Mar 092017

A public consultation has recently been launched on improving stroke services across West Surrey which affects both St Peter’s Hospital and Ashford Hospital and services in the local community.

A number of events are taking place across this area which we would encourage local people to attend and give their views, also giving people the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Friday 17th March – Education Centre, St Peter’s Hospital, drop-in anytime between 2.00 – 4.00 pm
  • Tues 21st March, Goldwater Lodge, Wishbone Way, Woking, GU21 3RT, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
  • Weds 5th April, Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines, TW18 3HD, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
  • Monday 10th April, Education Centre, Ashford Hospital, drop-in anytime between 2.00 – 4.00 pm

As a key provider of stroke services, Ashford & St Peters hospitals have been working with local Clinical Commissioning Groups to scope these proposals which importantly include expanding and improving our specialist stroke unit at St Peter’s Hospital. By consolidating hyper-acute and acute stroke services (specialist hospital care during the first week of someone suffering from a stroke) into larger units, they can save more lives and help reduce disability caused by stroke.

Under these proposals there would be no stroke service at Royal Surrey County Hospital, and patients from the Guildford area would receive their specialist care at St Peter’s instead. (Patients from south of Guildford would go to Frimley Park Hospital).

The consultation is also proposing plans to improve Early Supported Discharge (more people going directly home from hospital where appropriate) and to consolidate specialist inpatient rehabilitation care which they currently provide at Ashford Hospital. For this specialist rehabilitation care, they are still working through the best option for local patients which might mean services at Ashford Hospital and / or Woking Community Hospital.

The full consultation material can be accessed on the Guilford and Waverley CCG website at, or if you wish to receive material in the post please call 01483 405450.

 Posted by at 6:07 pm
Feb 272017

The site at Parklands is one of a number recommended for release from the Green Belt in a report commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council which was published in December 2014. The Council is now in the process of preparing its new Local Plan and has recommended that these sites be allocated for housing.

Signature is proposing to build and operate a new care home for the elderly at Parklands.  Planning permission has already been granted to replace the vacant office development with 50 extra care apartments in a 3 ½ storey building, and a separate 70 bed care home in a smaller 2 ½ storey building.  Signature was recently chosen by the site owners, Chertsey Parklands LLP, as operator for the larger building and they have submitted a planning application for the new care home to Runnymede BC – planning reference RU.15/1005.  Full details of the planning application, including all plans and technical documents, can be found on the planning pages of the Council’s website here.

Chertsey Frontier Estates are holding a public consultation event at Christ Church, Ottershaw on Friday 3rd March 3pm to 8pm and Saturday 4th March 10am – 2pm.

Further details can be found on the attached leaflet

 Posted by at 10:04 pm
Feb 202017

Following detailed analysis by Affinity Water it has been established that it is necessary to install a new trunk main to ensure a robust continuity of fresh water supply to Woking and the surrounding areas. The works detailed below on the attachment represent the completion of Phase Two of the project

Updated External Information Sheet 7

Summary of works:

  • Brox Road will remain closed until 24/03/17 with two lights from 27/02/17 to 07/03/17
  • Two way lights outside Anthony’s between 05/03/17 to 18/03/17

Phase 2 will continue from Friday 17Th February 2017 however works will only be in the verge for the first week. They will then recommence on Monday 27th February 2017 continue through to 24th March 2017 with traffic management.

The works will use temporary traffic signals, mostly two-way. Working hours have been agreed as 07:00 to 19:00 weekdays, 09:00 to 17:00 Saturday and 09:00 to 13:00 Sunday in order to expedite the works.

Significant delays can be expected and motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 Posted by at 9:37 am
Feb 142017

Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches Consultation Representations and Responses 

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Runnymede 2035 Local Plan Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches (IOPA) document was the subject of formal public consultation between Wednesday 6th July and Friday 26th August 2016. Thank you to everyone who participated in this consultation. During this period, a total of 740 duly made representations were received by the Council. An additional 22 representations were received after the formal consultation closing date. The Council has accepted these representations as if they had been duly made, and their content has been taken into account with that of all the others.

The Council has produced:
• A document confirming the name of each person who submitted a representation and their unique ID number.
• A document that summarises the representations made and also provides officers responses.

Both of these documents can be found on the of the Council’s website. Officers have sought to respond to the key points raised in each representation.

An e-newsletter has also been produced (which includes up-to-date information about what the team has been working on since the IOPA consultation, and what they will be continuing to work on over the next few months) and a summary of the methods of public engagement used during the IOPA consultation. The newsletter can be viewed on the page of the Council’s website and the summary of methods of public engagement from the IOPA consultation can be viewed on the

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Planning Policy and Strategy team by email at if you have any queries regarding the Local Plan process or relating to any other planning policy matters.

Yours faithfully,

The Planning Policy and Strategy Team

 Posted by at 8:50 am
Feb 092017

The government released its White Paper today:

While the London Green Belt Committee (LGBC) were relieved that the paper retains Green Belt protection, emphasises urban densification and takes steps to tackle land-banking, they are fearful that Local Authorities will still find themselves drawn to the Green Belt in order to meet ‘realistic’ housing needs. As the Chief Executive of CPRE, Shaun Spiers, has said, the outcome of the consultation on how local authorities should calculate housing need will be the acid test for those concerned about the countryside.

The LGBC Press Release can be found here.

 Posted by at 2:11 pm
Feb 092017

Fairoaks Community Planning Weekend (DROP-IN)

Most of you will have received information about the Community Planning weekend concerning Fairoaks Garden Village on Friday 24 February (1.45pm to 5) and Saturday 25 February (10.45am to 4pm)  at Chobham Village Hall. It is important to note that you can just DROP-IN to these events and spend as long or short a time as you want. This is your opportunity to make your views known on what would be a major building project of a possible 1,500 homes , if planning approval is eventually given, and which would have a significant effect, particularly on traffic in the area.

There is also available a free minibus from Ottershaw and Fairoaks tours and a report back presentation on Wednesday 1 March (7pm to 8.30pm)

Further details can be found on the below link:

Fairoaks Garden Village leaflet

 Posted by at 1:50 pm
Jan 292017

Homewood parkrun is now up and ‘running’ at Ottershaw Memorial Fields! So far they have had a huge turnouts with the up to 175 runners including walkers, dogs & buggies! A number had visited from other local events to see the new venue, but they also had 30 participants brand new to parkrun which was fantastic!

Please see their webpage for full information about the event and also the facebook page for regular updates.

 Posted by at 6:31 pm
Jan 292017

The Ottershaw Society supports the efforts of residents objecting to the proposals for a New Town on the borders of Ottershaw, on Green Belt land in the Woodham area.
Full details of the objections to this proposed future development can be found on their website Listed on the site are the minutes of their recent meeting and the many reasons for objecting to this development, among which is the effect it would have on the A320 running through Ottershaw.
If you wish to object, the consultation period runs up to 5pm on 20th February 2017. There are also some Consultation Open Days listed on the Woking BC Consultation website
You can object either via Woking BC Consultation website: or the website.


No Woodham new town update


The Ottershaw Society committee

 Posted by at 6:25 pm