Jun 262017

Longcross Village Public Exhibition June 2017 – email


As part of the public consultation for Longcross Garden Village a number of public sessions are being held:

Date: Thursday 13th July
Time: 4pm – 8pm

Date: Friday 14th July
Time: 11am – 4pm

Date: Saturday 15th July
Time: 11am – 4pm

As you may be aware, Longcross Garden Village forms part of the Preferred Approach of the emerging Runnymede Borough Local Plan.

Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors have previously presented plans for a new Surrey Village on Longcross South, and planning permission has already been granted for development at Longcross North, with new homes already being build.

Following the granting of Garden Village status the plans for the site have been updated, and these will be presented at the Public Exhibition. Members of the project team will be available to answer any queries and welcome feedback.

Further information can be found at www.longcrossvillage.info.

 Posted by at 8:08 pm
Jun 202017

With summer fast approaching, RBC’s Get Active 50+ programme continues to help residents to lead a healthier life.

Activities include:

  • Bowls Clubs: Runnymede clubs are welcoming new members, visit the Bowls page for club information and contact details.
  • SKiff and Punting: Join the Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club with a 3month open membership for just £15
  •  Medau Movement: Classes based on natural body movements; strengthen your core and improve your co-ordination and balance with each lesson based on your own individual needs.
  • Walking Sports: Basketball, Football and Netball continue at Egham Leisure Centre – walking versions of the games we know and love.
 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Jun 122017

There was a very useful “Meet the Beat” event at Brook Hall,Ottershaw on Friday June 9th. Four police officers were present, including Sergeant Sarah White and 10 residents.

Points to note from the meeting were:

There is no apparent increase in burglaries during the night-time now that street lights are turned off.

In fact most burglaries are during broad daylight, often during school run times etc when the occupants are known to have a regular pattern of being out.  The potential burglars tend to be on bike or on foot. Items typically taken are cash and jewellery – small and not noticeable.

There have been reports of phone scams – one purporting to be from Inland Revenue. PLEASE if you are contacted with such a scam, report it at once on http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
There is some very useful advice on this site and the latest scams are detailed there, thanks to people reporting them on-line.

The Crime Reduction Adviser Vic Smith can give advice on security in your home. vic.smith@surrey.pnn.police.uk

is a website on which you can record your belongings, large or small, with photographs, in case of theft. Along with the photos you can include serial numbers which will help identify them and hopefully get them returned.

RBC have begun a “fine on the spot” team this week, working round the borough to stop litter louts and dog fouling.

There have been reports of possible drug dealing going on in alleyways and blocks of garages. PLEASE report anything you see that is suspicious
online so that the police have a record of incidents, where and when.

There are no further Meet the Beat events in the pipeline for Ottershaw at present, but there are “drop-in” sessions in Addlestone Library first
Tuesday of every month, 10.30 – 11.30.

Runnymede NHW


 Posted by at 6:41 pm
Jun 042017

Remember it is still a Local Plan in consultation and this is another opportunity to comment. Responses need to be with RBC by Friday 23rd June 2017 by e-mail to: planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk or posted to: Planning Policy & Strategy Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH

PLEASE NOTE: If you objected last time to the Ottershaw East proposals and you still object, you will need to submit your objection again as the proposals for this site have been revised!

please see our other posts for more details:

Objections to developments

New Consultation on Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) Draft Local Plan



 Posted by at 8:31 pm
May 262017

Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri, who has been a Councillor in the Foxhills Ward since 2012, has just been appointed Mayor of Runnymede for 2017-2018.

Information on him and the charities he is supporting can be found here

 Posted by at 7:37 pm
May 262017

Sadly we have just heard of the death of Barbara Castle, one of our members who did much for the Ottershaw Community over many years. Her funeral will be at Woking Crematorium at 3.30 pm on Friday 9th June 2017. In her memory we have posted a copy of an article about her life which appeared in the November 2011 edition of the Ottershaw Society newsletter.

Barbara Castle


 Posted by at 7:31 pm
May 252017

Further to our post of 14th May 2017 on the new Consultation on the Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) Local Plan below are some points you might use in your individual responses. PLEASE NOTE: If you objected last time to the Ottershaw East proposals and you still object, you will need to submit your objection again as the proposals for this site have been revised!

Remember it is still a Local Plan in consultation and this is another opportunity to comment. Responses need to be with RBC by Friday 23rd June 2017 by e-mail to: planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk or posted to: Planning Policy & Strategy Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH

The Society remains opposed to any reduction in the Green Belt. Once Green Belt is lost, it is lost for ever!

Here are some points you might use in your individual responses:

  • Changes to the Green Belt require “exceptional circumstances” Has RBC shown this to be the case.(see Green Belt policy – exceptional circumstances for more details)
  • RBC are still proposing 242 units in Ottershaw East/Brox Lane (180+20 residential+40 Brox Lane+2 traveller sites), which represents a 14% increase on the around 1,700 houses already in Ottershaw.
  • The plan still includes 40 houses in the site off Brox Lane.
  • The need to see a comprehensive statement on how the roads and other elements of infrastructure (eg Surgery, Schools etc) will be improved before any development can be considered.
  • If you object to the developers additional proposals for Upper Ottershaw and Great Grove Farm, you should specifically mention these, as either could still come into the plan at a later stage.
  • What overall Strategic Planning is happening, as Ottershaw will be affected by other possible and planned developments outside the centre of Ottershaw along the A320/ A319/ B3121 roads. (ie Woodham New Town, Fairoaks Garden Village, St Peters Hospital, Bittams Lane and Longcross North/South)
  • What planning is there concerning the major A320 route (Guildford/Woking to M25)?
  • Extra traffic will exacerbate already inadequate village centre parking and the need for traffic calming throughout the village.
  • Do you agree/disagree with the proposal to distribute Travellers sites around the borough (eg 2 sites at Ottershaw East)?
May 122017


The Council is responsible for looking forward and setting the level of housing and employment provision that is needed in Runnymede up to the year 2035, as well as for devising a strategy which protects communities from flood risk and which safeguards valued landscapes. This task is an important one that has the potential to affect the lives of residents, visitors and workers in the Borough, both now and in the future.

The Council carried out its first consultation on the Local Plan in summer 2016. This was known as the Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches (IOPA) consultation. In light of the representations made during this consultation and following the collation of additional evidence, a further round of public consultation is now underway to give interested persons the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the Council’s strategy.

The Additional Sites and Options Consultation is open from Friday 12 May until Friday 23 June 2017. The consultation document can be viewed on the Council’s website at: https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/localplanconsultation  and in the following libraries:

  • Addlestone,
  • Bagshot,
  • Chertsey,
  • Egham,
  • New Haw,
  • Staines upon Thames,
  • Virginia Water and
  • West Byfleet.

All representations made during the course of the consultation must be made in writing. Anonymous representations will not be accepted. Any comments that could be construed as derogatory towards any particular individual or group will not be recorded or considered.   We would like you to send us your views electronically if possible.

You can download a copy of the consultation questionnaire on our website and once completed, email back to us at planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk.   If you cannot do this, please request and return a printed copy of the questionnaire. Please clearly mark any additional sheets with your name and ensure that you confirm which part of the consultation document you are referring to. Please send your completed questionnaire to: Planning Policy and Strategy team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH to arrive by the close of the consultation period.   If you need help with your representation please contact the Technical Administration team in the first instance on 01932 425131 or email planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk.

All comments will be reported to the Council’s Planning Committee and will help us to prepare the pre submission version of the Local Plan which we will consult on later in the year.

During the consultation period, planning officers will be available to answer queries in person at the Civic Centre in Addlestone, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

A number of drop in sessions will also be held at the following times and locations:

  • Monday 22nd May      10am-1pm      Chertsey Hall
  • Tuesday 23rd May      2pm-5pm        Ottershaw Village Hall
  • Tuesday 30th May      2pm-5pm        All Saints’ Church Centre, New Haw
  • Friday 2nd June          10am-1pm      The Village Centre, Englefield Green
  • Thursday 15th June    5pm-8pm        Addlestone Civic Centre.    
May 122017

Talks for the 2017-2018 season
Brook Memorial Hall, Brox Road, Ottershaw
All talks begin at 8:00pm

Everybody is welcome to these events, whether they be members or non-members.

There is a fee of £1 for members and £2 for non-members paid at the door, to cover the speakers’ expenses and cost of refreshments.

 Tuesday 26th September 2017 AGM agm
Tuesday 28th November 2017 Beatrix Potter:- A Scientist in Surrey`

by Fenella Harrison

Her early life and her scientific interests, she was fascinated by FUNGI and did beautiful water colours of them,, and  many other unlikely subjects. Then in 1886 she first came to the hamlet of Woodcote to visit her ‘scientific’ favourite uncle, married to Lucy Potter, Sir Henry Roscoe. She stayed here often and she and her cousin Dora Roscoe had a Gypsy Caravan (with horse and groom), they kept in the woods for collecting and sketching.  HBP always brought her pets. I tell the story of this and why the scientific establishment turned her down. Illustrated from her Coded (i.e. secret) Journal. You can read about some of this in a biography (Penguin Paperback ) by Linda Lear : Beatrix Potter a  Life in Nature, chapter on ‘Discoveries’. i.e. before she went to live in the Lake District.

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Preserving the Past for the Future: The work of the Surrey History Centre, Woking

by Matthew Piggott

SHC is the Surrey Country Archives. It holds over a million manuscripts, maps, drawings etc. recording Surrey`s history from the middle ages to the digital age. This talk describes the work they do in locating, conserving and making this wonderful range of information accessible to all.

Tuesday 27th February 2018 Steaming On – not just for rail enthusiasts

by Paul Whittle

Train travel from a more leisurely time. The very best of the UK`s 100+steam heritage railways.

Tuesday 27th March 2018 Heathrow Villages

by Tom Edbrooke

The history of the villages now completely under or partly under Heathrow Airport—i.e. Heathrow, Stanwell, Harmondsworth etc.

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