Residents of Hersham Riverside can’t understand why they are in Esher Ward. Nor do we. The Boundary Commission got it badly wrong and Hersham Residents feel hard done by.

However, Hersham Riverside needs proper representation. We’ve been talking to Cllr Roy Green of the Hersham Village Society, our fellow member of Elmbridge Residents Group and are keen to bring Hersham back together by reflecting the HVS policies.

Whilst the Village Hall is finally promised to be restored, why has it taken so long (and a dreadful fatality) to do something about Esher Road? How are people expected to cross the road to the bus stop amid traffic travelling at 40-60 mph? Who, in heavens name came up with this scheme? Children, people with shopping, old people are meant to take their lives into their hands every day.

It looks as though Esher Councillors don’t care about Hersham. Indeed we’ve been taken to task on a couple of occasions, for making our manifesto all about Esher. Point taken and we need to change that. We did produce a special Hersham Riverside News just before the election, that was widely distributed. If you want a copy, please email us at helloesher@icloud.com.

Richard Williams is canvassing in Hersham over the next few days, so stop him and tell him what you think. Good or bad.

Try crossing Esher Road without a pedestrian crossing with traffic like this


2 thoughts on “What are you doing for Hersham?

  1. Just received your latest newsletter and like all the recent previous ones it contains very little news – if any – of Hersham and lower Green!
    It would seem that many Hersham residents cannot understand why they were ever put into the Esher ward. I have been wondering why you spend time and money distributing to Hersham when all I can read about in the newsletter is what is happening in Esher. Not much interest to the majority of Hersham residents!
    A start to try to intergrate the two areas could be the design of “Esher Matters” newsletter with perhaps Hersham & Lower Green reference made equally prominent as Esher (text size the same) and to include some news about Hersham and Lower Green – and not make it all about Esher! – the mere title “Esher Matters” would suggest it is all about Esher.
    When it was first decided some three years ago to merge the two areas – I along with many other residents voiced my objection to the decision. I was subsequently invited by the committee at the time of Esher residents association, to a meeting to discuss some of my objections. It was plain to see that the members of the committee were strongly against the decision to merge with part of Hersham. However it was agreed that every effort would be made to embrace and integrate the two areas. – Well, we all know that this never really happened!
    Just seen on your website that Richard Williams is canvassing – would love to tell him what I think!
    No guessing as to why you produced a special Hersham Riverside News just before the election?
    Finally, why was’nt the news about the Hersham village hall being restored and the mention of the Esher road not included in the newsletter?
    Some Hersham residents may not have access to th internet!

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    1. Hi John, thanks for reading the newsletter and for your observations. I think you are a little harsh about our coverage. On Lower Green we’ve covered the Community Centre in almost every edition and put in a section on the very successful litter pick. This month I talk about my plans for Cobbs Arch and Lower Green is also shown in the section on Blair Imrie.

      I’d really like to cover more stories about Hersham. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting to know the Riverside estate – I deliver every newsletter there personally and always enjoy a chat, particularly about the myriad of old classic English cars people have hidden away – a Mk1 Reliant Scimitar, 1950’s Ford Popular and a rare Austin Maestro to name but a few…but I do need some help. I need more stories like the Hersham choir and the judo classes – I’d really appreciate your help on this – if you’d like to meet, do drop a line at rwilliams@elmbridge.gov.uk.

      Last year I ran Saturday surgeries in Hersham library. I posted them on Twitter and Facebook, but they were ill attended. I’m planning to reinstate them, but they need to work better – again, if you think there might be a better way of doing them I’d really like to know.

      Please do drop me a line and let’s meet.

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