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December 2016 Newsletter
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Newsletter 4: December 2016

Dear <<First Name>>, 

We would like to update you on some important developments which are likely to have a significant impact on The Triangle.

1. Clive House, 12-18 Queens Road, KT13 9XE
The TRG Committee, joined by a representative from the High Pine Residents’ Association, met representatives from Pegasus Life and Keeble Brown on 8th December 2016 for an update on the demolition of Clive House and its replacement by a new building.  It emerged at the meeting that, prior to Pegasus Life’s interest, another developer had held pre-application discussions with Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) about the possible development of this site. The TRG Committee has lodged a formal Freedom of Information Request to ascertain what took place during these and all subsequent pre-application discussions. A response is awaited from EBC. Pegasus Life are in the process of buying this site and are therefore appear committed to the project.

In a constructive and open discussion, TRG summarised residents’ principal concerns as being:
* Height/Mass/Bulk
* Moving of the building line closer to Queens Road
* Character of the building and fit with local environment
* Traffic and parking issues.
It is clear that they are aware of residents’ concerns. We await submission of their formal planning to see whether they have taken them into account. We will advise residents as soon as we hear that the formal application has been submitted. 

2. Strategic Priorities 
2.1  Dangerous Bend in Pine Grove
Following three very constructive meetings between the Committee and Cllr Gray to discuss the Strategic Priorities, Councillor Gray has confirmed that he has now allocated £5k for a formal evaluation and improvement review of the dangerous bend in Pine Grove. After years of being stonewalled on this issue by Surrey County Council this represents considerable progress and we are grateful to Cllr Gray for his support.

2.2  20mph Speed Limit and HGV ban
TRG Committee members are preparing a petition to introduce measures including a 20 mph zone and restrictions on HGVs throughout The Triangle to put to Surrey County Council’s Local Committee on 27th February 2017. This is an instance case where numbers do count and we will be seeking your support in due course.  

3.  Shaping Elmbridge: A New Local Plan - Consultation
Residents are being consulted as to where thousands of new homes should be built in Elmbridge, against the backdrop of a warning that if the Council does not resolve the issue, central Government will intervene directly. In response to this, Elmbridge Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan. The Strategic Options Consultation is the first stage in the process and sets out the key development challenges facing the Borough, including the Council’s preferred option for addressing these. It also presents questions on a range of issues that will need to be considered as part of the development of a new Local Plan.  The implications for Weybridge and its residents’ quality of life could be very significant, including scale and density of future developments, associated traffic and parking issues and encroachment on green belt. We would, therefore, strongly encourage all residents to comment. The consultation started on 16 December 2016 and will end at 4pm on 10 February 2017.  You can read the document online at consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.ti/lpsoc/consultationHome or alternatively hard copies are available for inspection at:
* The Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD between 8.45am- 5pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8.45am- 4.45pm (Friday).
* All libraries in the Borough – see the Surrey County Council website (www.surreycc.gov.uk) or call 0300 200 1001 for locations and opening times.
* Drop in events held across the Borough (See table below for details)  

Tuesday 10 January 7-9pm Lecture Hall, 1st Floor Weybridge Library

Wednesday 11 January  7-9pm Cobham Community Centre

Thursday 19 January 7-9pm Hinchley Wood Secondary School

Monday 23 January 7-9pm Cecil Hepworth Playhouse (Walton)

Thursday 26 January 7-9pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher

Saturday 4 February 10-2pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher  

An exhibition will also be permanently displayed throughout January and up until 10 February 2017 in the Civic Centre Reception, Esher. All comments must be made in writing and received by 4pm on Friday 10 February 2017. Comments can be submitted either:
* through the Council’s website at consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.ti/lpsoc/consultationHome
* by email to planningpolicy@elmbridge.gov.uk
* by post to Planning Policy, Planning Services, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, Esher, KT10 9SD. Following this consultation, EBC will consider all the comments and prepare a statement responding to the issues raised and how it will seek to address them. EBC will then prepare a more detailed plan which will be published for consultation in the Summer of 2017. If you have any questions please contact EBC’s Planning Policy team on 01372 474474 

4.  Former Trident Honda site, 30 Queens Road, Weybridge
Demolition of the above site’s existing building is currently underway and is expected to last two weeks.

Building of the 46 apartments and two shops that will replace it is expected to last approximately two years. In response to Residents’ concern that they will face major disruption for an extended period during construction of the site, and supported by Cllr Simon Foale, TRG has urged Elmbridge Borough Council to ensure that Princes Road and Pine Grove won’t be used by HGVs going to and from the site, and that adequate parking will provided on site for all site workers and contractors. We have stressed out that neither road is suitable for HGVs and Princes Road is already at full capacity in terms of parking and cannot accommodate more.  So far, we have received nothing more than an acknowledgement.  

5. Parking Review Update
There has been extensive further debate between the TRG Committee and Surrey County Council over the Parking Review. TRG objected to the proposal that there should be double yellow lines (DYLs) on the Hanger Hill side of the dangerous bend in Pine Grove as this would only encourage drivers approaching the bend to do so at higher speeds.  TRG made it clear that its response was prompted by deep-seated safety concerns about the very dangerous bend in the road, and emphasised that it believed conditions were already in place there for a very serious accident. What TRG said it did not want to see was action taken in relation to parking which might increase the risk of that serious accident occurring. A series of exchanges with the SCC CEO, Dr David McNulty, ensued. During the course of this correspondence, SCC revealed that the DYLs between Dresden Way and the Electrical Sub Station were “on-hold” which came as a surprise to TRG as it was clearly stated in the proposals that they were existing without any caveats.

TRG put it to SCC that as the consultation process relating to Pine Grove was conducted on a false premise, it was therefore flawed. Additionally, while TRG said it welcomed SCC’s assurance that the safety issues of the road will be carefully considered, it suggested that, in line with best practice, such considerations should be fully documented and circulated to residents. SCC has confirmed that TRG’s objection has been noted, regardless of whether there may have been any confusion arising from the variance between the Ordnance Survey mapping and the actual on site layout, or indeed in the variance between the existing restrictions on the traffic regulation orders and the yellow lines that are on the ground.  SCC maintains, despite the manifold discrepancies TRG has highlighted, that there weren’t any shortcomings in the consultation process. SCC continues to assure us that road safety is a top priority, and that the parking team considers this very carefully prior to suggesting and introducing a parking scheme of any kind. TRG now awaits the outcome and SCC’s objections report in which it will outline the reasons for its final decision. 

6.  TRG Website 
A reminder that our website is now live: http://www.trgweybridge.com. It's a great resource for any TRG-related matters should you have missed anything. Take a look.  If you would like to comment on any of the above or raise any other issues with the Committee, please email trgweybridge@gmail.com

Wishing you a joyful festive season and a very happy 2017,

The TRG Committee (Nick Thripp, Dave Arnold, Lorraine Barnett, David Chiu, Ferdi Fischer, Bernadette Keane, and Alan Wright)

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