You may have heard that Elmbridge Borough Council has opened a very important consultation as to how we can best preserve the Avenue of Remembrance at the Tilt. You will recall that we erected the granite monument there in 2009 to put into context the flowering cherry trees.
The Avenue of Remembrance of flowering Cherry Trees on the Tilt is both a well known local landmark and a registered war memorial. Because cherry trees only have a life of 40 - 60 years and because replacement trees are not thriving with the severely compacted ground, the Avenue has lost its impact and the community now needs to consider the best course of action for this important landmark.
Following consultation with the local ward Councillors and key community stakeholder groups including this Heritage Trust, it is now important that the Council officers understand your wishes as the residents of Cobham and Stoke d’Abernon. Please take the time to look at the report and the additional information provided and to make your views known via the Elmbridge Council website (click here to visit the website). It is important to note that the Council has secured funding for both the options outlined in the report and no decision has yet been reached. The Council looks forward to hearing your views by 30th September 2017. The consultation questionnaire only requires you to choose between two options and to add any comments you may want to leave and will only take a few minutes of your time.
The council have arranged two drop in sessions where officials will be available to chat to residents about the proposals: on Tuesday 19 September, from 17:00 until 19:00 at Cobham Library, Cedar Road and Saturday 23 September at Cobham Farmers Market, Hollyhedge Road from 09:00 until 14:30.
In addition, Ian Gayton, head of open spaces at Elmbridge and a great friend of the trust will be coming to our open meeting on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 8pm at the Cobham village hall when he will be discussing the subject and will be answering your questions.
The Wisley planning appeal hearing, in respect of plans to build a new settlement of over 2000 homes on the Green Belt, will start on 19th September 2017. It is most important that as many people as possible attend the hearing, in particular on the first day, in order to impress the Inspector with the strength of opposition to the plans.
The hearing of the planning appeal by Wisley Property Investments Limited (WPIL), a Cayman Island registered company, against the refusal last year by Guildford Borough Council of their application to build over 2000 homes on the Green Belt will start on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford at 10 am. Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust have an interest as a Rule 6 party, entitling it to cross-examine the WPIL witnesses. Other local interests such as the Wisley Action Group (WAG) and Parish Councils have appointed barristers to further the case against.
This planning appeal will last up to 20 days and while it will be heard at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for the first four days, the hearing will then switch to the Council Chamber at Millmead House, Millmead GU2 4BB on Monday 26th September.
The message from Wisley Action Group:
WAG is arranging a coach from the Ockham Parish Rooms to take you to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre where your support on Day 1 is crucial.
Please let us know asap by this Friday (15th Sept), at the latest if you would like a place on the coach at 8.15am to board, leaving promptly at 8.30pm
We will arrange the coach to return to the Parish Rooms from the Theatre at both 1.30pm and 4.30pm to give you a choice of return time
Please confirm preference
Thank you - This is for DAY 1 only
We will ask attendees to form a polite demonstration at the Theatre, with placards and banners
We ask that no one interrupts the proceedings inside
The Inspector will wish to see the numbers filling the Theatre in the first week, and DAY 1 is of prime importance
Thank you so much for your support and donations to date and all further donations are welcome
A nominal charge of £5 return ticket will be requested towards the coach cost, Thank you
WAG looks forward to hearing from you
on behalf of Wisley Action Group