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ELMBRIDGE COUNCIL BOUNDARY REVIEW

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBC) has formally commenced an electoral review of Elmbridge Borough Council.

The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the borough. At present, some councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the borough. The review aims to correct those imbalances.

The review will propose:

1.    The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future.
2.    The number of wards.
3.    The number of councillors representing each ward.
4.    Ward boundaries.
5.    Names of wards.

An eight week public consultation started on 3rd Februaryduring which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements.  The consultation will close on 31 March 2015. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in June 2015. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in December 2015. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2016.

Views are invited from individuals and organisations across the borough on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.

The Commission is minded to recommend that 48 councillors should be elected to Elmbridge Borough Council in the future (i.e. a reduction of 12 from the current 60). It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 48 councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:

•         To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough.
•         That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
•         That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. Submissions need to be supported by evidence.  HWRA is preparing a submission highlighting the interests and identity of the Hinchley Wood community, whose two councillors already have among the highest resident to councillor ratios (and hence workloads) in the borough.

There is  more advice on the Commission's website about how toget involved in the consultation and put your views forward, visit https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/elmbridge.

Views can be submitted by email to to: reviews@lgbce.org.uk, or by post to Review Officer (Elmbridge),  Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London,  EC1M 5LG

Please note that the interests of transparency, copies of the all representations received during this review will be placed on the LGBC website, but  personal identifying information, such as signatures and private residential addresses, is removed.


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BURGLAR ALARM SCAM

We have again received a report of company cold-calling to offer "free" house alarms in the Hinchley Wood area. The alarms are free but you have to sign up to their monitoring service.  A company with a similar name has been investigated by BBC Watchdog and unsuspecting individuals have been charged more than £6,000 for an alarm system worth no more than a few hundred pounds.

Reputable alarm companies do not use these sales techniques.  If you are thinking of having an alarm fitted make sure you use a contractor which is accredited by the Security Industry Authority.

Unscrupulous operators often prey on elderly or vulnerable people, so please keep an eye out for any of your friends, relatives or neighbours who may be at risk.

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COURIER FRAUD

We have received a report of a recent attempted fraud against an elderly victim, who received a phone call from a woman claiming to be a police officer and saying that she needed to phone 999 to verify her details. Needless to say, the woman wasn’t a police officer and the line had not been disconnected. She then spoke with a male (also claiming to be a police officer) and was told that due to an incident of fraud, she would need to get £10,000 in euros and that this would be collected by a driver. Fortunately due to the actions of an alert and quick thinking taxi driver, the scam was unsuccessful. The incident is currently under investigation and has been reported to Action Fraud.

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:
• Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
• If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number, police force and their telephone extension. Hang up the call, and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number.
• Use a different phone line to call back if possible, i.e: a mobile phone if the call was received on your landline.
• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
• If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make note of their identification number.

Please alert your elderly relatives, friends and neighbours, against whom these despicable scams often directed. The key message is that if someone phones you and asks for money or bank details – please hang up!   Any suspicious incidents should be reported to the police on 101.
 
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PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON AND SURREY CLASSIC

These major cycling events will once more take place on 1st and 2nd August 2015, with resulting road closures around Hinchley Wood on the 2nd.

As a community affected by this event, local leisure and recreation projects which lead to increased participation in physical activity are eleigible to apply for grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.  Full details can be found at http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/marathon-centre/marathon-centre/the-london-marathon-charitable-trust/.

Please note that the deadline for this year's round of applications is 31st August.
 
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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.

Anti-social behaviour
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At the HWRA Autumn General Meeting on 16th October 2014, Peter Kipps of the Elmbridge Community Safety Partnership described the new measures in The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which are designed to give victims and communities a say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with:
• The Community Trigger, which gives victims the ability to demand action, starting with a review of
their case, where the locally defined threshold is met.
• The Community Remedy, which gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for
low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.
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.

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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 23rd February 2015

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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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