Author Archives: Richard Williams

Please contribute to Esher’s ‘Design Codes’

As part of the new Local Plan, ElmbridgeBC is creating a series of design codes for each neighbourhood. These will inform developers and architects as they plan new buildings and will help them reflect local character and design. We’ve all seen incongruous, inappropriate developments on our doorsteps and we wholly support the creation of these codes which should go a

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HM Queen Elizabeth II

Esher Residents’ Association offers sincere condolences to the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Her dedication to duty and public service over such a long reign is remarkable. Her Majesty oversaw the United Kingdom through decades of dramatic change, from the post-war years right through to the modern, inclusive 21st Century nation that we are today. 

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Help shape Elmbridge’s Future – final call for comments

Regulation 19: Draft Elmbridge Local Plan 2037 Over the past few years, some of you would have received invitations to view, or may have accessed online and commented upon, EBCs ‘Draft Local Plan’. You may even hopefully have read about it in the ERA Spring 2022 Newsletter  (issue number 104 on page 8 and also available online via This is the

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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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