Let’s talk Elmbridge 2015
The annual Prospects and Priorities event will be held at the Civic Centre on the 13 January 2015.
This event will give residents the opportunity to find out more about Council services and spending, to hear about the Council’s plans for 2015/16 and to put their questions directly to the Leader. If you wish to attend please ensure you register with the Corporate Policy team.

A plastic bag can contaminate the recycling collection
We are urging residents to be careful with what they put into their recycling with a single plastic bag enough to contaminate an entire recycling collection. All recycling goes to the processing plant and items which are unrecyclable are hard for the machine to separate out and can clog up the system. Contamination of recycling can result in an 8 tonne dustcart load being rejected from the processing plant, costing the Council thousands of pounds each year and undoing the hard work of fellow recyclers.

Register to vote
Ensure you register to vote for this year’s elections on Thursday 7 May 2015 . The way we register to vote has changed, the new system is called Individual Electoral Registration. Under the new system everyone is responsible for registering themselves.

Funding grants for the voluntary sector
The Council is again offering Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector organisations annual grants of up to £3,000, for use between April 2015 and March 2016. Funding can be provided for equipment, project and running costs, in particular to support vulnerable groups. The application process opens closes midday Friday 30 January 2015, with successful applicants notified by April 2015.

Back to Track
Do you want to start running after a long break and could do with some advice and guidance from professional coaches?
Then ‘Back to Track’, a brand new running course starting at Walton Athletics Track, Stompond Lane, KT12 1HF on 14 January 2015 might be just what you need.

Your views on The Tilt in Cobham
Elmbridge Borough Council is seeking local residents’ views on The Tilt Conservation Area. The Tilt has an attractive group of traditional brick built cottages and houses set along informal greens with views out towards open farmland. Any comments for the consultation should be received by Friday 16 January.

Business grants available
Are you a local business owner looking for some promotions and marketing to help draw people to your business? Or working on a community event? Our business grant scheme could help for these types of projects and many others.

New volunteering initiatives
Do you have a great idea that would make a difference to the lives of vulnerable residents in the Borough? Would a small amount of money enable you to launch an innovative project? Elmbridge Borough Council, working with Surrey County Council, has announced the second round of funding to encourage and enable initiatives up to £1,000 which support vulnerable people within their local community. The fund welcomes applications from individuals, community groups or organisations. The deadline for applications for the second round is 12noon on 17 March 2015.

Hardship Fund
Supporting local businesses is a key priority for the Council. Small and medium sized local businesses in Elmbridge, who had been affected by the floods last winter, have received around £50,000. Funds were distributed to support those businesses in the borough that were most severely affected. A total of 17 Elmbridge businesses were helped through the Hardship Fund.
Be prepared this winter
As we are now in the colder months it’s always a good idea to keep in mind where you can find the latest information on winter weather.
Below is a list of important numbers and websites where you can keep up to date on the latest weather information or find useful advice.
Met Office
Elmbridge Borough Council
Environment Agency Floodline
Surrey County Council
Download the Met Office’s advice on flooding PDF also download a personal flood plan so you can be prepared.

Christmas tree recycling
When: Saturday 10 January 2015. From: 10 am – 2pm. Address: Garsons Farm, Winterdown Road, Esher, KT10 8LS.
For every tree recycled Veolia Environmental Services will donate £1 to the Princess Alice and Sam Beare Hospices

Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge on some forms of new developments, which raises funds towards infrastructure that is needed to support new development. Local communities will benefit directly from the development taking place in their area. Successful applications in 2014 included projects such as improvements to community facilities such as scout huts, countryside access improvements and enhancement of sporting facilities. Applications are welcome until March 31st 2015.

Elmbridge Museum exhibition
Don’t forget to check out Elmbridge Museum’s first exhibition at the Civic Centre in Esher to celebrate the Centenary of the Brownies. The exhibition runs until 31st March 2015.

Flowerbed Competition
Children from St Charles Borromeo primary school in Weybridge have won the 2015 Flowerbed Competition. They were asked to draw inspiration from the Rugby World Cup to come up with a flowerbed design to reflect the true spirit of the competition. Jacob, Thomas and Amina won first second and third place in the competition. They will join the Green Spaces staff and judges later this year to unveil the finished flowerbed in Churchifelds recreation ground in Weybridge.

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