Councillor Linda Gillham

Ward: Thorpe

Councillor Gillham image 2019

Name: Linda Gillham

Electoral Ward: Thorpe

Political Party: Runnymede Independent Residents' Group

Date Elected: 2000 (next election 2022)


Telephone: 07799 413800

Committees: Corporate Management, Planning, Overview and Scrutiny, Crime and Disorder
Member Working Parties:  Human Resources

Outside bodies:  Frank Muir Memorial Field,  South East Employers

Address: The Grove, Green Road, Thorpe, TW20 8QN

Councillor Linda Gillham Register of Interests

I Councillor Linda Mary Gillham a Member of Runnymede Borough Council, give notice that I, and where appropriate a 'relevant person' as defined in the Localism Act 2011 s 30(3)(b), have the following disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests:

Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation
Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried out for profit or gain

Director of Thorpe Nursery Pre-School Ltd, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey. TW20 8TE,
UK Member of the Congress of the Council of Europe,
Independent Representative of LGA on Environment Economic, Housing and Transport Board,
Member of RIRG (Councillor)
Councillor of Runnymede Borough Council receiving relevant allowance(s0 and able to claim travel expenses

Relevant Person

Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the relevant authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a Member, or towards your election expenses.  This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992

Thorpe Ward Residents' Association for election expenses (when last elected)

Any contract which is made between the Member and/or relevant person (or a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest) and the relevant authority:
a) under which goods and services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and
b) which has not been fully discharged

Relevant Person

Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the relevant authority

Member - joint owner of The Grove, Green Road, Thorpe Green, Egham, Surrey. TW20 8QN

Relevant Person - Husband - joint owner of The Grove, Green Road, Thorpe Green, Egham, Surrey. TW20 8QN


Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the relevant authority for a month or longer

Relevant Person

Corporate Tenancies
Any tenancy where (to your knowledge) a) the landlord is the relevant authority and b) the tenant is a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest

Relevant Person

Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where a) that body (to the Member's knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the relevant authority; and b) either (i) the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or (ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class

Relevant Person

Non Pecuniary Interests
Please read Section 8 of the Code of Conduct with regard to what might be considered a non pecuniary interest.  Note these are non statutory interests which are declared and recorded in the minutes of the relevant Committee meetings where applicable

Director of Thorpe Nursery Preschool,
Trustee of Frank Muir Memorial Field,
Chairman of Thorpe Neighbourhood Forum,
Co-Chairman of Thorpe CofE Primary School,
Deputy Chair of Governors of St Ann's Heath Junior School,
Secretary of Virginia Water Horticultural Society
Member of RHS
Member of the Board of Governors of TASIS England
Member of the RSPB

Relevant Person
Member of Thorpe Ward Residents' Association

Date of form submitted: 10 May 2016, updated in May 2018, May 2019, May 2020
Please refer to the Secondary Register held in Democratic Services for (other) interests declared at meetings between 2014 and May 2017. Records of interests that are declared at meetings which are more than 6 years old are not retained.


Councillor Linda Gillham Secondary Interests

Councillor Gillham has declared the following interests at meetings of the Council and/or Committees since May 2017. For further details please refer to the Minutes of the meeting where the interest(s) were declared. Interests declared before May 2017 are held in paper form by Democratic Services. The forms recording interests declared at meetings are held for a period of six years and then destroyed.

Corporate Management 21.09.17Disclosable Pecuniary interest.  Director of a charity that was appealing its rateable value.Left
Corporate Management 30.11.17Non-pecuniary interest. Strode's College Foundation.  Proposed Nominative Trustee President of the Runnymede Independent Residents' Group.Stayed and voted
Overview and Scrutiny 05.04.18Non-pecuniary interest in the item concerning the review of the Council's Planning Service. Local Government Association representative on the Planning Advisory Service.Stayed and participated


Register of Pecuniary Interests - Dispensations 

The dispensation applied for concerns an item relating to the designation of a Thorpe Neighbourhood Forum and its designated area coming before the Planning Committee meeting of the 24th August 2016 in a situation when Councillor Mrs Gillham might have to withdraw from the meeting as she is the elected Chairman of the Thorpe Neighbourhood Forum.

The rationale is that if a Neighbourhood Plan were to eventually be adopted it could contain policies which benefit individuals who reside in the area it covers and therefore it can be argued that Members who are involved in decision making have an interest in the matter which benefits them to a greater degree than the whole population of the Borough.  The next question to consider is what type of Interest a Member might have.  Under the Code we identify two types of Interests, Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI) and Non-Pecuniary Interests (NPI).  DPIs are defined in legislation and are broadly connected to financial matters e.g. employment, interests in contracts, ownership of land or ownership of shares.  NPIs are defined in the Code as an interest in a matter which reasonably be regarded as affecting a Member's well-being to a greater extent than the majority of Council Tax payers, ratepayers or inhabitants of a ward or electoral area for which a Member has been elected.

The Council's Monitoring Officer's view of the matter is that Councillor Mrs Gillham would not have a DPI because at this moment in time no specific property is being considered and there are various other steps to go through before a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted.  However he did believe that she may have a NPI.  This is on the basis that if the recommendations are approved then it can be said that she could potentially benefit if a Neighbourhood Plan is eventually adopted.  This approach has been adopted by other local authorities who have considered the issue of Neighbourhood Plans and whether Members living in the proposed areas have any form of Interest.

Therefore, the Council's Monitoring Officer has granted Councillor Mrs Gillham a dispensation under paragraph 12.1 of the Code of Conduct for Members to remain in the room when the item is considered and, if the Chairman of the Committee allows, speak in relation to that item.

This dispensation applies only for the duration of the Planning Committee to be held on the 24th August 2016.  The reason for this approach is that if there are future considerations of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan we should consider the implications of possible Interests on a case by case basis rather than giving a blanket at present as we may find that circumstances warrant a different approach.