David Lewis was elected a Conservative councillor for Oxshott and Stoke d'Abernon at a by-election on 12 July 2018.
He has lived in Stoke d’Abernon for 30 years and is married with children. He was a senior manager for multi-national oil company until he retired last year, and now has time to devote to the role of councillor as well as practical skills and experience from years in industry.
David's six point plan for the ward includes taking a sensible approach to town planning, addressing concerns about traffic congestion and speeding, improving safety at Blundel Lane railway bridge and promoting community spirit with new signage and other initiatives. First and foremost David will be committed to protecting the green belt in Oxshott and Stoke d'Abernon, which had been consulted on for building thousands of houses by the previous Liberal Democrat and Residents Association administration.
He says: "I am committed to protect our precious open spaces. I understand the sensitivity of planning issues and will be a listening councillor, supporting residents in their concerns whilst ensuring decisions are fair and policy compliant. There is a need for more affordable homes in Elmbridge and I will work with the council's new Conservative administration to identify sites where additional properties can be constructed without negatively impacting communities.
"Our children attended the Royal Kent School and, over the years, I have been active in numerous local organisations including the RKS fete committee, the Oxshott Scout Group, the Stoke d’Abernon Residents’ Association and Stoke d’Abernon Charities, of which I am a trustee. I have recently become a Patron of the Walton Firs Activity Centre in Cobham which provides fantastic outdoor opportunities and experiences for young people."