Hersham Downsized?

robinredbreastPublic Meeting about the future of Hersham

– Waterman’s Arms 8.30pm Thursday 18th February. 

If you have not already seen the results of the Boundary Commission’s review of wards in Elmbridge – have a look at the information on the HRA website at http://www.hershamresidents.info/blog/  The area of Hersham in terms of ward boundary lines will be much smaller than ​it ​is now!

Find out more about this by coming to a public meeting on 18th February in the function room at the Waterman’s Arms from 8.30.  All welcome – please bring your friends and neighbours.

The meeting will cover:

  • Boundary Changes – implications
  • Hersham’s identity – feedback / views
  • The case for Hersham to have its own community (or ‘parish’) council

These are all really important issues for Hersham – so please do come and let us know what you think.

(The meeting above will immediately follow a general knowledge quiz from 7.45 – 8.30.  These are quite separate events – but why not come to the quiz as well – see the HRA website for details.)

The view from the Hersham Residents Association Chairman, Andrew Sturgis:

WHY HERSHAM  NEEDS ITS OWN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Every town, village or community needs its own local council to help develop a strong, caring & inclusive community spirit.

Hersham has particular need for its own local council. For many years people treated it as part of its larger and more powerful neighbour, Walton-on- Thames.  Forty years of steady and devoted work by Hersham Residents Association and others have established that Hersham has a strong identity of its own.

But now the dispersal of Hersham by the Boundaries Commission has created doubts in the minds of people about the real boundaries of Hersham. The formation of a Hersham Community Council based largely on the pre-existing boundaries would establish, legally, that the Longmore Estate, Whiteley Village & Burwood Park are in Hersham regardless of changes to ward boundaries for local elections and other unwelcome shocks.

Electing majority party councillors for both Hersham wards has not helped to protect Hersham from dispersal.

The only long-term way to enable Hersham as we know it to continue as a friendly and welcoming place is by uniting to create a strong Hersham Community Council dedicated to the pursuit of these objectives.

Come to the Watermans Arms at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, 18th February to demonstrate your support.

ANDREW STURGIS

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