restrictions placed  on them by these cuts.

If elected she would campaign for the Council to provide the appropriate infrastructure for any new developments.

Policies

Labour will put the interests of the people first.

Locally and Nationally, they will invest in people, public services and the industries of the future.

They will rebuild communities.

They would hire 10,000 extra police officers to prioritise neighbourhood policing and bear down on crime and its causes.

They will strengthen the rights of victims, and ensure the justice system works for them and keeps people safe.

They would bring forward investments in infrastructure across every region and nation to create high-wage, high-productivity jobs.

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/

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Esher


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter AA: Esher South : King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, KT10 9RA

Polling District Letter AB: Esher North Lower Green Community Centre, Farm Road, Esher, KT10 8AU

Polling District Letter AC: Esher West Hersham Library, Molesey Road, Hersham. KT12 4RF

2016 Turnout: 38.5%

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Susan Elizabeth Dennis – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

  • LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
  • LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
  • LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
  • LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
  • LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Laura Jayne Harmour – Green Party

Laura lives in Esher and works at a museum in London.

It was the current heart-breaking destruction of Green Belt meadows in a residential area of Esher by Surrey County Council that promoted Laura to stand as a local councillor.

“I want to live in a fair society in which the less-well-off and vulnerable are protected and not demonised for others’ economic failings. Having grown up in Cornwall, I am a passionate advocate for nature and animals, believing that, like Einstein said, we must widen our circle of compassion away from ourselves and our nearest and dearest to ’embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

“I thus naturally want to see the Green Belt in Surrey saved from exploitation and a strong Green presence on local councils to oppose such exploitation. I also want to see more social housing built in our local areas.

“The Green Party embodies the values that I believe are crucial we embrace for the future of our country and people.”

https://surrey.greenparty.org.uk/

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Simon Jonathan Waugh – The Conservative Party Candidate

Simon has lived in Esher for 14 years with his wife Heather and two sons, who attended Esher Church School and Esher High.

A Chartered Surveyor, Simon enjoyed a 30-year career as a Partner with a major surveying practice and now runs his own company, based in Esher.

Simon said:

“If elected on 3 May, I will work with our Conservative County Council colleagues to improve Esher High Street, and address the chronic traffic congestion in our town. I will use my property background to ensure local planning is fair and our Green Belt and open spaces are properly protected”.

Simon was twice elected as Esher Councillor (in 2010 and 2014) and served on planning and licensing committees as well as chairing the Audit and Standards Committee.

He is a Trustee of the Henry Smith Charity, which funds projects addressing social inequality, a Court Member of the Chartered Surveyors Livery Company and a member of Esher Rugby Club.

Welcoming his selection, Cllr Tim Oliver, Leader of the Conservative Group on the Council, said: “Esher needs strong representation now that the Conservatives are no longer in control of the Council.

We have seen the total shambles this Residents/Liberal coalition has made of the bin contract which was entirely avoidable.

With three Conservative Councillors, Esher will have a much stronger voice in improving our local environment and further enhancing our resident experience”.

Key issue:

I will promote development on brown field sites and increased density. This will enable provision of the housing we need for young families and key workers without the need to build over our precious Green Belt land.

What I will deliver:

Esher has seen an increase in crime and I am keen to ensure the police prioritise this area. I will also work with relevant parties to minimise traveller incursions and the problems they cause and also to ease traffic congestion in Esher town centre.

I will ensure Esher traders have access to improvement grants and look at areas such as pavement replacement.

My Six Point Plan for Esher

1.Crime

There has been a recent increase in local crime in Esher and I am keen to ensure the police prioritise Esher. I have recently met the Home Secretary to get the message across. I will also work with relevant parties to minimise traveller incursions and
the problems they cause.

2. Traffic

I will work with key partners to ease traffic congestion through our town centre. I will also work to improve road safety, reducing vehicle speeds where appropriate.

3. Local Business

We all want to see a vibrant High Street with a mix of busy shops and different retailers. I will ensure Esher traders have access to any improvement grants and look at areas such as pavement replacement.

4. Community Groups

Community Groups play a vital role offering support to many residents and I will encourage and support their activities.

5. Planning

I am committed to ensuring local planning is fair and that our Green Belt and open spaces are properly protected. At present there is considerable pressure on our green spaces. I will fight to protect them and believe brown field sites need to be prioritised.

6. Parking

I will work to review parking in Esher and to look at problem parking areas. I will work to ensure we have enough spaces available in the centre, stopping overflow parking.

simon.waugh@esherwalton.com

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Richard Charles John Williams – Esher Residents Association – No Response Received

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Hersham Village


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter MA: Hersham Village South *CHANGE* All Saints Roman Catholic Church Hall, 13 Queens Road, Hersham, KT12 5LU

Polling District Letter MB: Hersham Village West Hersham Sports & Social (Comrades) Club, 128 Hersham Road, Hersham, KT12 5QL

Polling District Letter MC: Hersham Village East Hersham Youth Centre, Arch Road, Hersham, KT12 4QT

2016 Turnout: 39.5%

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Julie Ann Crook – Labour Party

I will work to ensure that Hersham Library remains fully funded for many years, ensuring its longevity as a vital community resource for the future.

I will also work with local residents to reinstate the Village Hall as the centre of the Hersham community that it once was.

I fully support the need for the Hersham Community Council to ensure that everyone living in Hersham has a voice.

Furthermore, rising house prices are an issue for many residents.

I will push for the development of more desperately needed social housing in the village.

Email address: ja_stewart14@hotmail.com

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Ruth Mitchell – The Conservative Party Candidate

I have lived in Hersham for around 25 years and was a Hersham South councillor for six years until the Borough boundary changes two years ago.

I gained a reputation for standing up for residents and supporting their campaigns for Village improvements.

My philosophy is always to remember that I am elected to serve you and that your priorities must be my priorities.

Having been brought up in rented and council accommodation I know first hand the importance of quality and affordable housing.

As a member of the PA Housing Association’s Customer Services Committee I work tirelessly supporting tenants.

Since last October we have been conducting a survey to get your views, gathering several hundred detailed replies I want to make our Hersham better and your responses have enabled me to build my manifesto around the views that you expressed.

My six point plan for Hersham whether it be standing up for Hersham’s interests, ensuring value for money, fighting for the Village hall, preserving Hersham’s village character, only supporting sensitive development, are all views that you expressed.

This year I have met and spoken to the Home Secretary, the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and our Member of Parliament raising concerns expressed by you particularly about traveller incursions.

I don’t take no for an answer!

Since Easter I have covered 68% of the ward knocking on doors and meeting residents (that is 2,300 doors) and I shall continue until polling day. After all, it is the least I can do if I am asking you to vote for me.

If you elect me on May 3rd to work with Mary Sheldon on your behalf I will hit the ground running!

Key issue:

Our village and green spaces are constantly under threat from a decline in facilities and insensitive development. Our Village Hall urgently needs a plan for reopening. I will work to maintain and improve our Village Hall and our Centre for the Community.

What I will deliver:

I will stand up for Hersham’s interests and act on residents’ concerns. I will champion local issues and support our village, shops and riverside. I will only support sensitive development with appropriate infrastructure.

By working closely with our County and Borough Councillors, I’ll be part of a united team able to achieve real results for Hersham.

My Six Point Plan for Hersham

1. Standing up for Hersham’s Interests.

I act on residents’ concerns. I will champion local issues in Hersham and support campaigns for improvements to our village. Such as improvements to traffic management in Queens Road which many residents highlighted in our doorstep discussions.

2. Preserving Hersham’s village character.

Our village green, the riverside, our local shops and amenities all contribute to our unique village character. I will only support sensitive development with appropriate infrastructure.

3. Working with our Hersham County and Borough Councillors.

By working closely with our County and Borough Councillors, I will be part of a united team able to achieve real results for all Hersham residents.

4. Ensuring value for money.

Elmbridge Borough Council receives around 60 pence a day from a Band D taxpayer. I will work tirelessly to ensure you get value for your money.

5. Supporting a vibrant community.

Any village will lose its heart without its businesses and voluntary groups. I will continue to support and help them, actively lobbying for grants such as ECIF (Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund) and other assistance for them to thrive.

6. Fighting for our Village Hall and Community Centre.

Our Village Hall and Centre for the Community are both vital to Hersham. I will fight to maintain and improve them.

And For Elmbridge as a whole.

1. I will support our pledge to provide Community Infrastructure Levy funds to enable the proper resurfacing of the Seven Hills Road.
2. I will support our pledge to review the ‘Tennis Tax’ and if possible scrap this charge.
3. I will oppose any attempt to further increase Councillors Allowances for my elected term.
4. I will support better exploitation of ‘brown field’ sites for housing needs.

If you would like to raise an issue of concern, or help my campaign, please contact me:

01932 220557

ruth.mitchell@esherwalton.com

https://twitter.com/Frcmitchell

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Olivia Joy Palmer – Green Party

Hersham is a wonderful village although it’s suffered from urbanisation and public cuts. Our bus services have been reduced and with excessive building in the area, we have traffic jams and polluted air.

The state of our roads endanger drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

I’ve launched a project to gain Hersham Plastic-Free status.

This will help reduce rubbish in our green spaces and the River Mole.

In Surrey Green Party, we’re tracking and reducing air pollution.

If elected I’ll be empowered in my environmental projects. I’ll work with the Green Party County Councillor to tackle potholes, reintroduce bus routes and help local businesses to flourish.

I love my village and want to make it safer and cleaner for residents.

www.facebook.com/VoteOliviaPalmer/ 

The Green Party of England and Wales

The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring Britain that we can all be proud of. We aren’t afraid to hope for a better future or to be honest about how we get there. We believe in being brave, in speaking our minds, and in standing up for what matters. We are proud to do politics differently.

Imagine a government that trusts in our common humanity and our capacity to govern ourselves. Imagine a government that believes that the best way forward is by working with each other, rather than against each other. Imagine a government that prioritises the rights of citizens and the environment over those of corporations. Imagine a government that gives everyone a chance and leaves nobody behind in a confident and caring Britain. That’s the kind of government we would work for.

This is what Green MPs promise to do for you and the people and places that you love.

  • We will campaign for your right to vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal, including an option to stay in the EU.
  • We will push for genuinely affordable, warm homes for everyone and a public health system free for all.
  • We will fight for equality, and for a society where nobody is left behind.
  • We will always act strongly on climate change and to protect the natural world we love.
  • We will stand up for what matters.

This is our Green Guarantee to you.

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Anne Hill-Purcell – HVS – not participating

Sadly The Hersham Hub is blocked from contacting the HVS via their Facebook page, blocked from commenting on any HVS Facebook posts and blocked from the HVS Facebook Group so we have been unable to progress our request for information.

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Hinchley Wood and Weston Green


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter DA: Hinchley Wood and Weston Green Central : All Saints Weston Green, Chestnut Avenue, Esher. KT10 8JL

Polling District Letter DB: Hinchley Wood and Weston Green East : Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church Hall, Hampton Court Way, Thames Ditton, KT7 0LP

Polling District Letter DC: Hinchley Wood and Weston Green South : St. Christopher’s Church, Claygate Lane, Hinchley Wood. KT10 0AQ

Polling District Letter DD: Hinchley Wood and Weston Green West : All Saints Weston Green, Chestnut Avenue, Esher. KT10 8JL

2016 Turnout: 40.2%

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Liz Ambekar – Liberal Democrat

Liz Ambekar has lived in Hinchley Wood since 2014, previously living in Kingston and growing up in Oxfordshire. She is married with two daughters who attend Hinchley Wood School.

Liz is a charity finance director, with over ten years’ experience working in the charity sector and prior to that in the civil service and social housing. She is committed to the voluntary sector and has significant past volunteering experience including being a charity trustee of a care home for severely disabled young adults in Twickenham, a volunteer chaperone and helping at her children’s primary schools. Liz also supports the arts locally.

If elected Liz will work on behalf of all people in Hinchley Wood and Weston Green. She is particularly keen to focus on issues that affect young people and those in need, as well as affordable housing, child safety and our shared environment.

1. I believe that one of the biggest issues facing Hinchley Wood and Weston Green is ensuring there is sufficient affordable and social housing for those in need and the next generation, whilst always maintaining the individuality of the area, protecting the green belt and providing the infrastructure and services to support the population.

2. I will work tirelessly to support all of the local community, using the skills and experience I have gained as a charity finance director and the understanding I have as a working mum of school age children. I will focus on housing, environment and services to those in need who are so often underrepresented.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Jacqueline Mary Andrews – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Nigel Haig-Brown – Hinchley Wood/Weston Green Residents’ Associations

Nigel has been an Elmbridge councillor since 2014.

He is vice chairman of the East Area Planning and Overview & Scrutiny Committees, sits on the Licencing and Audit & Standards Committees and on a variety of permanent and ad hoc working groups.

“ I am using my experience of business to good effect, through the introduction of appropriate commercial
thinking in relevant activities.

I am passionate about:

  • Preserving the local commons and maintaining the openness of the surrounding countryside, by protecting
    the Green Belt
  • Maintaining the health of a thriving local community”

Nigel is a Trustee of the Princess Alice Hospice and a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

His leisure pursuits include travelling and tending his allotment.

He is married and has lived in Hinchley Wood for over 20 years.

In 2016, a Residents-led administration was formed in Elmbridge Borough Council, with Hinchley Wood & Weston Green Councillors playing leading roles in ensuring that residents come first in the policies and priorities of the Council.

Examples of successful action include:

  • Reforming the underperforming grass verge and green spaces contract
  • Managing the new waste contract to provide a more comprehensive service at lower cost
  • Tackling unauthorised traveller incursions, mooring and anti-social behaviour
  • Sound financial management, contributing to the lowest Council Tax increases in Surrey

Why vote Residents’ Association?

Residents’ Association Councillors serve the interests of the local community, not those of national political parties.

They work as a team to provide a comprehensive cover for the ward’s residents.

They live in the ward and are readily accessible to deal with residents’ concerns – through regular Association open meetings, phone and email.

RA Councillors are among the hardest working on the Council and in the wards – they get things done!

Since 2016, a Residents-led Administration has delivered excellent results for the benefit of Elmbridge local communities.

Our priorities:

Planning: Support sustainable development with the necessary infrastructure, and resist inappropriate
development.

Green Belt and open spaces: Continue to protect our Green Belt and other open spaces, and encourage
their use for recreation.

Resident wellbeing: Support the elderly and vulnerable members or our communities, and promote local recreational opportunities for the young.

Amenities: Promote and maintain our thriving communities by protecting and enhancing local shops and other amenities.

Examples of our Councillors’ practical action in the community:

  • Setting up and leading volunteer litter-picking groups.
  • Organising the much-loved ‘Secret Gardens of Weston Green’ day in June.
  • Acting to get cycle racks put in at Hinchley Wood station and at the secondary school.
  • Working to improve the draft Elmbridge Local Plan, so as to ensure that development reflects the needs of our communities without detriment to the Green Belt.
  • Supporting and co-ordinating the Residents’ Association initiative to restore Milbourne Pond.
  • Ensuring that bus stops were installed in Manor Road South following the withdrawal by the bus company of
    the ‘hail and ride’ facility on that section of the route.
  • Pursuing Surrey County Council to get better lighting put in under the railway bridge at Esher station.

Questions?

Contact Nigel by telephone on 020 8398 4060, email nigel.haig-brown@hinchleywood.org.uk, or visit our website:
www.hinchleywoodandwestongreen.org.uk

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Geoff Herbert – The Conservative Party Candidate

Geoff has lived in Elmbridge all his life. He has been closely involved in local matters for many years, has served as a borough Councillor and is a long-standing member of Claygate Parish Council.

He has worked closely with our county Councillor Mike Bennison to get local roads fixed.

He has responded to a wide range of issues raised by residents, including housing, hedges, trees, parking and planning.

Geoff takes a keen interest in controlling development, parking and antisocial behaviour. He is strongly opposed to local over – development, and to the ever-present threat to the Green Belt.

Geoff’s experience on the parish and borough council has taught him that the threats to the local area come in many and various ways.

The latest threat is to our Green Belt.

The Residents Associations and Liberal Democrat Administration who have taken over control of Elmbridge Borough Council put forward an ill thought out plan for development on three big Green Belt sites.

These were rejected thanks to strong local resistance.

They have still to come up with a revised plan. The threat is by no means over.

Geoff is a strong supporter of local businesses. He also works closely with the many voluntary and community groups and organisations which contribute so much to the local community.

Geoff’s Priorities:

  • I will resist excessive and inappropriate local development and resist encroachment on the Green Belt
  • I will make every effort to keep Council tax down while protecting services
  • I will continue to support our police to fight crime and anti-social behaviour
  • I will seek to protect and improve the quality of borough council services provided to Hinchley Wood.
  • I aim to help the local Conservatives regain control of Elmbridge Borough Council and replace the current Administration, which is failing to protect the interests of Hinchley Wood and Weston Green.

OUR POSITIVE VISION FOR ELMBRIDGE

Elmbridge Conservatives are a united and locally-focused team with an absolute commitment to improving our Borough.

We will deliver first class services, protection for our environment, homes for young people and value for your money.

Last summer’s misery of missed bin collections shows that the current Residents’ Associations (RA) and Liberal Democrat coalition administration is unable to run our local services properly. It’s time for a change.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Our parks and open spaces are highly valued by our residents and important for our quality of life in Elmbridge.

We opposed the present RA/Lib Dem coalition administration’s proposal to build thousands of houses on our Green Belt. We will continue to safeguard our local environment.

TRUST

We never forget it’s your money. Conservatives froze the council tax for 7 out of 10 years when we ran Elmbridge. But it has risen each year under the current chaotic RA/Lib Dem coalition.

They even put up their personal allowances by over 12%. Hard-working tax payers of Elmbridge deserve value for money for every pound of council tax they pay.

We will minimise waste, bureaucracy and unnecessary administrative costs.

LISTENING TO RESIDENTS

Your Elmbridge Conservative team will act on YOUR priorities.

Please let us know how the Council could serve you better. We are determined to listen and make Elmbridge a better place.

With your support we will regain control in May and ensure your Council puts YOUR PRIORITIES FIRST.

HOMES FOR ALL

We will enable more affordable homes for first time buyers and tenants, young people and key workers.

We will reinvest money collected from developers into local infrastructure, including resurfacing our over-used roads as well as community projects.

GREAT TOWN CENTRES

We will support our local shops and businesses which are the lifeblood of our communities.

Elmbridge Conservatives argued successfully for Surrey boroughs to retain more of our business rates, providing vital income and incentives to ensure local shops and firms flourish.

Our Priorities

  • Standing up for Elmbridge – Listen to what our residents want and work hard to deliver the best for you
  • Excellent services – Deliver first class services at an affordable cost
  • Efficiency – Drive out unnecessary cost by investing in technology and innovation – delivering better and more cost-effective services
  • Support for our voluntary sector – Unwavering commitment and support to those who do so much for our community
  • Protect our environment – Safeguard our precious green spaces
  • Public discussion – Hold regular drop-in sessions around the Borough to hear your views and tell you what YOUR Council is doing for YOU

Key issue:

Our parks and open spaces are highly valued by residents and important for our quality of life in Elmbridge. We opposed the present RA/Lib Dem coalition administration’s proposal to build thousands of houses on our Green Belt. We will continue to safeguard our local environment.

What I will deliver:

I have served as a borough councillor and am a long-standing member of Claygate Parish Council. I will work closely county councillors to get local roads fixed and take a keen interest in controlling development, parking and antisocial behaviour.

I am strongly opposed to local over-development and to the ever-present threat to the Green Belt.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Long Ditton


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter BA: Long Ditton North : Kingston Liberal Synagogue, Rushett Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0UX

Polling District Letter BB: Long Ditton East : Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School, Ditton Hill Road, Long Ditton, KT6 5JB

Polling District Letter BC: Long Ditton West : St. Christopher’s Church, Claygate Lane, Hinchley Wood, KT10 0AQ

2016 Turnout : 38.7%

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Barry Arthur Fairbank – Liberal Democrat

Barry has been an Elmbridge Councillor for Long Ditton since May 2000. Since 2000 he has been totally involved with the Long Ditton community, and still is.

He was Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Elmbridge Council from 2011-2013, when he was elected Deputy Mayor.

In spring 2014 he was elected as Mayor for 2014/15.

He is currently a member of the Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for the Environment and is a member of the Licensing Committee, the Mayor of Elmbridge Trust Fund and the  Elmbridge Local Committee.

Over time he has served on many Elmbridge Council Committees and working groups, including Overview & Scrutiny task and working groups covering a range of subjects including:- waste collection and disposal; council partnerships; council service performance; the dissemination of financial information; Overview & Scrutiny; the replacement Leisure Centre; customer service improvement; the Elmbridge Museum; land charge searches; the discharge of elderly people from hospital and others.

He has lived in Elmbridge for more than 23 years, living previously in Wimbledon. He is married to Gill a retired headteacher. They have two sons, one of whom is working in an educational charity which supports education in difficult localities, and the other in a company specialising in cyber security.

Barry was educated at Sir Walter St John’s Grammar School, Battersea and following the closure of the school has served as a Trustee of the residual body, providing educational grants to individuals, voluntary groups and project groups based in the former catchment area of the school.

Barry spent most of his working life in London starting at a merchant bank, Samuel Montagu, and subsequently joining a number of specialist investment management organisations including Invesco, NatWest, Midland Montagu and Gartmore. Before retiring, he become self-employed specialising in investment related financial investigations and risk appraisals.

Barry is also involved with a number of local organisations namely:- HomeStart Elmbridge; Long Ditton Village Hall; Long Ditton Youth Project and St Mary’s Church Community Hall. He is a governor at St Mary’s Long Ditton Junior School and was Chair of Governors for 7 years.  Other interests include: current affairs; sport; reading; walking; music; humour; and theatre.

Whilst a member of the Cabinet, Barry and fellow Lib Dems in coalition with the residents group have:

  • Started a social housing programme with properties in Cobham, Thames Ditton and Weybridge
  • Introduced a flexible parking strategy to serve our towns – including free parking on Saturdays
  • Created a new planning compliance team to ensure developers do not build without permission
  • Built a balanced property portfolio in Elmbridge to generate income to support Council services
  • Delivered the new regional quality sports hub in Walton
  • Replaced the under-performing Conservative grass verge and green spaces contract
  • Invested to enhance our public tennis courts in association with the Lawn Tennis Association
  • Implemented a new refuse collection contract which is providing a better service whilst saving money.
  • All this and delivering the lowest council tax rise (1.9%) in Surrey

When re-elected Barry will work with others towards:

  • Protecting the Green Belt
  • Building on our new programme of social housing, with an aim to provide social housing for 2,000 new homes across Elmbridge
  • Working to ensure Long Ditton stays a vibrant and pleasant place
  • Making the environment central to all borough policy initiatives
  • Ensuring that Community Infrastructure Levy is used correctly and will only be spent on extra health, education, transport and social infrastructure for Elmbridge

1. Barry considers housing and environment to be the two main issues in in both Long Ditton and Elmbridge. Long Ditton is a wonderful place to live, but young people and those in vital services find it unaffordable. Solving this problem would contribute to the whole community’s wellbeing – young and old, those working and those at home. But new housing must be achieved without a compromise on environment.

2. If elected Barry will champion local people’s needs, whether they are families, children in education, elderly needing care, vulnerable people or youths. He will also work in the council to help build 2,000 units of social housing in Elmbridge. This should be done respecting the integrity of the green belt and the environment. He feels strongly that our young people contribute to a thriving community and should be able to afford to live here.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Claudia Rosamund Riley-Hards – The Conservative Party Candidate

Claudia lives in Long Ditton with her family. Originally from British Guyana, she has lived in the UK for over 40 years and in Long Ditton for two decades.

Her background in economic development, regeneration and assisting businesses will be invaluable to the council, particularly in the challenging financial times the Borough faces.

In her day job Claudia assists London councils and the third/voluntary sector with economic development and regeneration projects and has managed UK/European funded projects.

She also holds a degree in Business Studies and a Masters in Marketing.

She says: “I want to be your Councillor so I can serve our fantastic community here in Long Ditton and be your voice on the Council.

My aim is to make sure we live in a safe, prosperous and clean environment, where our Green Belt is protected from development”.

Claudia is opposed to the proposals considered by Elmbridge’s Liberal Democrat and RA Council to build thousands of houses in and around Long Ditton, including the Green Belt which stretches from the hockey club to the Rose Nursery and on the other side of Woodstock Lane up to the Hook roundabout.

We understand that Taylor Wimpey bought the Rose Nursery land including ‘Stokes Field’ within days of the consultation closing last February.

Claudia comments “Although the proposal was resoundingly rejected in the consultation, we are not out of the woods. I am committed to strongly defending our Green Belt.

She adds: “If you elect me in May I‘m keen to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour by working with the police and our Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, supporting youth services and opportunities for young people, as well as enhancing our environment.

I want to champion solutions to local residents’ everyday needs and concerns”.

Protecting Long Ditton’s Green Belt

Last year, 3,760 local residents wrote in to object to the Elmbridge Liberal Democrat/Residents’ Association administration’s plan to build over 5,000 new homes on 3 plots of Green Belt land, one of which was in Long Ditton.

It was a fantastic response and the administration is thinking again, although they have not ruled out sacrificing our precious Green Belt.

The Conservatives opposed these proposals. I will listen to the residents of Long Ditton and fight on your behalf to protect our Green Belt.

The need for new houses has not gone away. I will argue for building on brownfield sites and for increased density in our town centres.

My 6-Point Plan for Long Ditton

1. Protecting our Green Belt and preventing over-development.

I will campaign to ensure the new homes required to meet our growing population are located in built-up areas and NOT on our precious Green Belt.

2. Putting Long Ditton first.

I will be your Councillor – accountable to you and working actively on your behalf. I’ll press for more school places for local children.

3.Supporting local shops and businesses.

These are the lifeblood of our community. I will tirelessly support and assist them, actively lobbying for grants and other help for them to thrive.

4.Improving our roads and transport

I will work with Surrey County Council to improve safety, the state of our local roads and parking. I will hold public transport companies to account on reducing overcrowding at peak hours

5. Leisure and culture

I am concerned about the new policy of charging for use of our local tennis courts and will press for a change. It’s important that our public tennis courts are accessible to all.

6. Crime

I am concerned by the increase in local crime and will work with Neighbourhood Watch and the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle
criminality and antisocial behaviour.

Key issue:

Last year, 3,760 local residents objected to suggestions from the Elmbridge Liberal Democrat/Residents’ Association administration that homes could be built on the Green Belt at Long Ditton. Conservatives support the preservation of the green belt and would prioritise brownfield sites to provide housing for our young people and key workers.

What I will deliver:  

I will put Long Ditton first and work actively on residents’ behalf. I’ll press for more local school places and tirelessly support and assist shops and businesses, actively lobbying for grants and other help for them to thrive.

I will work with Surrey County Council to improve safety, the state of our local roads and parking.

c.rileyhards@esherwalton.com

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Bronte Baddeley Schilz – Labour Party

Despite being an affluent area, Long Ditton is seriously affected by invisible poverty.

Last year, East Elmbridge Foodbank distributed 871 emergency food parcels, while at nearby secondary schools, around 25% of students live below the poverty line.

Residents are also increasingly affected by cuts to police and fire services and unsafe roads due to streetlights being turned off and potholes being left unrepaired.

My priority is the safety and wellbeing of people of all walks of life in the local area. Labour are opposed to cuts to vital public services and pledge to fight for fairer investment of taxpayers’ money.

I also believe that Elmbridge Borough Council must act to address the housing crisis, but should do so with minimal impact on the Green Belt.

More affordable housing is desperately needed in Elmbridge, and social housing in particular – there are currently thousands of people on the waiting list, which many people remain on for years. The lack of temporary accommodation in the area also means that those on the waiting list are often forced to move out of the borough, away from loved ones, workplaces and schools. Homelessness is an increasingly significant issue in the area, with Elmbridge Rentstart having offered support to 421 individuals in 2017 alone, and getting back into work is of course incredibly difficult for people without a fixed address. Foodbank usage also saw a 20% increase in Surrey last year – over three times the national average – with many clients in work but struggling to cope with overwhelming living costs. As such, catering to this requirement for social housing is becoming increasingly urgent.

That said, we are incredibly lucky in Elmbridge to be surrounded by so much beautiful Green Belt land, and I believe that we should avoid developing on it as far as possible.

As such, I would push for social housing proposals to be given priority in existing residential areas, as well as looking at developing on brownfield sites, and purchasing existing properties and disused buildings for conversion into social housing properties.

While ensuring that people have access to housing is my priority, I also believe that developing on Green Belt land should be an absolute last resort which I would work to avoid reliance on as far as possible.

Q&A with Long Ditton Residents Association regarding the Greenbelt debate: 

http://www.longditton.org/community-information/green-belt-updates/

Email address: bronte.schiltz@gmail.com

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Molesey East


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter FA : Molesey East West : Vine Hall, Vine Road, East Molesey, KT8 9LF

Polling District Letter FB : Molesey East East : East Molesey Methodist Church, Manor Road, East Molesey, KT8 9JU

2016 Turnout : 43.9%

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Steve Bax – The Conservative Party Candidate

I am honoured to be your Molesey Conservative candidate once again – this community has a special place in my heart and I have been working continuously for its betterment for the last seven years, both in elected office and out of it.

Following boundary changes in 2016 you will be voting in the enlarged Molesey East ward at these Borough Council elections on 3rd May.

As your Borough Councillor from 2014-16 I served on numerous committees, including local planning.

I persuaded Heathrow to end its noisy and disproportionate airspace trials over East Molesey.

I campaigned to keep Molesey Hospital open, opposed the Pavilion development, and repeatedly raised residents’ concerns with Glenlyn Medical Centre.

In just the last year, I have reported potholes, pressed the Council over travellers on Molesey Rec, lobbied the Environment Agency and MP over local slum boats, and raised the unacceptable number of Molesey burglaries at the highest levels.

I have kept you regularly informed via the Molesey News, which I produce and deliver.

My passion for community issues stems from the 15 years I spent as a journalist and editor with local newspapers. I now work in communications for the police service.

Outside of politics I am Vice-Chair of the Friends of Molesey Library and a governor of Cranmere Primary School.

I am married to Kim, who grew up in Molesey, and we lived on the Bishop Fox estate for eight years with our young family.

Regardless of the political party you support, I ask you to lend me your vote in May so that I can be the influential, accountable and hardworking councillor that Molesey needs.

Molesey – A great place to live

Here in Molesey we have the best of all worlds – the benefits of a semi-rural setting (thanks to Hurst Park, the Thames and our open spaces) but in easy reach of the city.

As your Councillor I will safeguard our local environment.

This means protecting and enhancing our parks, reducing aircraft noise, tackling inappropriate commuter parking and encouraging business diversity
in our town centre.

Residents Association political party Councillors have failed in their duty to deliver a plan of where new homes will go.

This leaves Elmbridge open to legal challenges by developers and having plans imposed on us. I will only support sensitive development with
appropriate infrastructure giving us new starter homes.

My 6-Point Plan for Molesey East

1. Putting Molesey first.

I will be YOUR Councillor – accountable to you, vocal and active on your behalf.

I’ll keep you informed and put Molesey before party as I have always done.

2. Making our community safer.

Like you, I am concerned by the increase in local crime.

I will work with Neighbourhood Watch and the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle criminality and antisocial behaviour.

3. Affordable homes while preserving Molesey’s character.

Getting on the housing ladder is near impossible for young people and key workers.

I’ll support new affordable homes where appropriate and oppose bad schemes, and protect our parks and Green Belt.

4. Better healthcare.

We need first class LOCAL facilities.

I campaigned to save Molesey Hospital and will be a strong voice for improved facilities in plans to rebuild it.

I’ll also keep pressure on Glenlyn Medical Centre to improve.

5. Improving our roads and parking.

I routinely flag up potholes to Surrey Highways and will work with our County Councillor to improve safety, parking and the state of Molesey’s roads.

6. Supporting local shops and businesses.

These are the lifeblood of our community.

I will tirelessly support and assist them, actively lobbying for grants and other help for them to thrive.

Key issue:

The three big issues on the doorstep are roads, housing and healthcare.

Extra money has been found for potholes and I’ll fight to ensure Molesey gets its fair share. Options have been drawn up for a new Molesey Hospital – I’ll try to influence that positively, and protect our parks and open spaces from development.

What I will deliver:

I’ll be accountable to electors and put Molesey before party as I’ve always done.

I’ll work with Neighbourhood Watch and the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle criminality and antisocial behaviour and support new starter homes while preserving Molesey’s character and green spaces.

I’ll keep pressure on Glenlyn Medical Centre to improve.

moleseysteve@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/MoleseyNews/

https://twitter.com/MoleseySteve

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The Drummer Monkey – Official Monster Raving Loony Party

We are Loony not crazy!

Policy

First I would get rid of the cycle lanes as cyclists don’t use them and change them to space hopper lanes.

Now for the real loony stuff.

Turn on street lights at night time so people don’t fall down potholes.

The A-Z of the OMRLP Manicfesto Just a sample of what you’d get by voting for insanity – you know it makes sense!

A.AIR bags will be fitted to the Stock Exchange immediately, ready for the next crash.

B. BRITAIN will exit Europe and join the Duchy of Cornwall to benefit from tax exemptions.

C. CAPITAL Punishment will be opposed on the grounds that it is unfair to Londoners.

D. DATA will be secured, placed in a brown bag and hidden in the PM’s socks and pants drawer.

E. Education. All University Tuition fees for women would be free as we are strong believers in Female intuition. (Due to gender equality laws we would include males as well)

F. FRIVOLOUS Fraud Office setup to inspect fraud too silly for the Serious Fraud Office.

G. GREYHOUND racing will be banned to prevent the country going to the dogs.

H. HALF the grey squirrels will be painted red to increase the red squirrel population.

I. INNOCENT prisoners will be released in order to reduce prison overcrowding.

J. JOBSEEKERS will be made to stand two abreast in order to halve dole queues.

K. KIDS will be made to sit closer together on smaller desks in to reduce school class sizes.

L. LONDON Marathon free to anyone finishing in sub-2 hours wearing large clown’s shoes.

M. MEGA carwash will be created by punching holes in the roof of the Channel Tunnel.

N. NATIONAL debt will be cleared by putting it all on our credit card.

O. OAPS will qualify for a Summer Ice Lolly Allowance if temperatures exceed 70 degrees.

P. PUDDLES deeper than 3 inches will be marked by a yellow plastic duck.

Q. QUITTERS will be encouraged not to start in the first place to improve their self esteem.

R. REGULATIONS concerning car boot sales will be relaxed to permit selling of all car parts.

S.STAMP duty will be cancelled as stamps are expensive enough without having to pay duty.

T.TERRORISTS will be made to wear Bells and Horns so we know where they are.

U.UNRULY teenagers will be superglued together as if you can’t beat them, join them.

V. VEHICLES will be fitted with bungy ropes in order to save fuel on the return journey.

W. WIND farms will be created nationwide, where breaking wind will be encouraged.

X. X-RAY machines will be manned by a skeleton staff.

Y. YELLOW lines will be painted where you can park instead of where you can’t to save money.

Z. ZEBRA crossings will be made permissible to all animals wishing to cross the road.

If you want to join us celebrate we have 2 victory party’s this year.

1 in Chessington at the cricketers on Wednesday the 2nd (the day before the elections) and the other at the Royal Oak in Molesey on the 3rd of May 2018

Everyone from all party’s are invited.

https://www.omrlp.com/

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Rosie Rendall – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Lisa Howard – Green Party

Unfortunately we have been unable to contact Lisa or find any information online – If anyone can put us in touch with Lisa it would be very much appreciated.

https://surrey.greenparty.org.uk/

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Tony Popham – The Molesey Residents Association – No Response Received

1st email:

 

2nd email:

 

Delivery Report:

 

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Molesey West


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter GA : Molesey West North : The Scout Hut, St. Peter’s Road, West Molesey, KT8 2QE

Polling District Letter GB : Molesey West West : Molesey Youth Centre, Ray Road, West Molesey, KT8 2LG

Polling District Letter GC : Molesey West East : Molesey Henrietta Park Adult Learning Centre, Ray Road, West Molesey, KT8 2LG

2016 Turnout : 33.9%

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Marc Doran – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Paul Terence Nagle – Liberal Democrats

Paul Nagle has lived in Molesey for over twenty years. He works in science publishing and professional associations focused mainly on water, environment, agriculture and nutrition.

A lifelong Liberal and NUJ member, he is keen to see more effective local democracy to ensure people no longer feel remote from local councils – and that those councils are run more effectively. In our own area in Elmbridge we need a stronger focus on housing, most particularly affordable housing which is essential for many key workers and our own children.

We also need to give greater attention and priority to improved environmental policies such as sustainability, minimizing waste and fly-tipping.

1. There is a desperate need for (truly affordable) homes with the necessary services (po-licing, health social care etc) and physical infrastructure (transport, parking, etc), and supporting local shops and businesses so they thrive. These need addressing seriously in Molesey and Elmbridge as a whole.

2. I’d use all the leverage as a councillor to reconnect Molesey’s people with the decision-making that affects their community. This means facilitating contacts between the resi-dents and the council and its officers, both Elmbridge and Surrey. And all other key stakeholders who contribute to the wellbeing of the community. Being an active ‘connector’ and ‘facilitator’ would enhance wellbeing and bring progress.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Paul Leslie Wood – The Conservative Party Candidate

At the outset I know I have a major challenge to convince you to vote for anybody other than the MRA, and especially to vote for a “foreigner” who comes from far away in Hersham!

From talking with people in West Molesey I sense there is some frustration at the way they have been represented at the Council.

If you think about the points / questions below I hope you will agree it is time to try something different.

Why vote for change – for the Conservatives?

  • The Moleseys have become a “One-Party-State” with the MRA. In West Molesey they have all three seats.
  • MRA gives you three Councillors but only one point of view / contribution.
  • The last time West Molesey had a Councillor from outside the MRA was last century. Isn’t it time for a change?
  • The MRA say they have Molesey’s interests at heart, but that has been wasted in the coalition with the LibDems.
  • Wouldn’t it be better to have at least one Councillor who has direct influence with the Conservative administrations at County and Parliamentary levels?

Who is the Conservative candidate? Paul Wood

  • Has lived in Elmbridge for the last 12 years.
  • Forty-plus year career working in Human Resources for large international companies.
  • Very experienced at working with complex organisations.
  • Effective at communicating with and influencing people at all levels of organisations.
  • If he tells you he will do something it will get done!

What will Paul Wood do for West Molesey?

I cannot promise you simple solutions for all the challenges facing our area but, if elected, I will work diligently to address the issues of concern to
residents.

I will work with EBC, SCC and our MP and try to influence other agencies that impact all our lives.

I hope that working together we can achieve real improvements.

I certainly have the energy, skills and enthusiasm to try!

West Molesey First

“West Molesey First” sums up everything that you should expect from your Councillors.

Elmbridge Borough Council is responsible for many of the services that are important to everyday life in West Molesey (for example, planning control and rubbish collection).

Being a Councillor is not about having an agenda and pushing it, or feeling important at big meetings in the Civic Centre. It is about ensuring that residents are represented by someone who will listen to their concerns and who is willing and able to be tenacious in following up with the authorities so that residents get the services they are entitled to and deserve.

My 6-Point Plan for West Molesey

1.West Molesey First

To listen to, and put the interests of, West Molesey residents first whatever and whenever concerns are raised.

The job of the Council is to support the community, and I will strive to ensure it does.

2. Protect our Environment.

To stand up for West Molesey against the impact of inappropriate development, either directly or resulting from changes elsewhere.

Our area is already very developed and does not have scope for more, unless necessary infrastructure support is improved.

3. Stop Anti-Social Behaviour.

To confront anti-social behaviour – particularly crime, traveller incursions and slumboats.

Also to work with local/national organisations to resolve issues.

Residents should not be made to feel threatened or uncomfortable in their own neighbourhoods.

4. Improve Infrastructure.

To support decisions on infrastructure that enhance the quality of life in West Molesey.

To ensure local shops and other businesses can thrive I will support and assist their success at every opportunity.

5. Improve Molesey Hospital

To push for Molesey Hospital’s contribution to our community to be maximised.

Now that the decision has been made to retain it, let’s ensure it helps local people as much as possible.

6. Save Taxpayers’ Money

I will strive for maximum value for residents from their Council Tax.

Resources are always stretched so it is important every penny is spent wisely.

I will oppose any increases in Councillor allowances.

Key issue:

I will stand up for West Molesey against the impact of inappropriate development, either directly or resulting from changes elsewhere. Our area is already very developed and does not have scope for more, unless necessary infrastructure support is improved.

What I will deliver:

I will confront anti-social behaviour – particularly crime, traveller incursions and slumboats, and work with local/national organisations to resolve issues. I’ll push for Molesey Hospital’s contribution to our community to be maximised.

Now that the decision has been made to retain it, let’s ensure it helps local people as much as possible.

moleseypaul@gmail.com

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Ruby Robjan Ahmed – The Molesey Residents Association – No Response Received

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Oatlands and Burwood Park


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter OA : Oatlands and Burwood Park West : Oatlands School, St. Mary’s Road, Weybridge, KT13 9PZ
Polling District Letter OB : Oatlands and Burwood Park Central : St. Marys Church Hall, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge, KT13 9TS
Polling District Letter OC : Oatlands and Burwood Park South : St. Marys Church Hall, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge, KT13 9TS
Polling District Letter OD : Oatlands and Burwood Park East : The Conservatory, Whiteley Village Hall, Octagon Road, Hersham, KT12 4EG

2016 Turnout : 34.3%

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Barry James Frederick Cheyne – The Conservative Party Candidate

An Elmbridge resident for over 50 years, Barry has been an elected Member of Elmbridge Borough Council for 24 years representing firstly Hersham South and subsequently Oatlands Park since 2000.

During that time he has served on virtually every Committee of the Council and is currently Chairman of the South Area Planning Sub-Committee.

He also chairs many of the Working Groups and Task Groups.

He was Mayor of the Borough for the year 2010/11.

Barry is also active in many other areas within the Community.

President of St John Ambulance Weybridge Division, Chairman of Governors at Oatlands School, Chairman of Trustees of both the R C Sherriff and the Robert Phillips Arts Charities, Vice Chairman of the Thames Landscape Strategy, Chairman of the Elmbridge Sports Council and a Trustee of the Oatlands 1914-1919 War Memorial Charity.

He is also a Member of the High Sheriff’s Youth Awards Council.

Barry said:

“I have had the honour and pleasure to have represented the residents of Oatlands Park on Elmbridge Council since 2000.

As a result of the Boundary Commission changes of 2016, the new Ward of Oatlands and Burwood Park came into being and hopefully I have been able to help many residents of the new Ward with their concerns, their queries, their complaints and occasionally their frustrations about what is happening locally.

I now ask for your support again at the Borough elections on 3rd May so that I can continue working on your behalf.

There is still much to do over the next year to ensure that our residents receive the very best value for money from their Council Tax, not only by way of the services you quite rightly expect but also in the facilities which a modern local authority council should be offering”.

Resisting Over-development

Elmbridge, in common with many areas in the South East, is desperately short of good quality
affordable housing for our residents who find it increasingly impossible to live and raise a family in the Borough unless they have a much higher than average income. We all know that Elmbridge is a highly desirable place to live with much of it in the Green Belt.

In most instances when development land does become available it is snapped up by developers to build large, expensive homes which are out of the reach of a vast majority of the people who want to live here.

We must now, as a matter of extreme urgency, ensure that available land is used sensibly to provide affordable homes for both rent and to buy which will mean insisting that guidelines on housing density are adhered to if we are o remain a desirable and vibrant Borough.

My 6-Point Plan for Oatlands and Burwood Park

1. Resist over-development

There is massive pressure from central government to build more houses in our Borough. Whilst striving to ensure adequate and proper housing for our residents, I will strongly resist what I believe to be over-development.

2. Safety of our Community

I will continue in my efforts to ensure that crime continues to decrease but those responsible for crime will be apprehended.

3. Highways

I will continue to bring pressure to bear on the Highways Authority to properly repair and maintain our roads.

4. Value for Money

I will continue to work with colleagues to ensure that residents receive best value for money from their Council Tax.

5. Services for the Elderly

I will continue to support our seven Centres for the Community to ensure that our elderly residents receive the care and
facilities they deserve.

6. Local Money Spent on Local Projects

I will do my best to ensure that money raised locally via the Community Infrastructure Levy from developers is spent on local
projects for the benefit of local people.

Key issue:

Elmbridge, in common with many areas in the South East, is desperately short of good quality affordable housing for our residents. We must, as a matter of urgency, ensure that available land is used sensibly to provide affordable homes for both rent and to buy.

What I will deliver:

Whilst striving to ensure adequate and proper housing for our residents, I will strongly resist what I believe to be over-development. I will continue in my efforts to ensure that crime continues to decrease but those responsible for crime will be apprehended.

I will continue to work with colleagues to ensure that residents receive best value for money from their Council Tax.

barry.cheyne@elmbridge.org

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Simon Anthony Kadwill-Kelly – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) will be contesting five of the Elmbridge council wards on the 3rd May.

The candidates are:

Elaine Kingston (Cobham & Downside);

David Ions (Walton North);

Dr Nicholas Wood (Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon);

Tim Pope (Weybridge Riverside)

and Simon Kadwill-Kelly (Oatlands & Burwood Park).

The party’s policies include:

  • Defending the Green Belt and agricultural land from overdevelopment;
  • More police on the streets to combat crime
  • Pressing the county council for more action on potholes and rough surfaces on our roads.
  • UKIP deplores the rise in the council tax as it affects those who are least able to afford it.

www.ukipsurrey.co.uk

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Warren Weertman – Labour Party

The addition of Weybridge Bookshop to the high street in Weybridge is a positive sign and plans to turn Weybridge Hall back into a cinema is also good news.

But the Weybridge Register Office in Oatlands Drive is facing the axe and developers want to turn it into luxury housing.

If elected, I will work to ensure more affordable houses are built in Elmbridge for locals.

A policy change is needed.

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Graham Winton – Liberal Democrats

Promoting a community in Oatlands and Burwood Park!

Graham Winton is standing in the borough elections because he wants to build a civic community in the ward.  We all have our interests, problems, pastimes and needs. We can all benefit from a community spirit. The ward needs an identity.

If elected Graham will strive to

• promote a thriving Oatlands Village Centre
• integrate the major schools in the area (Cleves and Oatlands First)
• manage traffic in all the major through roads particularly pressing for “20mph is plenty” where there is congestion, vulnerable school children or residents
• promote cycling and walking in place of car journeys
• encourage a better use of large open spaces in the ward for recrea-tion, fitness and sport.

Electing a Liberal Democrat as your councillor will always secure you a willing community worker, such as Graham Winton.

1. There is a lack of a community feeling in a ward that sprawls. Schools, churches, shops, businesses and residents need to work together to solve problems and create opportunities. Cooperation creates the right kind of progress which generates community wellbeing.

2. I would work with all parties on the council to seek solutions to problems as they arise. I would hold regular meetings with ward residents to discuss issues. I would be an enabler to hold those responsible to take action where needed, for example, police, county council, health services, social services, fire services not just the borough council.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter IA : Oxshott and Stoke D’Abernon East : Oxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road, Oxshott, KT22 0QJ

Polling District Letter IB : Oxshott and Stoke D’Abernon South : Stoke d’Abernon Village Hall, Station Road, Stoke d’Abernon, KT11 3BN

Polling District Letter IC : Oxshott and Stoke D’Abernon West : Oxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road, Oxshott, KT22 0QJ

2016 Turnout : 32.9%

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Hugh David Bryant – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Andrew Peter Burley -The Conservative Party Candidate

My family moved to Elmbridge in 2002, settling in Cobham and then Oxshott. Having lived in London for the early part of my Banking career, my wife and I were captivated by the tranquillity yet convenience that our local area offers.

However, these benefits come at a cost.

Our area is hugely popular, often congested and out of price reach for many, particularly the young.

As the father of 3 school–age boys I feel passionately that our children should be able to settle in the area as young independent adults if they so choose.

We face a huge challenge to provide housing for all yet preserving the tranquility and character that we all enjoy.

I am a strong advocate of protecting the Green Belt. I oppose all attempts to amend Green Belt boundaries unless that change comes with widespread local public support.

We must tackle this challenge robustly, focusing on sustainable development in urban areas to preserve the character that is valued by so many.

If re-elected I will be a strong voice the Area Planning Committee and the group tasked with creating Council developed affordable housing.

I use my professional skills as a member of the Borough’s Finance Committee to deliver a fair deal for residents and to hold the administration to account when this is not happening.

We live in austere times, yet we can provide excellent services with strong and prudent financial management.

My responsibility as a Councillor is to listen and represent.

If re-elected I will continue my work with colleagues in all the residents’ groups to ensure the views and needs of residents are heard, communicated and delivered upon.

Protecting our Green Belt

In February 2017, Elmbridge Borough Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat and Residents’ Association coalition proposed releasing Green Belt to meet housing need.

Two of the 3 sites allocated by the coalition were in Stoke d’Abernon and Cobham.

You wrote in your thousands to reject these absurd proposals.

You quite rightly suggested that the burden on our already fragile infrastructure would be unbearable.

The Council went for the easy option and, thanks to you, it backfired.

The Elmbridge Conservative Group opposes the release of Green Belt, arguing for increased housing density in urban and town centre locations and the development of brownfield sites.

My 6-Point Plan for Oxshott & Stoke d’Abernon

1. Preserving our Green Belt:

I will continue to work with residents’ groups and fight the challenge to our Green Belt.

Homes must be built in sustainable urban locations and, in doing so, we must preserve the character of existing settlements.

2. Delivery of Affordable Housing:

Homes can be affordable without building on the Green Belt.

If elected, I will continue as a member of the Council Group tasked with establishing a commercial solution for the delivery of affordable housing.

3. State Secondary School:

I support Cobham Free School’s Munro House location, offering local students and parents another high quality option for secondary education.

4. Good Planning:

The planning system faces huge pressure.

A fine balance exists between supporting residents in their concerns and ensuring decisions are fair and policy compliant.

If elected, I will ensure the right balance for residents as an experienced member of the local planning committee.

5. Supporting Business:

Our local businesses struggle with costs in the face of internet competition. I will work to ensure businesses are supported and promote council grants where available.

6. Local Traffic:

The A244 is used as a rat run between the A3 and M25.

I will continue my dialogue with the County Council to ensure that residents’ voices are heard on this major issue.

Key issue:

Elmbridge Borough Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat and Residents’ Association coalition proposed releasing green belt at Stoke d’Abernon for housing. They took the easy option but, thanks to thousands of residents who objected, it backfired. I will preserve the green belt and favour sustainable urban locations for housing.

What I will deliver:

I support Cobham Free School’s Munro House location, offering local students and parents another high quality option for secondary education. I will ensure planning decisions are fair and policy compliant. The A244 is used as a rat run between the A3 and M25.

I will continue my dialogue with the County Council to ensure that residents’ voices are heard on this major issue.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Dorothy Ford – Liberal Democrat

Dorothy Ford has been a resident of the Oxshott and Stoke d’Abernon ward for 35 years. While raising a family here, she taught French and German before working on policy for the central government in Whitehall.

She helped set up the Cobham Library Community Hub and taught a young mother reading skills. Dorothy enjoys singing in choirs, walking, growing vegetables and playing with two tiny grandchildren.

As a borough councillor, Dorothy’s key aims will be to

  • – enhance our environment by improving litter collection and by extending Elmbridge Borough Council’s air quality monitoring system to our ward, where Oxshott High Street’s heavy traffic poses potential problems
  • – protect and enhance our local Green Belt, including along Blundel Lane
  • – urge the Council to invest in affordable housing instead of commercial properties, especially if new housing plans are proposed for our ward
  • – help ensure the availability of quality local schools, healthcare and social services

1. Because national government support to local authorities has fallen 77% since 2010, this ward is suffering from poor services – from pothole repairs to school budgets. Our Green Belt remains threatened by inappropriate housing plans. Our Tory MP ignores our views by supporting a “Hard” Brexit – making us poorer.

2. I aim to safeguard our environment by measuring air quality, improving litter management, protecting Green Belt by prioritising brownfield sites and town centre development. I will strive to enhance local education, health and care services.
I will promote strong, fair finances for example by reducing council’s commercial investments and instead promoting council investment in affordable housing.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Nicholas David Wood – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) will be contesting five of the Elmbridge council wards on the 3rd May.

The candidates are:

Elaine Kingston (Cobham & Downside);

David Ions (Walton North);

Dr Nicholas Wood (Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon);

Tim Pope (Weybridge Riverside)

and Simon Kadwill-Kelly (Oatlands & Burwood Park).

The party’s policies include:

  • Defending the Green Belt and agricultural land from overdevelopment;
  • More police on the streets to combat crime
  • Pressing the county council for more action on potholes and rough surfaces on our roads.
  • UKIP deplores the rise in the council tax as it affects those who are least able to afford it.

www.ukipsurrey.co.uk

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Thames Ditton


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter CA : Thames Ditton Central : Thames Ditton Centre for the Community, Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BS

Polling District Letter CB : Thames Ditton East : Long Ditton Village Hall, Ewell Road, Long Ditton, KT6 5LE

Polling District Letter CC : Thames Ditton West : Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey. KT8 0BT

2016 Turnout : 36.9%

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Benjamin Peter Griffin – Labour Party

Esher and Walton Labour Party: “The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit.

Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital.

A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.”

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU

LABOUR BELIEVES IN PROTECTING FIRE STATIONS AND BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HIGHSTREETS
LABOUR CALLS FOR MORE DESPERATELY NEEDED SOCIAL HOUSING
LABOUR WILL IMPROVE ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
LABOUR WILL DEMAND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AND POT-HOLE FREE, SAFELY-LIT ROADS
LABOUR WILL PROTEST DEVASTATING CUTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL FUNDS

https://esher-and-walton-constituency-labour-party.org.uk/category/local-community/

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Caroline Kyrke James – Thames Ditton/Weston Green Residents’ Association

Caroline James cares passionately about Thames Ditton.

She was brought up in the area, attended school here, and since 1994 has lived with her husband in the centre of the village.

Her two children attended local schools.

Caroline currently runs a recruitment company in central London.

Caroline has been an active campaigner on local issues. She is a local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and co-organises the popular biennial Secret Gardens of Thames Ditton.

She has served for many years on the Thames Ditton Conservation Advisory Committee and has a keen interest in planning matters.

When she’s not commuting into London you might see Caroline on Giggs Hill Green where she’s a regular at the local boot camp.

A Message from Caroline:

As your candidate to follow on from Ruth Lyon, who is standing down after an historic 45 years as our councillor, I am very privileged to be representing the Residents’ Association.

My family and I have lived and worked in the village for many years (I helped my parents run the Village Bakery in the 80s and 90s) and have seen many exciting changes in our vibrant community since then, due to Residents’ Association initiatives.

For example, Pip’s Path linking the High Street to the car park, the one-hour parking bays, the hugely popular Christmas Fair & Lights, and the Thames Ditton Centre for the elderly – all giving a heart to our community.

Over the years we have faced many threats – a huge Tesco supermarket overlooking Giggs Hill Green, the selling of car parks for development and, more recently, the loss of our bus service.

Thanks to our RA councillors these threats have all been averted.

We are under increasing threat from overdevelopment, loss of green belt, and degradation of our historic environment.

We need RA councillors to defend our interests.

If you feel that national party politics should not dominate local government and what affects our community, then please vote for me on 3rd May.

Working for residents and our community

KEEP NATIONAL PARTY POLITICS OUT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Why You Should Vote for the Residents’ Association Candidate:

  • Residents’ Association councillors all live locally and care for their community, working solely for its interests, and are not influenced by national party politics.
  • They keep in contact with you through bi-monthly open meetings, social events, dedicated website and Thames Ditton Today delivered to every household.
  • RAs have the most effective and hard-working councillors. They get things done!
  • With extensive representation, a Residents-led group has formed the administration for the past two years, protecting and enhancing our amenities and environment.
  • Go to www.residents-association.com to see their long list of achievements.
  • The Residents’ sound financial management in Elmbridge has maintained services while having the lowest borough council tax increase in Surrey – less than one third of the hefty increase imposed by Conservative Surrey County Council.

How Your Residents’ Association Councillors Work for You:

PLANNING AND GREEN BELT

RA councillors are committed to defending Elmbridge’s Green Belt, our open spaces and playing fields, protecting our heritage from inappropriate building that degrades the historical character of our area. They continue to strive for well designed development with homes the size we need, where we need them, all the time pressing for the upgrading and additional provision of essential infrastructure.

ROADS

They work closely with our RA Surrey County councillor to push for improvements in the unacceptable state of our roads – the result of Conservative Surrey County Council cut-backs.

LOCAL SHOPS AND BUSINESSES

RA councillors strongly support the retention of shops and services to maintain community vitality. They have enabled readily accessible parking facilities for customers, both on-street and car park. They spearheaded the much acclaimed monthly Farmers’ Market and continue to actively support it.

COMMUNITY

Having saved the Ember Centre for the Retired from closure, our RA councillors have expanded services at the refurbished Thames Ditton Centre for full community use, e.g. the popular Men in Sheds group.

Strong action by our RA councillors prevented the cancellation of our vital bus service links to Surbiton.

ENVIRONMENT

RA councillors have instigated major initiatives to enhance our outdoor space, such as the Thames Ditton and Weston Green Litter-Pick groups and the Thames Ditton in Bloom planting projects.

Caroline James is concerned with the interests of residents
NOT PARTY POLITICS

https://residents-association.com/election

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Francisca Oxley – Liberal Democrat

Francisca is a local resident in Thames Ditton, with kids in the local schools (TDJS and HWS).

She says: “I want to be your councillor, so that I can serve the fantastic local community here in Thames Ditton. My priorities when elected:

• Transport: put pressure on Surrey County Council to improve the condition of our roads and fix potholes that have appeared everywhere after this cold winter.

• Education: Campaign for sufficient local state secondary school places at HWS.

• Brexit: As an EU citizen myself, I pledge that I will aim to support and protect all EU citizens in my ward throughout the Brexit process.

• Flood protection: Work with the environmental agency and focus on local actions, including an early warning system, improving community based defences and to keep pushing for the “River Thames Scheme”, a flood protection scheme that hasn’t got beyond planning stage yet.

• Being green: protect our environment as much as possible.

• Support people in need as much as possible. Having worked and managed the local foodbanks, I am all too aware of how much hidden poverty there is in this area.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Xingang Wang – The Conservative Party Candidate

For many years our area has been dominated by one political party: the Residents’ Association.

After the last Borough elections in 2016, the group joined with 7 other Residents’ Association political parties and the Liberal Democrats to take control of our Council.

This coalition has increased council tax, raised charges for Meals on Wheels and other services and increased their own allowances by a staggering 12.4%.

As your local Conservative candidate I offer real change from the tired status quo.

I will work closely with our MP and Conservative colleagues at the Borough and County Councils to improve roads and services and protect our environment.

The current RA/LibDem Elmbridge administration proposed building 5,000 homes on our Green Belt.

Conservatives opposed their plan and nearly 4,000 local residents wrote in to object.

They have since failed to say how they will meet housing targets.

Conservatives will provide affordable homes for young people and key workers in appropriate locations, while safeguarding our Green Belt spaces.

To tell you a little about myself – I am married with children.

I work as an engineering consultant for National Rail, the Docklands Light Railway and London Buses.

I am a Magistrate, a serving Parish Councillor in Claygate and a former governor of Hinchley Wood Primary School.

I am passionate about serving our community.

Protecting our local environment

Thames Ditton is a great place to live.

It offers all the benefits of a semi-rural setting (thanks to the Thames and our open spaces) but is within easy reach of the city.

As your Councillor I will always protect our local environment and quality of life.

This means caring for our parks and green spaces, reducing aircraft noise, tackling inappropriate parking and encouraging business diversity.

We need affordable homes for our children and for key workers.

I will only support sensitive development with appropriate infrastructure.

My 6-Point Plan for Thames Ditton

1. Putting residents first.

I will be accountable to you, vocal and active on your behalf.

I will keep you informed and put the interests of Thames Ditton residents before party.

2. Making our community safer.

I am concerned by the increase in local crime.

I will work with Neighbourhood Watch and the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle criminality and antisocial
behaviour.

3. Affordable homes.

Getting on the housing ladder is near impossible for young people and key workers.

I’ll support new affordable homes where appropriate, oppose bad schemes, and protect our parks and Green Belt.

4. Increased influence.

I will be a voice for residents’ needs at all levels of government, as well as focusing on local issues – the best of both worlds.

5. Improving our roads and parking.

I will work with the Conservative majority at Surrey County Council to improve safety, parking and the state of our roads.

6. Supporting local shops and businesses.

These are the lifeblood of our community.

I will tirelessly support and assist them, actively lobbying for grants and other help for them to thrive.

Key issue:

Thames Ditton offers all the benefits of a semi-rural setting (thanks to the Thames and our open spaces) but is within easy reach of the city. If I am elected Councillor I will always protect our local environment and quality of life.

What I will deliver:

I will be accountable to residents, vocal and active. I am concerned by the increase in local crime and will work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle criminality and antisocial behaviour.

I will work with the Conservative majority at Surrey County Council to improve safety, parking and the state of our roads.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Walton Central


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter JA : Walton Central North : Walton Methodist Church Hall, Terrace Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2SR

Polling District Letter JB : Walton Central South : Elmgrove Hall, Hersham Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1LH

Polling District Letter JC : Walton Central West : Christian Science Church, 70 Oatlands Drive, Weybridge. KT13 9JA

2016 Turnout : 38.1%

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Peter Adrian Ramsbottom – Labour Party

With central government raising local business rates in Elmbridge by 22.3%, 2.5 times the average for the South East, and parking charges becoming increasingly high, we are seeing fewer and fewer independent and affordable businesses in Walton High Street.

Meanwhile, increases in unsolved crime and reliance on foodbanks demonstrate troubling local wealth inequality and the danger of cuts to public services.

The political scene is one where there is much need of a voice to stand up for goodness and fairness.

 

I want to exercise that voice for good and demand that more compassionate voices be employed in local Government.

Email address: peterperfectprac@yahoo.co.uk

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Christine Jean Richardson – The Conservative Party Candidate

On 3 May you have the opportunity to elect a new Councillor to represent you on Elmbridge Borough Council. Walton has been my home for six years and I want to do my bit to maintain it as a great place to live.

I almost immediately became involved in the local community when I arrived here.

I’m a member of my local residents’ association and in the 2016 elections stood for Walton Central.

Having taken early retirement, I bring experience in several business sectors including owning my own companies in the Information Technology sector and have worked in the City, Brussels and New York.

I have two sons, the elder is an apprentice and the younger is a teaching assistant for special needs.

We have exceptional community centres in Elmbridge supplying residents with many free and reduced rate services.

They are the heart of our Meals on Wheels and disability transport service. I will fully support the good work they do
and pledge as a Councillor to protect these services.

I will work with Walton’s Conservative Councillors, including our County Councillors Rachael Lake and Tony Samuels. As a team we represent Walton all year round and ensure Walton is strongly represented at the Council.

We keep residents informed via our regular newsletters and hold monthly surgeries at Walton Library.

Since May 2016, Elmbridge has been run by a coalition of seven political Residents’ Associations and the LibDems.

The Walton Society have been part of this and have failed to stand up for our town, whether it be voting to increase parking charges in Ashley Park car park or introducing fees for the Elmgrove tennis courts.

We need a Conservative-run Council again to stand up for Walton and put residents first.

Please give me your support on 3 May.

Protect our local infrastructure

I am very concerned about the increasing number of flats being developed in central Walton, most of which have no off-street parking provision.

It is vital that the parking stress seen down many local roads is not exacerbated.

We badly need new homes that everyone can afford, but our local infrastructure must keep up with a growing population.

I am particularly concerned by a proposal to build two additional storeys housing 10 flats on top of New Zealand Avenue’s Auckland House (home to the Bathstore).

No additional parking is proposed, and I’m also worried it will dominate the streetscene and overshadow Ashley School.

My 6-Point Plan for Walton Central

1. I will defend our town and quality of life from overdevelopment and challenge planning applications that do not take design, density and parking into consideration.

I will continue to resist encroachment of our local Green Belt.

2. Our children need good schooling and adequate places need to be made available.

I welcome the proposed Walton Heathside secondary school and will work to ensure the site proposed is the right one.

3. Many matters are dealt with by Surrey County Council rather than Elmbridge Council, and I will work closely with Walton’s Conservative County Councillors, especially on the state of our roads and the many potholes!

4. We need a Conservative Council again to ensure Elmbridge’s good financial record is not eroded by the current coalition administration which includes the Walton Society.

I will look to ensure residents get the best possible value for money from their Council Tax whilst retaining our vital front-line services.

5. I support our local shops and businesses and will do all I can to ensure they get the right support from Elmbridge Council.

I will work with WoTTA who are doing a great job to ensure our town succeeds and prospers.

6. The former Conservative Council invested in Walton’s many community facilities including the Day Centre, the Community Hub and the Playhouse.

If elected, Elmbridge Conservatives will protect and support these facilities and the many services they provide.

Key issue:

I am very concerned about the increasing number of flats being developed in central Walton, most of which have no off-street parking provision. Also, the proposal to build two additional storeys on top of the Bathstore which will dominate the street scene and overshadow Ashley School.

What I will deliver:

I will defend our town and quality of life from overdevelopment and challenge planning applications that do not take design, density and parking into consideration. Our children need good schooling and adequate places need to be made available.

I welcome the proposed Walton Heathside secondary school and will work to ensure the site proposed is the right one.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Graham Leonard Woolgar – The Walton Society – No response received

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Walton North


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter KA : Walton North (East) : Grovelands Infant and Nursery School, Terrace Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2EB

Polling District Letter KB : Walton North (West) : St. John’s Church Hall, The Furrows, Walton-on-Thames. KT12 3JQ

Polling District Letter KC : Walton North South : St. John’s Church Hall, The Furrows,Walton-on-Thames. KT12 3JQ

2016 Turnout : 29.1%

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Baron Badger – Official Monster Raving Loony Party

I have lived in Walton most of my life.

Now I’m in Esher.

I’ve worked in a few places in Walton. Lee’s Bakery, the Bakers Oven, and the Walton Working Mens club.

I went to cubs in Walton, I swam for Elmbridge swimming club.

Yes I’m a local lad.

I’ve also had a kidney transplant which is nearly 18 years old. I have represented the country in the world transplant games 3 times where I won 2 bronze 1 silver and 1 gold.

Policy.

First I would get rid of the cycle lanes as cyclists don’t use them and change them to space hopper lanes.

Now for the real loony stuff.

Turn on street lights at night time so people don’t fall down potholes.

If you want to join us celebrate we have 2 victory party’s this year.

1 in Chessington at the cricketers on Wednesday the 2nd (the day before the elections) and the other at the Royal Oak in Molesey on the 3rd of May 2018

Everyone from all party’s are invited.

https://www.omrlp.com/

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Margaret Mary Hawkes – Liberal Democrat

Margaret Hawkes is standing as the Lib Dem candidate in Walton North this May. Walton North covers an area north of the town centre from the Thames down to Ambleside Avenue.

Question:

if you live in Walton North, where do you play tennis?

How far would your children have to walk to a tennis court?

Question:

what kind of phone signal do you receive?

The council can block planning permission for phone masts, no phone mast, no signal.

Question:

how safe are our roads for pedestrians, especially at night?

Margaret answers: “Your local council can work to make everyday life bet-ter for you, or it can be swayed by minority voices to block improvements to our lives. If I am elected, I shall work for the residents of Walton North to ensure that the council improves their life quality and is not a forum for pro-test movements that stop and delay beneficial changes.”

1. I’ve lived in Walton for forty years and as a local resident I am only too aware of the problems that are faced by my fellow residents, from finding good quality school places, to the problems of parking, from the child care to the care of the frail elderly. But, many people feel ‘politicians’ are not taking note. This lack of trust needs work, and deeds not words.

2. I joined the Liberal Democrats because I want to help build a fairer and more open society where all our citizens are valued and they have a stake in our society. As a councillor, it will be a privilege to help in this process, to empower the local community so that the voice of all can be heard. I believe that a local councillor should work to make people’s lives better.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Lana Victoria Hylands – Labour Party

I have always lived in Elmbridge and I, along with hundreds of local Labour Party members, want Elmbridge to be an inclusive borough with effective, accountable local governance which acts on its residents’ concerns.

In Walton, we need to ensure the sustainability of our high street and shops by providing more leisure activities. Building social housing will stop residents waiting endlessly on the housing register, prevent residents being forced to move from their networks, and help address homelessness. I believe that affordable travel, such as a regular local bus service, is essential and more contractor competition is needed to ensure this runs on pothole free, safely-lit roads. In Walton North there is inadequate parking, and the dangerous cycle lane needs to be redone properly.

There are not enough spaces for young residents in Walton, failing to address reasons behind antisocial behaviour; we should be valuing youth centres, keeping nearby tennis courts free and supporting community initiatives. Walton North residents evidently aren’t being heard when 140 visits were made to Walton’s foodbank in just two weeks in December and child poverty in Walton North is disproportionately high for the borough – shockingly at around 30%.

I will also represent locals by protesting the devastating 49.1% Conservative funding cuts to local services which affect every area of councils’ works, from environmental protection to bin collections to keeping life-saving fire stations from closure. In Walton North, these funding cuts also mean that crimes go unsolved as police are under-resourced. Conservative-led Surrey County Council voted in February to increase our council tax and reduce funding for adult social care. Council tax – which really hits lower income families – shouldn’t simply be used to make up for insurmountable government cuts by their own Party.

Pledges:

  • Protesting cuts to local police and fire services
  • Repairing our roads and fixing the cycle lane
  • Tackling shop closures
  • Improving spaces for young people and children
  • Calling for better bus services

You can find out more information or contact me directly on any of the channels below:

Lana.Hylands@ewclp.org.uk

whlp.org.uk

@whlabourparty

facebook.com/WHLabourParty

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David William Ions – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) will be contesting five of the Elmbridge council wards on the 3rd May.

The candidates are:

Elaine Kingston (Cobham & Downside);

David Ions (Walton North);

Dr Nicholas Wood (Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon);

Tim Pope (Weybridge Riverside)

and Simon Kadwill-Kelly (Oatlands & Burwood Park).

The party’s policies include:

  • Defending the Green Belt and agricultural land from overdevelopment;
  • More police on the streets to combat crime
  • Pressing the county council for more action on potholes and rough surfaces on our roads.
  • UKIP deplores the rise in the council tax as it affects those who are least able to afford it.

www.ukipsurrey.co.uk

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Alan Harvey Kopitko – The Conservative Party Candidate

I have lived here in Walton North for 16 years. I was brought up in Weybridge and was educated at Rydens, Halliford and Kingston College.

For many years I owned hairdressing and beauty salons in Walton and Weybridge.

I am now semi-retired and have even more time to concentrate on council business. Having a 14-year-old son I
am conscious of our children’s future, education and wellbeing, and I seek to create a safe environment for them to grow up in.

I was first elected as a Borough Councillor in May 1999 and have represented Walton ever since.

It has been a pleasure to be able to contribute my experience at the Council and give back to our community.

I have worked with the Conservative team in Walton and Elmbridge representing and serving you.

I have been on many committees and working groups and, as a member of the local Planning Sub-Committee, I often act as a gobetween with residents and the Council.

This is particularly important to residents that may be objecting to a planning application and to those that are looking to build.

I work closely with my two Conservative ward colleagues, Rachael Lake and Andrew Kelly.

We are a strong team representing all Walton North residents.

We keep you up to date with local regular newsletters and hold monthly surgeries at Walton Library.

As a Walton resident, my number one priority is serving Walton – it’s the reason I became a Councillor.

With your vote on 3 May I will be able to continue to represent you to the best of my ability.

Where’s our play area?

When the Conservatives ran Elmbridge Borough Council, I worked hard with Conservative colleagues to secure the development of the new Sports Hub at Waterside Drive.

Up and running since last September, the Sports Hub is a vibrant place which is enthusiastically used by
local schools and clubs.

The Conservative plan for the Sports Hub included a new play area for children. Unfortunately, the Residents’ Associations (including The Walton Society) and LibDem coalition at the Council have let us down and still not delivered this play ground.

This delay is unacceptable and a Conservative administration will ensure its urgent completion.

My 6-Point Plan for Walton North

1. I will continue to challenge over -development, planning applications that do not take design, density and parking into consideration and inappropriate building in the Green Belt.

2. Our children need good schooling and adequate places need to be made available. I welcome the proposed Walton
Heathside school and will work to ensure the site proposed is the right one.

3. I will look to ensure the residents of Walton get value for money from their Council Tax whilst retaining our vital frontline services.

I will support initiatives to generate income for the Council by investing in property and businesses to stop
over-reliance on the Council Tax.

4. As a local businessman I am aware of the difficulties that shops and businesses have in our town centre. I will always look to help them succeed and prosper.

5. Potholes are a continuing problem for all of us. Working with our County Councillor Rachael Lake, I’m fighting to get much-needed repairs and fairer funding from the Government.

6. Walton is my home and I will continue to help improve and protect the quality of life for all of us who live and work here.

Key issue:

I am proud of the new Sports Hub at Waterside Drive in Walton which was a flagship Conservative initiative and is enthusiastically used by local schools and clubs. Plans for a play area for children has not been delivered by the current administration and I want to address this.

What I will deliver:

As a father I am conscious of young people’s f

ture, education and wellbeing. I welcome the proposed new Walton Heathside School and will work with Walton’s county councillor to tackle potholes.

I will continue to challenge over-development.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Walton South


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter LA : Walton South West : St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 1LG

Polling District Letter LB : Walton South Central : Esher Rugby Club, 369 Molesey Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3PF

Polling District Letter LC : Walton South East : Portacabin Ansell Hall, Oakbank Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3RB

2016 Turnout : 32%

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Chris Elmer – Liberal Democrats

I have lived in Walton for 25 years with my wife Christine.

In 2007 I took early retirement after 40 years in public service and was elected as a Conservative Councillor, serving Walton Ambleside and Walton South between 2007 and 2016.

During this time I chaired both the Licensing and Planning Committees, and was Vice Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee and member of the SCC Local Committee for Elmbridge.

Why now a Liberal Democrat?

I became disillusioned with the Conservative administration while I was still a Conservative Elmbridge Borough Councillor and was not comfortable with the complacent and arrogant stance adopted, not dissimilar to the national stance. I therefore did not seek re selection as a Conservative candidate in May 2016 but reassessed my views as more facts about the party emerged. It became clear to me that my political allegiance now lay with the Liberal Democrats with whom I think I am better placed to serve the residents of Walton South.

1. Planning, traffic, roads and quality service

But we are in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate on Drake Park, the biggest development Walton is facing and traffic and roads are the responsibility of SCC which need vigorous lobbying to get residents’ views listened to. Value for money is not just about cutting costs but retaining quality services.

2. Oppose inappropriate development  impacting on residents’ quality of life and recreational green spaces.

Reintroduce an effective 24-hour noise complaint service, scrapped by the Conservatives.

Bring back bags and scoops for dog waste in parks. Lobby Surrey County Council to replace trees we are losing from our roads.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Malcolm Forbes Howard – The Conservative Party Candidate

I am a true Walton Conservative. I was born and brought up in Station Avenue and now live in Rydens Avenue.

Ten years in the Army and 12 years running a school for British Ski racers in the Alps took me to foreign parts, but Walton has always been ‘home’.

I have been Chair of Walton South Conservatives for the last five years, and one of your Conservative Councillors since the new, leaner,Council was elected in 2016.

I share an over-riding objective with our Conservative colleagues and that is to regain control of Elmbridge Borough Council.

The current ‘confetti’ coalition of 8 different ‘resident’ political parties, plus a few LibDems, is neither effective nor cohesive.

They have increased their allowances by 12.4% and presided over the fiasco of missed refuse collections last summer.

By contrast, Conservatives had a strong record of delivering for the Borough – we cracked down on waste and inefficiency to achieve £20m in savings with no impact on frontline services, and we froze the council tax for 7 years in 10 – a record few councils could match.

It is vital for our residents that Conservatives regain control of Elmbridge Borough Council.

There are other major issues currently facing us and I will work to protect the interests of Walton South. We await the result of the Drake Park appeal to see if our Green Belt is secure.

I support the removal of the Weylands waste site, by Hersham Station, from SCC’s Waste Local Plan, unless air quality is guaranteed.

I will continue to support Walton Tennis Club as they adjust to their changing surroundings in Stompond Lane, and plans for the future of Walton Court (the Birds Eye building) will be vigorously debated.

To illustrate the way I work, I recently walked the length of the Seven Hills road, twice within a week, to establish the severity of the problem to add
weight to the demands for its resurfacing.

I am raring to represent you for four more years.

Walton Station Taxi Rank

Malcolm is winning the battle to alleviate the problem of taxis parking dangerously at Walton Station.

This requires agreement between Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) – the Taxi Licensing Authority – and Surrey County Council (SCC) – the Highways Authority.

Thanks to the Walton ‘on-street’ parking review, SCC have supported Malcolm’s suggestions and are proposing a dual-use scheme to reduce the taxi rank to 8 spaces during the day – thereby providing extra short-term free parking – but to increase the rank to 16 spaces during the busy evening period.

EBC are supportive of the plan and are working with SCC on the legal and procedural requirements.

SCC has also agreed Malcolm’s proposal for double yellow lines between Gainsborough Court and Ashley Park Road to strengthen the enforcement of parking restrictions.

My 6-Point Plan for Walton South

1. Acting on the needs of Walton residents.

I will always listen and be accessible to residents of Walton South by phone, email, post or in person, and communicate regularly by newsletter.

2. Improving parking and taxis.

I have contributed strongly to the Walton ‘on-street’ parking review and will scrutinise the implementation, particularly revisions to the taxi rank at
Walton Station.

3. Improving our roads.

I will continue to report defects and argue as to how we can maximise resources for the renovation and safety of our roads, through a strong working relationship with our Surrey County Councillors.

4. Affordable homes and Walton’s character.

Getting on the housing ladder is almost impossible for young adults and key workers.

I’ll support new affordable homes, where possible, whilst safeguarding our Green Belt and open spaces.

5. Saving tax payers’ money.

I will always seek maximum value for residents from their Council Tax.

Resources are always stretched, so it is important that money is wisely spent.

6. Representation of Walton South residents.

I will continue to devote the considerable amount of time required to represent you in Council.

This is the unseen ‘hard grind’ of the job.

The hours of reading material, travelling, attending late evening meetings and being ready to make a difference.

Key issue:

Drake Park – a scheme of hundreds of homes close to Hersham Station is currently out to appeal. Malcolm has consistently opposed this fought against this as over development on the green belt. He supports the removal of Weylands waste site from Surrey County Council’s Waste Local Plan unless air quality is guaranteed.

What I will deliver:

Malcolm will keep a close watch on plans to redevelop the Birds Eye building and press for the resurfacing of local roads. He supports proposals to reduce the taxi rank at Walton Station during the day in order to provide extra short-term free parking.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Katrina Anne Jepson – Labour Party

Elmbridge is one of the UK’s most expensive boroughs, with the average house price in Walton having risen 495%, from £89,475 to £532,500, between 1995 and 2015 (UK Land Registry figures).

The shortage of social and affordable housing is pushing young residents away and contributing to the fact that 30% of children in some areas of Walton live in poverty – 20% above the Surrey average, according to Walton Charity’s Streets Ahead report, 2014.

Potholes are also disgraceful, causing problems for elderly and disabled people in particular.

If elected, I will take up these issues on behalf of the local community.

Email address: katrinajepson@mac.com

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Weybridge Riverside


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter NA : Weybridge Riverside West : Roman Catholic Church Hall, Portmore Way, Weybridge, KT13 8JD.

Polling District Letter NB : Weybridge Riverside North : The Guide Hut, Palace Drive, Weybridge, KT13 8ND

Polling District Letter NC : Weybridge Riverside South : St. James Parish Centre, Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 8DE

2016 Turnout : 36%

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Stephanie Clare Franklin – Labour Party

I have been campaigning to make Weybridge a better place to live for a long time.

The walk-in centre at Weybridge Hospital was a vital cog in the community.

Both the NHS and Philip Hammond MP won’t give resident’s the reassurance that the walk-in centre will be rebuilt. This is unacceptable.

If elected, I will work to get the walk-in centre reinstated when Weybridge Hospital is rebuilt and ensure our NHS gets the funding it needs to provide the vital services local people need.

 

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Craig Calder MacKenzie – Independent

A local man supporting local people in Weybridge

Voters are tired of political parties failing to deliver for them, failing to listen to their concerns and even failing to meet them from one year to the next unless they want their votes at an election.

The parties and councillors have forgotten their duty is to serve the residents firstly and help solve the issues that affect their lives.

Policies:

Parking is one of the biggest problems in Weybridge.

For 20 years successive councils have ignored the reality that there aren’t enough spaces for vehicles.

The issue is blighting the daily lives of hundreds of residents whose roads are clogged up by commuters and businesses using their streets as car parks.

Finally, Surrey CC and Elmbridge Council are jointly seeking a long term strategy using data from a major parking survey by the Weybridge Society.

We need sensible solutions not partisan politics by councillors.

Pot holes:

Surrey CC is responsible for maintaining the roads but its response to pot holes this year has been a disgrace.

Instead of fixing them quickly motorists have had to play dodgems every day.

Surrey CC must commit a budget to this every year. Enough is enough.

Walk in Centre

Thousands have signed a petition demanding the replacement of our much loved walk-in centre.

The health service bureaucrats don’t want to rebuild it but it’s part of our community and we want it back.

I will fight relentlessly for it’s return and all the services it provided.

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Vicki Macleod – Liberal Democrat

Vicki is a long term resident of Weybridge with a strong history of action in the community.

She is a Founder Member of the ElmWey Learning Trust, and was a Governor at Heathside School from 2010 to 2016 when the Trust was established. She has a strong interest in the wellbeing of pupils in the Trust’s schools and of vulnerable members of our community. She continues to be involved with local charities for the elderly as a Trustee of the Weybridge Old Folks Club.

If elected as councillor for Weybridge Riverside, Vicki will bring her considerable knowledge of Weybridge and professional skills, developed in a number of management and business roles, to this work.

“I will do my utmost to ensure that, in these times of austerity, Elmbridge Borough acts in the best interests of all who live in Elmbridge, as well as seeking to bring much needed improvements to Weybridge.”

1. Vicki Macleod is a long-term resident of Weybridge, having moved here to work with Surrey Special Schools in 1991. She is well known locally and is embedded in the community through her work with charities for the elderly and with Heathside School. Vicki brings energy, interest and commitment to all she is involved in.

2. Vicki fully will work for more affordable and council housing, careful stewardship of the environment and to ensure our towns are great places to live. She supports the restoration and improvement of health provision in Weybridge and a future-proof approach to traffic and parking in Weybridge.

http://elmbridgelibdems.org.uk/councillors/

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Andrew Martin Muddyman – The Conservative Party Candidate

Andrew has had strong local connections with Weybridge since attending Brooklands College 35 years ago.

He is a local resident and his business is based in Baker Street, Weybridge.

A former commercial airplane pilot and helicopter flight instructor, he now runs an investment company which has a broad portfolio of activities.

Andrew has 25 years of experience of building businesses, advising on growth management, strategic development and financing.

Andrew has served the community for the last 2 years.

He currently sits on the South Area Planning Sub-committee, the Full Planning Committee and the Elmbridge Local Committee which has responsibility for liaising with Surrey County Council.

He is also the cross-party representative for the Borough on Heathrow Community Engagement Board [HCEB].

Andrew has always had a keen interest in local issues and is committed to improving the Weybridge community for all of its residents.

If re-elected he would focus over the next four years on continuing his work to address the Weybridge parking issues – some good progress has already been made working alongside community groups and organisations – as well as addressing the Brooklands traffic congestion following the outcome of the traffic study planned this summer.

As an active member of the South Area Planning and Full Planning Committees, Andrew is determined to prevent any further erosion of the character and nature of our Weybridge area.

Equally, he is committed to fight for a positive and enhanced redevelopment of the library site into a well-used community facility, and to campaign in the strongest possible terms for the re-instatement of our Weybridge Hospital/walk in centre.

Working closely with the Conservative group on Elmbridge as well as with our Surrey County Councillor for Weybridge, Tim Oliver, he will do his utmost to bring proper investment into the town, something the current Resident Associations /Lib Dem group running Elmbridge seems reluctant to do.

Parking Pressure

Years of review and limited scope change have failed to improve the worsening parking situation in Weybridge.

In the past several months two prominent local groups have produced the most comprehensive review to date which has provided valuable data as to who parks where and why, and reaches valuable conclusions as to the framework for a workable long-term solution.

It is an excellent foundation for us to build on.

I am committed to drive meaningful progress towards a practical solution for the benefit of all our residents.

I will make this a priority.

My 6-Point Plan for Weybridge Riverside

1. Parking issues

I strongly support the excellent work carried out by the Weybridge Society to address this long-standing issue and I am
committed to working with community organisations to find a sustainable solution.

2. Weybridge walk in centre

This is a well used local facility that needs to be re-provided. I am committed to doing all I can to lobby the agencies involved so they are in
no doubt as to how important it is to Weybridge.

3. Potholes

There cannot be many residents in our Weybridge community who do not feel the impact of potholes on a daily basis.

I will continue to work hard to secure funding from Elmbridge and Surrey to have at least two of the worst affected roads in our area resurfaced, the Seven Hills Road and St Georges Avenue.

4. Library

Our Weybridge library is a key resource for our town and is the second most used library in the Borough.

I am committed to ensuring that we secure appropriate funding from Surrey County Council to improve our facilities and protect its future.

5. Brooklands traffic congestion

Brooklands is a valuable local amenity which many of our residents and businesses enjoy and take advantage of.

However, traffic congestion here is a problem.

Our Conservative group is committed to improving this situation and to finding a workable solution to ease this problem.

6. Rylston House Registry Office

Given the strength of feeling surrounding the possibility of the Registry Office being sold and relocated, I am committed to ensuring that we protect this piece of Weybridge heritage.

Key issue:

Years of review and limited scope change have failed to improve the worsening parking situation in Weybridge. I am committed to drive meaningful progress towards a practical solution for the benefit of all our residents.

What I will deliver:

Weybridge walk in centre is a well-used local facility that needs to be re-provided. I am committed to doing all I can to lobby the agencies involved. I will work hard to secure fund for Seven Hills Road and St Georges Avenue to be resurfaced.

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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Timothy Patrick Pope – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) will be contesting five of the Elmbridge council wards on the 3rd May.

The candidates are:

Elaine Kingston (Cobham & Downside);

David Ions (Walton North);

Dr Nicholas Wood (Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon);

Tim Pope (Weybridge Riverside)

and Simon Kadwill-Kelly (Oatlands & Burwood Park).

The party’s policies include:

  • Defending the Green Belt and agricultural land from overdevelopment;
  • More police on the streets to combat crime
  • Pressing the county council for more action on potholes and rough surfaces on our roads.
  • UKIP deplores the rise in the council tax as it affects those who are least able to afford it.

www.ukipsurrey.co.uk

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Weybridge St. Georges Hill


Polling Stations:

Polling District Letter PA : Weybridge St. George’s Hill West : Portacabin, Station Car Park, Top of Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0UN.

Polling District Letter PB : Weybridge St. George’s Hill North : Weybridge Utd. Reformed Church Hall, Queens Road, Weybridge, KT13 9UX

Polling District Letter PC : Weybridge St. George’s Hill Central : St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club, Warreners Lane, Weybridge, KT13 0LL.

Polling District Letter PD : Weybridge St. George’s Hill East : The Conservatory, Whiteley Village Hall, Octagon Road, Hersham, KT12 4EG

2016 Turnout : 38.4%

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Rani Kaur Bhamra – Weybridge & St.George’s Independents

Unfortunately we have been unable to contact Rani Bhamra nor are we able to find any information regarding candidacy online. If you are in touch with Rani could you please let us know?

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Angus Rendall – Labour Party

The roads around Weybridge St George’s Hill are in an appalling state.

The situation isn’t helped by the Conservatives cutting the budget for roadworks across Surrey. In Elmbridge, the LibDems haven’t fixed the parking situation they promised to.

If elected, I will work with other Labour councilors to renegotiate Surrey County Council’s contract with Kier and get our roads repaired properly.

 

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Charu Sood – The Conservative Party Candidate

Charu has been a local Weybridge resident for over 7 years and an active member of the local community.

She is keen to play an even greater role as your elected representative.

She is an entrepreneur and a problem solver, running a successful IT business with her husband.

She will bring those skills to help make a genuine difference to the lives of the people of Weybridge St George’s Hill. Within the School Parents
and Teachers Association for Oatlands School and as a member of the Brackley Residents Society, Charu has brought commercial and IT skills into practice.

She is strongly supported by her husband and 3 daughters who are a huge influence in her life.

Under Conservative control until 2016, Elmbridge Borough was one of the most efficient Boroughs in the country, but it now lacks strategic direction.

Nowhere is this more evident than on our roads.

Despite being a destination of choice, Weybridge public transportation, traffic conditions and road safety still leave a lot to be desired.

Charu said: “ I will work with our Borough and County Councillors to ensure that public funds are used to deliver significant improvements in these key areas that impact our daily lives.

I will fight to protect our precious green belt, our open spaces and our local environment from unimpeded and thoughtless development.

I will work tirelessly with the other Conservative Councillors to ensure that we have a Local Plan that is fit for purpose and reflects the needs and desires of our residents.

I feel privileged to have access to our outstanding facilities, family-friendly amenities and green spaces in Weybridge.

As your elected representative, I will champion these local issues with energy and dedication”.

Opportunities for Youth

I am passionate about finding opportunities for our youth and want to help them in finding job and career opportunities.

As our local Senior Schools and Brooklands College prepare our young people for the future, I will work with businesses in the Brooklands Business Park to encourage them to promote Internships and apprentice opportunities.

These will really help in providing an effective head start for our youth.

I will also promote our local businesses, building a direct connect with the local population to help to make Weybridge a more vibrant town.

My 6-Point Plan for Weybridge St George’s Hill

1. Improving our roads:

Working with Surrey County Council, I will push to get our priority roads fixed, specifically Queens Road, Seven Hills Road and St Georges Avenue.

I will work to bring in speed and HGV restrictions on some of our residential roads.

2. Protect our environment:

I will fight to protect our valuable Green Belt, preventing inappropriate development including on Queens Road.

I will support new affordable homes where appropriate, oppose bad schemes and seek to protect the character of Weybridge.

3. Weybridge walk in centre:

I know how important this well used local facility was and I am committed to doing all I can to ensure it is reestablished.

I will be a strong advocate with all the agencies involved.

4. Brooklands Traffic congestion:

Brooklands is a valuable local amenity which our residents and businesses enjoy.

However, traffic congestion is a problem.

A Conservative Administration will be committed to finding a workable solution to ease this problem.

5. Vibrant Weybridge:

I will build on the work of my predecessor and the Weybridge Town Business Group to ensure that Weybridge Town Centre is a thriving and welcoming place with modern facilities.

6. Building a more caring community:

I am concerned about social isolation and loneliness.

I will work with Whiteley Village to benefit from their excellent contribution and help those in our community who need support.

Key issue:

I am passionate about finding opportunities for our youth and want to help them in finding job and career opportunities. As our local Senior Schools and Brooklands College prepare our young people for the future, I will work with businesses in the Brooklands Business Park to encourage them to promote Internships and apprentice opportunities.

What I will deliver:

I will push to get our priority roads fixed, specifically Queens Road, Seven Hills Road and St Georges Avenue. I will work to bring in speed and HGV restrictions on some of our residential roads.

I will protect our valuable Green Belt and do all I can to ensure Weybridge Hospital is reopened as soon as possible.

charu.sood@elmbridge.org

https://www.esherwalton.com/

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