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ELMBRIDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTION 22ND MAY




We are pleased to announce that Nigel Haig-Brown will be the Hinchley Wood Residents Association candidate in this year's borough council election.  He succeeds Frank Dabell, who has given sterling service as one of our two ward councillors for the last four years.

Nigel first moved to Hinchley Wood in 1996 and has been actively involved as Chairman of Hinchley Wood Residents’ Association since 2006.  He is passionate about:   preserving the local commons and maintaining the openness of the surrounding countryside, as well as protecting the Green Belt;   maintaining the health of a thriving local community;  and (as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Assessor) developing young people to ensure they acquire the skills employers are looking for.  He hopes to use his business experience to good effect,  particularly if Residents’ candidates are able to wrest control from the present administration.  He is committed to making Hinchley Wood relevant for future generations to inherit and very much hopes to represent local residents' interests as ward councillor.

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HINCHLEY WOOD SENIOR SCHOOL – REVIEW OF ADMISSIONS CRITERIA.
 
Following the end of the consulation period, the school has made the following announcement confirming that they plan to proceed with the proposal to give priority to pupils at designated feeder schools:

"Admission Arrangements for September 2015
As determined by the revised School Admissions Code and the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, we have recently consulted on proposed arrangements for September 2015.  The Governing Body would like to thank all parties for taking the time to take part in this consultation.
The Governing Body has considered all the responses to the consultation and has now determined admission arrangements for 2015.  The proposed arrangements were adopted without change.  The following documents are attached and are also available on the school website www.hinchleywoodschool.co.uk (click ‘Information’ and ‘Admission Arrangements for September 2015’:
 
  • Admissions Criteria 2015
  • Map showing revised Catchment Area
  • Press Release 
 
Any objections to these arrangements must be referred to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) by 30 June 2014.  Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the OSA website – http://www.education.gov.uk/schoolsadjudicator"

Rather than giving most weight to proximity and the attendance of siblings at the school, as would be normal, the plans favour a list of designated feeder schools, thus giving undue weight to families from outside the immediate catchment area of the school, to the detriment of Hinchley Wood residents who have planned on the basis of the existing criteria, and who may now find themselves having to seek a secondary school other than the local one, to which they had a reasonable expectation of being able to send their children.

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FISH & CHIP VAN IN STATION APPROACH

The operators of the fish & chip van which has visited Hinchley Wood each Tuesday evening for the last few years have been told that they need to apply for planning permission.  Some residents find this a useful facility, but others feel it causes an unnecessary nuisance.  You can have your say and help Hinchley Wood councillors gauge opinion by taking part in a poll at https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/2f1sp2dpm94zj/

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RE-DRAWING OF WARD BOUNDARIES

HWRA newsletter 2014 #1 referred to the plans being promoted by the ruling group at Elmbridge Borough Council  to re-draw ward boundaries and to reduce the number of Elmbridge councillors from 60 to 48. Opposition councillors are contesting the moves, as boundary changes will be impractical for some areas, involve the loss of identity by others and reduce the levels of representation residents enjoy currently.

The proposals include the merger of Hinchley Wood ward and part of Long Ditton ward into one ward represented by 3 councillors.

We have since learned that the changes may be implemented in May 2016, earlier than indicated in the newsletter, and have been asked to point out that as only part of Long Ditton would merge with Hinchley Wood, the reduction in representation would not be quite as severe as stated in the newsletter.  Nevertheless, the plans mean that Hinchley Wood would lose its status as a separate ward, and there would be still be a significant reduction in representation, reflecting the general 20% reduction across the borough - this in a ward which already has one of the highest population to councillor ratios in the borough.

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SURBITON HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GROUND, MANOR ROAD SOUTH

Following a two-day public hearing in October, the Planning Inspector has DISMISSED the school's appeal against Elmbridge Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a large (26,000 sq. ft.) indoor sports hall sports hall on the school’s Manor Road South playing fields site.  In doing so, the Inspector has upheld the objectors' contention that this would be an inappropriate development on green belt land, and that there were not the 'very special circumstances' which would have justified an exception to the normal rules.

The full text of the decision can be viewed here.

Residents will recall from previous bulletins and newsletters that in April 2013, councillors voted unanimously (with one abstention) to go against EBC officers' advice to permit the development, and refused the application.

The Appeal centered on whether the evidence produced by the school had demonstrated circumstances of sufficient merit to justify overriding the presumed harm to the green belt arising from the proposal. The joker in the appellant's pack was a report by Sport England which led Elmbridge Borough Council, on legal advice, to withdraw from defending its April decision, leaving councillors and concerned residents to defend, unaided, a decision effectively abandoned by the Council.  It is gratifying therefore that the Inspector has agreed with the arguments put forward by the objectors, despite this lack of support from the Council.

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HWRA IS NOW ON 'STREETLIFE.COM'

streetlife.com has recently launched in Hinchley Wood, and everyone – residents, groups, local government representatives and businesses – is invited to share their knowledge, discuss the local issues they care about, and help build a stronger, better connected community

Streetlife has a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours.
 
The website provides a free and easy place to share local news, views, recommendations and resources, enabling people with busy routines or reduced mobility to keep in touch with their community.
 
Conversations started on Streetlife have helped unite lost pets with owners, expose doorstep scammers, save threatened public services and recall local history.  The site is also encouraging real-world friendships, with neighbours sharing gardening equipment, IT advice and dentist recommendations, organising craft groups, street parties and book clubs.
 
Get involved!
·         Sign up at www.streetlife.com with your postcode and email address
·         You’ll automatically be linked to the people and conversations where you live, including the HWRA page
·         You can post messages, events, polls and pictures, and locals will be able to respond
·         You can customise your account so you control how often you receive local updates.

If  Hinchley Wood Residents Association does not appear automatically in the news feed (e.g. if your address is outside the local area), use search box at the top of the page to find us and click 'follow'.

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PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON – SURREY GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM LONDON MARATHON CHARITABLE TRUST

Following the success of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey  2013, the London Marathon Charitable Trust is making grants available to recreational projects in Surrey.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey is organised by London & Surrey Cycling Partnership LLP and one of the partners is The London Marathon Limited. All of the profits of The London Marathon Limited are passed to its parent company, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, a registered charity.
The Trust makes grants to recreational projects in areas in which events are held, as a tangible thank you for the support of those communities.  Since the London Marathon began, over £45m has been allocated by the London Marathon Charitable Trust to recreational projects.  
It is now able to make grants for projects in Surrey and although in the first year of the event there have been no profits, the Trustees will still consider making grants to qualifying projects.  Although funding is available for any qualifying projects throughout Surrey, priority will be given to those immediate areas close to the events.
Details of eligibility, criteria and how to apply can be found on the application form attached. More information can also be found here.  An application form can be downloaded from the HWRA document archive here.

The 2014 event  will take place in Surrey on Sunday 10th August , resulting in road closures around
Hinchley Wood, which will be in place throughout the day.

 
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PLANNING UPDATES

Updates on major planning issues can be found in newsletters from the 'Save Hinchley Wood' group, copies of which (number 35 onwards) can be viewed here.

 
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HINCHLEY WOOD POLICE PANEL & COMMUNITY SAFETY


Meet the Beat:  Our local officers hold regular informal sessions where residents have the opportunity to meet up with them and have a chat about any local issues which may be of concern.

Recent crime incidents reported by Surrey Police:

Recently there have been a number of thefts from motor vehicles. Predominantly these have occurred in the east of the Borough: in Esher, Oxshott and Thames Ditton. All the offences have taken place in car parks and in each case, the vehicle has had a window smashed and valuable items such as laptops have been stolen. Most of the offences have taken place during the day or early evening.
Residents are urged not to leave any valuables within unattended vehicles. Please take all your belongings with you and do not make it easy for opportunistic thieves.
Local officers are stepping up patrols in the relevant locations, but please help by reporting any suspicious activity to Surrey Police on either the non-emergency number, 101, or 999 as appropriate.

 Large numbers of reports are still being recived from residents advising that they have been called by persons claiming to be police officers and that their bank card has been used fraudulently - this is not true! Please be vigilant and remember that police officers will never ask you for your PIN number and will never use a courier to collect your bank cards. Further details about this all too common scam can be found on the Action Fraud website: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Any suspicious incidents should be reported to the police on 101.

View the latest community safety update here.

Anyone with information about criminal activity who does not want to go to the police can call Crimestoppers twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to pass on what they know anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Community Safety Partnership encourages residents and business to work together with the police and the other statutory agencies to reduce the levels of crime and anti social behaviour. There are many ways this can be achieved, by taking sensible precautions and above all by letting the authorities know what is happening, when, where and by whom - the simple message is 'See it, Report it, Don't ignore it'.

The Hinchley Wood police panel meets regularly (normally in conjunction with an HWRA road representatives meeting) and attendance is open to all residents. It's your opportunity to meet the local police team and have your say about policing priorities in the local area. Discussion at the panel really does make a difference to local police activity, so it's well worth coming along if you can.

For the timing of meetings, please see the news & events page or check the local police page on the Surrey Police website.

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ELMBRIDGE RESIDENTS PANEL
 
The Residents' Panel is made up of local residents and who are asked for their views on the Council's services two or three times a year. This could be about anything the Council is working on e.g. council priorities, budget, recycling, crime.  It is part of the Council's drive to make it easier for residents to 'Have Your Say'.

In particular the Council are trying to promote an online panel as this means they can consult residents in an extremely cost effective and environmentally friendly way. The link to join the online panel is www.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.  However, if any residents would like to join but do not have computer access they can still join the postal panel by ringing Stephanie Barker on 01372 474394 (sbarker@elmbridge.gov.uk).


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More volunteers are still needed to help with Hinchley Wood Care.  For more information please see clubs, societies and voluntary organisations.

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The site is regularly updated with local news, information and features, and we welcome comments on the site and suggestions for improvements and new features. Please send us your feedback here.

Local traders, services, clubs and groups are listed free of charge on the website. If your organisation has not been listed please let us know the details and we will add it to the site. Local organisations can use the site free of charge to advertise forthcoming events, such as jumble sales, fetes etc.

Please contact us here to arrange for your organisation or event to be listed on the site.

Our Residents Association Councillors hold regular surgeries at which you can discuss problems directly with them. Please check the News & Events page for details.

Keep informed about local issues, including community safety alerts, significant planning applications and forthcoming events, by registering for our free e-mail bulletin service.  See contact page for further details.

Site last updated 12th April 2014

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Did you know that the LWT series 'The Charmer' (1986), set in the 1930s and starring Nigel Havers, Rosemary Leach and Bernard Hepton, was partly filmed in Hinchley Wood? You can see some pictures of the filming here. It is also available on DVD from Amazon, but note that you will need a multi-region player.
 

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