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On Friday 18 August Surrey County Council advertised by way of a press notice in the Surrey Advertiser our parking proposals following parking reviews in:

  • the Moleseys and the Dittons

There will then follow a five week period during which we will accept objections and comments on the proposals. SCC posted around 950 A5 postcards to all properties fronting the proposals..

Hard copies of the plans and our reasons for making the proposed changes will be available for public inspection from Friday at the following locations:

  • Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, KT10 9SD
  • Dittons Library, Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BS

Of course all the relevant documents are also be available onSCC website via the following address:

www.surreycc.gov.uk/parking/elmbridge

The LDRA have objected to the St Mary’s Road proposals as we feel they would not address the parking problems in Effingham Road.

SCC will accept comments and objections using an online form on the website listed above (preferred), or in writing to:

Mr David Curl, Parking Team Manager, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ

The closing date for comments is Friday 22 September.

Once this has passed, SCC will create a report which looks at all the comments received. The final decision about what to go ahead with is made by the Parking Team Manager in consultation with the chairman and vice-chairman of Surrey County Council’s local committee for Elmbridge and the relevant county councillor for the area concerned. SCC would expect to have the final decisions made before Christmas, and then look to get the new restrictions implemented before the end of this financial year, although the timescale will be dependant on the number and nature of comments received and how long it takes to resolve any objections.

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Residents are all invited to attend our Spring Public Meeting in May.  It is your chance to meet our councillors and to ask them questions!  The Local Plan and Green Belt issues, top of the agenda!

Venue: St Mary’s Junior School, Sugden Road
Date: 18th May 2017
Time: 8.00pm

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The Long Ditton Residents Association have formerly responded to Elmbridge Borough Council. 
(Our response can VIEWED HERE)


LDRA Statement

Our main concern is that the Council has prematurely treated Green Belt as an ‘option’ for meeting long term development when Government policy is clear that Green Belt release should only even be considered after all other options have been exhausted.

The Council has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Green Belt in Elmbridge to inform the options currently being considered.  Green Belt releases have been suggested as potential options for meeting the objectively assessed housing need (of 9,480 to 2035) as a result.

However, national policy (National Planning Policy Framework) makes it clear that this should only happen in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and after all other options have been explored through the local plan review process.  The Housing White Paper (Feb 2017) confirms that there will be no change to national policy but proposes amendments to the NPPF (to be introduced later this year) to make it clear that:

“authorities should amend Green Belt boundaries only when they can demonstrate that they have examined fully all other reasonable options for meeting their identified development requirements, including:

* making effective use of suitable brownfield sites and the opportunities offered by estate regeneration;

* the potential offered by land which is currently underused, including surplus public sector land where appropriate;

* optimising the proposed density of development; and

* exploring whether other authorities can help to meet some of the identified development requirement.”

This process should be applied before coming to the conclusion that there are exceptional circumstances for releasing Green Belt.  Options 2 and 3 of the Council’s consultation are therefore premature as other ‘reasonable’ options have not been fully explored. In order for the Council to even consider Green Belt, further ‘urban capacity’ work that goes beyond the Land Availability Assessment, is needed.

LDRA OFFICIAL

 

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YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO RESPOND – RESPONSE CLOSES 24th FEBRUARY!!

Our Greenbelt (including Stokes Field) is under threat, with the Government’s housing shortage.  There are new plans to build thousands of new homes on Long Ditton and Hinchley Wood Greenbelt.

These flyers will be posted through your door shortly (if you would like one to be emailed – please contact us here) – contact@longditton.org

SAVE OUR GREEN BELT
SAVE OUR GREEN BELT

 

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CHANGE OF DATE! CHANGE OF DATE!

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM ELMBRIDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL!!

There will be a public exhibition on 19th January 2017 at Hinchley Wood school 7-9pm.
Also our Long Ditton councillors have arranged a public meeting on January 24th at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Junior school.
THIS HAS NOW CHANGED DUE TO LARGE NUMBERS ANTICIPATED IN ATTENDING AND WILL TAKE PLACE AT:

JANUARY 24th (AT 8.00PM)
The Council Chamber
Civic Centre
Esher High Street
KT10 9DS

Residents can find out more and have their say.  The councils Planning Policy Manager will give a talk on the proposals – Elmbridge Local Plan – Greenbelt Review

FOR SAFETY REASONS ENTRY WILL BE ON A FIRST COME BASIS  AND LIMITED TO BETWEEN 170 AND 200 PEOPLE , WITH THE FINAL NUMBER TO BE AGREED WITH THE COUNCIL’S HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO LONG DITTON RESIDENTS. THE PRESENTATION WILL BE WEBCAST ON www.elmbridge.public-i.tv/core/portal/home  AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING SUBSEQUENTLY.

PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ANY OTHER LONG DITTON RESIDENTS WHO YOU KNOW.

 

 

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AGM: 10th November 2016.
You are all invited to attend our Annual General Meeting.  It is your chance to meet our councillors and to ask them questions!
Venue:  St Mary’s Junior School, Sugden Road
Date: 10th November 2016
Time: 8.00pm

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A BAKE SALE WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE MANNYS THIS SATURDAY MORNING – 19th SEPTEMBER.

SUPPORTED BY ST MARY’S CHURCH AND ST MARY’S SCHOOL.

COME DOWN, BRING A CAKE OR BUY A CAKE!

 

 

 


For more information, please contact:
Marc Cooper
email: marcaltoncooper@hotmail.com
mobile 07980 132029

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Boundary Commission Announces first proposals to change Long Ditton boundary

DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE NOW BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THOSE CHANGES TO LONG DITTON

ELECTORAL REVIEW OF ELMBRIDGE:

Further to last years notice from the Local Government that the would be proposed changes being made to the Ward Boundaries in Elmbridge – 2014 Boundary Change Notice –   The Boundary Commission for England has published its draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for Elmbridge Borough Council.  Today is the start of an eight week public consultation on the Commission’s draft recommendations on new ward boundaries across Elmbridge. The consultation closes on 24 August 2015.

View the draft recommendations

You can view the Commission’s draft recommendations at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/4438 where you can find interactive maps, a report and guidance on how to have your say. The Commission has not finalised its conclusions and now invites representations on the draft recommendations.

A summary outlining the Commission’s draft recommendations, an interactive map of the Commission’s recommendations for Elmbridge, electorate figures and guidance on how to propose new wards is available on the consultation area at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/4438. Further information about the review and the Commission’s work is also published on our website at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/elmbridge.

Have your say

We encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact us whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.

Before finalising the recommendations, the Commission will consider every representation received during consultation whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation.  We will weigh each submission against the criteria the Commission must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:

  • To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough.
  • That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
  • That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

Elmbridge Borough Council currently holds elections by thirds. Where a council elects by thirds, Schedule 2 to the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 provides that the Commission should have regard to the desirability of recommending that each ward returns three councillors, subject to its other statutory criteria of achieving electoral equality, reflecting community identity and providing for effective and convenient local government. This reflects Parliament’s view that each elector in a local authority should have the same opportunity to vote in local elections, irrespective of that authority’s cycle of elections.

It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of wards. You can find additional guidance and information about previous electoral reviews on our website to help you or your organisation make a submission.

Get in touch

The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 24 August 2015. Representations should be made:

  • Or in writing to:

Review Officer (Elmbridge)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor
Millbank Tower
Millbank
London
SW1P 4QP

The Commission aims to publish every response it receives during phases of consultation.  If you do not want all or any part of your response or name to be made public, you must state this clearly in the response. Any such request should explain why confidentiality is necessary.  All responses may be subject to publication or disclosure as required by law (in particular under the Freedom of Information Act 2000).

This is the last opportunity to influence the Commission’s recommendations before they are finalised. We therefore encourage local people to get in touch with us and have their say.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Alex Hinds
Review Officer
Reviews@lgbce.org.uk
0330 500 1274

 

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AGM All residents are invited to our AGM which will be held at 8pm on the 9th November at St Mary’s Junior School.  All our...