Jun 062015
 

As you will know, later this month Surrey will be at the heart of historic celebrations to mark 800 years of Magna Carta. A national commemoration event, attended by HM The Queen and other dignitaries from the UK and throughout the world, will be held at Runnymede Meadows on Monday 15 June – exactly 800 years after the Magna Carta was sealed in the same location.

How will roads be affected by the event on Monday 15 June?
In the lead up to and on the day of the event there are planned closures on the A308 Windsor Road. Diversions will be in place, but the roads will be very busy so we are encouraging residents to plan ahead to try and avoid the area, especially during the morning of Monday 15 June. From 1am on Monday 15 June there will also be parking restrictions in place on a small number of roads in Egham, Englefield Green and Old Windsor.

Full details of the road closures and parking restrictions are attached here

Can residents attend the event?
For safety and security reasons the event is invitation only, but there will be large TV screens on the meadow near the National Trust lodges at Runnymede where residents are welcome to watch the ceremony. Please bear in mind that the usual access routes will be extremely restricted throughout the day on Monday 15 June, and that the National Trust car parks at Runnymede and the nearby Runnymede Pleasure Grounds car park will be closed. The easiest way for residents to get to the site will be to use local footpaths, which will remain open.

For more information please visit:

www.surreycc.gov.uk/magnacarta, or follow @SurreyTravel on Twitter for live travel updates on the day of the event.

 Posted by at 9:45 am
Apr 292015
 

UPDATE: Reference: PLAN/2014/1297

Following the meeting on 5th May Woking Borough Council’s planning committee have resolved to grant the application subject to the referral to the Secretary of State.

Application Type: Full Planning Application

Development of an applied technology centre of 57,000sq m (G.E.A.) as an extension to the McLaren Production Centre, to include an aerodynamic research facility, workshops, research and development space, offices, meeting rooms, teaching and training space, vehicle preparation and assembly spaces, together with terraced car parking and two car park decks, cycle parking, a replacement helipad, and service areas. Associated earthworks and re-contouring of the open parkland, hard and soft landscape and infrastructure works, including an electrical substation and foul water pumping station and the temporary diversion of a public right of way during the construction of the development (amended description and amendment to drawing PL/222 to remove superfluous annotation)

The Application relating to the above proposal will be considered at the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 5 May 2015 and meets the criteria which allow members of the public to speak on it at the meeting.
If you wish to exercise your right to speak, please contact the Planning Committee message service on 01483 743014 as soon as possible to register your interest.

 

Full details can be found here

 Posted by at 12:02 pm
Apr 132015
 

The Ottershaw May Fair is now just three weeks away, on Monday 4th May.   As usual the Society plans to have a stall at the Fair, and we hope that many of you will be able to come along on the day.

Committee members are now much reduced in number and we do need help to run the stall effectively throughout the day.   We would be very glad of volunteers to give just an hour of their time while the Fair is running and also before and after for setting up and dismantling the gazebo and display tables.

Please do help if you are able, to give an hour in any slot in the rota above.   Email your reply to committee@ottershawsociety.org or contact the committee on that email for further details.

Thank you very much,

The committee

 Posted by at 8:51 pm
Mar 162015
 

McLaren have submitted an amended planning application for their proposed extension. The amendment mainly refers to the temporary diversion to a public right of way during the construction of the development. Further details are below but we advise any objectors to resubmit their representations to Woking County Council asap.

Development of an applied technology centre of 57,000sq m (G.E.A.) as an extension to the McLaren Production Centre, to include an aerodynamic research facility, workshops, research and development space, offices, meeting rooms, teaching and training space, vehicle preparation and assembly spaces, together with terraced car parking and two car park decks, cycle parking, a replacement helipad, and service areas. Associated earthworks and re-contouring of the open parkland, hard and soft landscape and infrastructure works, including an electrical substation and foul water pumping station and the temporary diversion of a public right of way during the construction of the development (amended description and amendment to drawing PL/222 to remove superfluous annotation)

McLaren Planning Application Amended Application PLAN/2014/1297

 Posted by at 1:06 pm
Mar 112015
 

This is to update you that Surrey County Council’s Cabinet agreed at its meeting on 10 March 2015 to stop providing residential care in its six care homes for older people.  Surrey CC will now work with relatives and their residents to find a suitable good quality alternative place in one of the independent homes in Surrey.

Surrey CC assure you that the welfare of residents will be the primary consideration in the preparations up to and during the closure of the homes, which will take place over an extended period and only after careful planning. The council will begin a managed process to review and assess the needs of all residents in the homes to see what alternative services will best suit their needs.  This will be phased over some time, in full discussion with families and carers and informed by national best practice guidance, in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for each individual.Surrey CC are committed to providing all necessary support. A team of skilled practitioners will undertake an all-round assessment of each resident’s needs, with residents and their families being fully informed and involved throughout. Any further specialist assessments required will be undertaken where appropriate, including health needs and continuing healthcare, updated occupational therapy or moving and handling assessments if required.

For some people this will be a chance to make new arrangements that suit their family circumstances better. But Surrey CC do recognise that for others this announcement may be unsettling, and they will need both time to reflect and support to consider their options and what will work best for them and their loved ones.

Closing a home is not a decision made lightly, and in the case of these homes it is important to recognise the commitment of our staff. The fact remains that the buildings were not designed to meet the changing needs of older residents, preventing us from achieving the highest possible standards of dignified care that we believe Surrey people are entitled to. It was on this basis that the Cabinet made its decision.

Relatives will be contacted when appropriate to discuss any issues they wish to raise and agree how best to conduct the assessments so that there will be plenty of time and opportunity for families to consider what works best for them.

Please find the attached FINAL General Fact Sheet 10.3.15 for more information.

In the meantime if you have any concerns, please do contact Surrey CC on;Email: servicedelivery.info@surreycc.gov.uk

Tel:     01372 832257

Text:        07968 832924

 Posted by at 12:53 pm
Mar 032015
 

A report into the future of Surrey CC’s older people care homes will be submitted to the council’s decision making cabinet on 10th March 2015.  Following a public consultation the report recommends the closure of all 6 care homes, including Brockhurst in Ottershaw.

According to Surrey CC’s general fact sheet detailing the reports recommendations, the council is not looking to sell the properties, but will look at potential alternative options for using the sites for health and social care purposes if the council do agree to their closure as residential homes.

The reports recommendations will be considered at a meeting of the Cabinet at 2pm at County Hall in Kingston on 10 March 2015.

Please click here for further details

 Posted by at 8:07 pm
Jan 152015
 

As part of its work on preparing the Runnymede 2015-2035 Local Plan, Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) commissioned an independent review by ARUP of Green Belt Land within the Borough. This is because RBC will not have enough sites in the urban area to fulfil the potential numbers of new houses that a similar Housing Review is likely to predict will be needed. Therefore sites in the Green Belt are likely to be required (eg the DERA site has already been suggested for removal from the Green Belt.)

This Green Belt Review was completed in December 2014 and recommends to RBC various sites that could be considered by the Council for removal from the Green Belt for development. It is for information only at this stage and no decisions have been made about it. Once all the Local Plan reviews are in RBC will decide on the exact policies that are needed for the Local Plan and this document will be published for public consultation in Autumn 2015 and a Public Consultation will take place.

Details of the Green Belt Review can now be found on the RBC website, as follows:
Click here for the Green Belt (Policy Documents and Guidance)
Click here for the full Green belt review

The Green Belt Review does, however, recommend that a large parcel of land within Ottershaw (bounded by Brox Rd, Bousley Rise and Southwood Ave) be removed from the Green Belt, with the potential then to be released in the future for new housing and the impact that this would have on the village.
The Society places great importance on maintaining the Green Belt, so if you have views on this proposal please let the Society Committee know by emailing: committee@ottershawsociety.org so that we can respond in line with members views.

The proposals Map for Runnymede can be found on page 63 of the Green Belt Review document, but an enlargement of the Ottershaw proposal can  be found here. The smaller parcel of land on the north of Brox Rd is Chaworth Close (which has already been built upon).

Ottershaw Society

 

 Posted by at 9:55 am
Dec 162014
 

Dear All
Surrey County Council has extended the deadline for the public consultation on the future of its six residential care homes to 31 January 2015.
Although the programme of larger meetings with groups of residents, their families and other interested parties has now been completed, the council wants to allow more time for individual meetings and discussions.
The extended deadline does not affect anyone’s right to submit further information if they so wish.
Information about the consultation and the online survey will remain available on the council’s website until 31 January 2015. Once the consultation results have been analysed, the findings will be presented in a report to a later meeting of the council’s Cabinet, when a decision on the future of the homes will be made.
www.surreycc.gov.uk/futureofolderpeopleshomes
If you have any queries, please contact the project team:
Email: servicedelivery.info@surreycc.gov.uk
Phone: 01372 832257
Text: 07968 832924

 Posted by at 10:51 am