Christmas in Hersham event 14th December all welcome

By | November 19, 2019

The Mayor will switch on the Christmas lights then there will be some carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies at the Watermans. All are welcome to this traditional community event. The raffle, with proceeds to the Hersham food bank, will be drawn during the evening. More details to follow – but for the moment please note the date and time!

meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th November

By | November 16, 2019

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th November @ 7.30 at The Watermans (function room) to discuss the Christmas event to be held 14th December. This will include an update and to tackle any outstanding items. All welcome (HRA members and non members) to attend listen and contribute ideas and perhaps assist if you are able.

HRA meeting all welcome 5th November

By | October 30, 2019

Please see the Agenda for the next HRA meeting at 7:30 at the Watermans Arms Function Room – all welcome.

One of the things we will be discussing, and would like your feedback on, are the arrangements for the HRA community Christmas in Hersham event on the 14th of December.

We hope to see you at the meeting on the 5th (next Tuesday).

HRA useful meeting on 24th September 2019

By | September 27, 2019

HRA meeting
The HRA held a very useful meeting on 24th September 2019 ñ- A few key extracts from the meeting are reported below in no particular order:
Dates mentioned during the meeting:
Date of next HRA meeting was agreed as 5th November – at the Watermans Arms Function Room as normal, all welcome please mark this in your diaries.
The date of the Christmas in Hersham gathering was re-confirmed as 14th December
A quiz to be run by the HVS on Friday 25th October to raise money for Elmbridge Mencap (at the Day Centre)was highlighted
It was noted that Remembrance Sunday falls on the 10th of November this year, and the HRA as normal will be be laying a wreath on behalf of Hersham residents.
Other Hersham news:
Village hall reopening – it was reported that there had been some recent debate about this amongst Elmbridge elected members and issues had been raised about cost etc, it was agreed that our committee should try and find out more about the current situation and then comment as required.
Although we have over 1000 Twitter followers, it was agreed that the HRA could do more to raise their profile on social media. As part of this, it was agreed that at a new Facebook page should be established and promoted with fresh passwords that would potentially allow several volunteers to help manage and promote it.
There was a discussion about social events and it was agreed that the 14th of December Christmas Hersham gathering will need careful thought and organisational planning very soon – any volunteers who would like to assist would be welcome (plse email info@hershamresidents.info)
Various other possible events were raised for discussion / any updates including a dog show and the possibility of a Hersham Carnival; more consideration was needed to decide whether either of these might be viable
The local plan consultation was discussed.
Whilst the undesirability of unbalanced development across the UK leading to continued ‘overbuilding’ in the South East was highlighted, the necessity for some more homes in Elmbridge and the reality of government targets were also recognised.
Alongside the need to provide new homes – the crucial need for the necessary supporting infrastructure was also highlighted.
It was recognised there could be advantages of larger developments which Incorporated infrastructure at the planning stage; and disadvantages of small-scale piecemeal infill type development which woud alter existing residential densities – but perhaps not be accompanied by the necessary infrastructure.
For these (above) reasons, the committee were most drawn to option 3 of the consultation proposals. It was agreed the HRA would respond to the consultation to reflect these (initial) views.
There was discussion about the River Mole Sluce Gate improvement scheme, which it was understood has now been dropped; the committee was pleased with this news
Hersham Riverside was briefly discussed and it was noted that a leaflet on this subject with input from Elmbridge is still pending

PUBLIC MEETING on Friday 20th SEPTEMBER

By | September 10, 2019

HERSHAM VILLAGE SOCIETY are holding a PUBLIC MEETING on Friday 20th SEPTEMBER 2019 at the Hersham Community Centre, Burhill Road, Hersham : Followed by a short talk on Hersham History (especially for new comers) Hersham Councillors will be in attendance to update you on Elmbridge and Surrey matters. Doors open 6.30 p.m. Meeting commences at 7.15 p.m. Refreshments All welcome to attend, ask questions or raise matters of concern to Hersham. You may send questions to office@hershamvillagesociety.org.uk

The Hersham Community Centre is opposite Piglets Play Centre where you may park, we are just across the road.

Agenda for HRA meeting 24th September 7:30 Watermans Arms Function Room

By | September 5, 2019

The agenda for our next meeting on 24th September 7:30 at the Watermans Arms Function Room is available here - all are welcome (whether or not you are a current member of the HRA) to hear the discussion and contribute if you wish.

The agenda is flexible, so if there is something that you would like to raise please let us know mailto:info@hershamresidents.info and come along to the meeting.

Friends of Hersham Library Art Exhibition, with tea and cakes! Sat 31st August from 10:00 until 14:00

By | August 29, 2019

As a keen supporter of Friends of Hersham Library – the HRA would encourage people to attend this event and help support your local library. See poster for more details which can be downloaded here: –

FHL Poster_31st August 2019
The event is free, and there will be an art exhibition in the garden.

Consultation on creating a new Elmbridge Local Plan which will set the framework for new development in the Borough; – comments requested before the 30th September

By | August 28, 2019

This important consultation is to gather views on 5 options for meeting the borough’s housing need as part of the preparation of a new Local Plan.
The local plan, when finalised, will set the framework for new development in the Borough. Full details are posted on the Elmbridge website here: click here for full details. Please have a look and copy any comments to the HRA ASAP before our meeting on the 24th September, (at the Watermans Arms 7:30) when we will finalise our response on the basis of feedback from Hersham residents and businesses. Please mailto:info@hershamresidents.info

The package of documents on the Elmbridge website includes a very helpful animation to help understand the purpose of a local plan and the purpose of this consultation. It also includes an interactive Map to view the 5 options being proposed, this allows you to zoom in to the Hersham area. Further background including the timetable for the review, consultation and envisaged publication of a new plan is also explained in a document called the “Local Development Scheme” is also available on the Elmbridge website and can be accessed here.

Discussions at HRA meeting on 30 July

By | July 30, 2019

The HRA held a very useful meeting on 26 July – some extracts from the discussions are reported below in no particular order:

Dates mentioned during the meeting:
1. Date of next HRA meeting was agreed as 24th September – all welcome please mark this in your diaries.
2. Date of Christmas confirmed as 14th December
3. A quiz to be run by the HVS on Friday 25th October to raise money for Elmbridge Mencap (at the Day Centre)wad highlighted
4. The next application period for CIL funding, for 2020-2021, is anticipated to open in February 2020, with the boards being held in June and early July 2020.

Other Hersham news:
1. Village hall reopening still planned pending estimates
2. Hersham Beer Festival agreed as a great event – 2000 people attended and there were only 5 complaints – however it was suggested that the volume was a little too loud.
3. Double yellow lines are to be painted on the corner of Thrupps Lane and Mole Road to improve visiblity at this corner.

Possible events discussed:
1. Discussion about a possible Hersham Carnival – the subject was debated with however no firm conclusions
2. Help for Heros event – there was some discussion about whether this could be organised again in the memorial gardens (next year)

Planning matters were discussed:
1. The pending local plan consultation from 15 august to end Sept was notted and all agreed that this would be an important consultation for the HRA to consider.
2. It was reported that, after some delay, work to build more housing on the Rydens site is to proceed.

Other:
1. River Mole sluices were discussed. The EA apparently (following local feedback) now don’t have any plans to open sluices and lower river levels, although a range of other options remain open and this matter will be the subject of future discussion
2. Homes for Hersham scheme discussed – this scheme for creating affordable housing was at the early stages of planning – further updates to be provided

A certificate of appreciation from Hersham Youth Trust was noted:
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The next HRA committee meeting will be on 30th July

By | July 28, 2019

The next HRA committee meeting will be on 30th July 7:30 at the Watermans Arms Function Room – all are very welcome, whether you have any connection with the HRA or not.

In addition to some debate about current planning matters, items for discussion will include: –

  • Changes to the sluices on the river Mole from Hersham downstream
  • Help for Heroes Concert
  • Scrabble competition
  • Hersham carnival
  • Parking at corner Thrupps Lane and Mole Road
  • Hersham beer festival 5th/6th July – Report
  • Discussion about a possible dog show
  • Re-opening of Hersham Village Hall
  • Mail chimp
  • Community Infrastructure Levy CIL
  • Christmas in Hersham
  • Friends of Hersham Library
  • New Council housing proposed by Roy Green
  • Homes for Hersham launch
  • Notice board and tubs
  • Riverside (walk)
  • Hersham Youth Trust volunteers
  • A proposed cheese and wine evening with local councillors and business organisations

There will of course be opportunities for comment on the above and any other matters – your input is valuable so do come along.