Author Archives: Richard Williams

Conservatives to kill off Elmbridge Council?

In an effort to find greater efficiencies in the wake of Covid-19, the Conservative Surrey County Council leader, Tim Oliver, has said that turning Surrey County Council into a unitary authority is being considered. We believe this would pose a very serious threat to local democracy. As a strictly non-political association, devoted to the residents of Esher and Hersham Riverside,

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Robert Jenrick will decide if Sandown plans happen

Robert Jenrick, the embattled Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government alone will decide whether the Jockey Club is allowed to build 318 apartments and a luxury hotel on Sandown Park. Elmbridge Borough Council received a letter dated 15 June informing them that the Secretary of State will ‘recover’ the application. Elmbridge Council officers proposed that the development should

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Urgent statement from Surrey Libraries

Plans to reopen libraries from 6 July Surrey plans to start gradually reopening libraries across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance.  The county’s libraries closed on 20 March due to the coronavirus lockdown and the Council is now planning how to reopen services in a safe way with guidelines in place for social distancing.  Planning for

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May 4th Elmbridge Council Leader’s statement

Statement from Stuart Selleck “Throughout the pandemic, supporting our residents, especially our most vulnerable residents, has been our top priority. We have reorganised ourselves to ensure we could bring food, medical supplies and a listening ear to thousands of residents. We have worked tirelessly to ensure benefits and Universal Credit payments have been made as quickly and as efficiently as

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LATEST NEWS Sandown appeals. What to do?

The Jockey Club has appealed against Elmbridge Council’s rejection of their proposals to develop luxury apartments around Sandown Park. We must fight this appeal. The ERA’s Linda Stotesbury asks you to help: “I apologise for being the bearer of bad news during in these difficult times, but the Jockey Club has submitted an appeal for their scheme at Sandown Park.  

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Bill Bedford Blue Plaque unveiled

There was big turnout in West End Lane on Saturday as Elmbridge Mayor, Cllr Mary Sheldon unveiled a blue plaque to honour Harrier test pilot Bill Bedford. Cllr Richard Williams made a short address to the attendees: “This plaque honours the life of a remarkable man from an era when our test pilots were household names. The likes of Bill Bedford, Neville

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Green Belt could be sold under new Local Plan

As Elmbridge Borough Council officers prepare the new Local Plan there is increasing concern that, in an effort to get close to the Government’s spuriously concocted housing numbers, they will propose giving up some ‘less well performing’ Green Belt land to developers. Many of you will have completed last year’s consultation that sought views on how the Council might hit

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