Vicki Macleod for Weybridge in the Surrey Elections 4th May 2017

On Thursday 4th May, you have a  chance to elect a new councillor to represent Weybridge on Surrey County Council.

Your local Liberal Democrat candidate is long term Weybridge resident Vicki Macleod.

You may know Vicki from her work in our local community, perhaps from her five years chairing the Friends of The Weybridge Centre charity. or as a school governor.

Vicki‘s priority is to give Weybridge a stronger voice for better delivery of the services local people need, including:

  • Better maintained and safer local roads and pavements
  • Local school places for Weybridge children
  • Responsible budget management by Surrey County Council

Many people see Surrey County Council as remote and inefficient with its history of mismanagement. Vicki will work with other councillors to put pressure on the administration for more effective financial management and for budgets that reflect local needs.  Her longer term aim is to see some of the services currently run by Surrey brought into local Elmbridge control.

Read more at elmbridgelibdems.org.uk

 

British Government orders Green Belt Review

Green Belt CountrysideAs many of you will know, the British Government has told the English boroughs to review their Green Belts with a view to opening land for development.  If a borough refuses to do so then the British government has said it will take direct control.

This has left the Liberal Democrat led Elmbridge administration little option but to revise our own local plan.  We wish to built a broad local approach and the Conservative opposition has been very much involved in every stage of the development.

Before we can agree a new local plan we have to pass though a number of stages and we need you to help in that process so we have published a strategic options consultation.   The document asks many questions and raises a number of issues.

We want to consult as widely as possible and will use every available means to engage with the public.  Part of this process is to have a number of consultations at various stages in the drafting of the plan.  The first drop in sessions will be at:

7pm – 9pm, Monday, 23 January at the Playhouse, Walton
7pm – 9pm, Thursday, 26 January at the Civic Centre, Esher
10am – 2pm, Saturday, 4 February at the Civic Centre, Esher

The events will consist of exhibition boards where the headlines of the consultation document will be displayed.  The evidence base documents supporting the consultation will also be available to review and representatives from Elmbridge’s planning policy team will be on-hand to answer any of your questions.

Your can attend any of the events.  The exhibition will be borough-wide, that is not specific to any particular town.

This process is subject to the agreement to the borough’s council  on Wednesday, 7 December

Support the Weybridge Singing Group

singingThe Weybridge Centre for the Community is looking for a volunteer to lead a fun and informal singing group who is comfortable with leading all types of songs. The group runs fortnightly on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 11am.

The centre is  also looking for more singers of any ability to join the group. If you are interested in joining or volunteering, please get in touch by calling Chris, Weybridge Centre Manager, on 01932 844391 or email weybridgecentre@elmbridge.gov.uk for further information.

Discover Local Woodlands with Free October Countryside Events

woodlandChildren and adults alike will have plenty to do in the countryside in October with a programme of events packed with fun activities to discover the local wildlife and to get to grips with useful outdoor skills like den building and orienteering.

Friday 14 October, 10.30am – 11.30am, Toddler Time in the Wild, Make a hedgehog and hunt for food for it. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, KT10 9JQ

Sunday 16 October, 10am – 12 noon, Fungi Walk. Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Monday 24 October, 10am – 12 noon, Den Building, Can you build a den that can withstand the elements? Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Saturday 29 October, drop in between 10am and 11.30am, event finishes at 12.30pm
Try one of the five permanent orienteering courses on the commons. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, KT10 9JQ

Saturday 29 October, 2pm – 3.30pm, Shelter Belt Walk, Find out about management and future plans for the A3 shelter belt. Sandy Lane car park, Sandy Lane, nearest postcode KT22 0NX

For more information about the October countryside events, please contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474575, email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit the Elmbridge website.

Thames Byfleet Cycleway

Heath RoadThe Liberal Democrats along with its allies in the new coalition administration agreed in cabinet today to proceed with studies to facilitate a path/cycleway alongside the Heath from the station to Brooklands Lane.  This land is held in common and is therefore heavily protected so any proposal with have to be very sensitive to the green space.

Campaigners have been seeking such a development for over two decades and there is still more work to come.

You can check the details here.

Proms Live! 2016

Proms LiveProms Live 2016 will take place at Churchfields Recreation Ground, Weybridge at 7-9:30pm on Friday, 24 June.

Proms Live follows on from the hugely successful Proms in the Park last summer.  Elmbridge and the R C Sherriff (whose aim is to advance and develop the arts in Elmbridge) are again working in partnership to showcase some of the best music in the Borough. The programme will feature guest artists 1st Claygate Scout and Guide Band, The Promenade Choir, Rebecca Lacey and the Elmbridge Youth Theatre.

Audience members are encouraged to come along with friends, family and bring a picnic.  Tickets cost £10 per person and are available now on the Elmbridge Borough website and will be available at the entrance of the event on the night, paid for in cash only.  Booking tickets and more information can be found at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture.

Leisure Live

Leisure liveThis year’s Leisure Live event will be at 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturday, 9 July. Leisure Live is now in its sixth year.  Its main aims are to introduce residents and visitors to a variety of activities available in Elmbridge including local arts, culture and sports.

There is already an exciting line up of activities and there are still more to be added. Here is a taste of what is happening on the day:

  • Health Hub and Snack Attack
  • Pilates, Yoga and fitness taster sessions
  • Multi sports, Playball, Able Karate
  • British Shooting and Olympic Champion
  • Cobham, Esher and Reeds Rugby
  • Whitely Village cricket Club
  • Hersham Golf Club
  • Arts and crafts with Shout!
  • Elmbridge Museum
  • Let’s Talk Elmbridge
  • Bootcamps, gyms and running clubs
  • Music, dance, singing as part of Storm the Stage
  • Burhill Children’s Centre activities
  • Hersham Community Centre activity and tea, coffee and cake
  • Games and face painting
  • And much more…..

This is a free that event will be held at Hersham Green, Burwood Road, Hersham.

For more information please see events page online. http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/events/event.htm?pk_events=5448

How well do you know Weybridge?

You might recognise the High Street but how well do you know the rest of the town?

If you have not been able to catch every videoed location – this is a quick view of them all.

Make a list of all your answers and then enter them here.  To win you need to enter. Remember the tie breaker at the end.

The answers will be given out after the election.   Good Luck.