Osborne centralises England again

Whilst setting the national budget Chancellor Osborne announced that boroughs will have to charge higher rents to people on higher incomes.  Why does he think that he has a remit to decide what the level of social rents should be in Elmbridge?  Surely it is up to us, the people of Elmbridge, what we charge. […]

Housing Tax

More housing control from Westminster

National governments often claim that they support local democracy; however, the evidence is often otherwise. Take housing benefit – part of the £12bn in welfare savings is to be made by the national government instructing boroughs to reduce their rents.  This will save the national government £1.4bn in housing benefit by reducing rents paid to […]

Health Housing Leisure Representation Weybridge

Vicki Macleod for Weybridge North

Vicki Macleod lives in Weybridge and cares deeply about our community and local quality of life. Vicki has a strong understanding of issues faced by education, health services, social care and businesses — and she has a great record of getting things done.  Many people locally will know her as a contributor to the activities […]

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Grants available to the voluntary sector

Community organisations have until 30 January to submit applications for Elmbridge’s latest round of voluntary sector funding. Annual grants of up to £3,000 are on offer for use by voluntary, community and faith sector organisations from April 2015. Funding can be provided for equipment, project and running costs and in particular to support vulnerable groups. […]

Housing Planning

Housing in the Green Belt?

The national government has changed its policy in relation to providing new housing and planning law (for England only – the other parts of Britain have their own policies). This has meant that Elmbridge has had to reconsider its approach to housing development. Why is Elmbridge in this position? Since  Elmbridge adopted its core planning […]

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New Mayor for Elmbridge

Following his election as Mayor of Elmbridge at the annual meeting of the borough’s council on Wednesday, 4 June, Councillor Barry Fairbank has chosen to support Home-Start Elmbridge during his Mayoral Year.     Cllr Fairbank, erstwhile leader of the Liberal Democrats at the borough,  represents Long Ditton but now lives in Weybridge. Councillor Fairbank […]

Environment Housing

Green Homes

You do not have to build a straw bale home to make your life greener and save money on heating bills because throughout Surrey on 17 and 18 May 2014, inspirational eco-home owners are opening their doors to members of the public, to show how they have made their homes cheaper to heat and more […]

Environment Housing Safety

Repair and Renew Grant

If your home was internally damaged by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 you can apply for up to £5,000 to better protect your home against flooding.  This grant is administered by Surrey and is now available.  Applications can be submitted up to 30 September 2014.

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Community Infrastructure Levy

The national government’s planning inspectorate has recommended that the borough’s community infrastructure levy (CIL) be approved. This levy is a charge on some forms of new development, collected to help deliver infrastructure improvements in functions such as transport, education, health and leisure, as development comes forward.  The borough will now formally adopt the CIL.  Following this, it is expected […]