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Cobham & Downside Residents' Association

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Latest News

Elmbridge Borough Council will soon be consulting on a revised Draft Local Plan, probably from mid-August to the end of September. Residents’ Groups, including the CDRA, have been invited to send representatives to a meeting with Council Officers in order to preview the document immediately before the public consultation begins. You will remember that the previous version of the Draft Local Plan, published two or three years’ ago, proposed major development on three Green Belt sites in Cobham, Stoke d’Abernon and Long Ditton. Community groups, including the CDRA, strenuously fought against these proposals and very many residents from this area submitted objections. Members of the CDRA’s Planning Sub-Committee (led by Steve Wood with Vanessa Brown, Dilip Mathew and Denise Stanczyk) will be examining and assessing the options in the new Local Plan in detail on your behalf. We hope this time the proposals will be more acceptable.  

The latest consultation on the Heathrow Airport Expansion proposals for a new runway is taking place between 18 June and 13 September 2019. Events at which you can find out more are being held at various locations including Leatherhead on 20th July, East Molesey on 23rd July and Walton on 15th August. Visit aec.heathrowconsultation.com for details and to have your say.

Earlier this year we created a Facebook page to be able update you on issues much more quickly. Thanks to Sumi Sarma, who lead us on this, for all the work she put in to set it up and to gain a following and thanks to both her and Rosemary Bailey for looking after the content. We were very pleased with its success but have learned from it that we need more help to be able to run it permanently. So for now we have taken it down while we seek extra people to help us run it. Please get in touch if you might be interested.

A new Surrey Police headquarters and operational base will be created in Leatherhead following the successful purchase of the former Electrical Research Association (ERA) and Cobham Industries site on Cleeve Road. This has been bought to replace a number of existing sites, including the current HQ at Mount Browne in Guildford. Their best guess is that it will be 4 to 5 years before they are able to make the move. Read more about this at www.surrey.police.uk/police-forces/surrey-police/areas/au/about-us/our-hq/

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have been consulting on their ‘Making Surrey Safer’ plan for 2020 – 2023.  They want to make sure their staff and resources are in the right place, at the right time and to shift their focus to preventing emergencies occurring in the first place by investing in community and business safety. Some Surrey fire stations could close at night including the one at Painshill, and others could have one engine instead of the current two. The survey finished on 26 May and we await the outcome of the consultation. 

If you would like to see a full list of the topics Surrey County Council is currently consulting on, those it has completed and the outcomes then go to www.surreysays.co.uk 

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CDRA Spring 2019 Newsletter

CDRA Autumn 2018 Newsletter

CDRA Spring 2018 Newsletter 


Committee News

Our Spring 2019 AGM and Residents' Meeting took place on 25th May. CDRA Chair Sue Kilpatrick and Hon. Secretary Sandy Brook both retired from the Committee as did two other long-serving Committee members, Gerald Stanford and Des Magill. All were thanked for their contributions and Sue Kilpatrick provided a splendid buffet and wine for a 'party' after the meeting. The newly elected Officers are Ian Clifford as Acting Chair, Wendy Whitaker as Acting Hon. Treasurer and Rosmary Bailery as Acting Hon. Secretary. All other current Committee members were re-elected including the new Committee members coopted in the Autumn. 

Email us if you think you'd like to find out more about supporting Cobam and Downside by getting involved as an active committee member. Find out more by clicking  CDRA Recruitment Flyer

 Sue receiving Lonserving Volunteer Award

Mrs Sue Kilpatrick OBE, at the Elmbridge Borough Council Volunteer Awards ceremony before  her retirement as CDRA Chair. The presentations are held every two years and community organisations nominate people for a Long Service Award for their voluntary work. The CDRA Committee nominated Sue to show our appreciation of her long-term voluntary work for the local community and especially her contribution to the work of the CDRA. This was not competitive. There’s no ‘winner’ or prize. Those who were nominated were all recognised at the Awards Ceremony.