The Police & Crime Commissioner for Surrey is refreshing the Police and Crime Plan for the county. This sets the strategic direction for the Force and provides the basis for how he holds the Chief Constable to account. The new draft plan features six revised priorities. He has just completed a consultation on his proposals. (Apr 2018)
M25/A3 Junction Improvements
Highways England is consulting about the latest version of the proposals for the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange. The Painshill roundabout area would be affected by the scheme. There are a number of public exhibition events planned. Brochures and feedback forms for the consultation and a reference copy of the full documentation are available in paper form at Cobham Library in Cedar Road or can be viewed at www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10 and the consultation finishes on 26 March 2018. (Feb 2018)
CIL Grant Applications
Applications are now closed for this year’s round of grants from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The fund is administered by Elmbridge Borough Council and collected from Developers. A Spending Board covering Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke d’Abernon and Downside and consisting of local Councillors will decide which projects will be awarded funding in our area. Applications this year include the following:
The Heritage Trust has applied for CIL funds in respect of three footpaths – one in Leigh Hill Road, one at Knowle Park and one at Downside.
The Patient Participation Group at Cobham Health Centre has applied for CIL funds for two projects: For an Ambulatory ECG monitor plus three Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitors and also for a part-time person for a period of time to provide an enhanced registration process for new patients and to produce and distribute an up-to-date information pack about the available services. (Jan 2018)
New restrictions were introduced on 8th January affecting CRCs, vans, trailers and pick-ups. In addition the opening days at most sites were reduced, including changes to opening days at Leatherhead Recycling Centre. Details here. (Jan 2018)
Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust 2020-2030
The Hospital Trust has completed a consultation on future plans for the hospitals, particularly on creating a new specialist acute facility for acutely unwell patients. They’ve looked at three potential future scenarios - siting the new facility at Epsom Hospital, at St Helier Hospital, or co-located with The Royal Marsden at Sutton Hospital. Their financial analysis is said to show that all three options would make a large absolute improvement in the Trust's financial position. They’re recommending that all three are taken forward to the next stage and are submitting their findings to various organisations within the NHS for their consideration and a decision on next steps. Any changes would not happen for a number of years. (Jan 2018)
A3/M25 Junction Improvements
There have been what the project team describe as ‘further refinements’ to the outline design for the A3/M25 junction improvements. See www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10 . They state that they will be holding another consultation early in 2018 and expect to begin construction in 2020. (Jan 2018)
The trial period for the 30 miles per hour limit in Stoke Road has been extended. Elmbridge Local Committee agreed to set aside £5,000 to investigate measures to reduce traffic speeds on the road. If viable measures are identified then the next steps will be to identify appropriate funding, implement the measures and monitor the effects on vehicle speeds. (Dec 2017)
On 17th January 2017 Elmbridge Planning Committee approved an application to re-develop Holly Parade in Cobham High Street. The plans are for a row of four shops and a restaurant/cafe at ground level plus retirement flats on 3 floors above. Temporary changes have been made in the road layout in Cobham High Street to accommodate the development. Demolition is nearing completion and McCarthy & Stone had scheduled work to start on the foundations around the end of September 2017. This was delayed following the collapse of the scaffolding in high winds together with the neeed to complete a party wall agreement with the neighbouring property before demolition could be completed. The latest dates we have are that they aim to have the existing buildings removed early in 2018 and to be selling the properties in spring 2019. (Dec 2017)
Here are a few older items that may still be of interest
Guildford Local Plan
This was submitted for examination to the Secretary of State in mid-December. (Dec 2017)
Wisley Planning Appeal
The Public Inquiry into the application to build 2068 dwellings plus various support facilities on the site of the former airfield at Wisley finished on 20th October. The Wisley Action Group, which has led the fight against this development, has said that they do not anticipate any news from the Secretary of State with a decision before the New Year at the earliest. Cobham Heritage Group participated in the Inquiry and we thank them, and especially David Bellchamber, who spoke on behalf of Cobham objectors. Go to www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk for more details. (Oct 2017)
Local Plan & Green Belt Review - What Happenned in 2017
There were approximately 3,800 responses to the Elmbridge Borough Council Strategic Options consultation on the Local Plan, which closed at the end of February. We hope you had your say regarding the proposal to remove two large areas of land in the Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott areas from the Green Belt and about other aspects of the draft Local Plan.
The Council published a position paper in July, which is available here, and a summary of the consultation responses which you can read here. Further documents on the background and progress on this topic are available on Elmbridge’s Strategic Options consultation page.
The Council has stated that: “The Government’s proposals to change national planning policy in areas could affect the approach taken by the Council in preparing its new Local Plan. In particular, the proposed changes to assessing housing needs and the introduction of tests as to when there are exceptional circumstances to amend Green Belt will require the Council to prepare additional studies. Therefore, the Council must await the details of the proposed consultations as featured in the Housing White Paper before moving forward.”
Consultation on a more detailed Preferred Approach Local Plan is thus unlikely until early 2018.
The CDRA and other local groups will continue to work together on this topic and hope to contribute further to the formulation of the Plan. Our combined endeavours are being channelled via the Cobham Green Belt Group. Organisations that are represented on this Group include, as well as the CDRA, the CCHT, Stoke D’Abernon RA, Fedora for Oxshott and Save Cobham Green Belt. You can register at www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.ukto receive newsletters about issues and developments which may affect the Green Belt in and around Cobham and for background and latest news on the Green Belt Review. (Dec 2017)
South Western Railway has opened a consultation process regarding changes to its operating timetable from December 2018. The company is inviting comments on its proposals, to be received by Friday 22nd December 2017. There is a fairly comprehensive information pack on its website: www.southwesternrailway.com . Any issues should be addressed via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
As regards rail services through Cobham, detailed proposed changes for Monday-Friday can be seen by clicking on www.southwesternrailway.com/contact-and-help/timetable-consultationand then following the links to Tables 152, which are the ones showing the Cobham timetables. Essentially the news is good. The main changes (apart from detailed timings) are: an additional “fast” Guildford via Cobham service in both the a.m. and p.m. peaks on Mondays-Fridays; later last trains from both Waterloo and Guildford on Mondays-Saturdays. The company is not providing details at this stage about train formations; 10-car trains will be introduced progressively so that by December 2020 all suburban services will be operated as such. (Nov 2017)
Cobham Community Garden
Following the damage the garden sustained during the Traveller's visit to the Leg O'Mutton field the CDRA donated £50 to Cobham Community Garden Group to help with the recovery. We invited the group to have a stall at the CDRA Autumn Meeting at which they sold produce and ran a raffle. (Nov 2017)
CDRA October Residents’ Meeting
Our guest speaker on 12th October 2017 was Claire Yarborough, Business Manager for Cobham Health Centre. She explained what goes on behind the scenes at the surgery to support the work of the medical staff and to deal with the management and admin of the centre. If you missed the meeting then click here to see her slides to give you a flavour of the talk. (Oct 2017)
It was agreed by members at the CDRA Half-Yearly Meeting in October to donate £250 a year for five years towards the costs of the Chatterbus, providing we have the funds to support this. (Oct 2017)