Successful conviction for removal of protected trees

woodland_english_autumn_sunlitOn Monday, 20 June 2016, James Scott, formerly of Pennyfield, Cobham, was convicted at Guildford Crown Court of breaching a Woodland Tree Preservation Order, contrary to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Tree Preservation Order Regulations 2012.

Mr Scott had felled and burned thousands of trees at Corbie Wood on the Seven Hills Road on the Weybridge/Hersham border.  The borough originally agreed to the clearance of shallow-rooted trees from large areas of overgrown concrete at the ten-acre site, a relic of its wartime past, after many had been made dangerous following severe storms in October 2013. However, he continued to fell trees on other parts of the woodland, despite the fact he had no permission. Following four days of evidence Mr Scott changed his plea to guilty and, after explaining his financial situation, was sentenced to a £500 fine and ordered to pay a contribution of £1,000 towards the borough’s costs.  This successful prosecution also carried a criminal conviction. The borough plans to serve a tree replanting notice on the landowner to restore some of the lost trees and woodland at Corbie Wood.

 

Recycling app and search tool

recycle-for-surreyAnother tool to help residents recycle as much as possible was launched earlier this month by the Surrey Waste Partnership. The ‘Recycling App’ is available on the Recycle for Surrey website and by entering a postcode and a specific item of waste the app provides information on how and where the item can be recycled in the borough. Elmbridge is hoping to include the app on their website in the near future.

Road closure

ROAD-CLOSURESBrooklands road will be closed from its junction with St George’s Avenue to its junction with Heath Road on two consecutive Sundays beginning on 19 June. The closure is because of maintenance on the water mains and the works are expected to be carried out between 9:00 and 16.30. Traffic will be diverted via Hanger Hill, Queens Road, Seven Hills Road and Byfleet Road during this time. Access will be maintained for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, residents and businesses at all times.

Proms Live! 2016

Proms LiveProms Live 2016 will take place at Churchfields Recreation Ground, Weybridge at 7-9:30pm on Friday, 24 June.

Proms Live follows on from the hugely successful Proms in the Park last summer.  Elmbridge and the R C Sherriff (whose aim is to advance and develop the arts in Elmbridge) are again working in partnership to showcase some of the best music in the Borough. The programme will feature guest artists 1st Claygate Scout and Guide Band, The Promenade Choir, Rebecca Lacey and the Elmbridge Youth Theatre.

Audience members are encouraged to come along with friends, family and bring a picnic.  Tickets cost £10 per person and are available now on the Elmbridge Borough website and will be available at the entrance of the event on the night, paid for in cash only.  Booking tickets and more information can be found at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture.

Leisure Live

Leisure liveThis year’s Leisure Live event will be at 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturday, 9 July. Leisure Live is now in its sixth year.  Its main aims are to introduce residents and visitors to a variety of activities available in Elmbridge including local arts, culture and sports.

There is already an exciting line up of activities and there are still more to be added. Here is a taste of what is happening on the day:

  • Health Hub and Snack Attack
  • Pilates, Yoga and fitness taster sessions
  • Multi sports, Playball, Able Karate
  • British Shooting and Olympic Champion
  • Cobham, Esher and Reeds Rugby
  • Whitely Village cricket Club
  • Hersham Golf Club
  • Arts and crafts with Shout!
  • Elmbridge Museum
  • Let’s Talk Elmbridge
  • Bootcamps, gyms and running clubs
  • Music, dance, singing as part of Storm the Stage
  • Burhill Children’s Centre activities
  • Hersham Community Centre activity and tea, coffee and cake
  • Games and face painting
  • And much more…..

This is a free that event will be held at Hersham Green, Burwood Road, Hersham.

For more information please see events page online. http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/events/event.htm?pk_events=5448

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of HelpThe money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in Weybridge will be used to pay for a local projects to improve green spaces in the communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

Administration of the local funding will be managed by the community charity with a green heart, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better/

Click here for more information.

Outdoor Play Week

Littleworth commonFor many reasons, children nowadays are not experiencing as much active play time as their parents used to when they were young. Outdoor Play Week is all about encouraging children to connect with nature and rediscover the fun and excitement of playing outdoors. From Sunday, 20 March to Saturday, 2 April, children and their parents can join in free events across the Borough:

  • Pond dip at Littleworth Common – Sunday 20 March. Drop in from 10am. Event finishes at 11.30 am.
    Littleworth Common Pond, across the road from Café Rouge on the Portsmouth Road. Nearest postcode: KT10 9AD
  • Hunt for creatures that crawl and swim in your local ponds.  All equipment will be provided and staff will be on hand to help you identify your catch.
  • Xplorer – Drop in sessions – Wednesday 30 March, 10am to 12pm and Friday 1 April, 2.30pm to 4pm
    Coronation Recreation Ground, Molesey Road, Hersham KT12 4QR.
    A family fun challenge suitable for all ages, pre-school to primary. Use a map to try and find secret animals and interesting facts pictured on markers hidden around the park. When you’ve finished don’t forget to collect your certificate.
  • Go Wild with Outdoor Play – Saturday 2 April
    Drop in from 10am. Event finishes at 1pm.
    Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Weybridge KT13 0XF
    Explore Brooklands Community Park. Model with junk, make a ball run, hunt for bugs in the woods and try some natural crafts.

All the above events are suitable for all ages.

Why not invite your children to make the most of the many green spaces in the borough during Outdoor Play Week? They can burn off energy, take a close look at the environment and learn to interact and understand the natural world. The outdoors offer limitless opportunities for creativity and free play. Playing outdoors with their friends will develop their social skills. It will also boost their confidence as they learn new things and assess risks.

For further information, please visit elmbridge.gov.uk/shout or elmbridge.gov.uk/countryside or call 01372 474 634.

Join the Weybridge Singing Group

Musical noteEvery fortnight a group of singers come together at the Community Centre in Churchfields Place. The group would like to recruit a volunteer to lead them with their fun and informal singing sessions; someone who is comfortable with leading all types of songs from folk to soul and pop to traditional.

The singing group is also looking for more singers to join the group,  if you are interested please call the Weybridge Centre on 01932 844391 or email weybridgecentre@elmbridge.gov.uk for further information.

 

Play for Team Elmbridge

surreyyouthgameslogo2010finalTeam Elmbridge is looking for young sports enthusiasts to fly the colours of the borough at the Surrey Youth Games 2016 at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on
18 and 19 June.

If you are aged between 7 and 16 years old and want to try a new sport or compete against other boroughs in your favourite sport, then register online here
Team Elmbridge will be represented across 13 different sports this year so you have plenty to choose from.

To compete for Team Elmbridge you must:

  • Live or go to school in Elmbridge
  • Be the correct age and gender for the sport you wish to participate in
  • Be below county standard in the sport you wish to represent

Don’t miss your chance to have a go at something new or improve your skills in your favourite sport by receiving coaching from professional coaches from local sports clubs. This is your chance to learn new skills and tactics and it is completely free. Once the fun of the Games is over, you might want to continue playing your favourite sport.

Trials dates will take place throughout April and May and if you qualify for a place in Team Elmbridge, you will be attending free training sessions for up to eight weeks to get ready for the Surrey Youth Games. Over 2,000 youngsters from 11 different boroughs compete at the games every year. For some of them, it is their first experience of a county wide competition and an experience not to miss.

For more information on the P&G Surrey Youth Games please contact the Sports Development Team on 01372 474570, email sport@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit the website.