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2015 COUNCIL ELECTIONS

We are pleased to report that Janet Turner has been re-elected, taking 78% of the votes cast, against 22% for the Conservative candidate.  On a turnout of 73%, this means that the Residents Association candidate has been supported by an absolute majority of the local electorate, not just of those who voted, which will strengthen the case against the current adminstration's proposals to remove Hinchley Wood's status as an independent ward.

The votes cast were as follows:
Janet Turner (HWRA) 2208
Wang Xingan (Conservative) 632

Janet's election address can be viewed here.



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ELMBRIDGE CARVES UP  HINCHLEY WOOD WARD
 
If current proposals go through, Hinchley Wood's electors will join either Long Ditton or Weston Green, and the voice of Hinchley Wood residents on the council will be weakened significantly.   One of the three statutory criteria which the Commission must follow is that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities, which the current proposal blatantly does not. 

To find out more, visit the Local Government Boundary Commission's consultation portal at http://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/.

For further information on the background to warding patterns, see pages 20 -23 and 27 - 28 of the Technical Guidance at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/10391/electoral-review-guidance-august-2012.pdf.

The HWRA submission to the Boundary Commission can be read here.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING/ COUNCIL ELECTION

At this year’s Annual General Meeting  held on Thursday 12 March, Councillor Janet Turner was re-adopted to contest the local government election on 7th May on behalf of Hinchley Wood Residents Association.  In 2016 there will be new elections for all the seats on Elmbridge Borough Council, following the boundary view (see above). 

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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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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 19th May 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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