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RAGE in Elmbridge (Residents Action Group Elmbridge) is a new group set up to oppose Heathrow flightpath changes and expansion plans.  Fed up of increased flight noise?  Want to make your opposition to Heathrow expansion plans and increased noise and air pollution known to Elmbridge Borough Council and Dominic Raab M.P.? 
If so, you can join the group by emailing RAGEinElmbridge@gmail.com or find them on Twitter: @RAGEinElmbridge
The issue has previously been taken up by a local resident with  Dominic Raab.  His reponses and further correspondence with Airport Watch and Heathrow Airport can be seen here.  The correspondence includes information about the Heathrow Community Noise Forum, through which concerns about aircraft noise and related issues can be expressed.

A vivid impression of the volume of air traffic movements in South East England can be gained from a simulation viewable on the BBC news website.



This year’s FunDay on Saturday 12 September was a great success, with a very fortunate gap in the showers making for a warm and sunny afternoon in the Memorial Gardens.

 Deputy Mayor Councillor Tannia Shipley opens the Fun Day, with HWRA Councillor Janet Turner looking on.

There was also a very successful collection of items for refugees, whose organisers would like to thank Hinchley Wood residents for their support.



Concerned residents have organised a petition to Surrey County Council urging the provision of a pedestrian crossing at or near this busy and dangerous junction, to make it safer for the many school children and others who cross the road here daily, and as a traffic calming measure on a stretch of road where speeding is a continuing problem.  If you would like to add your name to the petition, you can do so at Crossy's Home and Garden (26/28 Manor Road North).



As part of their national modernisation programme, the Post Office are planning  changes at the local branch in Budgens supermarket.  Services will be offered from a low-screen open-plan service point, with longer opening hours, including Sundays.  Most current services will still be provided, though some (including international parcels over 2kg) will be withdrawn, and customers will have to go to another branch for these or go on line.  The office will be closed for up to seven days in January/ February 2016 for the refurbishment work to take place.  Further details, including how to submit comments, can be found in the Post Office's letter viewable here.



The Local Government Boundary Commission have accepted the Elmbridge Borough Council administration's
recommendation to reduce the number of councillors from 60 to 48, and have confirmed that each of the new
wards will have three members.

As far as Hinchley Wood is concerned, the good news is that they have accepted that we have a strong
community identity and have therefore rejected the administration's proposal to split the ward in half.
However, in order to produce a three member ward of the right size, they propose that Weston Green and
Hinchley Wood should be merged, and that the Lynwood estate should be transferred to Long Ditton. Their full
report can be viewed here.

Consultation on the Commission's proposals is open until 24th August, but it is unlikely that any changes to the
current proposals would produce a better outcome for Hinchley Wood, unless the Commission could be
persuaded to depart from the principle of uniform three-member wards and/or reverse the reduction in the
number of councillors, both of which are highly unlikely. The Chairman of HWRA will however be writing to the
Commission to ask them to reconsider the proposal to detach the Lynwood estate from Hinchley Wood, and to
suggest that, if this does nevertheless go ahead, the proposed boundary should be adjusted so that our
recreation ground, allotments and scout/guide hut remain within Hinchley Wood ward.

Further details on the process can be found on the Commission's website at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/4438

It is particularly gratifying to note that of the 180 Elmbridge residents’ representations to the Boundary
Commission, over 170 were sent by Hinchley Wood residents and everyone opposed the proposed carve up of
the Ward and its division between Long Ditton and Weston Green. By any stretch of the imagination, and as
acknowledged by the Commission, this was an unprecedented expression of community cohesion. HWRA
thanks all those who wrote in.



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.

These major cycling events will once more take place on 30th and 31st July 2016, with resulting road closures around Hinchley Wood on Sunday the 31st.



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.

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.


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).


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


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 23rd November 2015


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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