Statement to voters
Mary was first elected a Borough Councillor in 2006, living in and representing the former Hersham North Ward. After her four-year term she was re-elected with an increased majority in 2010 and has effectively represented the residents of Hersham since then. Mary has always served Hersham residents faithfully and with distinction, drawing on her experience gained as a researcher, first for the BBC and then in marketing, to help in understanding local issues, and pursuit of problems to their ultimate solution. As a member of the Conservative Councillors Group, Mary served on the Council’s Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services. She was actively involved in Hersham the Village Green, Coronation Recreation Ground, Hersham Recreation Ground, where she secured the Borough’s first Splash Park, 3 other play areas and numerous open spaces. She is particularly active in town planning, as a member of the two planning committees. Mary is now seeking re-election to the new Hersham Village Ward.
Mary says: “As a Hersham councillor I have worked hard to promote, protect, and preserve the community we all love. I have always represented residents’ wishes and concerns to the best of my ability. A duty yes, but a satisfying one when you can get a positive result.
I have been active in every single issue affecting Hersham, embracing leisure facilities, green spaces, planning development, local business, Hersham in Bloom, highways, youth club, housing, Hersham Riverside, Village Hall and Centre for the Community, to name but a few. These and others will command my best efforts if re-elected.
I have been active in every single issue affecting Hersham, embracing planning,
development, local business, leisure facilities, Hersham in Bloom, housing, youth work and particularly the Centre for the Community and the re-opening of the Hersham Village Hall, to name but a few. These and others will comand my best efforts if re-elected and I also pursue problems to get things done.
I am keen to continue working hard for Hersham residents and ask for your vote on 2nd May.”
Village Hall Must Reopen
I have shared the frustration of so many residents at the long delay in deciding on the future of our much valued Village Hall, closed for nearly two years. The survey
completed by residents confirmed the overwhelming wish to re-open the hall as soon as possible, perhaps with some refurbishment but most definitely with no housing on the site. With my fellow Hersham ward councillors I have pressed for this to happen and have now persuaded the Conservative administration to re-open the hall as it is. I will continue to scrutinise the progress, making every effort to
ensure the refurbishment work is done as quickly as possible.
Mary's 6 Point Plan for Hersham Village:
1. Safer walk to School. I will continue to seek safety improvements for children getting to and from school. I recently persuaded the Shopping Centre to install their own crossing in the approach to the Waitrose car park
2. Helping the Community. I am committed to support our Hersham Centre for the Community – a haven for so many. It operates economically with the help of volunteers - but more are always needed !
3. New housing impact . I will continue to help resolve problems for residents affected by building 296 houses on the site of the old Rydens School, plus Lidl supermarket and its 38 flats above.
4. Protecting key services. Our Library, Youth Centre, and Children’s Centre provide vital services. I will protect them all to the best of my ability from changes following the County Council’s proposed reduction of financial support
5. Keeping Hersham attractive. Hersham has green spaces, play areas, and free tennis courts, all helping to keep us a welcoming place. I will continue my contribution through Hersham in Bloom, providing colourful displays around the village
6. Traffic and speeding. I will keep up pressure on County Highways to combat the speeding long afflicting Hersham, focusing my efforts on Esher Road, Burwood Road and Molesey Road, the most affected routes.
Promoted by Peter Szanto on behalf of Mary Sheldon both of EWCA, 3 Bridle Close, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2JW.
This statement was added by Mary Carlisle Sheldon, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The Elmbridge local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Hersham Village
- 2016: The Elmbridge local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Hersham Village
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