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

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 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.

‘My Elmbridge’ event in EBC council officers Esher

By | January 12, 2017

This EBC event provides an opportunity to hear from EBC about their priorities and challenges and ask questions of the leader of the council.  This year it is on the 18th January - click here for details of the event

Next HRA committee meeting 19th January

By | January 11, 2017

Our next meeting is coming up soon – an agenda has not yet been finalised, so any views, concerns or queries about Hersham, ideas for improvement or innovation would be welcome. Any ideas about how the HRA could do things differently and better would also be useful.

If you would be interested in attending the next meeting you would be very welcome, please email info@hershamresidents.info

Possible agenda items gathered so far include:-

  • the EBC local plan and what implications it might have for Hersham
  • a suggestion to create a Hersham Christmas lights competition for Dec 2017
  • CIL grant applications
  • local planning matters
  • an HRA newsletter

A new Local Plan for the Elmbridge

By | January 8, 2017

Elmbridge is currently consulting on a new local plan.  This is a really important document which sets out priorities and future strategy for housing, leisure and business in the Borough.  Elmbridge residents are being asked to give their views and the HRA will be responding from a Hersham perspective.

To help us do this we would like any views from Hersham residents to help us create a response before the deadline of 10 February.  If you have any comments please send these to info@hershamresidents.info by the start of February if you can.  The key thing to look at is the Strategic Options Consultation Document – but for more background click the link in the following webpage:


There will also be public exhibitions at the following venues in January and  February when residents will have the chance to find out more about the proposals.  Any feedback from people who have attended one of these events would be very valuable.

– Tuesday 10 January 7-9pm Weybridge Library Lecture Hall (1st floor)
– Wednesday 11 January 7-9pm Cobham Community Centre
– Thursday 19 January 7-9pm Hinchley Wood Secondary School
– Monday 23 January 7-9pm Cecil Hepworth Playhouse (Walton)
– Thursday 26 January 7-9pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher
– Saturday 4 February 10-2pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher

HRA Drake Park Comments

By | November 19, 2016

HRA’s comments on the Drake Park application to build over 1000 housing units on the border of Hersham generated much discussion at the last committee meeting. The HRA response can be downloaded here drake-park-pdf (or hra-response-to-drake-park-application-november-2016)

Family Santa Run 3rd Dec in Hersham

By | November 19, 2016

There are various events and activities planned in Hersham this Christmas which the HRA will be highlighting / signposting on the Hersham Hub and elsewhere as and when information is provided, so watch this space. For example EBC has asked the HRA to spread the word about a family Santa Run – this year in Coronation Recreation Ground – it sounds great fun and well worth supporting – click family-santa-run-2016 for further details.