Elmbridge Council Hangs in the Balance
Our local elections are taking place amid turbulent times nationally. Elmbridge Conservatives are as frustrated as our residents at all the political wrangling in Westminster, but locally we are getting on with the job you elected us to do.
Since regaining control of Elmbridge Borough Council last year we have focused on making a difference. Our achievements in the last 12 months include:
- Better bin collections: thanks to our relentless pressure, the contractor has improved the service
- Value for money: £15m of cost savings over the last 10 years. Since last May we’ve cut the number of paid jobs for councillors
- Affordable homes: Around 100 new affordable homes this council year
- Free tennis: We scrapped the Lib Dem/residents’ associations unpopular tennis court charges
- Travellers: Within months of taking office we secured a 3‐year High Court injunction banning unauthorised traveller encampments
The Council is on a knife‐edge with 24 Conservatives and 24 seats for other parties. Your support at this election will ensure that Elmbridge continues under Conservative control and help build on the progress we have made over the past year. We have so much still to do, and with your support we will deliver:
- Protection for our environment: Our new Local Plan will deliver much-need housing without sacrificing our Green Belt
- Support for our High Streets: We will set up a working group to identify new ways the council can help our struggling traders
- Excellent services: We will continue to strive for even high standards in our services, with a relentless focus on eliminating waste
- Listening to residents: We will continue to hold 'town hall' meetings so we can hear your views and work with you to improve our borough.
Conservatives are fielding candidates in all 16 wards. Click on your local candidate to find out more about them and what they will do for you. They are:
Claygate - Mark Sugden
Cobham & Downside - Dorothy Mitchell
Esher & Hersham Riverside - Richard John
Hersham Village - Mary Sheldon
Hinchley Wood & Weston Green - Geoff Herbert
Long Ditton - Claudia Riley-Hards
Molesey East - Xingang Wang
Molesey West - John Gould
Oatlands & Burwood Park - Hilary Butler
Oxshott & Stoke d'Abernon - David Lewis
Thames Ditton - Rory Simpson
Walton Central - Kristopher Januszajtis-Neale
Walton North - Rachael Lake
Walton South - Chris Cross
Weybridge Riverside - Paul Wood
Weybridge St Georges Hill - John O'Reilly
The stakes are high. If we lose just one seat it would mean the return of the eight party 'coalition of chaos' of the Liberal Democrats and seven political residents associations.
Last time, they used their majority to increase their taxpayer-funded allowances by 12.4%. The introduced a 'tennis tax', charging residents to use the Council’s tennis courts. When the Conservative administration recently scrapped this tax, the opposition voted to keep the charges.
Despite pledging to protect the Green Belt, the Council while under coalition control, consulted on a proposal to build thousands of homes on the Green Belt. They planned the free Saturday parking in our town centre parks to end last year. A few months ago their councillors voted against a Conservative motion to extend this free parking until at least June.
Conservatives are a locally-focused, united team getting things done. Please vote on 2nd May to keep Elmbridge in safe hands.