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Cobham & Downside Residents' Association

Welcome to our website. Below is some news about the CDRA and about local matters. You can contact our CDRA Planning Sub-Committee directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For all other topics email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

'Policing Your Community' Event on 14 January

On Tuesday 14 January, there will be a free ‘Policing Your Community’ event with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey at the Civic Centre from 6:45pm. For further details and to register to attend go to Policing Your Community .

Elmbridge Annual Public Meeting on 15 January

Being held at the Civic Centre in Esher. Drop-in session 6-7pm with council and partner services. Presentations and Q&A 7-9pm with the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council and Cabinet Members talking about key local issues and plans for the year ahead. Details and registration at Elmbridge Meeting .

Elmbridge Local Plan

Elmbridge Councillor James Browne was one of the speakers at the CDRA Residents’ Meeting on 17th October and reported on some key points emerging from the recent public consultation about the draft Local Plan. (Visit www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk to read about the consultation).

Over 6500 responses had been received by Elmbridge Council by the time the consultation closed on 30th September. 85% had chosen Option 4 which would optimise development of urban land and not use any Green Belt sites, delivering about 45% less than the Government target for new homes. 1259 responses had come from Cobham residents, with 94% selecting Option 4. 401 replies were from Stoke D’Abernon and 488 from Oxshott.  There was overwhelming support for retaining the Green Belt and a strong expression of the need for better infrastructure, especially roads.

Timescales for future steps were uncertain but Councillor Browne gave an indication of how things might go. There was likely to be a formal report on the outcome to Elmbridge Cabinet in November. There would then be further stages including more consultation.  The new draft Local Plan would probably be available around June 2020 with adoption of the Plan in about autumn 2021.

(Click here to see a PDF of the advice the CDRA gave about how to respond to the Consulation, which closed at the end of September).


Other News

We are back on facebook, Visit our facebook page for more up-to-date news and like us at www.facebook.com/CobhamandDownside . We originally created a CDRA Facebook page early in 2019 to be able update you on issues much more quickly. We were very pleased with its success and learned from running it but had to take the page down for a while as we didn't have enough help to be able to run it permanently.

The Community Vision for Surrey in 2030 contains the ambition that journeys across the county are easier, more predictable and safer. Surrey has some of the busiest transport infrastructure – like roads and trains - in the country. The council is responsible for 3,300 miles of roads, which are well used, with rising volumes of traffic and a higher than average daily traffic flows.  While 62% of residents commute by car, Surrey is well served by a busy rail network, with main and branch lines connecting London to the south east and south west.

Surrey County Council are considering their next contract arrangements as several come to the end of their term over the next few years.  Their new service providers will help to deliver the new vision and so SCC recently sought the views of residents to help decide the future of the services provided by Highways and Transport.  The consultation ended on 24th November 2019.

The CDRA autumn Residents' Meeting was held on 17th October 2019. The Chairman, Ian Clifford, opened the meeting with a short briefing on the activities of the Residents' Association since the AGM in the spring. He reminded everyone of the need for more volunteers to join the Committee. Presentations were then given by Surrey Fire and Rescue, by Elmbridge Councillor James Browne on the Local Plan,and by local histrorian David Taylor on The Diggers. Before the meeting residents were able to enjoy a drink and light refreshments whilst browsing stalls being run byThe Cobham Millers, Conquest Art, Princess Alice Hospice, Surrey Fire and Rescue and the Chatterbus.

A public meeting about the Local Plan Consultation was arranged by Cobham Green Belt Group on 19th September. The venue, St Andrew's Church, was packed with residents wanting information and advice about the consultation. Members of Coham Green Belt Group and Surrey and Elmbridge Councillors were in attendance to explain and answer questions. The Chairman of the Group, Adrian Wise, gave a presentation on the proposals and Councillor James Browne provided further details. There was a lively Q&A session chaired by Sir Gerry Acher.

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 

Click to view our recent newletters

CDRA Autumn 2019 Newsletter

CDRA Spring 2019 Newsletter

CDRA Autumn 2018 Newsletter

CDRA Spring 2018 Newsletter 


Committee News

We have received the sad news that Gerald Stanford has passed away. Gerald retired as a member of the CDRA Committee at our 2019 AGM having served for very many years. 

The CDRA's lovely flower arrangement displayed with those from other community organisations for the Flower Festival at St Andrew's Church on Heritage Day. The arrangement was created by CDRA Committee Member Jill Newman.

CDRA Flower arrangement at St Andrews Flower Festival

Sadly we have to report that Des Magill passed away in July. Des was a very long-standing CDRA Committee member having joined the Committee in 2005 and serving right through until our AGM this year. Our thoughts are with his family.

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. Sue Kilpatrick was appointed as Hon.President of the CDRA.

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.