Elmbridge Borough Council has agreed to install a pedestrian refuge in Between Streets to make this very busy road safer to cross. Residents in the immediate vicinity have been consulted about their preferred location for this crossing. The work is due to be done in this financial year. (Jan 2019)
Local Plan Update
Our Guest Speaker at the CDRA Autumn Residents’ Meeting was Elmbridge Councillor James Browne, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services, who gave a very informative talk about the Local Plan & Green Belt Review with the latest news on this. Thank you James.(Oct 2018)
Britain in Bloom Success
The Head Gardener for Cobham Community Garden attended the CDRA Autumn Residents’ Meeting and announced their Britain in Bloom success. This was the first time they had entered and they had been marked as ‘Thriving’ with a score of 4 out of a maximum 5. Congratulations to them. (Oct 2018)
Volunteers Wanted for CHEER
CHEER, Concern and Help for East Elmbridge Retired, is a charity that offers support to encourage older people in East Elmbridge to become more involved in the community and to help avoid isolation in old age. The Manager of CHEER attended the CDRA Autumn Residents’ Meeting to encourage new volunteers to join them. www.cheer-elmbridge.org.uk.(Oct 2018)
Here are a few older items that may still be of interest
The CDRA Chaiman has been in touch with David Munro, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, and with our MP, Dominic Raab, about the disappointing response by the Police to crime and anti-social behaviour by the Travellers who were camped on Cobham Recreation Ground. (Aug 2018)
M25/A3 Junction Improvements
The Highways England consultation about the latest version of the proposals for the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange finished on 26 March 2018. The scheme includes changes to the Painshill roundabout area . There is considerable concern about the affect on Painshill Park if the proposals put forward go ahead unchanged however discussions have since taken place andmay be of help. (Mar 2018)
CIL Grant Applications
A Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is collected by Elmbridge Borough Council from Developers. Local organisations and community groups can apply for awards from this fund. A Spending Board covering Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke d’Abernon and Downside, and consisting of local Councillors, decides which projects in our area receive funding. Applications succeeding in 2018 included:
The Heritage Trust 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 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. (Mar 2018)
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)
CDRA October 2017 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)