October 2016 Newsletter
Dear <<First Name>>
Surrey County Council's Parking Proposals for Elmbridge
The TRG Committee submitted its response to the parking proposals affecting The Triangle in July. Our response can be viewed here.
Unfortunately the Committee’s advice does not appear to have been heeded.
Surrey County Council's review of parking in Weybridge has now been formally advertised for comment.
You will find all the details via the following link:
The Committee will be resubmitting its advice without any great hope of amending the proposals.
If you wish to make any comments on the proposals please follow the instructions given in the above link which includes an online comment form; we would encourage you to make your views known to the SCC Parking Team and to copy your local Councillors.
The contact details of the Triangle’s Councillors (Weybridge St George's Hill): Ian Donaldson, Simon Foale and Peter Harman are available on the Elmbridge website.
Please note comments must be received by Friday 28th October 2016.
Proposed Strategic Priorities
Against a backdrop of severely curtailed local authority budgets as a result of Government austerity, Committee members have held two constructive face to face meetings and various telephone conversations with Surrey County Councillor Ramon Gray regarding the Proposed Strategic Priorities. Councillor Gray is in consultation with Surrey’s Highway’s Department for professional advice
A further face to face meeting with Councillor Gray is planned in the near future.
Clive House, Queens Road: Planning Application 2016/3077
Clive House, 12-18 Queens Road, the former driving test centre which has its main entrance in the southern part of York Road, has been bought by PegasusLife, UK a company specialising in retirement living.
PegasusLife has written to local residents saying that it will be providing more information about its plans for Clive House and has invited those who wish to be kept abreast with developments to email William.Knighton@keeblebrown.com.
The Committee recommends all residents register an interest with Mr Knighton in order to show that the site is seen as important locally.
A copy of Mr Knighton’s letter can be viewed here. You can also view the response from Mr Knighton to some early questions posed by residents here.
Meanwhile, an application dated 19 September has been lodged for permission to change Clive House from business use to residential use. This is in support of a proposal to convert it into 16 two-bed flats on two floors. The footprint and height of the building would remain unchanged as would the current parking provision.
Because the changes will be internal and not affecting the external fabric of the building, it is argued that no planning permission will be required. Elmbridge Borough Council Planning Department has the case under consideration.
The Committee has considered this application and regards it as an acceptable change of use but will maintain a watching brief in case PegasusLife subsequently submits a planning application for a larger and more dense development, which it is entitled to do at any time.
A TRG website has been set up: www.trgweybridge.com.
‘Pester Power’ and Manby Lodge School
Local children’s help in the effort to address long-standing local traffic and parking problems was enlisted when TRG Committee Member, Bernadette Keane approached Manby Lodge School, to ask its youngsters to create posters urging drivers to be considerate when driving and parking.
Not only would the posters raise the consciousness of passers-by about these issues, hopefully the children’s heightened awareness of them would also be transmitted to the adults who drive them around.
In July, accompanied by the Surrey Advertiser, who photographed and wrote up the event, members of the TRG committee, teachers from Manby Lodge and a crocodile of children affixed the posters along Pine Grove and Princes Road in prominent positions at houses where residents had volunteered to take them. Some of them - those which have proved most resilient to weather conditions - are still in evidence.
Further discussions with Manby Lodge’s teachers are planned to see whether this initiative can be developed further.
TRG Committee Members
We are delighted that Dave Chiu from Dresden Way and Ferdi Fischer from Princes Road have joined the Committee.
Other committee members are: Dave Arnold Lorraine Barnett and Bernadette Keane (all Pine Grove) Nick Thripp and Alan Wright (both Princes Road).
If you are interested in joining the Committee (especially if you live in a road without a Committee member) please email email@example.com or phone Nick Thripp on 01932 855579.
Issues for TRG consideration
TRG was established to address issues which have a broader impact on The Triangle. If you are aware of any such issues and wish them to be brought to the Committee’s attention, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.