Play Tennis for Life with new Over 50s Tennis Course

TennisAn initiative organised by ‘Take Tennis Lessons’ and Elmbridge is offering a low-cost six-week course aimed at bringing more adults back into the game on a regular basis. This course is part of a drive to get local residents more active, in line with the borough’s new Active Elmbridge Physical Activity Strategy.

Don’t worry if you have not played before or are really out of practice – just book the course and turn up at Coronation Recreation Ground Tennis Courts, Molesey Road, Hersham  KT12 4QR on Friday, 18 March from 1pm to 2pm. The cost is £21 for six sessions with a view of extending them if participants are interested.

Grab the opportunity to improve your game with a professional coach and enhance your experience on the court. You will get to meet like-minded people and practise your racquet skills in an informal environment.

You can register onto the course now by calling the Sports Development Team on 01372 474570 or email sport@elmbridge.gov.uk

Active Every Day

Active ElmbridgeThe Elmbridge Physical Activity Strategy 2015-2020 has been launched to show the borough’s vision and direction to increase physical activity over the coming years. The strategy explores new ways of integrating physical activity to get people more active in everyday life by creating opportunities where people already spend their time – in the workplace, at school, home and at community facilities.

The three main themes of the strategy are: Start Moving, Move Every Day, Stay Moving.

The full strategy or a brief summary are now available to view.

Why not try some of the activities available in the borough? Elmbridge offers healthy walksan outdoor gym over in Long Ditton and much more. A full list of services and activities are available on the Leisure webpages.

Long Ditton outdoor gym

Support for the Elderly

 

meals on wheelsElmbridge has produced a leaflet with a number of top tips and have outlined services that could be of help especially to older and vulnerable people living in the borough

What support is available?

  • The meals on wheels service provides hot meals seven days a week with an optional breakfast and teatime service.
  • Community alarm is a 24 hour, 365 day a year monitoring service that provides assistance in an emergency.
  • Community transport is available to provide accessible transport to assist with getting out and about to the Weybridge centre. A dial-a ride service enables residents to visit friends, family and attend appointments and weekly shopping trips to supermarkets in Cobham, Kingston, Walton, and Weybridge retail park.
  • At the Weybridge centre, there are a range of activities and services on offer with a freshly prepared three course lunch available to centre members.
  • Elmbridge’s housing care and repair team can support you to repair or adapt your home to meet your needs keeping you independent and safe in your home.

Copies of the Keeping Warm and Well leaflet are available at Weybridge centre.  A copy can be downloaded from their website or if you would like the leaflet to be posted to you or would like further information on any of the community support services mentioned please call the team on 01372 474 552.

Winter Shelter to Help Homeless People

HomelessTransform Housing & Support will be operating a winter shelter for homeless people from Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede from 5 January to 31 March. The shelter will run in a Surrey  owned building in Staines and will accommodate up to ten clients a night, offering dinner and breakfast and a safe place to stay. The project follows on from the tri-borough shelter hosted by Whiteley Village last winter. Elmbridge has committed a contribution to the running costs of the project, along with the two other boroughs, whilst a range of locally-based organisations have pledged support of various kinds to help get the project up and running . Visit the transform housing website for more details.

Turning colder so keep warm and well

winter-1So far the weather has stayed fairly mild but the chances are this could change so it is important to be prepared and know how to stay warm and well during the winter period. Community Support Services has produced a leaflet with a number of top tips and have outlined services that could be of help especially to older and vulnerable people living in the borough.

What support is available?

  • The meals on wheels service provides hot meals seven days a week with an optional breakfast and teatime service.
  • Community alarm is a 24 hour, 365 day a year monitoring service that provides assistance in an emergency.
  • Community transport is available to provide accessible transport to assist with getting out and about to the Weybridge centre. A dial-a ride service enables residents to visit friends, family and attend appointments and weekly shopping trips to supermarkets in Cobham, Kingston, Walton, and Weybridge retail park.
  • At the Weybridge centre, there are a range of activities and services on offer with a freshly prepared three course lunch available to centre members.
  • Elmbridge’s housing care and repair team can support you to repair or adapt your home to meet your needs keeping you independent and safe in your home.

Copies of the Keeping Warm and Well leaflet are available at Weybridge centre.  A copy can be downloaded from Elmbridge’s website or if you would like the leaflet to be posted to you or would like further information on any of the community support services mentioned please call the team on 01372 474 552.

Weybridge Air Quality hits danger

kids-air-pollution-maskWe can see the danger and the discomfort that traffic brings to our town centre but what we cannot see is the air pollution.  Unlike soot, which we can see and smell, we are not usually aware of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution so if we do not monitor it with specialised testing stations it goes noticed. The safety limit for NO2 is set at 40mg/m3 as an average over the year.  You can see from the table below that Weybridge High Street and Church Street exceed that limit in many places.  Remember that this is an average and that with heavy traffic and poor weather this limit is often greatly exceeded.  Recent health surveys have shown that England has over 30,000 premature deaths each year caused by NO2 air pollution.

The figures in bold show where the target was exceed as an average through the year.

Location 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Café Nero 54 44 44 39 39
Morrison’s 48 40 42 41 44
Pizza Express 46 43 44 43 49
Domino’s Pizza 41 37 36 35 36
Prezzo 63 61 57 58 56
Nikki’s Cafe 44 42 39 40 42
Balfour/Portmore 35 29 30 30 28

The main cause of this pollution is car, bus, van and lorry engines.  What is bizarre, in my view, is that we acquiesce in having a main national “A” class road go straight though our High Street.    In Denmark no national highway goes through a town centre yet in Weybridge we seem to accept it.  Why does Weybridge have such lack of self respect? The traffic does not have to come through our High Street we just let it.    This pollution can be reduced rapidly we just need the will to do it. Children and old people suffer must of all.  If you want to join the campaign contact me today.

Walking safely in the High Street

Have you ever walked along Church Street and wondered why pedestrians should give way to traffic coming out of 10 Church Street next to the Golden Place?

Church Street 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well of course you shouldn’t but the way the footway is laid out makes you think you had better stop for traffic.  This is poor design and Weybridge is full of them. Church Street 44

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 44 Church is another example where people – notice the blind persons’ pavement treatment – are expected to stop for next to no traffic.   Church Street 35

 

 

 

 

 

The Rectory entrance on the other side is much better.  It it tells drivers that they should give way to pedestrians.

High Street 68

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance to Ship Yard, above is priority goes the wrong way.

In London this problem has been recognized.  A study was undertaken at many locations to see whether pedestrians or drivers should be given priority.   It was decided on a cautious approach on the basis that if three times as many pedestrians crossed a minor street than vehicles entered into it then the junction would be modified to give pedestrians priority.

Junction Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before, above – after, below.

Junction After

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fears that drivers would present a danger were unfounded.

If any change is made to Weybridge town centre these modifications would be a useful improvement to our town.  We could always go the whole hog.

Other town locations shown below

Monument Green East

 

 

 

 

 

Walking to Morrisons across Springfield Lane

Monument Green West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another junction that could be a crossover.

Monument Green North

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance to the Ship Hotel should be converted into a crossover at the next opportunity.

High Street 47

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance to an office car park is another case of very low volume car traffic again high volume pedestrian traffic.

Church Street Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although more cars use the hospital entrance I think people crossing would come out top.

Church Street Minorca

 

 

 

 

 

Minorca Road could be an opportunity too but we would have to look at the figures.  The examples below would need to be checked for traffic figures but are in contention.

Church Street 2

 

 

 

 

 

Churchfields Road

High Street Elmgrove

 

 

 

 

 

Elmgrove Road

High Street Baker

 

 

 

 

 

Baker Street.  Some are saying that this end of Baker Street should be pedestrianized in any case.

Warning on public health cuts in Surrey

healthcareFigures released by the national department of health show the Conservative national government is planning to cut £2.2m from the public health budget across Surrey.

This will have a direct impact on efforts to improve health at local level because the public health budget relieves pressure on English NHS hospitals and clinics by helping people to solve their own health problems before they become serious.

For example, the budget helps finance work to promote exercise, give up smoking and tackle drug addiction.

Cllr Hazel Watson, Surrey’s Leader of the Liberal Democrats opposition, said: “These planned cuts of £2.2m to Surrey’s public health budget are the wrong cuts, made in the wrong way.  The public health budget is an important support system for our NHS and these planned cuts represent a false economy which will only end up costing the government and the NHS more than is saved.

Thames Ditton Community Centre open day

Thames ditton community centreElmbridge will be celebrating the newly refurbished therapy room at the Thames Ditton Centre with an open day taking place on Monday, 21 september.

Pop down to enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and cakes while meeting the new barber and movement specialist. There will also be a variety of classes taking place to give a taster of what the centre has to offer.

The mayor will be presented to launch the new ‘Men in Sheds’ project while Bright Shadows Theatre Company will be providing ‘Mrs Minteeda’s Marvellous Mind’ to demonstrate what it is like to live with dementia through a series of activities.

To find out more about the open day click here and for further information on the ‘Men in Sheds’ Project, click here.

Hydrate with 8 quiz winner

Hydrate with 8 logoShirley Way from Claygate is the proud winner of the Hydrate with 8 quiz, following the very successful Hydrate with 8 Campaign that ran during July 2015. Her reward was a voucher of £20 for Marks and Spencer from the generous sponsors of the campaign Walton Charity, and Walsingham Care. The prize giving took place on 25 August.

The Hydrate with 8 Campaign visited 14 different locations around the borough which included GP surgeries, sheltered housing schemes and hospitals and because of the sponsorship, nearly 1,000 mugs and coasters, which promote the 8 drinks a day message, were given away.

Included in the campaign were the 228 recipients of the Meals on Wheels service in the borough. Hydrate with 8 mugs and coasters were personally delivered by the fantastic team of volunteers who support the service run by Community Support Services.

If you would like to find out more about the Hydrate with 8 Campaign log onto the Elmbridge website or if you would like to know more about Community Support Services including volunteering, please call 01372 474552