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Newsletter No.7 - February 2017

 
Dear <<First Name>>,     ,
 
Please be aware of the following important items.
 
1. 20mph Zone and HGV ban: Petition to Surrey County Council’s Local Committee.
 
Our thanks to everyone who signed the petition, which we have submitted, along with 430 signatures in support, to Surrey County Council.
 
We have been advised that it will more difficult to persuade the committee to ban HGVs without any photographic evidence. (Clearly the photographs should be of HGVs using The Triangle as a short cut. Deliveries within it do not count).
 
PLEASE HELP OUR CASE BY PHOTOGRAPHING ANY HGVs USING ROADS IN THE TRIANGLE AS A SHORT CUT.
 
Please email the photographs to trgweybridge@gmail.com
 
The petition will be heard by Surrey County Council’s Local Committee on 27th February 2017 at the Civic Offices, High Street, Esher. The meeting starts at 16.00.  Ours will be the second of three petitions heard that day
 
Dr Alan Wright will make the 3 minute presentation on behalf of TRG.
 
These meetings are open to the public (though members of the public will not be allowed to speak) and residents are encouraged to attend. While it is difficult to estimate timing, if you do come along, aim to be there by 16.20 at the latest.
 
2. Clive House, 12-18 Queens Road, KT13 9XE (Planning Reference 2016/4126)
 
As at 16.00 hours on 13th February 2017, 76 letters objecting to this Planning Application, including one from the TRG Committee,  were posted on the Elmbridge BC website
 
While the official closing date was 10th February 2017, it is likely objections will continue to accepted for the next few days.
 
If you have strong feeling about this application - and we believe most residents do - please
submit your representation in the next couple of days or so.
 
You don’t need to go into detail. A brief summary of your concerns, in your own words, would suffice.
 
In case you find it helpful, we have also included a ‘model letter’ in Appendix 1 (at the end of this newsletter) which reflects the most common concerns we have heard, and which you can personalise and adapt as you see fit.  A downloadable copy of this letter is available on the TRG website: http://www.trgweybridge.com.
 
You can upload your own representations directly onto the EBC portal by putting in the Planning Reference (2016/4126).

Alternatively the EBC Planning Department can be emailed at tplan@elmbridge.gov.uk, in which case it is essential to include the Planning Reference (2016/4126), and your name and address.

Those who prefer to do so can write to EBC at the Civic Offices in Esher, and must also include the planning reference and their address.
 
In addition to making a formal representation to EBC, we would encourage you to make your views known to your ward councillors - Councillors Donaldson, Foale and Harman, either by telephone or email.
 
If you send an email to EBC, we suggest you copy the three councillors. Their email addresses are:
SFoale@elmbridge.gov.ukiandonaldson@elmbridge.gov.ukPHarman@elmbridge.gov.uk.
 
 
3.  Road Works, Pine Grove.
 
Road works - outside Angas Court - are planned for Pine Grove between 13/2/17 and 27/2/17– see https://roadworks.org/?87371562.
 
4. TRG Website
Don’t forget that our website containing a lot of TRG-related matters is live: http://www.trgweybridge.com.
 
If you would like to comment on any of the above or raise any other issues with the Committee, please email trgweybridge@gmail.com.
 
The TRG Committee (Nick Thripp, Dave Arnold, Lorraine Barnett, David Chiu, Ferdi Fischer, Bernadette Keane, and Alan Wright)
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Appendix 1. Clive House: ‘Model Letter’ for personalisation/adaptation
 
The Planning Officer,
Elmbridge Borough Council,
Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
Planning Application 2016/4126 – Clive House, Queens Rd, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9XE
 
I object to the above planning application for the following reasons:
 

  1. The proposed development- a flat roofed, monolithic 4-storey block of flats- would dominate the area. Situated in a village –like local centre, it would be of a mass and density (100+ dwellings per hectare) more appropriate to a major conurbation. It would dwarf the elegant Salisbury House and detract from the visual impact of the United Reform Church. It would tower intrusively over neighbouring residential properties in Princes Road and York Road, compromising their privacy and access to light. The building and associated parking would fill the site, leaving virtually no outdoor amenity space.
  2. The development would breach the existing building line created by Woodview Court and Manby Lodge School, undermining the current arrangement where the north side of Queens Road has a ‘hard edge’ with buildings close to the pavement and the south side is set back to create a sense of space. It would create a ‘canyon’ effect, exacerbated by prominent balconies thrusting the building line even further forward.
  3. The developers use national over 65 data to justify under provision of on-site parking. The likelihood is that people aged 60, often with younger partners, would be active economically and professionally and would be likely to have more than one car. No provision has been made for visitors, deliveries or, for the older residents, carers. Should the development be approved, the considerable burdens of traffic flowing in and out of the building and of the additional parking would fall on York Road, (south)and Princes Road, both already  high stress parking areas with no additional capacity.

A substantial part of the additional traffic would pass the rear entrance of Manby Lodge School- already very busy with parents dropping off and collecting their offspring - which would be highly undesirable in safety terms.
 This application should be rejected
Yours faithfully,
 
Name:
Address:
Date:
 
 

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