Update on the HRA AGM and public meeting held on 15 April 2014

By | May 23, 2014

HRA AGM on 15 May 2014 – update and chair’s report.

The recent HRA AGM went well and the association’s activity and achievements during the last year were noted, as outlined in the Chairs report. [Click the link following link for the HRA Chair’s Report to the AGM on 8 May 2014.  All agreed that one of the highlights from last year was the Christmas Hersham lights switch-on ‘spectacular’ attended by the Mayor. A suggested repeat of this community event was welcomed.

The formal AGM business was followed by a public meeting to discuss current Hersham issues. Top on the list was the proposed 6 storey flats which will replace an existing 3 storey office building if planning permission is granted in later in June. HRA members at the meeting agreed with the committee that a 6 story building next to the Catholic Church would be too high.   Many felt that it would not be in keeping with Hersham’s village character. It was agreed a petition would be launched to help campaign for a refusal of this particular application.

The subject of pathways and cycle lanes association with the Rydens redevelopment was debated. It was recognised that the changes in this part of Hersham could represent opportunities to improve cycle lanes and pathways for local residents. The changing character of Turners Lane was also highlighted and there was concern that the rural atmosphere in the area shouldn’t be eroded. It was felt that this should be monitored during the year. There was a note of concern raised during any other business about crime in Hersham and there was a useful discussion about how this might be minimised.

The meeting finished with a summary of forthcoming social events in Hersham with special reference to the ‘Big Lunch’ – a bring your own picnic event aimed at neighbours getting to know each other better. This will takes place on Vauxmead on 1st June from 12.15.

Membership: Existing members were reminded that it was time to renew membership; and that now is a good time of year to become a member of the HRA – details of how to join are on the HRA website.  see http://hershamresidents.info/joinus.html

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