British Government orders Green Belt Review

Green Belt CountrysideAs many of you will know, the British Government has told the English boroughs to review their Green Belts with a view to opening land for development.  If a borough refuses to do so then the British government has said it will take direct control.

This has left the Liberal Democrat led Elmbridge administration little option but to revise our own local plan.  We wish to built a broad local approach and the Conservative opposition has been very much involved in every stage of the development.

Before we can agree a new local plan we have to pass though a number of stages and we need you to help in that process so we have published a strategic options consultation.   The document asks many questions and raises a number of issues.

We want to consult as widely as possible and will use every available means to engage with the public.  Part of this process is to have a number of consultations at various stages in the drafting of the plan.  The first drop in sessions will be at:

7pm – 9pm, Monday, 23 January at the Playhouse, Walton
7pm – 9pm, Thursday, 26 January at the Civic Centre, Esher
10am – 2pm, Saturday, 4 February at the Civic Centre, Esher

The events will consist of exhibition boards where the headlines of the consultation document will be displayed.  The evidence base documents supporting the consultation will also be available to review and representatives from Elmbridge’s planning policy team will be on-hand to answer any of your questions.

Your can attend any of the events.  The exhibition will be borough-wide, that is not specific to any particular town.

This process is subject to the agreement to the borough’s council  on Wednesday, 7 December

Support the Weybridge Singing Group

singingThe Weybridge Centre for the Community is looking for a volunteer to lead a fun and informal singing group who is comfortable with leading all types of songs. The group runs fortnightly on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 11am.

The centre is  also looking for more singers of any ability to join the group. If you are interested in joining or volunteering, please get in touch by calling Chris, Weybridge Centre Manager, on 01932 844391 or email weybridgecentre@elmbridge.gov.uk for further information.

Does your home still suit you?

Older people in Elmbridge can get free advice and support from the housing options officer. They can help people adapt their current home, assist with a house move or offer advice on residential care. Help with applying for grants and sourcing contractors can also be provided. To find out more about your housing options go along to the drop-in sessions:

  • Weybridge Centre for the Community
  • Monday 14 November, 10am-12 noon.

For further information call: 01372 474645 or email: careandrepair@elmbridge.gov.uk

Discover Local Woodlands with Free October Countryside Events

woodlandChildren and adults alike will have plenty to do in the countryside in October with a programme of events packed with fun activities to discover the local wildlife and to get to grips with useful outdoor skills like den building and orienteering.

Friday 14 October, 10.30am – 11.30am, Toddler Time in the Wild, Make a hedgehog and hunt for food for it. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, KT10 9JQ

Sunday 16 October, 10am – 12 noon, Fungi Walk. Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Monday 24 October, 10am – 12 noon, Den Building, Can you build a den that can withstand the elements? Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Saturday 29 October, drop in between 10am and 11.30am, event finishes at 12.30pm
Try one of the five permanent orienteering courses on the commons. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, KT10 9JQ

Saturday 29 October, 2pm – 3.30pm, Shelter Belt Walk, Find out about management and future plans for the A3 shelter belt. Sandy Lane car park, Sandy Lane, nearest postcode KT22 0NX

For more information about the October countryside events, please contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474575, email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit the Elmbridge website.

Surrey’s Parking Proposals For Weybridge

I have just been told that Surrey is to publish its proposals for parking on Friday.  Do give your views on Surrey’s Plans.  Look at Surrey’s proposals with its reasons for change.  Two sets of maps: north and south.

Double-yellow-lines-on-a-road-and-pavement-curb-2101582Surrey is advertising its parking proposals for Weybridge on Friday, 30 September 2016, by way of a press notice published in the Surrey Advertiser.  There now follows a four week period during which anyone may object, support, or comment on the proposals.

Surrey staff will be on site on Friday erecting street notices at the locations affected. Surrey will also send postcards (with a copy of the street notice on the front, and the relevant drawing on the rear) to properties fronting any proposals (about 460 in total), and make hard copies of the plans available in the library, borough and county offices, as well as on it website.

Surrey will also be writing again to all the residents that it consulted in May/June 2016 regarding the permit area F. This includes Cedar Road, The Crescent, Dorchester Road, Gascoigne Road, Elmgrove Road, Holstein Avenue, Monument Green, Mount Pleasant, Oakdale Road,  St Albans Avenue  and Thames Street.

The deadline for comments is 28 October, and people who would like to object, support, or comment, may do so via Surrey’s online form (from Friday), or in writing to

Weybridge Parking Review
Surrey Parking Team
Rowan House, Merrow Lane
MERROW
GU4 7BQ

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Looking to improve your business?

elmbridge-business-networkWhether you’re looking to start a new business, or aiming to improve your existing one, the boroughs business grant drop-in session can help. The sessions are an opportunity for local business owners to find out more about Elmbridge business grant schemes – the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund and the Elmbridge Start Up Fund – and get help with their applications. The borough will be hosting the next drop-in session on 21 October at the Civic Centre, Esher, from 12pm to 1pm.

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund can provide businesses with free money towards a range of projects, including shop fronts and signage, new street furniture, promotions and marketing initiatives, as well as learning skills and training initiatives. Applications are welcome from any type of business – the grant isn’t just for high street shops!

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund was established in 2009 with the aim of helping to boost the local economy and attract more people to use our local services and amenities. Since then, the scheme has allocated over £830,000 to over 230 local businesses.

If you’re looking to start up a new business, you can receive advice on applying to the Elmbridge Start Up Fund, which can offer up to £1,000 to new local businesses to help with setting up costs.

For more information, please visit elmbridge.gov.uk/ecif. More on the Elmbridge Start Up Fund can be found at elmbridge.gov.uk/startups

Full of Life Celebrations at the day centre

olderpeopleIn celebration of ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1 October 2016 the day centres are holding special lunches and events. Centre members are being encouraged to bring along a friend to enjoy a three course meal and entertainment, and to join in with the celebrations.

If you would like to join the centres in their celebrations why not make an enquiry with the centre manager. New faces are always welcome and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in a range of activities; you can learn how to use an iPad, join an art and crafts group, take part in one of the many exercise classes, become a volunteer or make use of the hairdressing facilities.

The centre is in Churchfields Close. For the Centre’s contact details please visit the Elmbridge website.

For any further information about the Community Support Services please visit the website or call the team on 01372 474552.

Insulate your Home

ecowise_houseAction Surrey has published a series of short films on YouTube and Vimeo showing the benefits of solid wall insulation from the point of view of four Surrey residents. In each film the residents explain how receiving a solid wall insulation grant through Action Surrey made a huge difference to their property’s warmth and energy bills. There is one master film showing all four stories with the four shorter films portraying different housing scenarios:

  • James & Carolina were very acquainted with the problems of excess cold and damp from uninsulated walls.
  • Gillian & Richard are a retired couple who have recently moved into their property.
  • Russell & Christine, landlords of three student let properties in Guildford, discuss how they and their tenants have benefited from insulation.
  • Mark was the first park home owner in Surrey to have his property insulated through Action Surrey’s funding, and he discusses his experience and benefits felt.

The films are available here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXUhjfO5S9tjASRWKpihmNg

https://vimeo.com/163235917

Extension of Heathrow – Have your say

heathrowAs part of its assessment on the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport, the borough held a ‘Scrutiny in a day’ meeting on Friday 16 September at the Civic Centre on the High Street, Esher.

Chaired by Councillor Christine Elmer, the aim of the meeting was to investigate and probe all the arguments surrounding the proposed expansion of Heathrow.  Recognising that there could be significant benefits for Elmbridge residents but that these need to be considered against environmental, transport infrastructure and safety impacts, the councillors heard from a range of stakeholders including Heathrow Ltd, Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council (LAANC) who updated on air quality and noise concerns, the Council’s Housing Strategy and Enabling Manager and Economic Development Officer, as well as representations from private sector companies in the Borough.

Residents Action Group Elmbridge (RAGE) discussed their views on the proposed expansion of Heathrow with the Councillors at a meeting on Thursday, 15 September.

The borough is eager for Elmbridge residents to have their say. If you want to share your thoughts on the proposed expansion, then please complete the online survey. The survey is available on the Elmbridge website until midnight on 30 September.