hersham-village-signHersham Village Ward – Council Elections May 2016

On the 9th of April we sent the following email to all candidates who have been nominated to stand for Hersham Village ward in the Elmbridge Council Elections on May the 5th 2016.

“Dear Hersham Village Ward Candidate

Here at The Hersham Hub we are committed to providing the best impartial local coverage of the forthcoming local council elections.

We will be publishing candidate profiles and policy statements on The Hersham Hub website (http://thehershamhub.co.uk), as well as continuous updates to The Hersham and Esher Election News FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Hersham-and-Esher-Election-News-1708439099431063/) which is will also be open for any of you to post on, should you choose to engage with us.

We want to really try to bring these elections, candidates and their policies to as many local residents as possible so we will also be sharing content across all of The Hersham Hub’s social media channels reaching: our 1900+ Twitter followers; our 2100 FB Group members; our FB page which has over 3620 page likes as well as updates to our e-newsletter which goes out to over 1200 local subscribers. Not to mention the website which gets, on average, 10,000 visits per month.

I will be engaging our followers/group members and website visitors to ask suggestions for (sensible) questions/concerns to present to those of you who wish to participate, I hope to have a final list of ~10. I will post any answers/replies through the above channels, and on your website candidate profile, upon receipt.

I will be looking out for Social Media content from those of you who wish to participate in our coverage, however cannot always guarantee to catch everything – if there is anything you would specifically like me to post, RT, etc, please do tag/mention me, The Hersham Hub, @HershamHub or send me an email to nigelm@thehershamhub.co.uk.

If you would like to participate please send me over:

  1. A candidate profile (i.e. an ‘About You’ piece), this can contain anything political or personal, any achievements, etc.
  2. A policy statement. What are your aims for Hersham. What message would you like us to carry to our followers/visitors.
  3. A picture if you would like one included.
  4. If you have a leaflet, flyer, etc, please send that over too, I can add this as a download on your profile page.

Regarding #2 above, please try and keep this positive and constructive. Concentrate on your own aims and ambitions rather than being critical of others.

Kind regards

Nigel”

This is what they had to say.

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Participating Candidates – Brief Introduction

The following details have been listed in the order that we received the requested profile information from the candidate.

There is a ‘read more’ link which will take you to that particular candidates detailed personal profile and policy statement

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Dr-JepsonwebDr Peter Jepson – The Labour Party

If elected to represent Hersham Village ward I will openly campaign for the establishment of a ‘Hersham Community Council based upon the old Hersham North and Hersham South wards…read more

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jr-ms-rm-webMary Sheldon, John O’Reilly, Ruth Mitchell – Conservatives

We are all longstanding Hersham residents, we work as a close team, and it has been a privilege to serve as your local councillors and be actively involved in our diverse and flourishing communityread more

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js-webJanet Shell – Liberal Democrats

Hersham has much to be proud of and we need to provide affordable housing for the young people so they can stay and enrich the culture and keep the diversity of the villageread more

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Olivia-webOlivia Palmer – The Green Party

I will tackle local issues such as pollution, localised flooding and transport cuts. Whatver your political leanings I urge you to use just one of your three votes to ensure the earth has a friend on our councilread more

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Anne Hill – Hersham Village Society

(Awaiting Image) Myself and my children marched to save Hersham library, involving myself in local issues is very important to me. I have taken the decision to stand as an independent to be responsible only to our residentsread more

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N D Wood-125Nicholas Wood – UKIP

UKIP will pressure Surrey County Council to improve public libraries; have enough school places; maintain roads (not pot-holed as now); integrate social services with the NHSread more
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Unfortunately one candidate declined the invitation to engage with Hersham residents via our impartial Election 2016 section:

Roy Green – Hersham Village Society

“…I keep away from the Hersham Hub and will not endorse it…If the other Hersham Village Society candidates wish to contribute to the (Hersham) Hub, that is up to them, I personally want nothing to do with it…” **

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Many of the candidates below actively post to The Hersham and Esher Election News page, why not come along and see what they are saying?

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Participating Candidates – In Detail!


All details below have been published in full, as recieved by the individual candidates. ***

 

Dr-JepsonwebDr Peter Jepson – The Labour Party


Dr Peter Jepson. I have stood in both Hersham North and Hersham South wards many times. As such, I know and love Hersham and remain dismayed by the Tory Councillors destruction of Hersham as we know it. If elected to represent Hersham Village ward I will openly campaign for the establishment of a ‘Hersham Community Council’ based upon the old Hersham North and Hersham South wards.  By supporting such a HCC proposal we will see an expansion of local democracy – with local residents powers over planning and (hopefully) the care of those in need in the Hersham community.

I am calling for a local referendum on the establishment of a Hersham Community Council.  Elmbridge need to trust residents more and give them more power and influence over issues affecting the Hersham community.

Dr Peter Jepson
law@peterjepson.com
www.whlp.org.uk

You can download Dr Jepsons Campaign Leaflet here

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jr-ms-rm-webMary Sheldon, John O’Reilly, Ruth Mitchell – Conservatives


Personal Bios:

Mary Sheldon (left): Mary has lived in Hersham for over 35 years, is married to John and during the last 10 years has represented residents in Hersham as a local councillor.   In addition to the time spent on a variety of Council issues, she spends many happy hours with her 4 small grandchildren.   She is essentially a community person, responsive to each and everybody, and is regularly seen out and about, ensuring personal involvement in every issue relevant to Hersham, whether it be about planning, the environment, housing, leisure facilities, even planting and tending the floral barrels around the village –  always supporting residents and local businesses.

John O’Reilly (centre):  John has been a Hersham resident for over 25 years and has been a local Councillor since 2005.  He is always accessible, rarely too far away from the phone, or e-mail, or you may even catch him on his bike around the Village or running in Coronation Rec! John has helped many Hersham residents with serious problems, often to do with housing or involving the Council, particularly planning.  Overcoming such concerns, often the cause of real anxiety, is the most rewarding part of being a local Councillor. His aim is to provide a first-class service for all our Hersham community.

Ruth Mitchell (right):  Ruth and her husband Chris have lived in Hersham for almost 25 years. Since becoming a Hersham Councillor in 2010, Ruth has taken a particular interest in promoting our many local businesses and is currently campaigning for the installation of a free cash dispensing machine in the Village. She is also passionate that all developments in Hersham should respect our distinct identity and location. Getting things done for Hersham and serving its residents, whatever the issues may be, is what Ruth most enjoys doing as a local Councillor. In her spare time, she is a keen gardener.

Serving Hersham

Hersham is a wonderful place to live and work – it has a popular community centre, thriving local businesses, a village green, its own library, four excellent schools and two large parks to relax and play sport. And much more.

We are all longstanding Hersham residents, we work as a close team, and it has been a privilege to serve as your local councillors and be actively involved in our diverse and flourishing community.

On all the issues that matter to Hersham, encouraging our local businesses, championing our community services for young and old, protecting our unique environment, your priorities are our priorities, while ensuring you get the maximum value for your money.

We have always been accountable to you, providing regular feedback on our activities and local events through our “Hersham News” newsletters.

We hope to continue that service and ask for your support on May 6th.

Ruth Mitchell                          John O’Reilly                          Mary Sheldon

Priorities and Policies

Ruth, Mary and John will

  1. Protect Hersham’s unique character by scrutinising planning applications to ensure only high quality developments will be allowed and that we retain an environment that our residents value so greatly.
  1. Champion Hersham’s interests at all times with the Council and other bodies, particularly supporting our Centre for the Community, our library, and standing up for commuters with SW Trains.
  1. Promote Hersham’s many local businesses. We have successfully encouraged several shops to apply for grants under the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund to enhance their frontages and attract more customers.
  1. Always defend our attractive green spaces in the village and our two recreation grounds. The new splash park has proved a resounding success and we are keen to explore other leisure opportunities for Hersham families.
  1. Be answerable to you all year round not just at election time! We produce the Hersham News which tries to cover all the important community stories. We particularly welcome residents’ feedback.
  1. Insist on value for your money in everything the Council does. We are passionate about the excellent services it provides and believe these can be even better by continuing to focus on efficiencies.

You can download Mary Sheldon, John O’Reilly and Ruth Mitchells Campaign leaflet here

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js-webJanet Shell – Liberal Democrats


Personal Biog:

A little over 20 years ago I moved into Hersham with my husband and young daughter. Formally a Head of music, I left teaching to focus on a singing career and I combine this with teaching singing, being a voice coach and am musical director of Mama Vox, a ladies community choir based in Walton on Thames which sings to raise money for local charities and enjoy the social and health benefits associated with singing in a group.

What this has all given me is the confidence to stand up and be heard and to stand up on behalf of other people who feel they may not have a voice.

I am a people person – enthusiastic, friendly and I care. Alongside my personal interest in the arts and education, I enjoy many hobbies including writing, family ancestry, theatre and good food and wine. I believe in lifelong learning and seeking to make a difference in life.

“For me the spirit of the Liberal Democrats with their emphasis on caring for the community, fairness and equality for all is something I can relate to. That’s why I am standing for you through them”

My Kind of Hersham

I have become very interested in helping to build a community council for Hersham which would focus on Hersham and its needs within the community of the village ward. With local input, it would help bring our voice to the borough council and show how much we all value living in Hersham.

It would provide a place for new residents to get a feel of the place and honour the spirit of this old village.

Hersham has much to be proud of and we need to provide affordable housing for the young people so they can stay and enrich the culture and keep the diversity of the village.

To that end the Liberal democrats have launched MY KIND OF HERSHAM where people say what their ideal Hersham is.

You can download Janet’s Campaign leaflet here.

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Olivia-webOlivia Palmer – The Green Party


About Your Candidate:

My name is Olivia Palmer and I am proud to be a Hersham resident.

I have a Masters Degree in Human Rights and International Relations. For many years I have been working for local and national charities and have been campaigning for peace, equality and protection of the environment.

I became involved in the Green Party a couple of years ago, realising that they are the only party to stand up for real people, and not just the 1%.

Last year I stood as your Parliamentary Candidate. I have since used this publicity to help our community and beyond. Take a look at some of my achievements in my Campaign leaflet here.

You can also follow what I’ve been up to online:

www.facebook.com/voteoliviapalmer

https://twitter.com/Olivia4Hersham

My Simple Solutions to Hersham’s Problems

Tackling Flooded Roads and Potholes:

Potholes and uneven pavements are a blight on our village. These are at least an inconvenience and at most a danger to life. A cyclist was tragically killed in Weybridge due to a dangerous pothole.

Regardless of whether the roads are resurfaced, the problem returns due to localised flooding and poor drainage. I would:

  • Increase grass verges and other permeable areas for drainage
  • Restrict heavy goods vehicles driving through our village
  • Incentivise residents to install drainage friendly driveways

Tackling Pollution:

Pollution in Weybridge, Walton and Cobham high streets exceeds EU limits putting Hersham residents at risk of respiratory problems and allergies. I would:

  • Liaise with the county council to end polluting projects such as the so called ‘Eco Park’ in Shepperton
  • Insist on a full investigation into pollution levels in Hersham

Preserving Hersham’s Character:

Hersham’s village chracter is under threat from corporations pricing local businesses out of the market. I would:

  • Liaise with local business to help them thrive in a competitive market
  • Talk to residents, ensuring planning committees are aware of their opinions

Austerity is Not Working.

I will vote against every cut to bus services, against every closure of care homes and other public services, against every cut to food banks and local charities.

I AM NOT WHIPPED BY OUR TORY GOVERNMENT

I CAN WORK ON BEHALF OF YOU, THE PEOPLE OF HERSHAM

I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

Please visit my page for more information:

www.facebook.com/voteoliviapalmer

https://twitter.com/Olivia4Hersham

olivia.palmer@greenparty.org.uk

You can download Olivia Palmers Campaign leaflet here

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Anne Hill – Hersham Village Society


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About Me

I have lived in this area all my life, my children attended local schools Burhill,  Bellfarm and Esher Church of England High School. My grandparents lived in Vaux Crescent, my grandfather Mick Hill was well remembered for his contribution with Hersham Claremont football club. I have been a volunteer in some way or another since early adolescence. Currently volunteering at Hersham and Walton Football club both helping at the ground and on the Committee, also at Walton and District Garden Allotment Society. Volunteering gives back as much as I put it, if not more. I work locally, keep chickens, recently completed a bee keeping course and grow my own vegetables.

Myself and my children marched to save Hersham library, involving myself in local issues is very important to me. Recently I have felt that now more than ever we need to hold the local council accountable for how they are spending our council tax. I have taken the decision to stand as an independent to be responsible only to our residents and not to a political party.

Policies

  • Keep local councils accountable
  • Stay on top of county council with regards to road repairs i.e why some roads are regularly resurfaced and others like Thrupps Lane are only ever patched up?
  • Try to encourage more social housing and housing at realistic pricing
  • Protect green space, encouraging housing developments onto brown field sites.
  • To keep our sense of community by bringing in a band stand on Hersham green where residents can gather and enjoy music in the summer months.
  • Make sure that any planning applications fit in with the local community and make residents aware of any major projects.
  • To promote local businesses and keep it community friendly
  • Protecting our most vulnerable residents across all spectrums and fighting their corner.
  • To join with other independents to promote a community council.

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N D Wood-125Nicholas Wood – UKIP


Nicholas Wood is standing as the UKIP candidate in the new Hersham Village ward.

I am a 49 year old chemistry and pharmacy lecturer at Kingston University.
Occasionally I work as a locum pharmacist.
Previously I worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
My PhD on antibiotic synthesis was taken at the University of Bristol.

I’ve experienced, first-hand, interfering and unnecessary legislation from the European Union in the course of my work.
Although never previously a member of any political party, EU incompetence plus lying British Lib-Lab-Con trick politicians made me join UKIP.

I was the UKIP parliamentary candidate in Esher and Walton at the May 2015 general election, coming third in the constituency behind Labour and Tories.
Last year, I was also a candidate in the old Walton Ambleside ward in Elmbridge.
In May 2013, I stood in the Surrey County Council election, gaining 29.1% of the votes for UKIP.

Last year, I opposed the proposed Weylands waste incinerator near Hersham station.
UKIP were also against building 1,000 new homes at Drakes Park that would cause massive traffic congestion and overfill already overcrowded schools; plus these houses would be almost next door to the incineration plant.

When the building plans for both the rubbish centre and excess housing are resubmitted, which they doubtless will be, I will continue to oppose them, not least as Hersham village is adjacent.

Currently, Elmbridge have to endure ridiculous European Court rulings, excess immigration, security threats, and wasting billions of our money on the EU.
The EU costs the UK £55 million per day – that is over £300 per person annually.
We should be spending the money in our country, not on incompetent foreign aid and corrupt continental policies.
These dangers can only be stopped by leaving the European Union.
Only UKIP will get us out.

UKIP will make your council tax as low as possible (Elmbridge residents already pay more income tax than the whole of Glasgow! HMRC data), protect farmland from developers, prevent building on greenbelt, and ensure frequent rubbish collections.
UKIP will pressure Surrey County Council to improve public libraries; have enough school places; maintain roads (not pot-holed as now – I know, I cycle to work every day); integrate social services with the NHS; and unlike the Tory-controlled council, reopen our fire brigade stations.
UKIP will ensure local accountability, and stop the EU controlling UK local council’s contract bidding process, which the EU forces us to accept at present.

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Unfortunately one candidate declined the invitation to engage with Hersham residents via our impartial Election 2016 section:

Roy Green – Hersham Village Society

“…I keep away from the Hersham Hub and will not endorse it…If the other Hersham Village Society candidates wish to contribute to the (Hersham) Hub, that is up to them, I personally want nothing to do with it…” **

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If you would like to read what the Esher ward candidates had to say for themselves click here

We asked local residents for a selection of questions to put to the Hersham Village candidates, you can see their answers here

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Read about the Surrey PCC candidates here

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*** One reference to a candidate who did not wish to participate was removed.

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