Welcome to our website. Below is some news about the CDRA and about local matters.
Non-members welcome to attend.
Our Chairman Sue Kilpatrick, on her retirement, will be talking about some of the importnat local issues during her time on the committee. We hope you will stay for drinks and nibbles after the meeting.
We recently 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 are 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 finishes on 26 May and is at www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/surrey-fire-and-rescue-service-making-surrey-safer/
Surrey Police Meet the Beat meetings are back! PCSO Ian Lowe sent the following dates:
March 15th Starbucks Cobham High Street 11am
Thurs 28th Cobham Community Centre 1pm
Sat. April 6th Squires Stoke Rd 3pm
Tues April 16th Starbucks 2pm
Thurs April 25th Community Centre 1pm
Wed May 15th Starbucks 11am
Tues May 28th Cobham Community Centre 1pm
Surrey Police ‘Policing Your Community’ events are being held across the county to give an opportunity for residents to hear from and speak to Temporary Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro and the local Borough Commander. Ask questions, hear about, and comment on, the future of policing in Surrey including an outline of plans for the 100 extra officers, operational staff and Police Community Support Officers to come from additional council tax funding. The event for Elmbridge is on 9th May at 7pm at the Xcel Leisure Centre, Waterside Drive, Walton. It’s free but you’re asked to book your place. Visit Policing Your Community for details and to book. There will also be an Online Q&A session with the Chief Constable and PCC once all the events have been held.
The NHS published an update in February 2019 on their project ‘Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030’. A CDRA Representative attended the consultation and workshop events on the future plans for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.
Be careful when you’re shopping. We’ve heard about someone who recently ‘lost’ her purse in Waitrose. She quickly discovered it was gone but by the time she contacted her bank a large amount had been taken from her account. Her 'pin' wasn’t in her purse so the thieves probably watched her enter it at the checkout. This could happen anywhere and is a reminder to us all to keep purses and wallets safe and to cover the keypad when typing in a ‘pin’.
At our Autumn Residents’ Meeting we were very pleased to introduce some of our new CDRA Committee Members. Since then they have become involved in some important aspects of the work of the Association. Four of them have formed a Planning Sub-Committee with Steve Wood as its Chairman, Dilip Mathew, Denise Stanczyk and Vanessa Brown as members and Sue Kilpatrick acting as their mentor. Susan Brown and our newsletter editor Rosemary Bailey are concentrating on marketing and publicity and have Sandy Brook assisting. We'd like to thank Sumi Sarma for her work in leading the marketing and publicity effort and introducing new ideas. We wish her well as she stands down from the Committee and focuses on her business and family.
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
CDRA Chairman, Mrs Sue Kilpatrick OBE, at the Elmbridge Borough Council Volunteer Awards ceremony. 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.