Category Archives: News and updates

News and updates from the Molesey Residents’ Association.

05/12/2017 – Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding 

The impact of growth and progress on an area can often cause frustration with busier roads, longer wait times for GP appointments and fewer school places, but the Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL can help.

Created by the Government in 2010, it allows Councils to raise funds from some new forms of development, to help fund the infrastructure demands of new housing development in an area. In the last few years this funding has contributed to a number of local projects, and Elmbridge Council is now inviting applications for funding from the CIL for more local projects.

We would encourage all local organisations who have ideas and projects to improve local infrastructure in Molesey to apply. Applications should be submitted between 20 November and 19 January, adn furtehr information, and the application form, is available on the Elmbridge Council website.

05/12/2017 – Hinchley Wood School Consultation on Admission Arrangements for September 2019

The Governing Board of Hinchley Wood School is currently determining proposed admissions arrangements for entry to the school in September 2019.  As determined by the School Admissions Code and The School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, we are required to consult with you.

There are changes proposed to the admissions criteria both for Years 7-11 and for the Sixth Form and the following documents are attached:
·         Explanation of Proposed Changes to Admission Arrangements for Years 7-11 and Sixth Form for 2019
·         Proposed Admissions Criteria 2019 – Years 7-11 (changes highlighted in bold/italic)
·         Hinchley Wood School Catchment Area Map – Years 7-11 only
·         Proposed Admission Criteria for Sixth form 2019 (changes highlighted in bold/italic)
·         Proposed Application Form for Admission to Sixth Form for 2019
·         Proposed Supplementary Information Form
·         Consultation Response Form

Given the importance of publicising these changes, we would ask that you please make any interested parties aware of this consultation process, either through a website, twitter feed, in a newsletter or on a notice board.

If you have any comments on the proposed changes to our admission arrangements, please use the attached consultation response form or write to me at the address below or email ewalsh@hinchleywoodschool.co.uk by Friday 19th January 2018 so that we can determine our arrangements.  Alternatively you can access this consultation and download a response form from our school website at http://www.hinchleywoodschool.co.uk/1378/admissions-consultation-2019-arrangements.

Proposed EHS admissions criteria in 2019

Consultation Response Form

Draft Admissions Criteria 2019

Draft Admissions Criteria for Sixth Form for September 2019

Draft Supplementary Information Form

Explanation of Proposed Changes to Admissions Arrangements for Sep 19

HWS Catchment Area Map

Sixth Form Application Form Sept 2019 Entry

05/12/2017 – Volunteers work tirelessly to maintain Elmbridge riverbanks

A group of hard-working volunteers will be braving weather conditions over the winter months to maintain and enhance the towpath areas in Elmbridge. Their work to carry out vegetation management and wildlife habitat creation along the towpaths and open spaces in Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames and Molesey is all part of the Thames Landscape Strategy Towpath Management Plan which is written each year in co-ordination with the Local Council, Environment Agency and local community groups

Elmbridge Borough Council, The Thames Landscape Strategy and Surrey Care Trust’s Swingbridge volunteer project, work in partnership to conserve and enhance the riverbanks of Hurst Park, Weybridge and Desborough Island to name but a few and this is one of a number of initiatives to ensure the residents of Elmbridge can enjoy the area’s wonderful towpaths and riverside open spaces.

Over the last 10 years work has included the creation of wildlife areas in Hurst Park, scrub management along the towpaths and maintaining the views and access to the river. This successful partnership not only helps maintain the local riverbank habitats, it also encourages environmental education opportunities for the volunteers and community payback members; providing skills training on subjects such as hedge laying, coppicing, and boat handling.

Councillor Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services is a strong supporter of the need to maintain and enhance Elmbridge’s riverbanks;
“ Our riverbanks, towpaths and riverside open spaces are some of the great joys of living in Elmbridge. Anyone who has walked, cycled, run or sailed along the towpath from Weybridge to Molesey will know how beautiful it can be. However, the work involved in maintaining this special community asset is very time intensive and I whole heartedly thank all the volunteers who work so tirelessly.”

The project is always looking for support to keep it going. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to our work, please visit thames-landscape-strategy.org.uk.

 

05/12/2017 – Unauthorised moorings in the Borough

We are aware of an increase in boats moored without permission along the River Thames. Within the Public Right of Navigation there is deemed a right for boat owners to stop on land, subject to the necessary landowners consent, for a reasonable period. The Borough follows the Environment Agency’s policy that 24 hours is considered a reasonable time within normal navigation. Boats are entitled to stay for longer however, provided they have the landowner’s consent to do so.
The River has a complex range of land owners, and the law only allows the owners of the land that the boats are moored on to take action against an unauthorised mooring. This would include any potential byelaw which would only be effective on Elmbridge owned land. Land owners could include the Environment Agency, Network Rail or in a minority of cases Elmbridge Borough Council. At this point the landowner could consider applying to the Courts for a possession order, or other powers under their jurisdiction, to compel the boat owners to move their vessels. The sanctions for repeated tresspass offences are increasingly stringent, so this is the most effective method for dealing with this issue, and is the Environment Agency’s recommended approach.
Anyone who suspects a boat is moored to land without consent, should first contact the owner of that land to ensure that they are aware and can take appropriate action to resolve the matter, should they choose to do so.
Elmbridge Borough Council has no powers to move/evict boats which are not moored on Elmbridge owned land but continues to work with other agencies to try and resolve this issue. We are working closely with the EA who are taking action against a number of unauthorized moored boats on their land.
The Environment Agency (EA) will also seek to take action against any incidents of pollution in the river that are reported to them. If you witness any dumping of waste into the river you can report to the EA on their hotline 0800 807060 and the EA will investigate.
The Environment Agency undertakes regular boat registration checks including unauthorised moored boats. All boats are required to have valid registration including boat safety certification and insurance. If boats are found not to comply, then the Environment Agency will seek to enforce and will prosecute. The EA will seek to take action against any owner of any vessel which has sunk and has failed to be removed.
To report any other non urgent matter relating to the river please contact enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk or telephone 03708 506 506 during office hours.

05/12/2017 – Notification of major gas works: Molesey

All residents should be aware that Scotia Gas Networks have planned in upgrades to the gas network in Molesey. These essential works involve the replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area. Their contractors, KLT Construction, will undertake this work..

Residents may remember they carried out work in the area earlier this year. They were unable to complete the work due to engineering difficulties encountered. They looked at a number of options to overcome these difficulties while minimising disruption and now have two projects taking place to complete the work. They want to share the details of these with residents

“So that we can minimise disruption, we have carefully consulted and planned our works in close partnership with Surrey County Council and will continue to do so throughout our works.

Here is a short breakdown of each project:
Project 1 – Walton Road, East Molesey
This project starts on 02 January 2018 and is expected to last until 23 March 2018
We will be working in Walton Road between Dennis Road and Hansler Grove
There will be a temporary road closure of Walton Road at the junctions of Dennis Road, Park Road and Kent Road at different stages of the project (access will be maintained for residents and a signed diversion in place for all through traffic)
Bus stops within our work area will be suspended
Multi-way temporary traffic lights will be in use
Parking may be suspended in sections as required

Project 2 – Walton Road, West Molesey
This project starts on 26 March 2018 and is expected to last until 01 June 2018
We will be working in Walton Road from the junction of Rosemary Avenue to the junction of Grange Road
Bus stops within our work area will be suspended
Multi-way temporary traffic lights will be in use
Parking may be suspended in sections as required

So that we can explain more about our work and discuss access arrangements with residents, we have organised a drop-in session at Molesey Football Club, 412 Walton Road, West Molesey, KT8 2JG on Tuesday 12 December. You are welcome to attend at any time between 10am and 8pm.

Members of our project team will be on hand to answer questions and talk through our plans in more detail. Maps and plans of our work will also be on display. You are welcome to attend at any time.

We are producing a bespoke leaflet to provide further information about these projects, copies will be available at our drop-in session and I will send you a digital copy shortly.

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 residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

All businesses in the local area will remain open as usual. We do have a compensation scheme in place for local businesses which suffer a genuine loss of trade because of our work. Packs are available from our website, sgn.co.uk, via the Publications section.

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

06/11/2017 – Funding available for charities, community groups and voluntary sector organisations

Do you have a community project that could transform the lives of people in Elmbridge? Maybe you have the foundations of a great idea, but are struggling to secure funding? Elmbridge Borough Council is once again encouraging community groups, voluntary sector organisations and charities to apply for the Annual Grants fund. Each year the Council supports local groups and organisations who are making a difference in the Borough, by awarding individual grants of up to £4,000. The grant scheme is aimed at helping people who are in need, through supporting projects that can demonstrate a significant benefit to the community.

Peers from the voluntary, community and faith sector are invited to apply for funding from 1 November, for the 2018/19 financial year. Small, medium and large organisations are welcome to apply for funding to purchase equipment or cover project costs, with priority given to programmes that support vulnerable groups in Elmbridge. Previously, successful grants have been given to projects providing respite breaks to carers, advocacy to families and young people and crime prevention schemes.

Councillor Mrs Ruth Lyon the Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs says: “Elmbridge Council is committed to supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector. We are looking for grant applications from local groups who are supporting residents who need additional help. We also want to encourage applications from organisations who have not previously applied”.

The Voluntary Sector Support Team and Voluntary Action Elmbridge are running a Voluntary Sector Forum on Friday 24 November at the Civic Centre, Esher, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm where funders will be present to advise on their grants. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with other local organisations in the Borough and receive updates on the voluntary sector.

For an application form or to find out more about the Forum, please contact the Voluntary Sector Support Office, Community Support Services, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD, telephone 01372 474543, email scampbell@elmbridge.gov.uk or download the application form from the website: elmbridge.gov.uk/css/voluntary-sector-funding/

06/11/2017 – Consultation on admission arrangements for Surrey’s community and voluntary controlled schools for 2019

Surrey County Council is consulting on:

  • proposed changes to admission arrangements for some community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2019
  • the admission arrangements for all remaining community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2019

Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at Surrey Says (www.surreysays.co.uk).

We will write separately to all Parish Councils in Surrey but I would be grateful if you could draw this consultation to the attention of any local community or resident groups in your area who may have an interest in responding.  I attach a form of wording that you or they may wish to use in newsletters or on notice boards so that this consultation reaches the widest possible group.

The changes being proposed are as follows:

1.      Cranmere Primary School – decrease in published admission number for Reception from 90 to 60
2.      William Cobbett Primary School – decrease in published admission number for Reception from 40 to 30
3.      The Dawnay School – introduction of a feeder link from Polesden Lacey Infant School at Year 3
4.      Reigate Priory School – Introduction of a feeder link from Dovers Green and Holmesdale Community infant schools on a tiered basis

The consultation will run until Tuesday 12 December 2017. Anyone wishing to submit their views should complete an online response form. Alternatively paper response forms are available by telephoning the Surrey Schools and Childcare Service on 0300 200 1004. Please note that only response forms which are fully completed with the respondent’s name and address will be accepted.

After the closing date, responses will be collated and presented to Surrey County Council’s decision making Cabinet on 30 January 2018. Its decision will then need to be ratified by the full County Council on 6 February 2018. Once determined the final admission arrangements will be placed on Surrey’s website at www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions.

24/08/2017 – Travellers on Walton Road Recreation Ground

The travellers who settled at Walton Road recreation ground moved away on 22 August – the day before the Council’s application for a removal order was due to be considered by the Magistrates Court. Unfortunately they have left a considerable mess behind them. We understand that they have moved just over Walton Bridge into the Spelthorne Council area.

Elmbridge Council will now take steps to replace the lock on the entry gate and barrier, to clear the rubbish, and to repair the damage to the grounds.

In the event of future problems at this or other sites the best course of action is for residents to alert the Council, or one of your local MRA Councillors, immediately, so that the necessary action can be instigated as soon as possible.

22/08/2017 – Waste Collection Services – Update

Following on from the horrendous problems local residents experienced over the first few months of the new waste services contract, Elmbridge Council has reported that the performance of the waste collection service in Elmbridge is now at a similar level to that experienced under the previous contract. That doesn’t mean that no collections are being missed, but any missed bins are generally now being picked up within one working day.

The Council recognises that there is still work to do to improve the level of service further, in line with contractual requirements and residents’ expectations, and the teams at Joint Waste Solutions and Amey are continuing to work to achieve that. Daily discussions are continuing to take place to identify issues and agree short, medium and long term actions in order to deliver sustainable improvements.

We are continuing to monitor progress closely, and in the meantime residents should continue to report any missed collections. This is best done using the Council’s online form or, if you do not have access to this, by telephone on 01372 474474.

21/08/2017 – Travellers on Walton Road Recreation Ground

We have received numerous enquiries from residents who are concerned about the unwelcome arrival of the travellers at Walton Road Recreation ground. MRA Councillors alerted senior officers at Elmbridge Borough Council on 16 August, the day the travellers arrived, and have been working closely with the officers to secure their eviction as soon as possible.

There have been a number of similar incursions throughout the Borough recently, and the Council must follow an established procedure for dealing with them. As a first step the Council’s Gypsy & Traveller Liaison Officer visited the site to carry out an assessment, as required under the legal protocol for dealing with unauthorised gypsy & traveller sites. and on 17 August the Council served the intruders with a Notice of direction to leave by the end of the day under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

As they did not leave in compliance with this Notice, the Council applied for a removal order from the Magistrates Court. The Council was granted the first available hearing for 23 August by Guildford Magistrates Court, and at this hearing the Court will consider the Council’s application for an order for the removal of the travellers and their vehicles.

Assuming this application is successful application, the travellers will be served with a removal order which will authorise the Council (and agents contracted on the Council’s behalf) to remove them from the land. A full clear up of the site will be scheduled for as soon as the site is secured.

Unfortunately the legal process takes a little time, but we hope the situation will be resolved soon.

Councillor Mike Axton

Molesey Residents Association