Hersham Village Hall

By | July 31, 2017

An HRA communication to Elmbridge Borough Council concerning the village hall closure can be downloaded here.  The HRA understands from the response that the Council had no option but to close the Hall in light of safety concerns – and that all options going forward will be reviewed in September.  It has also been clarified that any proposals arising are to be subject to general consultation, and that the consultation process would include the HRA.


Hersham Community Council Campaign and petition

By | July 9, 2017


The group pushing for a community council for Hersham has started delivery of leaflets and information about the campaign and petition.  For those who have not yet seen the details;

Click on the following link to find out more

HRA responses to Consultations – including Drake Park Appeal Comments

By | June 27, 2017

The recent HRA response to the Drake Park planning appeal can be accessed here in the HRA responses to consultations tab along with all other HRA responses. (this tab and various other useful tabs can also found on the RHS of this webpage).

Hersham Village Hall and Centre for the Community (Day Centre) Closure / New plans? / Maintenance issues etc

By | June 27, 2017


The following item has been posted recently on Elmbridge B Council’s website see: –

Hersham Village Hall and Hersham Centre for the Community

The article refers to both buildings having complex mechanical and electrical installations which are at the end of their useful life and as such have an impact on the fire integrity of the buildings.

Elmbridge BC say they will  …. “bring forward plans in the Autumn to the relevant stakeholders to re-provide an enhanced facility as part of longer term plans for the Hersham Village Hall site.  In the meantime, work will commence to the Hersham Centre for the Community and it will reopen as soon as possible.   We apologise for the immediate nature of this decision but the safety of our residents has to be our primary focus”

Any comments please do post on the HRA facebook page

Feature on Hersham and Walton Foodbank

By | June 7, 2017

At the 2017 HRA AGM Nina Malyon gave an excellent talk about her work as Manager of Hersham and Walton Food Bank which has its main store in Falkners Road Hersham.

It was suggested that this deserved a separate post on the HRA Blog to help highlight the excellent work which its dedicated volunteers carry out – made possible by generous donations from the public.

It was explained that food is distributed to individuals and families etc on the basis of referrals from other agencies so that it can be targeted to those who need help through difficult periods when for a range of reasons money is tight.

Some of the statistics referenced during the talk highlight the scale of the operation.

Foodbank usage in Hersham and Walton for the financial year 1/4/16 – 31/3/17

  • 1,299 people were fed in this period.
    • 800 adults and 499 children.
  • 519 three day emergency food supplies were issued in the period.

During the same period (2016 – 2017) figures released from the Trussell Trust show that 1,182,954 food parcels were issued nationally.

Walton and Hersham foodbank is supported by Walton Charity and St Peters Church.

Email: info@waltonhersham.foodbank.org.uk (checked Mon & Weds only)

There web address for more information is: www.waltonhersham.foodbank.org.uk  You can follow them on Twitter at: @WaltonHershamfb and do look out for their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/waltonhershamfoodbank

Update from the HRA AGM on 18 April 2017

By | May 27, 2017

The HRA’s AGM and public meeting went very well and as normal provided a good opportunity to catch up on HRA activity and discuss matters of interest or concern for Hersham and its residents.  After the meeting there was an excellent speaker on the Hersham and Walton foodbank.

Minutes from the meeting are available here: –  Minutes from 18 May 2017 AGM.  A copy of the Chair’s report (as distributed at the meeting) can be downloaded here: – AGM Chairs Report 2017

The HRA objectives referred to at the AGM for comment can be downloaded here: – Objectives for 2017 18 for reference at the 2017 AGM

See our most recent Spring 2017 newsletter

By | April 21, 2017

The HRA April 2017 newsletter includes details of the AGM on 18 May at the WI Hall Burhill Road – to which members and non members are very welcome; (current members were sent a copy of the newsletter by post).

The newsletter includes details of the Hersham Sunflower Competition – it’s not too late to plant a seed.  If you want to promote the competition amongst you neighbours and friends – the relevant details can be downloaded separately here: Sunflower flyer for 2017



HRA response to the Elmbridge Local Plan Consultation

By | February 24, 2017

HRA response to the EBC local plan consultation – Feb 24th 2017

The Hersham Residents Association’s response to the Elmbridge Borough Council local plan consultation can be downloaded here.

Many thanks to those who contributed by emailing views and suggestions and committee members who helped shape the response.

No doubt there will be further discussions and debate as Elmbridge Council develop their local plan proposals on the basis of feedback received.

The HRA will try to stay engaged with the process, so further views on this issue from Hersham residents would be welcome. Please mailto:info@hershamresidents.info.  Alternatively, why not post any thoughts on our HRA facebook page.

David Lock
for the HRA

Email Elmbridge Planning with your opinions about building on the green land bordering Queens Rd.

By | February 22, 2017

Green corridor2 .

 Email: planningpolicy@elmbridge.gov.uk

You don’t have to log in to the Elmbridge site to have your opinion recorded.. Just drop them an email.

The government has ordered Elmbridge Council to prepare plans to permit 9,000 new homes to be built in the borough. Elmbridge has tabled its consultation proposal for comment, by 4 pm on Friday 24 February.The Council proposal is available at Elmbridge Borough Council Consultations – Strategic Options Consultation – Consultation Homepage.
In summary, the Report proposes as the preferred option, major housing development on three large sites bordering Cobham, Oxshott and Fairmile . Residents of those communities have objected in large numbers to those proposals.The Report also identifies a number of secondary sites for release and development, including greenbelt land on Queen’s Road bordering Burwood Park. Given the large numbers of objections on the other main sites, at least one one councillor has noted that the Queens Road sites are now his preferred option.Don’t lets risk losing this corridor of green. It’s a vital element of the local visual amenity, and it’s loss would be tragic.

HRA to discuss their response to the proposed local plan – why not join them to find out more?

By | January 23, 2017

The HRA committee discussed the new local plan at its last meeting and decided to meet again during the Elmbridge local plan exhibition event on Thursday 26 January 7-9pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher to help finalise the HRA  response.  (Whilst the Elmbridge deadline has just been extended until 24 February, we would still like to hear views from Hersham residents as soon as possible.)

Please do attend and join them – link up at the meeting by emailing info@hershamresidents.info

See our previous post about the local plan for more details and links to this important consultation.

Our concerns so far relate to:

  • the scale of housing required (nearly 10,000 units by 2035) and the impact on infrastructure – particularly traffic but also schools and health services
  • questions about how reasonable the targets are for Elmbridge bearing in mind that much of the green belt under consideration across the Borough is land which should have been eliminated at the outset as impossible to develop in view of its protected status, for example common land and land of special scientific interest etc
  • the future use of land either side of the Queens Road before and after Sir Richards Bridge Roundabout – this wooded area currently provides a break in what would otherwise become in the view of many of our committee – unchecked urban sprawl
  • the document examining small scale parcels of land in Hersham itself which seems to make early judgements about the use and value of the land – apparently seeming to pre-judge the wider consultation; views from Hersham residents which we can feed back to Elmbridge would be valuable.