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NEW PLANTER AT HINCHLEY WOOD STATION

We are pleased to report that a new planter has been installed behind the cycle racks at the station at the initiative of HWRA, with the support of the Bee Friendly Trust (beefriendlytrust.org).


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MAY OPEN MEETING - RESPONSES FROM SURREY COUNTY COUNCILLOR MIKE BENNISON

Councillor Bennison has provided a detailed written reponse to questions raised at the meeting on 10th May which there was not time to cover fully at the meeting itself.  This can be downloaded here.

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NEW ACORN TICKET FOR BUS SERVICES IN NORTH SURREY
  
From 1st September, a  new multi-operator bus ticket called Acorn has been introduced, giving unlimited travel for a day or week on most services in Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne and the eastern part of Woking.
When Abellio ceased to be the operator of most services in north Surrey, several different operators took over and tickets were not transferable. The new Acorn ticket can be used across services of multiple operators, making travelling with more than one operator easy and offering  better  value.  
It will be sold by 13 different operators covering 33 local bus services.  Tickets can be bought  on the first bus used, with a day ticket costing £7 and a weekly ticket £30 (children travel at half fare).
A leaflet giving full details, including a map of the services covered, can be downloaded here.

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TRAVELLERS

Elmbridge Borough Council has been granted a three year protective injunction banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments and fly-tipping on all identified public land.
 
Following on from the recent three-month injunction granted in August 2018, on Thursday 8 Novemberthe High Court extended that injunction for a further three years. The injunction covers all of the Borough’s parks, open spaces and car parks.
 
The injunction prevents any individual from occupying land or depositing waste as well as stopping anyone from entering, or occupying any part of the land for residential purposes, including caravans, mobile homes and vehicles. This has proved a very effective deterrent during the temporary injunction. It will also avoid the Council's having to obtain court orders for the removal of these encampments, which can take several days to obtain, and will authorise High Court enforcement officers to move people on if they take no notice of the injunction order. Failure to do so can result in imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets.
 
The Council evidenced large-scale fly-tipping and the cost of clearing it, damage to gates and barriers, lost parking income and the large increase in the number and size of recent encampments as well as the significant impact on communities living adjacent to each encampment and the loss of community facilities during the summer.
 
2018 has seen an  unprecedented increase in levels of unauthorised encampments in Elmbridge, totalling 27 on public parks and open spaces as well as other recent encampments on privately-owned land such as Painshill Park. The size of these encampments has also risen dramatically with some encampments being over 60 vehicles in size.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT of 35 FLATS IN HINCHLEY WOOD

An application to Elmbridge Borough Council has been made for planning permission to develop the site at No. 4 Greenways, No. 6 Manor Road South and No. 4 Grace Lodge, Manor Road South

The proposed development will comprise of a ‘detached part four/part three/part two-storey building providing 35 independent living units’.
Please go tohttp://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/find-application/ Application reference number 2018/0746 to view plans and documents and register your comments and objections.

The official deadline for comments was Friday 18th May, but late representations may be considered if they arrive before the date of the relvant planning committee meeting.

A resident has prepared a guide to to possible grounds for objections, which can be downloaded here.



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COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS

The results are in for the election held on 3rd May 2018.

In Hinchley Wood and Weston Green ward, the residents candidate Nigel Haig-Brown was elected with an overwhelming majority, as follows:
HAIG-BROWN Nigel - Hinchley Wood / Weston Green Residents' Associations      1762     70.3%     Elected
HERBERT Geoff - Conservative                                                                             437     17.4%     Not elected
AMBEKAR Liz - Liberal Democrat                                                                          236     9.4%     Not elected
ANDREWS Jacqueline Mary - Labour Party                                                             71      2.8%     Not elected

Nigel received the highest number of votes of any candidate in the Borough, and we thank residents for their continuing strong support of their residents candidate.

Turnout was 39.5% compared with the average for the Borough of 37.5%.

Across the Borough, the Conservatives gained 3 seats, Liberal Democrats gained 1 and Residents lost 4.
The result is 'no overall control', with the Conservatives on 24 Councillors, Residents on  15 and Liberal Democrats on 9.  As the largest party, the Conservatives have formed an administration.



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FRANK DABELL




It is with deep regret that we record of the death of Frank Dabell, until recently our Chairman, and Councillor from 2010 to 2014. Frank had been unwell for some time, and he sadly passed away on Wednesday 21st March. 


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LITTER PICKING




Come rain or shine, the HWRA litter picking team goes out one Saturday in every month to tidy up around the village.  If you would like to join them in this community work, please contact Roy Turner on 020 8398 1565 or email roy60janet@gmail.com.

Roy would also like to thank the gentleman and two ladies who gave assistance when he came off his bike in Claygate Lane North on Monday 8th January.  Your help was much appreciated.Roy is glad to say no serious harm was done, and as the picture shows (far left), he was back in action last Saturday (20th January).

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ELMBRIDGE LOCAL PLAN


Residents will recall the recent consultation about the Local Plan which Elmbridge Borough Council is required by central government to produce, and in particular the concerns about the possibility of large-scale housing development on the Long
Ditton Green Belt around Woodstock Lane (see map below).
The Council received a large number of comments - around 50,000 from 3,760 respondents. All comments have been read and registered. The key issues raised have been reported to Councillors and a Summary of Consultation Responses has
been published, as well as the individual comments received to the Consultation. Further details can be found on the Elmbridge Borough Council website at http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/local-plan/.

A copy of the HWRA response to the consultation can be seen here.



An action group, Save HWLD Green Belt, has been formed to campaign against development on the local green belt and to seek 'Village Green' status for Stokes Field and One Tree Hill, thus ensuring that it could not be built on.  The group's latest flyer can be downloaded here.  Please note that the group is independent of HWRA, and that HWRA cannot take responsibility for the use of any funds which residents may care to donate to the campaign.

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SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PARKING MAP

Surrey County Council have published an interactive map of parking restrictions in the county.  This can be seen at https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/parking/restrictions-and-controls/interactive-map-of-parking-controls-in-surrey.

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HINCHLEY WOOD CARE - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Hinchley Wood Care helps older people living in the Hinchley Wood area get to vital medical appointments.  They are desperately short of people to help them to take calls from people looking for transport and to book the volunteer driver.  It's a really flexible volunteer role and can be done fortnightly or monthly.  The phone needs to be staffed between 9:30am - 12pm.   If you would like to help please call Voluntary Action Elmbridge on 01372 463587.


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SCAMS


The incidence of scams of various kinds continues unabated. You could be approached to reinvest your pension fund or take out medical insurance, but it could equally be anything else: double glazing, solar panels, security alarms, a damages claim for PPI mis-selling, road accident or medical negligence, or many more, including people falsely claiming to be from your bank or credit card issuer.
Regardless, however you are contacted (by email, phone, letter, or doorstep caller),and no matter how convincing the approach might seem to be, the safest and most sensible response is to ignore it or just say ‘no thanks, I’m not interested’ and refuse to participate in any further discussion.
For more tips on how to avoid getting caught out, see the Spring/Summer 2015 Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter, and please pass the message on to elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or relatives who are so often preyed on by these unscrupulous criminals.

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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.
Please see the police team's web page for more details at:http://www.surrey.police.uk/my-neighbourhood/elmbridge/eldh/meet-the-neighbourhood-team

Neighbourhood Watch:  read recent Molesey, Dittons and Hinchley Wood Neighbourhood Watch newsletters here.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour can be reported online at http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/Council/safety/, or by
telephoning the community safety team on 01372 474399.

Immobilise database: this initiative gives residents the opportunity to register their moveable property at www.immobilise.com for free. This database of serial numbers entered by owners into a personal account is accessible by police on the beat countrywide. Using hand-held devices they can check, on the spot, whether an item e.g. a bicycle or any of “four satnavs in a rucksack” have been reported stolen.
In addition, cash convertors are required to check the database before concluding a transaction, and to inform the police at the time, if a hit indicates that an attempt has been made to sell stolen goods.
Obviously, to work effectively and to stand any chance of being reunited with your property, you need to register any property with a serial number or other identifying marks, and to report items that are lost or stolen.

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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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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 November 2018

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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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