Thorpe Ward is within the local authority boundary of Runnymede Borough Council (RBC). Three Councillors represent the interest of Thorpe Ward - Linda Gillham, Elaine Gill and Margret Harnden. All are members of the Runnymede Independent Residents' Group. A short biography and the contact details for each is shown below:

 

Your Thorpe Ward Councillors:
Councillor
L
inda Gillham
 Party
 Address
Contact details 
Council Committees 
Runnymede Independent
Residents' Group
 The Grove, Green Road, Thorpe Green, Surrey. TW20 8QN

01932 564834

cllr.linda.gillham@runnymede.gov.uk

Corporate Management and Standards
and Audit

 

Linda has lived in Thorpe for 35 years with her husband and family. She was first elected as an Independent Councillor for Thorpe Ward in 2000 and has served on the planning and Leisure and Environment Committees. Linda is currently leader of the Independent Group of Councillors who make up the opposition on Runnymede Council and represents the Independents on the Corporate Management Committee and Standards and Audit. Linda also chairs the Health and Wellbeing group at RBC.


She is particularly interested in protecting the environment from gravel extraction and landfill and is interested in the effects of climate change and the increasing problem of poor air quality.


Linda is a Director and Bursar of Thorpe Nursery Pre School and a Local Authority Governor at Thorpe C of E Junior School and St Ann's Heath Junior school.


For six years Linda was one of 24 councillors representing the UK on the Committee of the Regions in Europe. This is a body that looks at proposed EU legislation and comments on the future impact it will have on Local Authorities. Here too Linda sat on the Environmental committee and has continued this work on the Council of Europe body as the spokesperson on waste for 41 countries across the European continent.


As part of this work Linda has been closely involved in lobbying to remove plastic from the waste stream that ends up in landfill and wrote an “opinion” paper on the policy to charge for plastic bags to help prevent them being discarded on roadsides and in particular in the sea where they cause so much harm to the marine environment.


Currently Linda chairs the THORPE NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM and is passionate that Thorpe Village will be protected by the Green Belt while allowing a small amount of housing for our children. The Forum will also address many of the other features we treasure in the village and Linda would like to see some investment in the crumbling brick walls and an extension of the cycle path through the village centre.

Councillor
Margaret Harnden
Party
Address
 Contact details
Council Committees
Runnymede Independent
Residents' Group
10 Wavendene Avenue, Thorpe Lea, Egham, TW20 8LD

01784 432992

cllr.margaret.harnden@runnymede.gov.uk

Environment and Sustainability,
Community Services, Licensing and Regulatory

 

I was born in Thorpe and have spent most of my life to date living in Thorpe Ward. I have seen numerous changes in the area, not all of them positive, and that led me to join TWRA many years ago to help campaign to retain all that is good in the ward, prevent deleterious changes and promote plans to improve it for future generations.

After a spell as Chairman of the Association, I was asked to stand as an Independent Ward Councillor and elected in 2008. The committees I sit on are shown above.

My early career in research physics was followed by a spell in horticulture, and culminated in teaching adult literacy and special needs students. I am a Governor of Thorpe C of E Primary School, which I’m proud to say has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

Having a keen interest in family and local history, I became a trustee of Egham Museum and Egham by Runnymede Historical Society, both of which enable me to set current Thorpe issues in historical context. I hope my varied career experiences help enable me to engage with residents’ and their concerns and I continue to work for the best outcomes for Thorpe, including via the Thorpe Neighbourhood Forum, currently evolving alongside the Runnymede Borough Local Plan.

Councillor
Elaine Gill

Party
 Address
Contact details 
Council Committees 
Runnymede Independent
Residents' Group
Stuart Cottage, Rosemary Lane, Thorpe, Surrey, TW20 8PS

01932 562441

cllr.elaine.gill@runnymede.gov.uk

Licensing, Planning

I have lived in Thorpe since 1981 and am married with two sons, 31 and 28. Over the years I have been actively involved with FOTSA (Friends of Thorpe School Association) and was the first Parent Governor of Thorpe C of E School. I have also been involved with the Scout movement within Thorpe village and continue to be in my capacity as Secretary, Treasurer and Trustee of Thorpe Youth Association. The Association is currently working very hard to raise funds for a replacement HQ for all the youth to use.

After working at a local doctor's surgery for twelve years, I became involved with TWRA (Thorpe Ward Residents' Association) and was then asked to stand as an Independent candidate in 2004 for Thorpe Ward. I was last re-elected in 2016. I just want to make some contribution to my local community, especially the young people and also to Runnymede Borough as a whole.