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Since 2016, Hinchley Wood and Weston Green have been combined in a new ward.

HWRA has worked closely with Thames Ditton and Weston Green Residents' Association to ensure that residents of the new ward continue to enjoy the benefits of having Residents Association councillors.

All three seats in the new ward were won by Residents candidates in the all-out election held in 2016. The system returned to the normal 'election by thirds' pattern in 2018.  Nigel Haig-Brown and Janet Turner were re-elected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.  Following a one year extension of her term, Tannia Shipley stood down at the May 2021 elections and Gill Coates was returned to serve until 2024.  Nigel Haig-Brown stood down at the 2022 election, and James Crawshaw was elected in his place.

Hinchley Wood and Weston Green Ward Councillors

Gill Coates ( Thames Ditton and Weston Green RA ), James Crawshaw and Janet Turner

Your residents councillors live in the ward, know it intimately, and are always on hand to deal with residents' questions and concerns.

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Janet Turner

Councillor Mrs Turner is the Hinchley Wood Residents Association Group Leader.

She was born in Hersham in the late thirties, and attended local schools. She and her husband Roy moved to Hinchley Wood in 1983. Apart from a career break as full time mother to her two children, Janet has worked in the accounts department at a local electrical engineering company, in the finance/audit and marketing departments of the Milk Marketing Board, and in the NHS.

Since becoming a councillor in 1995, her principal aim has been to keep Hinchley Wood a green and pleasant place in which to live, by maintaining a keen interest in the issues relating to land development planning, flooding and crime prevention, local amenities and services. In addition she is involved with community groups looking after the environment and with local traders organizing social events.

Janet has served on all the main Council committees. As the portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, she became very involved with the procurement of the new Excel Leisure Complex, which was built seven weeks ahead of schedule and on budget. She was also involved with the decision to support Mercedes Benz World and the construction of the 60 acre Brooklands Country Park – at no cost to the taxpayer – and the highly acclaimed Heart Centre at Walton on Thames.

The protection of the environment is at the top of her agenda. She is a keen advocate of recycling, composting, walking or cycling instead of using the car and the economical use of all energy sources. She believes strongly in the preservation of the green belt, and welcomes the new commons management plans which have been agreed with English Nature after a lot of hard negotiating. She has been closely involved in many planning issues since becoming a Councillor, notably the successful campaign to overturn a planning application by the McDonalds fast food group, and the housing development of the Lynwood site, which was one of the largest projects seen in Hinchley Wood since its foundation.

Janet was a governor of Hinchley Wood Primary School for many years.

In 2012 (the Queen's Jubilee and Olympic year), Janet was Mayor Elmbridge. Her personal interests are cycling, keeping fit and healthy, skiing, badminton, reading, interior decoration, sewing, world travel, and spending time with her children and grand children.

From 2016 to 2018, and again since 2019, she  has been Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, responsible for Arts & Culture; Sport & Leisure; Parks & Recreation; Promoting Healthy Lifestyles; Youth; Children's Issues (including Member Champion for Child Protection); Museums; Public Halls; Cemeteries; Tourism; and Public Conveniences. Following the 2019 election, she was appointed Deputy Leader of the Council, as well as resuming the role of Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture and sitting on the Licensing and Main Planning Committees.

2 Montgomery Avenue
Hinchley Wood
KT10 9BB
Tel: 020 8398 1565

James Crawshaw

After moving to Hinchley Wood in 2006 James became a road representative for our local Residents Association. This gave him the opportunity to get to know his neighbours better and become more informed of local affairs. He has never harboured ambitions to enter politics, but when Nigel Haig-Brown, one of our long-serving borough councillors decided to stand down, James offered to stand in his place.

As Elmbridge Borough Council looks after planning permission, refuse collection, the local environment, recreational facilities and services for the elderly and vulnerable, it really has an outsized impact on residents’ wellbeing. That is why local matters are best decided by local people, not apparatchiks controlled by national party headquarters. Residents’ Association councillors are free of party politics and act in your interests. In our ward, they have done so honestly and reliably for nearly 90 years.

As one of our ward councillor team, James will work to ensure that all new development is appropriate and sustainable while preserving our precious green belt and open spaces.He will promote local shops and community facilities including those that support the elderly and vulnerable and those that provide young people with the opportunities needed to reach their full potential. Living in the ward, he has the best interests of his fellow residents at heart.


2 Hinchley Close
Hinchley Wood
KT10 0BY
Tel: 07500 688 632



The results for the election held on the 5th of May were as follows

James CRAWSHAW, Hinchley Wood / Weston Green Residents' Associations, 1669

Liz AMBEKAR, Liberal Democrats, 588

Xingang WANG, Conservative, 347

The turnout was 41.1%.

We once again thank residents for their continued support of their Residents' councillors. 

On the Council as a whole, the Conservatives lost four seats and the Liberal Democrats gained 4. As a result of the election (and of changes of allegiance since the last election), Residents and Independents now have 22 seats, the Liberal Democrats 13 and the Conservatives 13. It is therefore expected that the Residents-led administration formed after the 2019 election will continue in office, with  Liberal Democrat support.

HWRA Councillors since the formation of Elmbridge Borough Council

1973 Mr L Bailey, Mr W Gibson, Mr N McMahon

1974  Mr R Sadler, Mr W Gibson, Mr N Mc Mahon

1982  Mr E Sellers, Mr W Gibson, Mr N Mc Mahon

1984  Mr B Chesover, Mr W Gibson, Mr N Mc Mahon

1988  Mr B Chesover, Mr W Gibson, Mr C Harvey

1990  Mr B Chesover, Mr W Gibson, Mr N Phillips

1991  Mr B Chesover, Mrs E Fisher, Mr N Phillips

1992  Mr P Highley, Mrs E Fisher, Mr N Phillips

1995  Mr P Highley, Mrs J Turner, Mr N Phillips

1998  Mr A Walmsley, Mrs J Turner, Mr N Phillips

2000 [1]  Mr A Walmsley, Mrs J Turner

2004  Mr J Mulder, Mrs J Turner

2010  Mr F Dabell, Mrs J Turner

2014  Mr N Haig-Brown, Mrs J Turner

2016 [2]  Mr N Haig-Brown, Mrs J Turner, Mrs T Shipley (TD&WGRA)

2021  Mr N Haig-Brown, Mrs J Turner, Mrs G Coates  (TD&WGRA)

2022  Mr J Crawshaw, Mrs J Turner, Mrs G Coates  (TD&WGRA)

[1] Boundary changes, reduction to two councillors
[2] Boundary changes, amalgamation with Weston Green to form Hinchley Wood and Weston Green ward.



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