The HRA committee discussed the new local plan at its last meeting and decided to meet again during the Elmbridge local plan exhibition event on Thursday 26 January 7-9pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher to help finalise the HRA response. (Whilst the Elmbridge deadline has just been extended until 24 February, we would still like to hear views from Hersham residents as soon as possible.)
Please do attend and join them – link up at the meeting by emailing email@example.com
Our concerns so far relate to:
- the scale of housing required (nearly 10,000 units by 2035) and the impact on infrastructure – particularly traffic but also schools and health services
- questions about how reasonable the targets are for Elmbridge bearing in mind that much of the green belt under consideration across the Borough is land which should have been eliminated at the outset as impossible to develop in view of its protected status, for example common land and land of special scientific interest etc
- the future use of land either side of the Queens Road before and after Sir Richards Bridge Roundabout – this wooded area currently provides a break in what would otherwise become in the view of many of our committee – unchecked urban sprawl
- the document examining small scale parcels of land in Hersham itself which seems to make early judgements about the use and value of the land – apparently seeming to pre-judge the wider consultation; views from Hersham residents which we can feed back to Elmbridge would be valuable.
This EBC event provides an opportunity to hear from EBC about their priorities and challenges and ask questions of the leader of the council. This year it is on the 18th January - click here for details of the event
Our next meeting is coming up soon – an agenda has not yet been finalised, so any views, concerns or queries about Hersham, ideas for improvement or innovation would be welcome. Any ideas about how the HRA could do things differently and better would also be useful.
If you would be interested in attending the next meeting you would be very welcome, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible agenda items gathered so far include:-
- the EBC local plan and what implications it might have for Hersham
- a suggestion to create a Hersham Christmas lights competition for Dec 2017
- CIL grant applications
- local planning matters
- an HRA newsletter
Elmbridge is currently consulting on a new local plan. This is a really important document which sets out priorities and future strategy for housing, leisure and business in the Borough. Elmbridge residents are being asked to give their views and the HRA will be responding from a Hersham perspective.
To help us do this we would like any views from Hersham residents to help us create a response before the deadline of 10 February. If you have any comments please send these to email@example.com by the start of February if you can. The key thing to look at is the Strategic Options Consultation Document – but for more background click the link in the following webpage:
There will also be public exhibitions at the following venues in January and February when residents will have the chance to find out more about the proposals. Any feedback from people who have attended one of these events would be very valuable.
– Tuesday 10 January 7-9pm Weybridge Library Lecture Hall (1st floor)
– Wednesday 11 January 7-9pm Cobham Community Centre
– Thursday 19 January 7-9pm Hinchley Wood Secondary School
– Monday 23 January 7-9pm Cecil Hepworth Playhouse (Walton)
– Thursday 26 January 7-9pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher
– Saturday 4 February 10-2pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher
HRA’s comments on the Drake Park application to build over 1000 housing units on the border of Hersham generated much discussion at the last committee meeting. The HRA response can be downloaded here drake-park-pdf (or hra-response-to-drake-park-application-november-2016)
There are various events and activities planned in Hersham this Christmas which the HRA will be highlighting / signposting on the Hersham Hub and elsewhere as and when information is provided, so watch this space. For example EBC has asked the HRA to spread the word about a family Santa Run – this year in Coronation Recreation Ground – it sounds great fun and well worth supporting – click family-santa-run-2016 for further details.
HRA would like to say thanks to our sponsors and supporters!
Hersham’s Sunflower Competition has been a great success again this year, with sunflowers grown in gardens all across Hersham. Over twenty of these were put forward for judging and each had to be carefully measured and assessed. The winner of the tallest category went to a fantastic specimen grown in Pembrook Avenue who clinched the HRA £25 cash prize with her impressive sunflower (see photo below).
The competition was designed to help brighten up Hersham, and that’s why some of the prize categories focused on flowers which were visible form the street. West Grove won the prize for the street with the most number of visible sunflowers and growers there all received prize vouchers from Squires – for more seeds!
There was also a £25 Squires voucher prize that growers of short sunflowers could win; the prize for the nearest to a randomly selected height decided on the day before judging, went to a plant which was nearest to the selected 1.2m height along Molesey Road – see photo below left.
The best Street facing display went to a grower along Queensway North, who was delighted with their £25 Squries voucher – see above right.
The prize vouchers and the seeds for the competition were generously donated by Squires Garden Centre in Hersham; Flowers and Things in Hersham also helped support and promote the competition, especially around seed planting time. Hersham Residents Association (the HRA) organised the competition with Hersham in Bloom, and were very pleased that many said that it created a bit of community sprit and plenty of discussion between neighbours.
The HRA exists to help promote Hersham and its community, and has run various competitions over the last few years with that in mind. If you have any thoughts or ideas for a community competition in 2017, or would like support the work of the HRA they’d be pleased to hear from you. Do you think we should run the competition again next year – or try something different – any views mailto: at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 29th September the Hersham Community Council Group launched an initiative to promote the creation of a Community Council for Hersham. An item about the launch was published in the Surrey Ad as below –
– but the following will explain the background: –
The Hersham Community Council Group is a non-political group of local people who have come together to promote the creation of a community council for Hersham following the recent Elmbridge boundary changes. These changes have seen Hersham North and South Wards replaced by a much smaller Hersham Village Ward. As a result, many voters who used to be in Hersham are now represented by councillors from Esher, Burwood & Oatlands and St Georges Weybridge.
The new ward boundaries create an uncertain future for Hersham and its continued sense of identity and community. So, what can be done? Now that the new ward boundaries are fixed, a community council offers the only way to keep Hersham on the map and collectively represent the people who live there.
The Community Council Group suggest that creating a Community Council will help ensure a better future for Hersham – by putting Hersham first
A community council for Hersham would:-
- Re-establish and retain Hersham’s identity and heritage using natural geographic and historic boundaries
- Provide a focus for lobbying for Hersham residents and for maximising and channelling investment in Hersham
- Strengthen Hersham’s community and ability to represent and serve its residents
The community council which the campaigners would like to see established would focus on local issues that matter to local people without the political wrangling. They suggest that in an uncertain future where borough and county services to residents, and remaining green space across Elmbridge are under increasing pressure, how can we afford not to have a community council?
Further details about the campaign are to be provided – watch this space
Background from the previous post: –
Hersham Community Council Launch Event 29 September.
A launch event for the initiative to create a Community Council for Hersham took place on Thursday 29th September in the WI Hall in Burhill Road. The theme of the evening was the benefits of a community council. The Hersham Community Council Steering Group invited all Hersham residents to come along, listen to the arguments and ask questions.
Click this link to see the flyer which provides some useful background information
At the last HRA committee meeting it was suggested that the association should and its membership should help identify notable trees in Hersham which are worth highlighting and protecting. Any comments about this project – or suggestions about particular trees mailto:email@example.com
The HRA response to a planning consultation and associated new traffic flow system using Turners Lane was approved at an HRA committee on 15 September 2016 and is available here. If you have any comments about this please mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org