We have been advised that South Western Railway is planning to instal ticketing gates at Hampton Court Station. This is part of an exercise to gate 13 additional stations across the network to reduce fare evasion. The works to install the gate line at Hampton Court will start in early November and will finish just before Christmas this year.
Elmbridge Borough Council is reviewing all polling districts and polling places in the Borough.
As part of the consultation, the Returning Officer, Robert Moran, will comment on the suitability of polling stations within each polling district. These will be available to view on the Council’s website and through the Electoral Services team, based at the Civic Centre in Esher.
The Council welcomes the views of all residents as it is keen to ensure that its polling districts and places meet the needs of all our residents.
When making comments -please, if possible, offer alternative place suggestions.
The consultation is open from 12 November to 17 December 2018. You can respond by email to email@example.com or by post to Electoral Services, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, KT10 9SD.
The Returning Officer will consider all representations and approve the final scheme on 25 January 2019. The results of the consultation will be published at elmbridge.gov.uk/elections.
Elmbridge Borough Council has been granted a three year protective injunction banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments and fly-tipping on all identified public land.
On 8 November the High Court extended the three-month injunction granted in August for a further three years. The injunction covers all of the Borough’s parks, open spaces and car parks.
The injunction prevents any individual from occupying land or depositing waste as well as stopping anyone from entering, or occupying any part of the land for residential purposes, including caravans, mobile homes and vehicles. This has proved a very effective deterrent during the temporary injunction. It will also prevent the Council from having to obtain court orders for the removal of these encampments, which can take several days to obtain, and will authorise High Court enforcement officers to move people on if they take no notice of the injunction order. Failure to do so can result in imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets.
The Council evidenced large-scale fly-tipping and the cost of clearing it, damage to gates and barriers, lost parking income and the large increase in the number and size of recent encampments as well as the significant impact on communities living adjacent to each encampment and the loss of community facilities during the summer.
2018 has seen an unprecedented increase in levels of unauthorised encampments in Elmbridge, totalling 27 on public parks and open spaces as well as other recent encampments on private owned land such as Painshill Park. The size of these encampments has also risen dramatically with some encampments being over 60 vehicles in size.
More details will be available shortly on the Elmbridge Council website,
We have been advised by Surrey County Council (SCC) that there will be a temporary closure of Walton Road between its junctions with Rosemary Avenue and New Road, a distance of 255 metres.
Vehicular traffic will be diverted, west of the closure, via Walton Road, Hurst Road, Riverbank, Hampton Court Way, Creek Road, Bridge Road and Walton Road. East of the closure via Walton Road, Bridge Road, Creek Road, Hampton Court Way, Creek Road, Bridge Road, Riverbank, Hurst Road and Walton Road.
This is to enable SCC to carry out carriageway patching and/or resurfacing. The closure will operate from 31 October 2018 for a period of 5 days, however works are anticipated to take place over 2 nights between the hours of 20:00-06:00. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed.
The MRA has arranged for the Police and crime Commissioner David Monroe, and a senior police officer, to come and talk to local residents about local policing issues and concerns on Monday 10th December.
This event will take place at 7.45 pm at St Lawrence school. More information will be included in our next Newsletter.
Steve Bax seems to specialise in running the MRA down and making or supporting distorted claims about the MRA and its councillors in his edited Molesey News. We quote what he says in his latest Molesey News: ‘The MRA’s Summer Newsletter accused us of fabricating the claim in our May election leaflet that the RA and Liberal Democrat led Council had consulted on building thousands of homes in the green belt’.
Now what was actually said in the Conservative Molesey News Spring edition, prior to the May elections, about Housing: ‘The Residents Association political parties and Liberal Democrats………they proposed a quick fix of building more than 5000 homes on three large tracts of poor green belt ….’ Also the Conservative Housing spokesman is quoted as accusing the RA/Lib Dems of pressing on with a plan to build over our Green Belt.
The truth is that there was a Consultation document dealing with problems which the Council was facing included three possible options on housing for consideration by the public; 1) High Rise flats. 2) Very Significant Housing in the Green Belt. 3)Relatively small areas of what was considered non-critical Green Belt to be given up for housing.
This Public Consultation document originated from Council Planning officers and the issue of it to the public was agreed by the RA GROUP/LIB DEM Cabinet and was not objected to by the Conservative Group. In fact the document was headed ‘A New Local Plan’-Strategic Options Consultation’. The simple fact is that this was issued to get the public’s views on possible solutions to Housing, Employment, Retail and Infrastructure in the Borough and as such, no plans were therefore in place. Oddly, Bax says in criticism, ‘A local Plan is vital’. The options in the document were then twisted in the Conservative Molesey News as to be actual factual decisions. The Spring edition made no mention of the document being a public consultation paper but presented it as actual RA/Lib Dem decisions.
The Conservative article also states..’Our opponents shamefully referred our leaflet to the police’. In fact it was the Chief Executive of Elmbridge, who is also the Election Returning Officer, who made complaints to the Police and the Electoral Commission about this distortion. By definition of his job, the Chief Executive cannot show bias to any political party and therefore must have taken the view that the Conservative statements were a gross distortion of the Council’s position, which the above facts clearly demonstrate.
The Molesey Your Voice Matters meeting has been re-arranged to Thursday 15 November 7-9pm at Hurst Park Primary School. This is to avoid any clash with other events taking place in the area on the original date of 6 November.
The link for residents to sign up to the event is: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-voice-matters-molesey-tickets-49081512124
“Your Voice Matters” public meetings are taking place across Elmbridge and are part of the My Elmbridge (click to follow link) programme to engage, inform and consult local residents.
These meetings give residents the opportunity to engage face to face with Councillors and officers.
The meeting for Molesey will take place in the Molesey Centre for the Community on Tuesday 6 November.
The event will start at 7pm with an informal drop-in session involving Councillors, officers and partners which will allow residents to discuss local issues and find out more about local services. From 7.30pm the Leader of the Council will give a presentation on local issues including topics specific to the locality. The event will then end with a Q&A for residents involving the Leader. The session will finish by 9pm.
If you are interested you can book a place at the event via the link (click to follow link) here.
Jessica Hepburn, author and campaigner will give a talk at Molesey Library on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost just £5.
Jessica is a former director of the Lyric Theatre who has taken on some of the world’s most iconic endurance challenges (including swimming the English Channel) to raise money for people struggling with infertility.
Don’t miss this remarkable and inspiring story.
We have received the following information about further gas works in Molesey:
“Following on from my communication earlier in the year I would like to provide you with a brief update about the upgrade of our gas network in Molesey.
Our project is progressing well although we have encountered some engineering difficulties causing a delay in completing our work. We’re currently working in Walton Road between Grange Road and New Road. From Monday 17 September we will be working on Walton Road between New Road and St Peters Road, we expect to complete this work by 21 September. To ensure everyone’s safety 2-way temporary traffic lights will be in place around our work area that we’ll continue to manually control to keep the traffic flowing.
We still have some further work to do in Walton Road and we’re currently planning this in partnership with Surrey County Council. Once the details of this are confirmed I will share them with you.
Information, maps of our work and updates can be found on our dedicated project page at: https://www.sgn.co.uk/Roadworks/Southern-projects/Molesey-Walton-Road/
We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Molesey businesses and residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.
Please share this information with your own stakeholders and/or anyone else you think may be impacted by our work.
I hope I have been able to reassure you of our commitment to deliver a safe project and keep you updated. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Dan Edwards, Stakeholder and Community Manager”
We receive regular enquiries about the maintenance arrangements for the communal areas on the Bishop Fox Estate, such as the parking areas, grassed areas and the shrubs and trees.
In common with a number of other newly built housing estates, the developers who built the Bishop Fox estate made no long-term arrangements or funding for the ongoing general management of the estate. The problem is exacerbated in the case of Bishop Fox by the fact that the original purchaser of the land actually lost money when land values fell, and the land was subsequently sold off in parcels to various developers at a loss, so the development cannot be traced to a single source.
The brief history is that a Trust was set up by the developers with very limited funds to manage the Bishop Fox recreational areas, but the funds were insufficient, and eventually ran out. When concerned residents raised concerns about the lack of maintenance Molesey Residents Association (MRA) councillors Mike Axton & Stuart Selleck led efforts in pressing for a long-term solution with Elmbridge Council and Surrey County Council (SCC). As a stopgap, MRA provided some funds to allow grass cutting to continue on a short term basis. MRA County Councillor Ernest Mallett initially persuaded SCC to make some grants to ensure grass-cutting etc could be continued. This enabled maintenance to continue for a further 3 years, but it was not a long-term solution.
Eventually MRA Councillors were able to persuaded SCC to donate £60,000 to EBC as a commuted sum to enable EBC to provide grass cutting services of the recreational areas for the long-term. This system is still in operation, but there is still a risk that SCC could withdraw the funds at some point, particularly as the original Trust has now sold the recreational land to a private owner.
These arrangements do not, however, cover the estate’s trees and shrubbery, or any maintenance of the car parking areas or private highway verges. EBC made some repairs to some fencing and gates on a voluntary basis, and also removed some broken recreational equipment. SCC has also, on occasion, voluntarily cut back some of the pavement growth of vegetation and removed some trees which had become dangerous. The problem is that neither Council was under any legal obligation to carry out this work.
Recently, MRA County Councillor Ernest Mallett has negotiated an agreement with Elmbridge StreetSmart, a body funded by both EBC and SCC, to deal with the overgrowth on the central part of the Bishop Fox Way pavement. StreetSmart has, however, specifically refused his request to deal with overhanging growth on the pavements at both entrances to the estate. They have insisted, and reiterated, that this job is the responsibility of the occupiers of the houses from which the overgrowth stems.
We should explain that it is very unusual for any Council to fund work on non-Council owned land. The grass-cutting and other work which the Councils have carried out has only happened at Bishop Fox because of the strong representation of Molesey Residents Association councillors over a number of years.
So the overall problem remains. Because no arrangements were ever made to charge Bishop Fox householders a maintenance fee to establish funding for maintenance of the communal areas, the only real recourse is for Bishop Fox residents to get together and form a residents association to fund and deal with the local maintenance of surfaces, shrubs and trees.