Our speaker will be Graham Hanson who will talk about “Giving Customers a voice on Water Company performance.” Until very recently, Mr. Hanson was the Chairman of the “Customer Scrutiny Panel at S.E.S. Water.” Please do email LRA Chairman with any questions if you wish.
L.R.A. Bulletin for the end of June 2021
I hope you are well (or reasonably so!) and I am sure you have your eyes firmly fixed on July 19th in the hope that this does not prove to be another false dawn.
Mole Valley District Council has informed me of several initiatives, some of which I feel may be of interest to you:
1. Tickets are now on sale (via internet or phone) for The Mole Valley Community Lottery. This weekly online lottery raises money for good causes and green initiatives in the District. Players have a chance of winning a £25,000 jackpot each week. Tickets start at £1 and the draw is held weekly on a Saturday evening, starting Saturday, 24 July. Other prizes include a Dorking Halls Family&Friends Membership and a Surrey Hills Enterprises shopping voucher. Half of the ticket money goes to a good cause of the player’s choice and 10% goes to a fund run by the Council which benefits climate change initiatives and the Environment Fund. To view the various “good causes” asking for help, and for further details about the Lottery, visit www.molevalleylottery.co.uk or phone 01306 310016
2. The District Council’s “Walk for Health” group walks have resumed across our District. This is a programme of fun, free and accessible weekly walks ideal for anyone looking to become more active and meet new people. It can also, if advised by a doctor, assist with recovery from the long-term effects of Covid. The walks last from 30 to 90 minutes, ideal for a wide variety of ability levels. There are weekly walks in Leatherhead, Dorking, North Holmwood, Buckland, Brockham and Bookham. The group is always looking for new volunteer Walk Leaders, so please get in touch if you are interested. Training, support and equipment is provided and walks can take place anywhere in the district. during the day or evening. For more information on the walks or to find out how to become a walk leader, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/walkforhealth or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01306 885001
3. Mole Valley Climate Emergency’s Hub is going ahead, and in Leatherhead this will be at the former Book Potato shop, in the Swan Centre in September and October. In a nutshell, this will be:
- A drop-in information centre for passers-by and interested people to relax, chat and find out more about what is happening in our world.
- Lasting for 9 weeks throughout September and October, 10-5 pm (or later, if evening meetings). Potentially a longer term presence.
- Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday
- And it will have displays, a workshop/talk area with coffee and biscuits etc.
Each week will have a theme with linked workshops, talks and activities such as plastic pollution, biodiversity, travel etc. This is also an opportunity for you to enlarge the membership of your own group and to publicise your aims and campaigns.
And now for other news concerned with Leatherhead:
1. The application for a very tall mobile phone mast on “The Circus” roundabout off By-Pass Road, has been turned down. We shall have to wait and see if an Appeal is submitted.
2. I am sure you will be pleased to know that the LRA made a donation to The North Leatherhead Community Hub.
3. We are organising a Litter Pick in Leatherhead on Sunday 25 July, starting at 2 p.m. and finishing in the Red House Gardens at 5.00 pm. At the end, there will be refreshments and a chance to meet up with old friends and acquaintances. Perhaps our regular Pickers could let me know which area they, personally, would intend to cover and also offer a couple of suggestions as to other littered areas which new volunteers could deal with. Our long-standing member, Dorothy Stapleton, has kindly agreed to organise the details of this, where to work and so on.
Finally, concerning the wooden planters in the High Street, some may be interested to know that I have written to the relevant person in the District Council for some indication of their budget for the upkeep and re-planting of the planters.. So far, I have learned only that Surrey Council was responsible for the installation, but someone also needs to actually carry out their proper maintenance
Following up on my email requests to lapsed members to renew their membership, we have had some success, but there still remain many who have not renewed. Could I, therefore, make another plea to those people to renew? It is easily done via the LRA website by entering www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/contact
Finally, a reminder that our next Open Meeting will be on Monday, 2nd August at 7.30 in the Methodist Church in Church Road. Jenny Moore of B@titude and also of The Hub in North Leatherhead has kindly agreed to give us all an update on developments and hope in that area. Should the meeting prove impossible , due to continued restrictions, I will let you know well beforehand.
With all best wishes,
Caroline Brown (Chairman) 30:6:21
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LRA Bulletin for the end of March 2021
1. I am sure you will all be delighted to know that I had a truly excellent response to the request I made in early March for people to write in with their personal evaluation of the 7 Local Green spaces in Leatherhead. Although it was not specifically asked for, I am sure it can have done no harm for our Councillors to hear (again) that we do not want these and one or two other sites developed and that we have not “forgotten” about them. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to hear the result of our lobbying until July.
2. And now another item which I think will become more desirable, if not essential, as the years go by and more housing is squeezed in at the expense of our existing trees. The company known as CGI , who occupy offices on Springfield Drive, have offered to provide, completely free of charge, a number of native trees for us (Residents of Leatherhead) to plant or have planted wherever we like, providing, of course, that their siting does not cause a nuisance. This, sadly, is the case with trees planted on verges as all manner of lines (telephone, electricity, computer) are located just below the surface. I was thinking more of some spots in the 7 Local Green Spaces and on some of our school grounds. It might also be possible to put some in gardens belonging to flats, albeit they would have to be visible by the Public and hence of benefit to the Community . I do have the list of offered trees, but I would like to hear from some of you about where you think additional trees would look nice. CGI offered to help with the planting, but would also expect some of us to lend a hand.
3. As I think we all know, litter has become a major problem since the start of Covid-19. I find it difficult to believe that those dashing outside to run or walk in order to avoid putting on weight are those very same who take out cans of calorie-rich drink and bars of chocolate! I put the blame firmly on waste bins that get too full, open topped rubbish lorries (not the Suez ones) and general sloth on the part of a minority ! One of our members has told me that he had spent three hours clearing a small patch at the end of his road! We have had Litter Picks twice this year, but I am looking forward to the ones where we can all meet to collect rubbish together – such a satisfactory sight – and where we finish with tea and biscuits and a chat. Perhaps we should be grateful that none of our parks has been used for a huge and rowdy public gathering!
4. As seems to be generally well known, our revised draft Local Plan , will be revealed in July. We have to hope that the heaviest of the burden, proposed in the previous draft and falling on Poors Allotments and the adjoining land (550 dwellings), and the Red House Gardens (450) , can be substantially mitigated. Also, according to outline documents recently made public, Bull Hill, (the road between Kingston Road, and Leret Way) remains intact and there are no plans for shops in the Red House Gardens. While comments on the new draft will be sought, these will merely be forwarded to the Inspector along with the Draft. Alterations to the Draft will only be made if they are based on a legal flaw in the Draft, or are the result of the Traffic Survey.
5. At a recent meeting I attended with MV, we were told that the Council has plenty of CIL money but has not yet decided how to spend it! (C.I.L = Community Infrastructure Levy paid by developers and intended for use by the Council to improve the quality of life around the new houses etc.)
6. A Boundary review for MV is being considered. This would be likely to impact on the number of Councillors representing us and could result in the dead “Purdah” period only occurring every fourth year instead of yearly as at present.
7. The window boxes outside the NatWest are definitely past their prime and were not helped by that section of the pavement being closed off. I am prepared to collect them and return them, but urgently need someone to do the job of replenishing them with something bright and cheerful. Planting expenses are, of course, re-payable.
8. A member has complained to me about the unpredictability of some cyclists using the Swan Centre and, I would add, the High Street, too. They seem to ride in both directions and, unfortunately, are not audible. I did spot one notice saying that cycling in the Swan Centre was not allowed, but it was not very visible and no one enforces it. If anyone else has a problem like this, do contact the Centre Manager, Mr. Richard Keele, or write to me. However, I shall take a week or more to see how many people write to me before passing on any complaints.
9. Finally, and it seems a long way ahead at the moment, I am trying to collect articles for a proper Newsletter to come out in about August or September. If you have any little story, funny or sad, about Leatherhead (with a picture if possible), do let me have it so it can be stored away until about July when we will start the drafting process .
10. In case you have forgotten, subscription renewals were due on 1st January (for all 1 year members and those 3 year members whose membership expired at the end of 2020) You can pay online via our website http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk Look under “Membership.” (1yr. = £2.50; 3 yr. = £6)
Meanwhile, I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that it wont be quite as cold as the forecasters are predicting!
With very best wishes,
Caroline Brown, (Chairman )
Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, Leatherhead, on Monday 5th October 2020 commencing at 7.30 pm. Because of Covid-19 precautions, there will be no refreshments beforehand but as registration may take longer than normal, can we please ask that attendees arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.
Also because of the Covid-19 precautions, we are limited to a maximum of 40 attendees (including LRA officers). As we don’t wish to turn anyone away on the night, we need to agree beforehand who is to attend. Accordingly if you would like to be present, please notify the Chairman by Wednesday 23rd September via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you do not have email, by phone on 01372-377212. (If you have already confirmed your wish in response to the Chairman’s invitation contained in her bulletin of 25th August, you do not need to notify her again) If, as seems likely, we receive more requests than we can accommodate, we will aggregate all attendance requests and then pick names out of a hat and confirm your attendance or otherwise shortly after Wednesday 23rd September. Can we please request that as attendance has to be so restricted, only one member per household applies to attend.
Attendees should also note that the Church has a number of Covid-19 rules that we must comply with, including:
- enter the building via the main tower porch door (on right side of building when facing from road)
- wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser provided
- register on entry, confirm contact details and confirm you have no Covid-19 symptoms
- sit where directed by stewards (sit from the front first)
- windows will be open for ventilation so bring warm clothes
- if necessary, use “disabled “ W.C. only
- exit the building from the rear first via the “car park “door, (the door our meetings usually use)
Documents relevant to the AGM (the 2019 AGM minutes, the Chairman’s Report, The Treasurer’s Report and a Proxy Form) can all be found on the Company’s web-site (links below) or in hard copy at the Library in The Mansion House in Church Street, or in the library of the Letherhead Institute at the top of the High Street.
If you are unable to attend the AGM and would like to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, please note that the Form must be received at the registered office by Friday 2nd October. As whoever you might appoint to represent you may or may not have secured attendance, we suggest you appoint the Chairman to vote on your behalf in accordance with your stated wishes.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to ask a question, please send the question to the registered office (email@example.com or by post) by Friday 2nd October. It will be read out at the meeting and answered and a summary of the response will be sent to you and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
Following the formal proceedings we are pleased to welcome as our guest speaker, Councillor Mary Huggins, Chair of Mole Valley District Council, who will recount to us some of her memories of being on the Council, from representing Capel, Leigh and Newdigate to becoming the Chair.
We regret that we will not be able to welcome as many of you as we would like to this important event in the LRA’s calendar, but the Covid -19 restrictions mean that this is the closest we can offer to a normal AGM. Indeed even these arrangements could be in question if tighter restrictions are re-imposed, but we would notify you all asap were this to happen. Assuming that does not happen we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Monday 5th October.
- Apologies for absence
- Approval of the minutes of the last AGM, held on 1st April 2019
- Matters arising
- Re-election of directors retiring by rotation
- Chairman’s report
- Treasurer’s Report & Accounts for 2019
- Any other business.
It is with great sorrow that I write to tell all who look at this page that the LRA has just lost one of its most energetic and imaginative members. Cheryl was so active in our ranks that she will be impossible to replace. Her ideas got the Open Gardens going, the Litter picked, the Nat West planters prepared and watered, the Newsletter written, the Race Night tickets sold and the LRA January party fed and watered. She did all this with steely determination, a colourful flair and a bright smile. Her aim was always to include as many people as possible so as to build up the strength of the Local Community here in Leatherhead. She succeeded, raised the profile of the town and sent a clear message to the Council that this is our town, we are the stakeholders and we will work to preserve it, despite the efforts of those outsiders who seek to frustrate us.
She will be sadly missed but her spirit and beauty live on whenever we hear laughter, whenever we have a sunny day and whenever we enjoy beautiful flowers.
Caroline Brown (Chairman)
Our AGM for 2020 should be on the 6th October. In order to keep members in touch without having to go round delivering sheets, it would be appreciated if those not yet on my email list (i.e. never get any email notification from me) could let me have their online address. Use “Contact” on this site. (With thanks to those who have already given me this information). I usually send out about 8 communications a year. However, we are still hoping to be able to send out a hard copy Newsletter at the beginning of August. Caroline Brown, Chairman.
And now a notice from John Howarth of the Chamber of Commerce:
The chamber of Commerce is offering all businesses operating in MV Free Membership for a 6 month period in order to help them expand their contact base. For more details, please refer to the Chamber website: www.leatherheadchamber.co.uk
2. Minutes of the meeting on 3 February
3. Matters arising
4. Chairman’s Report, including a quick summary of the proposed Development sites in Leatherhead.
5. Report on anything further in the Local Plan by Martyn Williams (7.50 to 8.20)
6. Report rom our Planning Officer, Fran Smith
7. Report from our Environmental Officer, Cheryl Allen.
8.Presentations by local activists, including David Woodhead on SA48 and some others TBA
9. AOB and our next meeting will be on Monday May 18th at 7.15 for 7.30.
We have been very lucky to secure Councillor Mary Huggins, current Chair of MVDC, who will talk about her life on the Council and will also give her ideas of what the future may hold for us.
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The Agenda will include The Kingston House Gardens, The Royal Oak, the Headley Court development, Leach Grove, the New Local Plan, The Skate Board Park plus the usual Reports.
- .Minutes of meeting 13 May 2019
- .Matters arising
- Chairman’s Report
- . Reports from other Directors: Forward Planning Group (Kingston House Gardens, High Street etc)
- Planning Report and Heritage Action Zone report
- Health Report – out come of a very recent meeting
- A.O.B. (one item of which is a request for a VERY part-time minute taker).
Hope to see you there
Caroline Brown (Chairman)