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LRA Publicity & Marketing – Roundabout Sponsorship

In a continuation of the discussion on Publicity, I propose the following:

A number of local traffic islands (roundabouts) are sponsored by local businesses. The LRA should also consider this also. A simple sign with the logo and the web address would suffice. Currently the M25 J9 (Chessington side) has no sponsorship.

Could the Committee officer with Highways portfolio look into this? I suspect SCC Highways would be the first port of call.

Comments welcome.

The Green Mole Forum

The www.greenmoleforum.org is your resource if you are interested in improving the sustainability and preserving the beauty of Mole Valley.

It provides news and information and is a hub connecting and networking local groups working towards the common aim of reducing our environmental footprint.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre


Source: Mole Valley Unison Leaflet

Do you want £12.6 million of your Council Tax Money Spent to Profit a Private Leisure Organsisation???

This is exactly what Mole Valley is Considering. Despite the fact that on November 2005 all MVDC residents were surveyed over the future of the Leatherhead Leisure Centre (LLC) and the resounding decision was to refurbish an keep the facility in house with the existing management, not privatisation!!

Not only that, but YOUR council tax money was spent on two expensive and detailed consultants reports in Nov 2002 and Dec 2006 both detailing that MVDC should set up their on leisure trust, in house.

Now MVDC are spending 12.6 million of YOUR MONEY to refurbish LLC, and then may give it to a private organisation to reap the profits and the benefits for the next 15 years.

If you feel strongly about this and would like to comment please contact your local councillor.

LRA Meeting Agenda – 2nd June 2008

Meeting to be held at 7:00pm at the Letherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH.

(7pm) Police Report and members concerns. (Cold Calling etc)

1. Apologies
2. Minutes
3. Matters Arising:

  • Town Centre Forum
  • Chamber of Commerce Spring Social
  • Local Plan Consultation – Potential Housing Sites
  • Leatherhead Area Partnership -River Mole Project.
  • Festivities Committee

4. Members’ Issues (Middle Road, Magazine Place, Windfield, Epsom Road)
5. Publicity, Consultation & Communication

6. (8pm* approx.) Officer’s Reports:

  • Membership
  • Treasurer: Insurance & Affiliations.
  • Website
  • MVDC Planning Applications.
  • Publicity & Newsletter
  • Chairman

7. Correspondence
8. Future Programme & Events
9. A.O. B .

* Break for refreshments then members of the public leave. (Committee remains)

Proposed New No Cold Calling Area – Bookham/Fetcham/Ashtead

Proposed New No Cold Calling Area – Bookham/Fetcham/Ashtead – information from Ashtead Residents Association.

Surrey Trading Standards and Surrey Police are currently working together to look at ways of reducing the levels of distraction burglary and doorstep related crime within Surrey. With this in mind we are considering introducing a No Cold Calling Zone in the Bookham/Fetcham/Ashtead area.

No Cold Calling Zones previously established in Guildford, Maybury and Horley, have shown great reductions in this type of crime by raising residents’ awareness and empowering them to be more confident when dealing with unwanted doorstep callers.

They help to reduce the number of callers that residents receive as the zones have No Cold Calling Zone road signs erected at various entry points which act as visible deterrents to businesses. In addition, residents will receive a ‘No Cold Calling Household Pack’, which will include a door sticker for you to display and information on how to deal with uninvited
callers safely.

During the initial phase of this process we want to be able to consider all points of view about the proposed zone, and are especially interested in the views of residents and local businesses that may be affected.

Therefore we would like to take the opportunity to welcome all views, comments and opinions from members of the public on the proposed new zone.

To give us your views please contact Mr Amir Ali on amir.ali@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone him on 01372 371 775.

For information on the zones and how they work please go to the Surrey County Council website Trading Standards pages on www.surreycc.gov.uk/tradingstandards.

Please note that this public consultation will close on 15 June 2008 and after this we cannot guarantee your views will be considered when making our final evaluation.

I wonder why Leatherhead is not included in this? A question has been sent to Trading Standards.

LRA Publicity & Marketing – Duck Race

Does any one have links with the Leatherhead Festival Committee?

The Annual Duck Race is looming (21st June 2008). This is another opportunity to market the LRA to lots of families in the Leatherhead area. My proposal is:

  • Sponsor a duck or two.
  • Sponsor a HiVi vest for one of the ‘divers’ in the river.
  • Have a stand/tent down by the river.
  • Have some sandwich boards located in prominent places.
  • Prepare new publicity material.
  • Get some balloons made up with LRA logo & web address on them (c 150 GBP for 1000 units).

Comments please.

Town Centre Parking Suggestion

One possible solution to the problems of day time parking, would be for local business to club together and lease to top floor of the Swan Centre.  Employees would then have this option open to them and would save them the hassle of trying to find a spot on the Epsom Rd or Winfield.  A similar system is used in Staines by Samsung.

Church Road Developments

Concerted efforts by residents in Church Road have fought off ill conceived plans by developers to over-develop parts of the Conservation Areas. Developers will always try to maximise profits to the detriment of the local residents. In summary:

  • No1 Church Road (demolish & erect 7 new dwellings) – this went to appeal by public inquiry. Several residents turned up to Pippbrook to voice their opinions. The Planning Inspectorate rejected the developers appeal.
  • The Bungalow, Byron Place (demolish & replace by 4 new dwellings) – this was rejected by MVDC. Over 100 letters of objections were received by MVDC.
  • No.29 Church Road (build two semi detached houses in the back garden) – this went to a written appeal. The Planning Inspectorate rejected the developers appeals.

The site in questions have still the potential for development, however, residents are keen that any proposals are in keeping for the local area.

If developers are planning something inappropriate in your area, contact the LRA they will be able to advise.

LRA Publicity Material

The current media (web site & leaflets) does not really tell prospective members of the LRA what the organisation does and how it can help. Effort needs to be made to review this literate (electronic as well) with the view of attracting more locals into the Association.

The current material seems to dwell on the formation of the LRA but doesn’t really make it obvious how the Association can help and how it hopes to influence the local bodies. We should state quite clearly that the LRA monitors & comments on:

  • control of building and development
  • preservation of buildings, trees and open spaces
  • road safety and traffic matters
  • footpaths and rights of way
  • schools in our area
  • public transport
  • recreation facilities
  • law and order.

Comments from the committee welcome.

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