Elmbridge Borough Council

A third of the seats in Elmbridge were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 10 Total councillors 24 Change+3

PartyResidents' Association

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 15 Change-4

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 9 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2016

Most recent

Residents call for speed limit reduction over 'lorry damage'

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Elmbridge Council Civic Centre
Get Surrey

Homeowners along the A245 in Surrey say lorries carrying out late night deliveries to a depot are causing damage to houses.

People living on Byfleet Road want the speed limit reduced to 40mph.

Dr Joanne Horgan presented a petition to Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council Local Committee on behalf of residents.

She said: "We have a problem with lorries in the middle of the night travelling at very, very high speed along the road. The main problem is the noise which wakes us up and the physical shaking of the house, which is causing damage."

Members on the committee also said the road was dangerous for cyclists.

Councillor Ian Donaldson said: "I cycled this road with Elmbridge Cycle Group and it's very, very dangerous for cyclists, especially after the roundabout. So reducing it to 40mph and looking for a cycle lane would be very useful."

Nick Healey, Surrey County Council highways manager, said Highways England had agreed to look at improving the A245 Byfleet Road as part of their wider Wisley Interchange project for Junction 10 of the M3.

Police 'powerless' to deal with unauthorised traveller camps crime

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

David Munro, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner
Surrey County Council

Police are powerless to act on crime committed at unauthorised traveller camps unless they have the evidence to prove it, according to Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Munro said officers shared the view of residents but could not always act on intelligence about illegal activity.

This year saw an "unprecedented number" of illegal incursions on land in the county, but Mr Munro warned there was a difficult line to distinguish what was the difference between crime and anti-social behaviour.

"People expect an arrest and charge just as they would for any other crime. But on the ground the police need the evidence and it's very difficult to get that," he said, adding: "I'm fully aware that a lot of residents are very upset by what they see as crime being committed. And some are [crimes].

"Police do share their view."

But he stressed sometimes it was anti-social behaviour and not actual crime being committed.

He said it was hard for police to act on many reports as they needed evidence.

He urged residents that if they see a crime happening they need to get times and any video or photos, adding: "Typically, the first time we know about an encampment is when they are already there."

His comments were made at Surrey's police and crime panel last week, where he praised Elmbridge Borough Council.

It was granted a protective injunction in August banning the setting up of an unauthorised encampment and fly-tipping on all identified public land, meaning it does not have to obtain court orders for removals of camps.

Mr Munro has been pushing for Surrey's council leaders to set aside land to act as a transit site which can hold travellers for a certain number of days.

The neighbouring county of Sussex has three and Mr Munro said they now received a third of all Surrey's number of incursions.

Thames Ditton crossing campaign

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Cherry Jones and Danny Jones, relatives of Teresa McArdle
BBC
Cherry Jones and Danny Jones, relatives of Teresa McArdle

The nephew of a woman who died after being hit by a van as she tried to cross a busy road is continuing his campaign to get a pedestrian crossing installed.

Danny Jones believes his aunt Teresa McArdle may still be alive if action had been taken sooner to install the crossing in Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton.

Safety measures are set to be put in along the road with Surrey County Council building a refuge island.

But Mr Jones says he and his family do not feel they have been listened to as they wanted a full crossing.

Councillor John O'Reilly, chairman of the Elmbridge Local Committee, said: "Our thoughts remain with Mrs McArdle's family and we listened with great respect to their concerns when this came before the committee.

"The committee considered a number of options and as the funding has been agreed, we're planning on putting in a pedestrian island to improve safety for those crossing there. We shall of course be keeping this under close review."

In April, 32-year-old Hamza Lamnouar, of Macleod Road, Horsham, was sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Walton Birds Eye HQ set for redevelopment

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Former Birds Eye HQ
Google

A major development for the former Birds Eye headquarters in Walton-On-Thames, in Surrey, is one step closer to being finally approved.

Members of Elmbridge Borough Council's North Area Planning Sub-Committee voted to permit the application for 375 flats and to demolish the iconic 1960s listed building known as Walton Court.

The plans will now go through to the full planning committee on 30 July.

The site in Station Avenue has been derelict for nearly 10 years.

More than 100 letters of objections were received from residents living nearby.

Tories keep control in by-election victory

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

David Lewis
David Lewis
David Lewis, Conservative candidate for Elmbridge Borough Council by-election

Conservatives have retained majority control of Elmbridge Borough Council after a by-election win.

David Lewis won Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon seat on Thursday, 12 July with 1,297 votes - a 72% share of the vote.

Dorothy Ford, (Liberal Democrats) won 463 and Nicholas Wood (UK Independence Party) gained 42 votes.

The win means Tories hold 24 seats at EBC.

The Liberal Democrats and Residents Association groups hold 24 seats between them, but are not a combined coalition.

Three candidates contest Elmbridge by-election

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Nicholas Wood, UKIP candidate for Elmbridge by-election
UKIP
Nicholas Wood

Voters could tip the balance of power next week as a by-election over one seat could determine the dominant party.

The Conservatives had 24 seats on Elmbridge Borough Council, as do the Liberal Democrats and various residents' associations combined.

The resignation of one councillor now leaves the Tories with 23 seats.

The winner of the by-election for the Oxshott and Stoke d'Abernon ward next week will affect that balance either tipping one side to 25 seats or bringing them both back to 24.

David Lewis, Conservative candidate for Elmbridge Borough Council by-election
David Lewis
David Lewis

The by-election was called after Tory councillor James Vickers resigned from the post in June.

Three candidates are contesting the seat: Dorothy Ford (Liberal Democrats) David Lewis (Conservatives) Nicholas Wood (UK Independence Party UKIP).

Dorothy Ford canvassing for Elmbridge by-election in Surrey
Dorothy Ford
Dorothy Ford

No party in overall control of Elmbridge council

The Conservatives gained three seats on Elmbridge Borough Council although the council remains in no overall control.

The Lib Dems also gained one seat - all at the expense of the Residents' Association which lost four councillors.

The Conservatives are the largest party, with the same number of councillors as the Lib Dems and the Residents' Association combined.

No Ukip left in Surrey

Ukip now has no councillors in Surrey after losing their single remaining seats on Mole Valley, and Reigate and Banstead councils.

Correction 13 July 2018: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that UKIP fielded no candidates in either Tandridge, Runnymede, Woking or Elmbridge.