James moved to Hinchley Wood in 2006 and became a road representative for Hinchley Wood Residents Association. This gave him the opportunity to get to know his neighbours better and become more informed of local affairs. He has never harboured ambitions to enter politics, but having known Nigel Haig-Brown for many years, he offered to stand in his place when Nigel decided to stand down, after two four-year terms as borough councillor.
Elmbridge Borough Council looks after planning permission, refuse collection, the local environment, recreational facilities and services for the elderly and vulnerable, so it has an outsized impact on your wellbeing. We believe that these local matters are best decided by local people, not apparatchiks controlled by national party headquarters. Residents’ Association councillors are free of party politics and act in your interests. In our ward, they have done so honestly and reliably for nearly 90 years.