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HAVE YOUR SAY 1:  HOW OFTEN SHOULD BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTIONS BE HELD?

Elmbridge Borough Council is consulting on how often residents should vote to elect councillors.
 
This consultation will close on Sunday, 2 November so  views should be submitted before then. You can do this online at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/council/elections/Votingfrequency.htm or by completing and returning a leaflet which is available at Council's Centres for the Community, Civic Centre and libraries within the borough.
 
The Council currently has 60 councillors who represent 22 wards across the Borough (population 131,500).Each ward is represented by either two or three councillors and each councillor is elected for a four-year term of office.
 
Currently, every three out of four years a third of Councillors stand for election/re-election, this is called 'elections by thirds'.
 
Under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, the Borough Council has the power to change its electoral arrangements to 'whole council elections' which would mean that all seats on the Council would be elected at the same time once every four years.
 
An Electoral Review of Elmbridge Borough Council is currently being undertaken by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England in order to consider reducing the number of Councillors.
 
In authorities that have elections by thirds, the Commission is required to start reviews with a presumption of delivering a uniform pattern of three Councillor Wards.
 
The Council is considering a possible move to whole council elections to enable changes in Ward configuration and a reduction in the number of Councillors. If approved, the earliest date to hold whole council elections would be May 2016

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team, telephone 01372 474124, email corporatepolicy@elmbridge.gov.uk

HAVE YOUR SAY 2: LOCAL TRANSPORT REVIEW
 
Surrey County Council is reviewing its spending on all the services provided for the county’s residents.
 
One of those services is local transport where the council currently spends around £8.9m a year subsidising public buses, one of the highest spends in South East England. They also spend £640,000 per year on Community Transport and £8.7m on concessionary fares, including some extra discretionary concessions for people with disabilities.
They are therefore carrying out a review of local transport services in the county, with the aim of making significant savings in this area over the next three years. The views of residents and partners will from a key part the review, and Surrey County Council have therefore launched a consultation. Residents can submit their views via the online survey at https://www.surreysays.co.uk/e-i-directorate-programme-group/local-transport-review.  A hard copy of the survey will also be available, from early November, from libraries, district and borough and parish council buildings and bus stations. The consultation will run from now until 14 January 2015. Plans will only be drawn up after residents, partners, bus-user groups and other stakeholders have had their say.
 
The review will focus on the following three aspects of local transport.
•        The council’s subsidy of all local bus services.
•        The provision of community transport in the county, and how this can be made more commercial.
•        SCC-funded discretionary concessions, i.e.: free travel for disabled person’s pass holders at all times (the statutory requirement is between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday-Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays); and companion passes issued to qualifying Surrey residents (already disabled or older person’s pass holders) who cannot travel without assistance, enabling free travel for a friend, carer or relative.
 
The aim of the review is to make savings while maintaining the services that residents rely on most, such as services that get people to work, hospitals and schools.
Alongside consulting with residents and other stakeholders, the review will also include development in the following areas:
•        Better procurement of local bus contracts
•        Better use of developer contributions to support services
•        Joint marketing with bus operators to increase the viability of Surrey’s bus market.
 
Further information about the review and proposed savings can be found at http://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=3689.
 

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HINCHLEY WOOD SCHOOL ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Following representations from parents and other interested parties, the Office of the Schools Adjudicator has ruled in favour of the school's proposals giving pupils from designated feeder schools priority over those who may live closer.  The full determination can be seen here.

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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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NEW NATURAL PLAY TRAIL



The first pieces of Elmbridge Countryside team’s new natural play trail on the Esher commons have been completed. 

As you venture out of the woods from the car park on Copsem Lane, you will come across a clearing with an array of unusual and intriguing wooden play equipment including a climbing wall made from trees brought down in the winter storms, a network of balance beams and an oversize wooden mushroom carved from a tree trunk.
 
Designed and built with natural materials from the commons, the play equipment invites children to use their imagination and initiative to explore the intricate and fascinating structure. They can balance on trunk beams or ‘capture the castle’ by climbing around the natural trunk wall. Special hand holds have been created to enable children to climb around the inside of the stack but for those wanting to avoid dizzy heights, the lower part of the stack offers a great place where to play, hide or dream of an imaginary world.
 
If you venture towards the top off the hill, you can clamber under, through and on the network of tree trunks into a clearing where children are invited to let their imagination go wild and build their own den. They can choose from the wide range of natural materials in the woods and make it a very special place where to have fun or rest.
 
While continuing your walk further, you can create your own scavenger hunt and explore the Esher commons.
 
Although the hilly terrain offers bags of fun, it can get muddy in wet weather. The fallen trees and wooden beams to climb on may also get muddy and slippery when wet.
 
How to get there: Park in Copsem Lane car park, off Copsem Lane, Esher, KT10 9HH. With the car park behind you take the left hand path, go over the left hand plank bridge and follow the left hand fork. Go up the hill 25 m and as the area opens up, you will come across a clearing where you will find the start of the trail.
 
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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

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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 27th October 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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