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.

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Apr 242017

Please find below, details of an event sent through to us which is taking place on 1st July 2017.

On 1st July over 60 walkers will leave Runnymede and, over the next 5 days, walk along the Thames Path to Westminster.

Well-known writers have been working with those who have experienced the UK asylum system and, taking Chaucer’s great ancient poem of journeying as a model, the writers will tell a modern tale each evening about a different aspect of the asylum-seeking experience. With music and the guidance of entertaining hosts, each evening’s free performance promises to be moving, informative and fun.


The Refugee Tales project reaches our area on Saturday 1st July at Walton on Thames: please see the flyer. There are 3 more evening events at Kingston, Brentford and Hammersmith during that week, see

Why might your group be concerned?

When refugees arrive in Britain they are locked up, in prison conditions, until their claims for asylum are settled. They are given no date for release. The Magna Carta, established 800 years ago that people shall not be locked up indefinitely – but today the government is breaching that crucial right.

The UK is alone in Europe in detaining refugees indefinitely: is this a distinction we want? People convicted of major crimes know when they will be released: people who have fled war, persecution and want in order to reach the UK, expecting fair treatment, do not know.

What is the alternative to indefinite detention?

The Refugee Tales project is led by Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. GDWG’s volunteers have been visiting people in immigration detention centres for more than 20 years and seek to end indefinite detention. Refugees can be – and many already are – placed in hard-to-let accommodation while their claims are sorted out, instead of in prison conditions. This is

  • much cheaper
  • helps to reduce the development of serious mental health issues
  • enables refugees to make contributions to their locality instead of being a drain on resources.

Booking for the walks and talks, materials, information

Booking is open now on the Refugee Tales website  You can join the walk for the full five days from Runnymede to Westminster or for a single day. You might wish to reserve seats at your free local evening event, or reserve copies of the signed Refugee Tales book.

Sal Jenkinson,  for Refugee Tales 2017

 Posted by at 5:25 pm
Apr 242017

Surrey County Council, as the County Planning Authority (CPA), has a statutory duty to control three categories of development within Surrey:

  • Those relating to mineral workings (extraction processing etc) like sand, gravel or clay
  • Those relating to waste recycling, recovery, processing or disposal
  • Those relating to County own development including schools, fire stations and roads (Regulation 3)

Under Article 11 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 local authorities are required to produce lists of the information that they require to make a planning application. These are called local lists (validation checklists), and they are lists of the information required for different types of applications. Paragraph 193 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) makes it clear that planning authorities should only request supporting information that is relevant, necessary and material to the application. Paragraph 44 of the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) requires all planning authorities to redress their validation checklists, consult on amended checklists, and then adopt the amended checklists every two years.

In April 2014 Surrey County Council formally adopted a Local List for the Validation of County Development and County Matters Planning Applications. The Planning Department is now in the process of reviewing the local list.


An updated Local List has been produced, which can be viewed using the following link here. The document is open to consultation from 18 April 2017 until 11 June 2017 and we would welcome your views during this period.

To feedback on the document please use the online form. If you require an alternative format of the form please contact the Technical Support Team at or 020 8541 9897.

For further information relating to the consultation or the proposed Local List document please contact Samantha Murphy at for queries relating to Annex 1 and 2 or Alex Sanders at for queries relating to Annex 3.

 Posted by at 5:12 pm
Apr 242017

Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) continues to prepare the 2nd Stage of their Local Plan. The 1st Draft of the Local Plan was published for Public Consultation last August 2016. It had commissioned Arup to look at the Green Belt (GB) to propose which sites least fulfilled the function of the GB and could be considered from removal from the GB for development. The main factor for Ottershaw was the proposal to remove the site from the GB named `Ottershaw East`, bounded by Southwood Avenue, Brox Road and Bousley Rise, for 510 houses.

There were 762 Responses to the Consultation on the Plan, of which over 650 were objecting to the removal of sites from the GB for development. Of these 428 where from Ottershaw on the Ottershaw East site, 98% being objections to its removal from the GB.

As part of RBC`s work to prepare the 2nd Stage of the Plan for Public Consultation in the Autumn 2017, it has had the Arup carry out a more detailed 2nd GB Review of all the areas immediately around all the urban areas. That was a 400m buffer zone round all of the towns, e.g. Chertsey, Addlestone etc. and 250 m around the villages, e.g. Ottershaw, Thorpe etc.  This was published on RBC`s Website here:Runnymede Green Belt Part 2 Report on 3 May 2017. There were 94 sites looked at in detail by Arup. From these, 44 sites were selected for further consideration.

RBC states that these sites have been identified for further consideration based on their performance against GB criteria only, at the local and strategic scales, rather than their suitability in terms of sustainability, infrastructure and wider planning considerations. These findings will therefore need to be balanced against the findings of other technical work and the Council’s broader spatial vision as part of the wider site selection process. The recommendations set out in this Report will not automatically lead to the release of land from the Green Belt. Ensuring maximum protection for the Green Belt, in line with national policy, continues to be a core planning principle in the formulation of Local Plan policy.

The results of this Report will be put to the Planning Committee on 10 May 2017.

If the Committee decides to continue to consider these sites, then there will have to be a Public Consultation on this Report and the sites proposed to be removed from the GB.

At the present time we are informed that this will start on 12 May 2017.

New sites proposed to be removed from the GB around Ottershaw are as follows:-


Click on the Map to open up a larger image.

The numbers below refer to the map reference.



13. The field on the A320 south of the Church at the back of Brox Road (No 232) that was cleared last summer.

10. Bounded by Brox Lane, and a small tributary of the Bourne River. Appears to be part of the field to the south east of the Nursery site east of the footpath where the house called `The Field` is located. And part in the original Ottershaw East site.

17. The 2 schools buildings at the back of Fletcher Road and Close are not in the GB, but the grounds are in the GB. This proposes to take all the school buildings,  grounds and the field down to the Lane off Bousley Rise, where Bousley Farm buildings are located, out of the GB.

18. Chaworth Copse, the eastern part, and Chaworth Close. That is the area at the back of part of Brox Road, Ottermead Lane and part of Chaworth, not the western part at the back of the Guildford Road. This was in the original plan to come out of the GB, but was withdrawn as the Copse is a SANGS. There is no reason a SANGS cannot be in the urban are, but cannot be built on as a SANGS. It has been re-added to this list to be removed from the GB.

25i. The whole of Gt. Grove Farm was reassessed. None of it was to be removed from the GB in the 1st Consultation. Now RBC have suggested the small area adjacent to the Otter Roundabout between Murray and Guildford Roads should be removed from the GB. NOTE this is a tiny part of the part of the site that the owners have proposed to the removed from the GB in their response to last August`s Consultation. This is where all the trees/bushes have recently been cleared.

27, 29, 31. Again part of Gt. Grove Farm over towards Addlestone.

38 is a new site to be removed from the GB—St. Peter`s Hospital. See here for information on the Public Consultation on this development on Thursday 27 April 2017.

7 and 16 are two sites each side of the recent Franklands Drive development.

11 is Ottershaw East, which was already proposed to come out of the GB as in last August`s Consultation. The exact boundaries are difficult to see on this new Report map. If this GB Report 2 is approved, and the boundaries have been slightly changed to a smaller area , when it goes to consultation in May, all the residents who continue to object to this site being removed from the GB for development will have to write in again to RBC. The Society will post details on this site. We should stress that is there is any change it will still be a large area for development.

Below are the other sites that were considered but are set to remain in the GB around Ottershaw:-

  • Xmas Tree Farm,  `Upper Ottershaw` on the Guildford Road, A320.
  • Squires Nursery at the back of the Hospital on Holloway Hill .
  • The site on the corner of Holloway Hill and Hardwick Lane.

Further details of the Green Belt Review can be found on RBC’s website here

 Posted by at 5:02 pm
Apr 072017

Please see below and the attached pdf file showing the location of the temporary speed limits on the A320

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE “THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL (A320) GUILDFORD ROAD OTTERSHAW (TEMPORARY 50 MPH SPEED LIMIT SUSPENSION) ORDER 2017” under Sections 14(1) and (7) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the Order is to suspend the 50 miles per hour speed limit as imposed by “BOROUGH OF RUNNYMEDE (PART OF A320 GUILDFORD ROAD OTTERSHAW) (50 MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 1999” only in so far as it relates to that length of (A320) Guildford Road, Ottershaw, extending from a point 60 metres south of its junction with (C129) Brox Road to a point 50 metres north of the northern property boundary of the Chertsey Ambulance Station. This length of Guildford Road will become temporarily subject to a 30 mph speed limit by reason of the provision of a system of street lighting, pursuant to Sections 81(1) and 82(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The Temporary Order, which will come into force on 18th April 2017 for a period of twelve months, is required to enable Affinity Water to carry out trunk main renewal works, but the works are anticipated to be completed within six months. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the Order will only be operative when the relevant signs are displayed.

Guildford Road – Temp speed limit extent

 Posted by at 9:24 am
Mar 272017

Local people, patients, people who use services, families and hospital staff will be able to have their say on proposals for the redevelopment of surplus land on the St Peter’s Healthcare campus in Chertsey.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust intend to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the surplus land for housing. The west site would then be sold in order to fund improved local healthcare facilities.

The money raised would:

  • Improve urgent and emergency care facilities and assessment units at St Peter’s Hospital
  • Support plans to upgrade and expand the affordable accommodation for NHS staff managed by Viridian – this will make St Peter’s more attractive to new staff and improve living space for existing staff
  • Provide significant funding towards redeveloping Surrey and Borders Partnership’s mental health hospital and community services to serve people in north west, mid and east Surrey.

The proposals largely focus on the western part of the St Peter’s Healthcare campus which is jointly owned by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This area currently houses a range of community mental health services for people of all ages and a drug and alcohol detox unit. These will relocate within the local vicinity, and people who use these services will be involved in deciding where best suits the services’ needs. The area also houses old administrative and service buildings, housing for staff, and derelict areas.

The proposals include:

  • 297 open-market homes consisting of a retirement village and a mix of apartments, and houses.
  • Around 60 new affordable homes, primarily for NHS staff
  • A new, separate access road from Holloway Hill to the north west
  • A new village green.
  • Redeveloping housing on the eastern part of the campus to provide 72 modern affordable apartments, primarily for NHS staff
  • Options for accommodating parking on and off-site for around 250 spaces.


People can view the plans at a public exhibition on Thursday 27th April between 2.30pm to 7pm at the Postgraduate Education Centre, St Peter’s Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey. Staff from the NHS Trusts and the technical consultancy team, including WYG, will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be a small permanent display in the hospital’s main foyer. Further information will be made available online at WYG’s dedicated webpage

 Posted by at 1:08 pm
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