Hersham Community Council (the HCC) – campaign outcome

By | December 9, 2018

Campaigners have been promoting the creation of a community council for Hersham for over 2 years. Following the collection of over 750 petition signatures in favour of the proposal, Elmbridge Council carried of a formal review – the results from which were put to the full council at Elmbridge for discussion on 5th December.

However, the feedback from local residents who responded to the review was not overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal, and a majority did not want a community council created. After a short discussion, it was unanimously confirmed that a community council would not be created. The councillors representing Hersham acknowledged the work of the HCC Steering Group and recognised that HCC supporters would be disappointed.

Supporting the HRA

Whilst the HRA is entirely voluntary and has only minimal resources compared to a Parish or Community Council – it can if well supported do some useful things that a community council would have done. It has been suggested that those who would like to see some of the benefits of a community council, but at a fraction of the cost, should join the HRA.

Please CLICK HERE to become a member or join our growing mailing list of local people who would just like to keep in touch with the HRA by receiving very occasional email news and updates. The HRA is not political and would welcome more members and others added to our ‘occasional mailing list’ to help us stay in touch with the community.

Public Meeting Friday 7th December to discuss threats to county council services in Hersham

By | November 8, 2018

At the last HRA meeting potential Surrey County Council cuts to key services in Hersham were discussed, there was particular concern about the library and the children’s centre.

It was suggested that people concerned about this should come to the following public meeting where these matters will be discussed: –

FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER, 2018 : HERSHAM DAY CENTRE, QUEENS ROAD, HERSHAM : DOORS OPEN 6.45 P.M. MEETING STARTS 7.15 P.M.

Threats to the local fire brigade and bus passes will also be discussed, and there will be an update on Hersham Village Hall.  The meeting is being organised and supported by our local politicians and all Hersham councillors will be attending. 

Please tell your neighbours or anyone affected by these cuts and please attend if you can – all will be welcome.

 

Next HRA meeting 6th November 2018

By | November 1, 2018

The next HRA committee meeting will be held from 7.30 – 9.00 on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at the Watermans Arms function room, all are welcome – whether you are an HRA member or not. The agenda will include updates on Turners Lane, the Village Hall, the Community Council consultation, and any key local planning issues.

Response to the Elmbridge Borough consultation on the possible creation of a community council for Hersham

By | November 1, 2018

Based on the feedback we have received, the vast majority of our members are in favour of the creation of a community council for Hersham, and the HRA response reflected this view.

We see a community council as a way of delivering the aims of the HRA in a much more effective way through a body with an official status that can help provide community cohesion and raise a small amount of funding for use locally.

Although there are those who understandably do not want to pay more council tax, our impression is that the most Hersham residents are in favour of creating a community council when the arguments are clearly explained; in particular, when it is made clear that money raised in Hersham would be spent in Hersham to provide grants or small scale services, improvements or programmes which would not otherwise be provided by the borough or county.

The HRA’s full response to this very important consultation on Hersham’s future is available here 

The response includes the above text and provides some further details and more background.

Have your say on the community council before the deadline 23 Oct at 5.00pm

By | October 21, 2018

The deadline for making comments on the consultation about the possible creation of a Community Council (HCC) for Hersham is 23th October at 5.00pm. Click here to make comments online or email electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk quoting your name and address.

Whatever your views are – please take part in the consultation – this is a very important piece of local democracy for Hersham and it is important that you have your say.  For more information from the group promoting arguments in favour of Hersham having a community council visit the Hersham Community Council website here: See Hersham Community Council Website and explanatory leaflet

Residents of Hersham, and people who work in Hersham can express their views as part of the consultation.

For further background visit www.elmbridge.gov.uk/hershamconsult – also here is a link to Elmbridge’s on-line comment option – (the ‘make comments on-line’ option is from the green hyperlinked text   )

Elmbridge also state that they will make available for public inspection full copies of all representations.

HRA Response to the Turners Lane rights of way Inquiry

By | October 1, 2018

The HRA’s response to the above inquiry can be downloaded here.

The response includes a general overview and refers to testimonies from individuals which are also likely to be submitted – these will be IMPORTANT in determining the inquiry.

So, if you have used Turners Lane, particularly from 2001 to 2006 – your submission is still needed, and the HRA would encourage you to respond as soon as you can during October, so it will be in good time to be considered by the inquiry on the 4th December 2018.

We understand that your individual submissions will be particularly valuable if you can cover the following points:

  • When did you used Turners Lane i.e. how often / approximate dates etc?
  • How did you use the lane i.e. by foot bicycle, horseback etc?
  • Why did you use the lane i.e. recreational walk etc or access to the kennels/ stables etc – include any memories of accessing Whiteley Village / Cobham etc
  • What was the condition of the lane especially beyond the kennels?

Please email any responses to: Clive.Richards@pins.gsi.gov.uk

– otherwise send by post to: –

SCC Restricted byway No 41. ROW/3194376
Mr Clive Richards
Rights of Way Case Officer & Charting Officer
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/G Hawk Wing,
Temple Quay House
2 The Square, temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN

The 2018 HRA Sunflower Competition Winner

By | September 30, 2018

Although sunflowers have been less numerous this year, we have a very worthy winner with a 3 meters 24 cms sunflower grown in a front garden on the Burwood Road.  Mr Ned Ruffle (92) is a veteran sunflower grower and his efforts were rewarded with a £25 voucher from Squires.

Sunflower 2018 winner

The HRA would like to thank Squires for their continuing generous support for the Hersham Sunflower Competition.

 

 

 

 

HRA meeting from 7.00 to 8.00pm on Thursday 20th September 2018

By | September 17, 2018

The next HRA committee meeting will be held from 7.00 – 8.00 on Thursday 20th September 2018 at the Watermans Arms function room, all are welcome – whether you are an HRA member or not. The main items on the agenda will be an update and discussion on Turners Lane, and also on the Village Hall following an Elmbridge meeting about this on the 19th September.

The HRA meeting from 7.00 – 8.00 will precede the separate Hersham Community Council (HCC) meeting at 8.00 (see the post below). This arrangement will make it easier for those wanting to attend both meetings.

Creation of a Community Council (HCC) for Hersham

By | September 12, 2018

The group promoting the creation of a Community Council (HCC) for Hersham are holding weekly informal drop in sessions on Thursdays at the Watermans Arms function room from 8.00. The sessions will continue during the consultation which Elmbridge are running (which ends on 23th October). All are very welcome to come along to listen, ask questions and discuss issues and queries about the initiative and the consultation.

At the last drop in meeting a second edition of an HCC newsletter was made available for delivery in Hersham. This is intended to set out the key points and clearly explain some of the arguments in favour of Hersham having a community council. An advance (electronic) version of the leaflet is available on the Hersham Community Council website here: See Hersham Community Council Website and explanatory leaflet

Residents of Hersham, and people who work in Hersham can express their views as part of the consultation by one of the following options: -

1) via the Council’s website: www.elmbridge.gov.uk/hershamconsult link to Elmbridge’s on-line comment option – (then click on the green hyperlinked text ‘make comments on-line’)

2) by emailing electoral@elmbridge.gov.uk

3) by writing to:
Ms. B. Greenstein, Head of Democratic Services
Elmbridge Borough Council
Civic Centre
High Street
Esher
Surrey KT10 9SD

All responses for and against must arrive no later than 5pm on Tuesday 23 October 2018

Your name and address should be stated clearly on any representations submitted, any representations submitted anonymously will not be taken into account. Elmbridge also state that they will make available for public inspection full copies of all representations it takes into account as part of this review.

Your Voice Matters – Elmbridge event in Hersham

By | September 12, 2018

This is an informal drop-in session where Councillors, partners and relevant Elmbridge Officers will be available to speak to local residents, followed by a presentation and Q&A session with the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council, Councillor Tim Oliver at 7.30pm.

Use the link below to book onto your local Your Voice Matters event in Hersham on Monday 1 October at Hersham Centre for the Community. There are also opportunities to follow and ask questions on-line – see http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/council/my-elmbridge/