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Come along to ROSS CYCLES
145 Coulsdon Road, Caterham
(CR3 5NJ close to Tesco)
From 10am to 1pm on
Saturday 27th October 2018
Click here to view planning comments from the Council meeting of 23 October 2018 submitted by the Parish Council to Tandridge District Council
This public meeting will explain how he would like to engage with all of the community to start to address major issues.
Please RSVP, Kevin is essentially inviting over 2'000 people with room capacity for 180 seated or 300 standing. so please log your interest at the link below.
Burstow Parish Council have submitted the following response to the Regulation 19 consultation of the Local Plan
BPC LOCAL PLAN Reg. 19 CONSULTATION RESPONSE
Burstow Parish Council is not intrinsically opposed to the building of new dwellings in Burstow, in fact we believe that in order for the Parish and Village to thrive some new additional homes are necessary. However, regard must be given to community led needs for affordable homes for local people and new keyworkers entering the Parish. In addition, any development must address the needs of our aging population. Many older residents would like to downsize from their larger family homes but be able to remain living within their community, the community that has been their home for many years. Any development in Burstow should include provision for downsizing and these dwellings must be 'future proofed' to ensure residents can remain in their homes despite their changing needs as they age.
Infrastructure Delivery Plan for Burstow
Redehall Road Speed Cushion Removal (Aspirational)
The Tandridge Local Committee meeting of 27.09.2013 resolved to remove existing traffic calming measures and replace them with additional measures. BPC first approached SCC with regard to this at the end of 2015. Throughout 2016, multiple, efforts to negotiate with Surrey Highways, with a view to removing the speed cushions failed. A revised plan reinstating 5 sets of cushions, with the addition of seven kerb 'build outs' was reluctantly accepted by BPC. It has taken until early 2016 to progress this. Funding for detailed design and construction was allocated for the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19 was allocated at the Tandridge Local Committee Meeting on 09.12.2016. The Parish Council questions how TDC can include this item in their IDP whilst being aware that a) no funding is available and b) the speed cushions are to be retained.
Road Safety Scheme for Burstow School (Aspirational)
Plans for this have previously been estimated by Surrey Highways to cost approximately £100k. There is no evidence within the Local Plan or supporting technical documents demonstrating how this scheme can be achieved for £50k, i.e. 50% of the original estimate, especially as one Surrey Highways Officer (Rebecca Harrison) explained that to even extend a 20MPH zone a few metres would cost in excess of £5,000. She also stated in her email to the Parish Council that, based on previous examples, a figure of £100,000 could be considered a conservative estimate to insert a road table adjacent to the School entrance. Two RTC's involving pedestrians, both directly linked to Burstow School have occurred in the last two years. Both are directly related to school traffic. TDC is postulating an increase in Burstow School to a 3-form entry without ensuring appropriate road safety improvements are carried out prior to this. At a meeting on 22.09.2017 the Tandridge Local Committee merely supported the proposal that funding may be sought, for example via a bid to TDC for CIL; (as and when CIL is available from new housing).
Burstow Parish Council would strongly support any road safety schemes around the school provided funding be provided by SCC and following on from detailed road safety studies. As a Council, we could not support any proposed increase in the school's size without significant investments in road safety, funded at the appropriate level.
Education - Expansion/Improvement of Burstow School
When first built, Burstow School consisted of a single form entry. Over time this has been expanded to accommodate a two form entry and a nursery.
Any further attempts to increase the size of the School would require special consent from the Secretary of State for Education as the existing physical site is too small to accommodate eight new forms. Local Plan technical documents supporting this objective have failed to realise this.
In addition, should the planned 305 new dwellings be constructed, these new dwellings would not generate sufficient increase in population to require a third form per year (as per DofE calculations). In order to fill the extra student places, children from surrounding areas such as Langshott and The Oaks would have to travel to Burstow, thus increasing the number of vehicular movements in an area with inadequate parking and serious road safety concerns. This is not acknowledged within the Local Plan.
Recreation, Sports & Community Facilities
No communication has taken place between TDC and the Parish Council regarding youth provision for the area. We are confused as to why the King George Playing Field on Copthorne Bank is included in the Local Plan and why Burstow Parish Council is earmarked as a funding source. Whilst the playing field land abuts the county border with West Sussex, in actual fact, Worth Parish Council (West Sussex) owns both the land and the sports pavilion sited on the land. WPC borrowed money to build the pavilion. WPC leases the pavilion to the Copthorne Community Sports Association (a charity) and it is the CCSA with WPC backing that has secured financing for the current drainage works that are currently underway.
HSG01: Land at Plough Road and Redehall Road - 160 units
Technical studies fail to note that part of the proposed site (SMA08) has a history of repeated flooding over at least one-third of its area for a significant amount of the year. So much so that the site is known colloquially at 'The Duck Pond".
Furthermore, despite scrutiny, TDC appears to have not noticed a combined foul and surface water drainage system is in place along Orchard Road, the western section of Plough Road, Wheelers Lane and along Chapel Road from the junction with Plough Road to where it meets the main sewer system at the junction of Weatherhill Road.
During prolonged or heavy rain residents living along these roads are at constant risk of having foul water flooding/contamination in their homes and gardens. This has happened on a number of occasions. These residents are now unable to flush a toilet, take a shower or use any appliances/utilities that generate waste water during significant rainfall. Vulnerable residents with additional needs have no choice but to vacate their homes and seek shelter elsewhere until water levels have subsided.
Thames Water has recently cleared all the pipes along this section of the village so that they are working at optimum levels. However, operatives for the water company have informed residents that there is insufficient capacity within the system to cope with existing demand and the pipework is simply too small for the existing requirements. The Parish Council are extremely concerned that there does not appear to be any evidence in the Local Plan technical studies that recognises the existing problem or offer any solutions. Not only that, the Local Plan also proposes to further increase the demand on an inadequate system by the addition of HSG01. Any consent for additional dwellings must correlate directly with requirements for developers to work in partnership with Thames Water to increase capacity of the foul water drainage.
Plough Road Traffic Junction with Redehall Road, Chapel Road and Wheelers Lane
This junction is comprised of a staggered crossroad between the four roads, located in the centre of Smallfield. Burstow School is sited directly adjacent to the junction. Traffic movements are particularly high at school opening and closing times, but throughout the day there is always vehicular traffic passing through the junction.
Traffic is regularly congested and sightlines frequently impeded by illegally parked vehicles, leading to 'near misses' almost daily. On two occasions in the previous 18 months we have had potentially life threating injuries to residents. In the first instance an air ambulance was dispatched to take a woman to hospital after she had been thrown into the air and landing on a pavement after being hit by a car. On the second occasion a small child was rushed to St Georges Hospital with serious head injuries.
The Transport Assessment Report and Transport Assessment Mitigation Report fail to demonstrate understanding of the significant dangers associated with this junction and also fails to address the issues in their mitigation report by offering a generic 'junction improvements' response rather than submitting detailed, evidence based solutions.
These reports also fail to clearly define how up to 300 additional dwellings and associated vehicular traffic will impact upon the junction for all road users be they vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian or animal. Junction improvements must be carried out as part of and alongside any new developments/dwellings in Smallfield.
Smallfield is classified as a Larger Rural Settlement in Tandridge District therefore any development in the area should be of low density and in keeping with the rural nature of the village.
Reviewing the various housing allocations, it is apparent that, apart from the proposed Garden Village at South Godstone, Smallfield is the only area that has been earmarked for major housing development. The District Council has failed to communicate with Burstow Parish Council nor has any explanation been forthcoming to the Parish Council and residents of Burstow as to why nearby areas such as Outwood, Nutfield, Oxted and Hurst Green have far smaller allocations despite many areas having better public transport links.
In conclusion we are concerned that in its haste to produce a Local Plan, TDC has failed to carry out sufficient research and take advantage of the local knowledge Parish Councils hold. We are concerned that errors such as road safety improvements at £50K have been included and feel that some figures/costs have been guessed, without meaningful consideration to the issues presented.
The next community Flood Action Group Meeting will be held on
All welcome your input and knowledge are vital to us getting the work done that we so desperately need.
Our questions are being submitted to the relevant authorities with a meeting to be held later on in September.
If you are unable to make the meeting but would like us to raise something for you
please email Burstowfag@gmail.com
The newly formed Flood Forum is supported by the National Flood Forum, a Charity that supports and represents flood risk communities.
The national Flood forum takes questions from local residents and puts them to the relevant authorities, those authorities are then invited to a meeting all at the same time along with the flood forum to answer the questions raised.
The idea is that a community working together has more influence than a member of the public working alone.
If you have a question to be raised by the Forum please contact the Parish Clerk or come along to the next meeting.
The Draft Local Plan Consultation has started
This consultation is an opportunity for residents to have their say about the legal compliance and soundness of the draft plan
See Tandridge website for more information www.tandridge.gov.uk/localplan
Start date: Monday 20 July 2018 (Postponed) New date TBD
Duration: For approx. 8 days Monday - Friday only 7:30am to 5pm
Please look out for advance warning signs on site for any date changes or check www.roadworks.org and @TandridgeLC on Twitter
Tandridge Beat officers dealt with a rather distressing report of a particularly aggressive Nottingham Knocker in Park Road, Caterham, at about 11am on Wednesday 6th June. He left the elderly couple in a distressed state and by the time they got round to calling us, 'Chummy' was well gone!
We have also recently been operating in Burstow. These individuals can be a real nuisance and can cause fear and intimidation.
When they tell you that they are on any type of 'Rehabilitation Scheme'; please be assured that this is absolutely untrue. Whatever their sob storey its not true.
There are no nationally accredited projects anywhere in the UK for 'reformed offenders' that authorises, causes or permits, this form of door to door selling.
It's a scam.
Those of you who have read the recent reports on In the Know will be aware of the thefts of post from external post boxes.
Downlands Lane, Smallfield. Between 11.00 and 12.00 May 12th a very dark skinned male, average height and build with very dark and thick black hair, aged 30 to 40 and wearing a high viz top removed mail from a post box. He is believed to have been driving a white or cream small car (ref 45180049404).
One victim has had a credit card statement for nearly £20,000 with purchases of diamond jewellery and Apple computers in Antwerp. They used their address, date of birth etc (easy to obtain if you know how) to obtain a credit card then must have returned a second time to collect the card delivered to the address.
Please ensure if you have an external post box, especially if you live in the remote areas of the village that the slot is too small for a hand and is locked. If your post man does not post the mail all the way through your front door then you must instruct him to do so.
Smallfield Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
Please note the above is being held at
Centenary hall on Monday 16th April from 7pm
There will updates on
and an outside speaker yet to be confirmed
It has come to our attention that the applicant for Dowlands Park (to build 88 houses in the Green Belt) has written to all residents in the Parish, to our District Councillors and to Parish Councillors.
The leaflet distributed by the applicant implies that the Parish Council is supporting this development and that the concerns we raised on behalf of residents have been addressed. Neither of these things is true.
M23 junctions 8 to 10: smart motorway
Upgrading the 11 mile (18km) stretch of the M23 near Gatwick Airport, between junction 8 near Merstham and junction 10 at Copthorne, to an all-lane running smart motorway.
See information re Smart Motorways on the Highways agency website
For quite a while now there has been insufficient parking in Smallfield, especially around school opening and closing times. Several accidents have happened and numerous near misses.
The Parish Council, working in collaboration with Burstow School, have submitted a planning application to build a 55-bay car park along the front section of the School's playing field on Redehall Road.
To help avoid confusion over detail we have put together the following list to answer some questions. You are also welcome to contact the Parish Clerk if you would like any more information.
At the Planning Meeting on Tuesday 9th January the Committee considered the application to build 88 dwellings at the junction of Plough Road and Dowlands Lane.
Local volunteers have been out and about in Smallfield helping to prevent traffic speeding through our Village.
To continue this very visible deterrent on a regular basis we need more volunteers who are available during the day. The more people who can help the less time each person needs to contribute. Getting started is easy, you just need to attend a ONE HOUR training session with Surrey Police at Reigate station and then you will work in a small team at mutually agreed times in the Village.
So if you have some time available (doesn't matter how much or little) get in touch with the Parish Clerk on 01342 841880 or email@example.com and Jeannie will put you in contact with the Speed Watch team
Residents who would like more information on recycling can find details:
Councillor Tony Elias, Chairman of the Community Services Committee, said: "Our recycling service allows you to recycle much more from home - please try to recycle as much as possible."
Snow, ice and severe weather conditions
In severe weather information about collection delays and cancellations will be available on www.tandridge.gov.uk/serviceupdates,
by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01883 722000.
To receive this information by e-mail, please register for Tandridge News Direct at www.tandridge.gov.uk/newsdirect.
For more information contact Giuseppina Valenza, Head of Communications, on 01883 732704.
Party spokesmen: Councillor Gordon Keymer CBE (Con) 01883 717363 and Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse (Lib Dem) 01883 623025.
The Parish Council would like to draw peoples attention to overgrown/overhanging trees and hedges. Pedestrians should be able to pass safely and with ease along pavements but unfortunately this is often not the case. We would ask all residents to please check and ensure that any vegetation on their property is not causing an obstruction and putting pedestrians in danger.
If your hedge is growing rapidly in this wet but warm weather please can you keep it cut back. Now that June is drawing to a close there should not be a problem with nesting birds and it is considered perfectly acceptable to carry out a side cut.
Many thanks for your help.
To see each response please click on the links below.
For further information please contact our Clerk on email@example.com
If you are a members of Biffa's Green Waste Club you can check your collection date at www.greenwasteclub.co.uk or by calling 0800 0858 286.
The Parish Council has arranged with Tandridge District Council that a volunteer group can go out and collect roadside litter to tidy up Smallfield. The District will then collect the rubbish on an agreed date. We are looking for volunteers - initially for Saturday May 5th but we would like to set this up as an ongoing group.
Please contact Jeannie Ryan (Parish Clerk) on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01342 841880 if you would like to take part.
Starting Wednesday 16th May, 10.30am to 12.30pm, and running every Wednesday thereafter, will be a 'Coffee Morning' at the Plough pub on Plough Road.
Come and join our friendly group.
Tea or Coffee and biscuits for just £1
Chatting is free and all are welcome!
A comprehensive list of activities and associated services throughout the week across the village
Take a look and see if there is something you would like to join or if there is something else you could offer.
See the Community Activities List
Collection from Centenary Hall
7.30am - 2.15pm
Saturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 8th September 2018
Saturday 1st December 2018
If you have large items to dispose of that normal rubbish collectors will not take, bring them along to Centenary Hall on the above dates for collection.
Reminder: Small electrical items, textiles, shoes and batteries are collected every week along with your food waste.
Note: There is a textile bank at Burstow Primary School, in the main gate to the right. All clothes, blankets, curtains and shoes gratefully received (PILLOWS/CUSHIONS/DUVETS) are not permitted.
9.00 am - 12.00 noon
Dates for 2018 TBC
February 3 & 17
March 3, 17 & 31
April 14 & 28
May 12 & 26
June 9 & 23
July 7 & 21
Sept1, 15 & 29
Oct 13 & 27
Nov 10 & 24
Dec 8 & 22
Throughout the week various classes are held at Centenary Hall, see a daily list here:
Over 50's Table Tennis club - (9.45-11.45am) and an
Open session on a Friday morning - (9am-12 noon)
Play for 1 hour for £1 per person if no one is waiting then you can pay and stay some more. Bats and balls available for a returnable deposit. No unaccompanied minors but children with a responsible adult are welcome.
Yoga - (7.15pm - 8.45pm)
Tai Chi - beginners and intermediate classes - (9.45am & 11am)
Badminton - (8.00pm)
Short Mat Bowls - (10am - 12pm)
Move Fitness - (7.30pm - 8.30pm)
Fitness League - (10am - 12pm)
Dance Mania Latin American & Ballroom dancing from - (7.30pm)
Dance Mania Latin American & Ballroom dancing from - (7.30pm)
Table Tennis open session - (9am - 12 noon)
Play for 1 hour for £1 per person - if no one is waiting then you can pay and stay some more. Bats and balls available for a returnable deposit. No unaccompanied minors but children with a responsible adult are welcome.
Whitesides School of Dance run classes everyday of the week for times and classes check their website
Learn Through Play, children's pre-school runs daily during term time. Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 3pm, Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 12 noon