As a local councillor the vast majority of issues in my postbag (actually these days it’s my email inbox) concern planning matters. The most important recent application was of course the Sainsburys application which was resolved on Monday 27th July in what seems to me a satisfactory manner.
Elmbridge BC has set up an automatic notification system which members of the public can sign up to in order to receive information about local planning applications. Here’s the link: http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planningalert.htm
I receive notifications by virtue of my role as a councillor, now members of the public will have the same resource. I’d be grateful for any feedback as to whether the system works properly.