Sunflower competition 2018

By | September 10, 2018

Sunflowers seem to be maturing later this year. However the judging so far has revealed a clear front runner for the height category – at 3 meters and 24 cms. If you can beat this please send details and a picture to The winner will be announced shortly.

Development at Whiteley Village

By | August 22, 2018

At the HRA committee meeting on 8 August it was noted that a previously refused application to build a significant number of dwellings on Chestnut Meadow in Whiteley Village and additional care facilities in the region of Whiteley Walk was now the subject of an appeal hearing under the jurisdiction of an inspector representing the Secretary of State. There was concern that this development would be detrimental to the wider infrastructure in Hersham and to the rural nature of the intended development area. It was agreed that the HRA would deliver a submission at the hearing objecting to the appeal being lodged by Whiteley Village to have the refusal overturned. The HRA submission was read out at the hearing on 21/08/18 and is posted here on the HRA blog for information.

Turners Lane

By | August 20, 2018

At a well attended HRA meeting at the Bricklayers Arms on 8 August there was concern about developments at Turners Lane triggered by Burhill Estates recent moves to claim legal ownership of the lane. There was speculation that this might lead to an intensification of use and eventual two way traffic to the golf club designed to service further facilities to be developed at the club in future. It was understood that Hersham councillors would be meeting with Burhill Estates to discuss the matter.

It was suggested that those who live on Turners Lane, should link up to discuss next steps to express their views most effectively. It was agreed that the HRA would also make representations to express their views about the potential intensification of use of the lane in line with their previous comments in 2016. HRA 2016 response to Turners Lane developments

As a separate, but related issue it was noted that Burhill had objected to Surrey County Council’s consultation to assign ‘restricted byway’ status to Turners Lane. This objection triggered an appeal procedure – to be determined by a government inspector towards the end of the year. Whilst it was understood that the status of a ‘restricted byway’ would not prevent the golf club and its members using the lane, it was felt that it might help check substantial further development. It was agreed that the HRA would write to the Government Inspector in October to express their support for making Turners Lane a restricted byway.

Hersham Village Hall Update from Elmbridge

By | July 19, 2018

At the full council meeting of Elmbridge Borough held on 18 July, an announcement was made that the Council will be seeking views on a comprehensive redevelopment on the site of Hersham Centre and Hall. An extract from the post on Elmbridge B Council’s website states:

“ In consultation with the residents and key stakeholders we will look to create a state of the art community hub facility. We have a fantastic opportunity to bring together leisure facilities, community social events, perhaps even health facilities in one building, a building that is fit for purpose and not one that is patched together and a building that will form a focal point for the whole community. We will seek approval in the autumn to conduct a project feasibility study with a view to progressing the rebuild as soon as possible.
The full post can be accessed on the elmbridge website

Hersham Residents Association should play an important role in helping to promote discussion and feeding back views to Elmbridge. Our committee will have this on the agenda for their next meeting on 20 September. Please email for further details.

Hersham Community Council, Some Significant Developments

By | July 18, 2018

Hersham Community Council logoFollowing the submission of a petition from the Hersham Community Council Steering Group, Elmbridge Council, has set the wheels in motion to carry out a formal review on the proposal to create a Community Council by getting the opinions of local people and organisations.

For more detailed information about the Community Council including what it is, how it would operate, and why it would be beneficial for Hersham, see the HCCSG website

The terms of reference for the consultation were agreed with the Hersham Community Council Steering Group, and were endorsed by Elmbridge Councillors at a full council meeting on 18 July. The agenda for this meeting included a helpful report which explains the background and more about the consultation (called a community governance review), the report can be found on the Council’s website click here

The report agreed by councillors suggests a timetable as follows:

28 August 2018 Council to publish Terms of Reference.
Eight-week consultation period commences with local people and interested parties.
23 October 2018 at 5.00 p.m. Closing date for consultation period.
24 October 2018 Period of consideration of submissions received starts. Final recommendations are prepared for Council meeting.
5 December 2018 Council to consider consultation responses and determine final recommendations.
10 December 2018 Final recommendations are published – concluding the Review and initiating any required actions.

Delays in updating the blog

By | July 13, 2018

Apologies that the HRA Hersham blog hasn’t been kept up-to-date over the last few months (since the AGM) with the usual efficiency, this is due to temporary pressures of work and life on members of the committee. However, normal service is being resumed – and some new additional items have been added – but backdated to maintain the blog’s date order continuity. You might want to scroll down through the last few items to see what’s new.

Andrew Sturgis

By | June 11, 2018

It was with great sadness that the HRA committee and members heard that Andrew passed away on 10th June 2018, aged 100, at St Mary’s Church, Oatlands where he was attending a social barbeque event.

Andrew was a founder member and later President of Hersham Residents Association (the HRA). He was a lynchpin, an inspiration and active HRA committee member to the last. He was a passionate campaigner on local issues and championed the ongoing campaign to create a community council for Hersham. He contributed perceptive and detailed comments and provided leadership at meetings and on email right up to the end of his life.

His enthusiastic, positive and determined approach to living and his sense of fun will be remembered by all who knew him. He will be much missed by family, friends and the local community.

At the next meeting of the HRA committee (on 8 August) a suitable tribute to Andrew will be considered.

Welcome to Hersham!

By | May 26, 2018

If you have recently moved to Hersham – this leaflet is for you!

HRA resident welcome leaflet

…. longer term residents might also be interested – why not take a look and pass this leaflet to a new neighbour in your street?
Weblinks to local facilities / Services clubs etc are included – if you pass the leaflet on electronically. It’s also designed to work as a bi-fold leaflet if you print it out to hand directly to a new neighbour.

This leaflet was distributed at the HRA AGM on 17 May 2018 – (this is a word version posted here for potential update when necessary)

HRA Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2018.

By | May 25, 2018

The HRA held its Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2018. This was a very successful event and provided an opportunity to hear about and debate current local issues including planning matters, the recent local elections, parliamentary boundary proposals, Riverside Park and the campaign to create a community council for Hersham.

It was agreed to maintain the same membership fee as last year and to make small donations from HRA funds to: Hersham in Bloom; Friends of Hersham Library; and the Hersham Youth Trust. Membership of the committee was agreed for 2018/9.

Following the formal business there was a fascinating talk about Hersham History from one of our members who works a volunteer at Elmbridge Museum. The talk focused on archived writings from a Hersham resident who described a walk through the village. The account painted a picture of Hersham between the wars and highlighted tensions between development and conservation which are still very familiar to us today.

Draft minutes and a copy of the Chairs report will be posted here on this blog in due course.

Proposed Drake Park development turned down.

By | May 24, 2018

On May 24th it was announced that the Drake Park development which proposed over 1000 houses on land north of Hersham Station had been rejected by the Government Planning Inspector who had been brought in to make a judgment between the opposing views held by the council and the developers. As far as the HRA is concerned this was good news.

The HRA was one of the local organisations who have consistently opposed this development on the grounds of infrastructure generally and particularly road capacity on the Molesey Road and in the Hersham area generally. The HRA has submitted formal comments at all key stages in the process (supporting Elmbridge’s position) most recently to the Government Planning Inspector.

The HRA committee were extremely pleased with the inspector’s final decision. The HRA’s comments to the inspector were posted on the HRA blog (responses section) here scroll to item dated 22 June 2017)

The announcement on Elmbridge BC’s website can be accessed here : –