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Wisley Appeal update

Latest report from Wisley Action Group: Thursday 19 October, we heard the closing submissions of WAG/OPC, the Horsleys, Ripley PC, Cobham Heritage and Conservation Trust, and Highways England.  All are in agreement with GBC that the Inspector has to recommend  to the Secretary of State that the appeal is dismissed.  Our closing statement is here https://gallery.mailchimp.com/15acb9a1229fe51c996c4cfce/files/2287751c-8f62-4b0c-a7a9-e0c487ad6763/Wisley_WAG_closing_final.pdf  - it is well worth a read - we demolish the appellant's argument and state that continued inclusion of the site in the local plan will render the local plan unsound [this comes from our QC, Richard Harwood, who is the only QC on the government's Local Plan Expert Group]. 

Other rule 6 parties also did an amazing job adding a variety of reasons why this proposal is the wrong proposal in the wrong location.

Guildford followed, maintaining their objection on green belt grounds but clearly not having listened to or incorporated the experts' advice (rule 6 parties and the appellant's) on heritage, transport, air quality and ecology.... they rely on "expert" reports commissioned for the local plan including the sustainability assessment by AECOM and the infamous Green Belt and Countryside Study by Pegasus, both documents already largely ridiculed by many local residents.

Tomorrow, Friday, we have the pleasure of an 0900 start to accommodate 5 hours of the appellant's QC's closing statement - the fact that it's trailed at 5 hours says something about the number of hurdles he needs to jump.  This will be followed by the costs applications (currently numbering 3) which will certainly be at least 4 by tomorrow, - this section will take a short period of time.
It is likely that we will finish by 1500.

On Tuesday the site visit will take place, we're still discussing the details.... likely to be 1000 start - the Ockham Lane entrance to the site will be open.  All are welcome BUT - no dogs - and bring wellingtons as the tour involves Muddy Lane which is almost impassable already.

Thanks to each and every rule 6 party who have supported us through this ordeal.  Thanks too to all who have turned up at the appeal.  We are especially grateful to each and every person who has contributed to our costs - our decision to hire the legal team and experts we did has certainly been worthwhile, in spades, and we hope that we have done enough to knock this on the head for the foreseeable future. 

We do not anticipate any news from the Secretary of State before the New Year at the earliest - it will be extremely interesting to see Guildford's reaction to closing statements and see whether they continue with the current trajectory of the local plan.



Here is the link to GBC's page  www.guildford.gov.uk/wisleyairfieldpi 


Ockham Road South Closure

From 23 October gas mains replacement work at Ockham Road South and Lynx Hill Junction is being undertaken by Southern Gas Networks (SGN) with an estimated duration of 3 weeks. This work requires the closure of ORS from the junction of Pennymead Drive to the junction of Lynx Hill. The attached map shows the signed diversion that will be put in place.

SGN have said they will also include “No turning facilities ahead” and “No through access via Pennymead Drive” signs for Pennymead Drive.

SGN are currently working on a 30-year programme to replace all metal pipes within 30 metres of property with new plastic pipes. The plastic pipes are more flexible and robust and if left undisturbed will last for decades, ensuring a continued safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

While work is taking place, please feel free to speak to engineers on site. They will be happy to try to address any concerns or requirements you or others may have about their work.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with SGN on their customer service number 0800 912 1700 or visit their website https://www.sgn.co.uk for more information.


Pay and Conserve

Surrey residents are being asked to share their views on ways to make the county’s countryside financially self-sufficient.

Continued funding cuts, rising costs and increasing demands on services, means that the need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels and some of these savings need to come from the countryside budget. Without funding, the countryside would become inaccessible, overgrown and littered.

One way of ensuring the countryside remains a place residents can use and enjoy, is introducing charges at car parks. This income would generate a revenue that would cover the cost of regular rubbish collection, cutting trees and bushes, and infrastructure repairs or improvements. It would also support the safeguarding of sensitive habitats and species, enhance biodiversity and the landscape and support recreation, health and wellbeing both now and in the future.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment Mike Goodman said: “This consultation is a vital part of our plans to preserve and improve Surrey’s beautiful countryside for years to come.

“Charging at our car parks could form part of that with those benefiting most contributing more so everyone can still enjoy the wonderful Surrey countryside we all value. The money raised would be ring-fenced to maintain and improve our countryside.”

A consultation focused on car parks in Chobham, Wisley, Ockham, Whitmoor and Rodborough Commons and Norbury Park began 9 October and runs until 6 November.

Surrey residents can have their say by visiting surreycc.gov.uk/payandconserve or please call 0300 200 1003 for a hard copy of the survey.

The Big Draw

Art for all in Guildford - get ready for the Big Draw. Creative local residents are encouraged to get involved in an exciting range of free events for all the family as part of this year's 'The Big Draw' – the world’s largest drawing festival.

The Big Draw, which runs from 1 October to 29 October in Guildford, is part of a campaign to get the nation drawing. This year’s theme is Living Lines  - which focuses on uniting pencils, pixels and people from across the globe to celebrate the universal language of drawing. 

The launch event took place on Sunday 1 October at The Village, Guildford.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Councillor for Heritage and the Arts, says: "This wonderful festival, run in partnership with local arts practitioners and venues, offers inclusive opportunities for everyone - especially young people and those who do not normally have access to the arts.

All ages, levels and abilities are welcome to take part in activities. There are free, high quality and creative art workshops for all the family to take part in, and the chance to learn new skills. Workshops range from print making to shadow puppetry, to making small-scale concertina books. There is no limit to how many free Big Draw activities people can take part in, so why not try them all!“

Eleven Guildford venues are taking part in the event, which is organised locally by the Council's Arts Development team. Venues include Watts Gallery, G Live, The Boileroom, Yvonne Arnaud and Guildford Cathedral. 

You can also enter the Guildford Borough Big Draw drawing competition which is open to all ages. To enter, simply colour in the competition poster which is at the front of the Big Draw leaflet, draw your favourite meme - or invent your own. The competition poster can also be found in the Guide2Surrey magazine’s September and October issues.  The winner receives a £40 voucher from George Weill Arts and Crafts Supplies.

You can pick up a copy of the Guildford Borough’s Big Draw 2017 leaflet from Guildford Tourist Information Office, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ open Mon – Sat 9.30am – 5pm, as well as other venues across the borough.  

For a full list of all the workshops please go to: www.guildford.gov.uk/bigdraw

To find out more please send your name and email address, with the reference ‘Big Draw mailing’ to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01483 444767. 

Litterpick success

There was a record turn-out for the East Horsley litterpick on Saturday.

Thirteen showed up at Station Parade including Councillors and Bishopsmead had a record turn out with sixteen people helping. Peter in the Mini Mart at Effingham Junction said four turned up to help there so well done all. 

The helpers said that they would like more circular bin bag holders.  Bin bags ran out quickly but both were readily available from Ash at Horsley Village Stores and Peter at Effingham Mini Mart. 

Everyone seemed to have had fun, and it was remarked that the amount of litter was less everywhere apart from A246. This could be down to Councillor Andrew Franklin who regularly clears the roads and verges of litter.

SS Glutton 30.09.17

Councillor Stephen Skinner has the Glutton in operation. 

Waterloo Engineering Works

This autumn Network Rail will continue to deliver the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade programme to boost capacity at Waterloo station by 30%.

Upgrade works will continue over six weekends between September and November, laying new track and cables at Waterloo and installing new stairwells at Vauxhall station to improve passenger flows.

While the upgrade works take place, some platforms at Waterloo and Vauxhall stations will need to close. 

As a result of these engineering works, they will be operating a reduced service on the following dates:
  ·      9 & 10 September
  ·      16 & 17 September
  ·      23 & 24 September
  ·      30 September & 1 October 
   ·      8 October
  ·      14 & 15 October
  ·      12 November 

These engineering works are part of the biggest investment to this railway for decades. It will provide a bigger and better London Waterloo, with improved facilities, and also provide space for 30 per cent more passengers during the busiest times of the day. This investment will also pave the way for providing more space and journeys for longer distance passengers in the near future. 

Timetables are currently being updated to reflect these works and passengers are advised to check their journey in the week before they travel.

Thatcher's wins award

Thatcher's Hotel have won Silver Gilt and Best New Entry awards for "Best Pub in Bloom" at "Guildford in Bloom".

This year 257 entrants took part in Guildford in Bloom. The nine categories ranged from allotments and kitchen gardens, to neighbourhood projects and wildlife spaces, horticulture and front gardens.

In total 252 prizes were awarded and 40 gardeners picked up the top Gold award.

The awards ceremony took place at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Thursday 14 September. Over 300 people attended, including local school children.

Glutton operators

The Parish Council has acquired a Glutton Street Cleaner machine to keep the pavements clear of debris throughout the year and thus reduce the incidence of flooded drains. When leaves and debris get washed into the gutter they get crushed by passing cars and the sludge washes into the drains. The result – blocked drains, flooded roads and soaked pedestrians.

Training for volunteers to operate the Glutton Street Cleaner was held on 30 August. 

We now have a team of volunteers in place, but the more operators the better so if you are interested why not give Council Clerk Nick Clemens a call on 01483 281148 to find out more about the training.  You do need to be over 18 years old.

Herds for Change

Pub goers popping into The Duke of Wellington are being asked to put their change from buying a round - or any cash they can spare – towards Herds for Change, a project aimed at delivering vital and sustainable change in the Mara, Kenya.

The pub is aiming to raise the money to buy a breeding herd of bulls and cows for the Enonkishu community in the Mara, which will support the community and livelihoods of local families.

It's part of the work of the Peach Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up by the pub's parent company Peach to help safeguard the long-term future of the Mara and its people, as well as support good causes closer to home. 

So pop in to The Duke for a drink and support a worthy charity.

West Horsley Place planning

With regard to deadlines for comments on the WH Place planning applications, and also due to the problems with the GBC planning portal, Peter Stevens, GBC Planning, has said that GBC are flexible in terms of the deadlines and will consider all responses as long as they are received before the date that GBC determines the planning application

Given that WHPC have asked and been granted an extension until 21 September, this means that the decision won’t be taken until then, and therefore that any comments made by residents up to this date will be considered. 

Click here for EHPC Letter of Objection to GBC.

There is a lot in these applications and residents should take time to consider the proposals. 

Regulation 16 commences

The EH Neighbourhood Plan has moved towards its next phase, with GBC having now completed their vetting and is now undergoing a Regulation 16 consultation. This is to be based upon our submission version of the EH Neighbourhood Plan and commences Tuesday 22 August 2017 and closes Monday 2 October 2017. See all documents and submissions on the Neighbourhood Plan page.

EHPC Newsletter editor

Steve Harvey, editor of the Parish Council newsletter easthorsley.info, is to retire this autumn due to work committments. We are looking for a new editor to take over the reins of this important role in the East Horsley community. Some experience in writing copy and an understanding of the village and what is happening would be an advantage, however there is excellent support from the EHPC Communications Team, along with a professional setting designer and a sub-editor to make it a fun and easy project four times a year. 

A typical production cycle would require the editor to:

  • Draw up a list of possible features
  • Contact potential contributors
  • Where possible take photographs of people and events or engage with other photographers in the village
  • Write copy
  • Provide designer with a rough page and layout format
  • Assist with proof reading copy and suggest amendments
  • Sign off ready for printing

For more information contact Cllr Stephen Groom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Parish Clerk Nick Clemens 01483 281148, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Litterpick for East Horsley

Litterpick date has changed to Saturday 30 September.  It was set for 16 September but due to Councillors availability it has been rescheduled. 

The assembly points are in front of the Parish Council Noticeboards at Station Parade, Bishopsmead Parade and Effingham Junction outside [the Mini Mart] at 10am - 12noon

Please come along if you can help in any way, however small.

If there is any particular area in the village over which you have concerns about litter, please contact the Parish Clerk, 01483 281148, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Temporary Traffic Order

To enable contractors to resurface Station Parade, a temporary traffic order is to be put in place the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in the entire length of (D865) Station Parade, East Horsley. The alternative route for traffic will be via Ockham Road South. See SCC notice below.

Wisley Survey results now available

The main findings are presented on the Wisley Airfield Planning Appeal page in the "Report on the Horsley Residents’ Survey July 2017".
The "Comments by Horsley Resident" provides complete details of all the comments made by Horsley residents following the multiple choice answers given in response to the main survey questions.

EHNP update

EH Neighbourhood Plan news, new and revised documents added: Consultation Statement, Basic Conditions Statement and the Screening Report from JBA Consulting

The Regulation 14 consultation is now closed and Regulation 16 consultation is expected to start soon. This stage is when GBC assess the draft EHNP and if approved it is published for a further public consultation with EH residents!

Further details of the forthcoming Rule 16 consultation will be announced shortly on the website, together with the publication of the Submission Version of the East Horsley Neighbourhood Plan.

Letterbox red

All KT24 post boxes have had their five year lick of paint by Royal Mail, so along with the shiny clean road signs and the new street cleaner East Horsley is looking good. If you are interested in keeping your road's pavements and gutters swept clean and perhaps being part of a team that operates the Glutton street cleaner please contact Nick Clemens 01483 281148.

EHPC respond to Local Plan

GBC Local Plan – To assist you in understanding the changes to the revised Plan that will affect East Horsley read the response from your Parish Councillors: Click here

The consultation starts 9 June. Help shape the borough’s future by commenting on the significant and minor changes to the latest version of Guildford Borough Council's Local Plan in the next consultation from 12 noon on Friday 9 June - 12 noon on Monday 24 July 2017. During this time, the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017) will be available to view on GBC's website at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan at their Millmead office and at local libraries within the borough.

Only comments about the proposed changes to the plan are being asked for, as agreed by the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 16 May. These will be clearly shown in the updated plan documents (via tracked changes), along with summaries that highlight the changes in each policy.

Film uses local setting

"My Cousin Rachel" filmed at West Horsley Place last year is on general release from 9 June. Rachel Weisz plays the enigmatic title character in Roger Michell's romantic thriller based on a 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier, which also stars Sam Claflin.

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

A Casual Vacancy

Become a Parish Councillor! A vacancy has arisen, better known as a "Casual Vacancy", so if you would like to join the Parish Council and get involved in loads of interesting local stuff now is your chance!
Call Nick Clemens for more information 01483 281148


New Rural Economic Strategy

Guildford Borough Council has adopted a new Rural Economic Strategy aimed at protecting our natural and built heritage, sustaining our rural communities, and enabling enterprise and diversification in our changing countryside.

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, says: “Guildford has always been a working, changing landscape, and this Strategy is laying positive foundations for a new community-based rural economy, complementing our new draft Local Plan. The aim is to build and develop sustainable communities through enterprise, infrastructure, innovation, landscape management, and improved quality of life – which will benefit us all.“ 

Following a rural mapping exercise and business survey, five policy priorities were identified as being core to the local rural economy:

  • Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
  • Infrastructure for Enterprise
  • Landscape Management and Countryside Vision
  • Green Space, Health and Wellbeing for Better Quality of Life
  • Energy Policy, Generation and Supply

Cllr Billington adds: “A key factor of the Strategy is that it’s designed to support local communities in shaping the future of their own towns and villages as sustainable places through affordable housing, new employment, enterprise opportunities and better local infrastructure, whilst preserving the borough’s special landscape and environmental qualities.”   

Covering the River Wey catchment, the strategy will link Parish Councils, businesses and other local organisations in rural Guildford e.g. Surrey Hills AONB, Surrey Wildlife Trust, University of Surrey, and also the neighbouring boroughs of Waverley and Woking. Continuous engagement between all these organisations on aspects of policy, planning and delivery, is key to the strategy. 

Delivery of the Strategy will be monitored by Guildford Business Forum’s Rural Group whose members include environmentalists, farmers, landowners and producers. A shared concern for the landscape around us will help people across the borough to become actively engaged in shaping a strong, longer-term rural economic strategy.

New owners at village shop

Forest Road Stores is now open for buisness so do pop in to see the brand new layout and meet Peter and Manmeet.

Guildford's newest venue

The Village, Guildford opens on Saturday 10 June through to Christmas.

This is a vibrant event space located in the heart of the town, which features a stage area, an open public space and seating. A mix of food concessions serving a tempting array of street food, retail outlets, toilets and a licensed bar will also be available for visitors to enjoy.

The Village is just two minutes’ walk from the High Street, less than a minute from The Friary and is located between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road. 

For more information and events please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/thevillage

The Village, Guildford has 25 retail outlets which are available to lease. Click here to book your space.

Opening Times


10am – 8pm


10am – 8pm


10am – 10pm


10am – 10pm

 Sunday  10am – 6pm


Lead Councillor for Economic Development, Tourism and Climate Change, Cllr David Bilbe says:

“We want to provide residents and visitors with a new and unique venue in which to shop, eat and enjoy themselves. Our team has put in place an exciting events programme that is a great mix of free activities to enjoy throughout the summer. To assist us we have also partnered with a number of organisations that have direct experience of running events on similar sites to The Village.”

Open each week from Wednesday through to Sunday until December, there will be themed events and activities to enjoy. From food festivals, to film nights, live music, live big screen showing of summer sporting events, a car show, community and arts events as well as day time activities for all the family, there is something that appeals to a wide audience. The site also has free WiFi for visitors to use.

The Village is free to enter but for licensing and safety reasons some events will be ticketed.

Feedback from the original village last December was that potential tenants wanted greater certainty about the length of time that the venue would operate for, so we have created an events programme that extends across the summer months and beyond. Visitors also wanted a different experience. The Village, Guildford is no longer a ‘pop-up’ site but a longer-term opportunity offering a flexible, different space for retailers, traders and entertainment in our town centre.

Cllr Bilbe adds:

‘‘It continues to be important that we are able to provide an opportunity for local business and new start-ups to develop and grow. This type of new offering takes time to establish and we have improved the Village to make better use of this dynamic space ahead of the proposed redevelopment of lower North Street.”

Foodbank items

Posh Wash at Bishopsmead have a Foodbank bin for household items such as food and toiletries. Raju says "I have always wanted to be able to help those in need and as it is easy to overbuy at supermarkets these days with 'buy one get one free', I thought why not put anything you realise you will not use when you get back from a shopping trip in the boot of the car and drop it off at Posh Wash when you are passing!".

Local road signs cleaned

Thanks to volunteers from the village, the road signs around East Horsley have been cleaned and where possible straightened and repositioned with obscuring foliage cleared. However signs on private roads were not included.  If you live in a private road in East Horsley would you check the signs and make sure they are clean and not obscured by foliage as well? If we all do our bit we can keep our village sparkling! 

Community booklet

"Living and ageing well in the Horsleys" is a guide to community services in East & West Horsley. Click here to see full brochure. The booklet is being delivered to all homes in the Parish.

Coupled with the initiative "Neighbourhood Connections", the Parish and Borough Councils hope to provide support and information for the growing older generation as well as those who need more general advice to assist with daily life.

Neighbourhood Connections

Neighbourhood Connections is a community project that aims to help people live happy, healthy and independent lives in Horsley.
  • Do you need help navigating the maze of social services?
  • Are you feeling isolated or lonely?
  • Would you like to know more about local activities?
  • Do you have concerns about someone you know or care for?

Come and talk to a Neighbourhood Connections volunteer at Horsley Medical Practice 2-4pm Wednesday and Friday To book an appointment please speak to a receptionist or call: 01483 284151

  • You may have had a change in your health or mobility which is affecting you and would like to know more about what services can help you to manage and adapt.

  • You may be a mum who has moved into the area, looking to develop your own social network or find additional activities for your family.

  • You may be a carer for your partner or a family member and would like some extra support in your caring role.

  • You may be recently retired and looking to begin a new hobby.

Whatever your situation, Neighbourhood Connections’ trained volunteers can provide a listening ear, information and advice about local support and activities, such as local transport, groups, household help, statutory services and more.

The volunteers may also be able to offer short-term support to help you access services in the community, such as accompanying you to a new activity, or contacting professionals on your behalf.

Please note that although based at the medical practice, Neighbourhood Connections is not a medical service; it’s a way to address social and practical needs and to help make connections between you and support services that may be relevant to you.
Please see www.cofeguildford.org.uk/neighbourhoodconnections for more information about the project.
Or contact: 07796 098 077,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advertising your event

The policy of East Horsley Parish Council is to manage advertising and minimise fly posting within the Parish. In accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007 (referred to below as TCP2007), the policy does not allow indiscriminate advertising / fly posting on telegraph poles, trees, street furniture, road signs, fences or highway verges etc. Advertising material which contravenes this Policy may be removed by the Parish Council.

The full policy is available under Your Council or Click here

Waterloo Station upgrade

London Waterloo is Britain’s busiest station and a vital part of one of the most heavily used railways in the country. In the last 20 years, the number of passenger journeys on this railway has more than doubled to 234 million.

The Waterloo and South West Upgrade programme is an £800 million investment to create 30% more space for passengers during the busiest times of the day.

Work will take place during 5 - 28 August 2017.

Click here for leaflet.

Click here for train frequency off peak weekdays.

Click here for train frequency morning peak weekdays.

Click here for train frequency evening peak weekdays.

Vsit South West Trains website www.southwesttrains.co.uk/wswupgrade

West Surrey Stroke Care Services

The public are being asked to share their views on plans to improve stroke services in West Surrey. A 12-week public consultation is being launched on Monday, 6 February 2017 by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)and NHS North West Surrey CCG, involving a series of public events and a variety of opportunities for people to feedback views before decisions are made about next steps. The consultation ends on the 30 April 2017.

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK. Over the past two years, the NHS across Surrey, working with national clinical experts and local people, many of whom have been affected by stroke, has reviewed stroke services and health outcomes in depth to understand what is working well and where improvement is needed. It was found that rates of death following a stroke were higher in Surrey than other parts of the country and experience of life after stroke could be better.

National clinical experts recommended that hospital care for patients suffering a stroke be consolidated into specialist units. This would ensure enough specialist staff are available to provide the intensive care and treatment required seven days a week, which we know saves lives and reduces disability.

We want to improve hospital care for patients by consolidating specialist stroke services at two hospital sites in West Surrey; at Frimley Park Hospital and St.Peter’s Hospital. At both sites this would include a hyperacute stroke unit (intensive care given during the first three days after a stroke) alongside an acute stroke unit (care given after the first three days and usually up to about seven days). The Royal Surrey County Hospital would no longer provide specialist stroke care. Instead, patients from the Guildford and Waverley area would be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St Peter’s Hospital, whichever is nearest.

Similarly, we want to improve specialist stroke rehabilitation for patients who do not need to stay in the acute hospital but who are not quite well enough to go home. Changing how this is provided will enable patients to receive more intensive therapy, according to their needs, and therefore go home earlier. In order to make best use of specialist skills, we want to consolidate the number of hospitals providing this specialist care. This will include Farnham Hospital, with other possible options including Ashford Hospital, Milford Community Hospital and Woking Community Hospital.

The public are now being asked to consider these improvements set out within the consultation plan.

There will be a number of opportunities for the public to meet clinical specialists during the consultation to find out more about why these changes are proposed. Visits to local stroke support groups and other interested groups can also be arranged and group organisers are encouraged to contact the CCG to make arrangements – telephone 01483 405450 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t


Councils' concerns over Wisley

East Horsley and West Horsley Parish Councils have jointly submitted a Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to the Wisley Airfield developers’ Planning Appeal. The Horsleys parish councils (HPC) share the same concerns in relation to the proposed development. As a result, they have decided to join together for the purposes of this appeal in order to try to assist its efficient running.

To view the HPC Statement of Case visit this website’s Major Planning Applications page.

The appeal has been submitted by Wisley Property Investments Limited in response to the refusal by Guildford Borough Council on 8 April 2016 of its application for planning permission, (local authority reference 15/P/00012), and originally submitted by the Appellant on 16 December 2014, for development comprising a new settlement on land at Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham, Surrey, GU23 6NU.

The appeal is to be determined by way of an inquiry with the Inspector submitting a report and recommendation to the Secretary of State in order for him to determine the appeal.

“It Can Wait” campaign

Surrey Police is supporting a national campaign to highlight tougher penalties due to become law and crackdown on those motorists using handheld mobile phones when driving. The Force is reminding motorists that nothing is more important than focussing on driving.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is urging drivers to place their phone out of reach or set it to silent before setting off on a journey in a bid to take away any temptation to use it when behind the wheel. Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will be targeting irresponsible and dangerous drivers who are spotted making calls, texting and recording videos or surfing the web. They will be taking action against those illegally using a mobile phone at the wheel and will be informing motorists of the new law which will see the Fixed Penalty fine double from £100 to £200 and the penalty points for the offence increase from three points to six points.

The legislative changes come into effect from 1 March 2017 and mean a new driver could lose their licence if they are caught just once while using their phone.

Superintendent Chris Moon, Head of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said:

“The message not to use a hand held mobile is still not getting through despite it being 14 years since it was made illegal. There’s been an alarming rise in the number of people using mobiles when they shouldn’t - the national campaign in May 2016 recorded the highest percentage rate of drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving compared to any other previous campaigns.
“This addiction to using a hand held mobile phone needs to be broken and putting the phone on silent or out of reach when driving can put a stop to the habit. Motorists are putting themselves and those around them at huge risk – using a mobile while driving can cause death or serious injury.”
A father-of-two, 48-year-old, Lee Martin from Basingstoke, was killed when he was hit by a Ford Transit van as he cycled along the A31 near Farnham in August 2015. The driver of the van was sending and reading text messages when the collision happened. 30-year-old Christopher Gard from Alton was sentenced to nine years for causing death by dangerous driving. Last week he lost an appeal to cut the length of his sentence. Gard had seven previous convictions for using a phone at the wheel and his appeal was dismissed by a judge who said “most rational people would have modified their behaviour for their own sake or for their potential victims”. Supt Moon said: “This tragic incident could have been averted if the driver had carried out what he had promised to do when he was in court just weeks before the accident. Gard had told the court he would lock his phone in the boot of his van when driving – he managed to persuade magistrates he could curb his behaviour.
“I want motorists to think about this shocking and avoidable fatal accident when they reach to use their mobile. Is any call, text or picture worth someone’s life? Help yourself to avoid any temptation, turn the sound off and place your phone safely out of arm’s reach. Remember #It Can Wait.“There needs to be a sea change in how the driving community currently views and accepts the illegal use of mobile phones. The behaviour needs to be seen as socially unacceptable in the same way in which drink or drug driving and the non-wearing of seat belts is viewed by the majority of the population.”
Tony Fielding (Surrey Police, InThe Know. Community Volunteer, Guildford)

Guildford Vision Group

Guildford Vision Group's campaign goal is to help bring about the creation of an inspiring, long-term Vision for Guildford through a process of wide engagement with the community and the involvement of leading professional advisors.


We are a group of mainly professional people from all walks of life who share a common goal and passion – that Guildford should become an even more attractive, vibrant and pleasant place to live, work and visit.

We came together to form the Guildford Vision Group to respond to Guildford Borough Council’s initial draft Town Centre Framework in 2012.

We all believed that this was poor and lacking in vision and inspiration.

Since then we have campaigned tirelessly for a visionary plan with the Council having the determination necessary to develop the town as a holistic whole around its people and place making, rather than bit by bit through the piecemeal expansion of its buildings and roads.

We are delighted that the Council listened to us and commissioned consultants Allies and Morrison to prepare a broader and better Masterplan.

The Drift Golf Club Planning Application approved

This planning application was approved at the SCC Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 7 December by a majority of 5 to 3. The proposal is to remodel many of the practice ground and club facilities to create a new outdoor short game practice and teaching facility including a putting and chipping green with 30 covered practice bays, and a lake for water storage and irrigation.

This will involve the importation of some 87,805 tonnes of inert waste materials to the site of over a period of 9 months involving around 6,097 HGV trips or 12,194 HGV movements - 33 HGV loads per day. The planned route is through Cobham to Effingham Junction on Forest Road, into The Drift and out through West Horsley along Ockham Road North to the A3 and M25.

Interim Stroke Care Provision from January 2017

Joint press release issued on behalf of Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6 December 2016

Interim changes to the provision of stroke care at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will take effect from early January 2017.

From 9 January 2017, patients with a suspected stroke, who would currently be taken by ambulance to the Royal Surrey, will be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St. Peter’s Hospital for their immediate care. Patients may then be transferred to the Royal Surrey if clinically appropriate for on-going care or discharged home. Further care on discharge from any of the hospitals will continue as currently provided. 

This change in service affects residents from Guildford and Waverley, as well as some from neighbouring boroughs in Surrey and South East Hampshire. 

These changes are necessary as the Royal Surrey will be unable to support a seven day hyper acute stroke pathway from January due to a number of changes within the multidisciplinary stroke team. The provision of seven day acute stroke unit care is unaffected and will continue during the interim period. NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group has been working closely with providers and other Surrey CCGs to ensure safe hyper acute stroke care continues to be provided to patients who would normally attend the Royal Surrey. 

We are confident that these arrangements will provide the necessary high-quality care and clinical expertise that patients with suspected stroke require.

A Surrey-wide review of stroke care is on-going and is focussed on developing the right model of care across Surrey to improve overall outcomes. The proposals for West Surrey were initially shared with the public at the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting in September 2016. Where changes are proposed for stroke care, these will be subject to a formal public consultation.

Become a British Sign Language Interpreter

Don’t learn a foreign language – learn a British one! BSL is recognised as a native minority language in the UK such as Gaelic or Welsh, and there are approximately 1 million deaf people in the UK, of which 45,000 are children. 

Some Scary Statistics:

Decades of ‘zero government support’ for (BSL) has created a national crisis. Deaf children have parents that cannot sign; schools with Hearing Impaired Units cannot find staff with signing skills; ditto for the charities that work in the social care sectors caring for the deaf in our community such as RNID, Action on Hearing Loss, The Royal Association forDeafPeople (RAD).

Shockingly, there are now only 1,000 qualified BSL interpreters for the whole of the UK.

This has left a massive communications ‘hole’ and is creating damaging barriers for deaf people. Few hearing people are able to communicate with the deaf – even at a basic level.  This also comes at a time where Deaf Schools and Deaf Clubs are being closed down.

Many deaf people now lead lonely isolated lives with little or no human interaction with their hearing neighbours.

There is a shortage of organisations that teach BSL in the South East. This geographical pocket suffers unduly; not only with recruitment issues but in the wider teaching of family members of deaf children.  Imagine visiting your family and sitting in the corner because no one can talk to you……..unthinkable for a hearing person, but for deaf children all too common.

Also, people are reticent about signing up for a Sign Language course as they think it is too expensive.  Any language course which lasts for an academic year is costly, but the hourly breakdown is £6 per hour. Less than the average yoga class. Sadly, a number of colleges had to cancel their courses this year as not enough students enrolled – although the French, Spanish and German GCSE classes still ran – at the same cost.

Dot Sign is a community-serving ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, devoted to raising Deaf Awareness and the learning of British Sign Language.  Dot Sign strive to create community links, particularly involving young people who are often seeing a deaf person and BSL for the first time. They can attend School assemblies or Scout Groups for Question and Answer sessions, where children take away a positive message about deafness. This exposure means that they are then less likely to ‘recoil or avoid’ speaking to deaf people which, sadly, is often the case with adults.

Don’t learn a foreign language – learn a British one! 

There are currently Taster sessions running in Guildford and Woking and a new BSL Level 1 course starting in February 2017.

To find out more please go tohttp://www.dotsignlanguage.co.uk/course/bsl-taster-sessions

Dawn Hoskins - CSW to Kathleen Grehan, Director of Dot Sign Language email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New War Memorial for Guildford

Guildford Borough residents are asked to put names forward for a new war memorial. 

The names of those who fell in the First and Second World War are recorded on memorials up and down the country. Guildford Borough Council is planning a new war memorial in town to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by those who have been killed in military action or service since the end of the Second World War.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, explains: "We have just remembered the sacrifices many men and women have made for our country. We would like to erect a new war memorial in memory of all those who have lost their lives in military combat or service since the end of World War II. If you know of a relative or friend who this applies to, please get in touch."

Guildford Council is in the early stages of planning the new war memorial and is asking for names as part of detailed background research. The location of the new war memorial is still to be decided. It will be installed  by 2018, to tie in with the centenary of the end of World War I.

Residents are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggested names. We would also like to set up a stakeholders group to oversee the new war memorial - residents are asked to get in touch if interested in taking part.

Wisley Developers submit Appeal

Wisley Airfield developers have submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State, against the decision of Guildford Borough Council to refuse planning permission for 2100 homes and businesses on the land known as Three Farms Meadows (ref 15/P/00012).

The appeal will be determined on the basis of a Public Inquiry.

You can make a representation/comment on the appeal here https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ with the reference number APP/Y3615/W/16/3159894 by 12/12/2016

More detail can be found on the Major Planning Applications page.

New charges at Surrey’s community recycling centres

If you’re planning any DIY or building work at home, make sure you’re aware that from 1 September there will be new charges for some non-household waste at the nine community recycling centres which accept it.

Charges will apply for waste from construction, alterations or repair of your home or garden, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble and soil.  A charge will also apply for tyres from cars and motorbikes.  You can only pay by credit or debit card.

The introduction of charges is being made as increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas, including its CRCs.

A full list of the types of waste that will be charged for, the costs and your free allowance is available at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling. Or call 03456 009 009.



Update from Guildford Vision Group

Guildford Vision Group's campaign goal is to help bring about the creation of an inspiring, long-term Vision for Guildford through a process of wide engagement with the community and the involvement of leading professional advisors.


Exercise with the Seated Dance Class

Seated dance class is held on Monday afternoons (term time only) at St Martins Court, East Horsley (which is along the road opposite St Martins Church). This is an opportunity for older people to take some gentle and fun exercise, followed by refreshments and a chat. It starts at 2:15pm and costs £2.50. 

If you know of anyone who might like to join in please contact Margaret on 01483 282038 for more information.

Speedwatch Needs Volunteers

New Speedwatch Volunteers required! Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to be part of this local community team.
So if you are concerned at the speed of cars and vans on the roads of East Horsley and would like to join the Speedwatch team, please get in touch with Nick Clemens, Parish Clerk, 01483 281148.

Horsley Business Network

Whether you have a business presence in the village or work from home and would enjoy more contact with others who are in the same position, the Horsley Business Network (HBN) is for you. 

Sign up to the mailing list visit www.horsleynetwork.co.uk

The network has been going since 2010 and during that time we have built a regular member base, and had more than 160 businesses come along. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, services and products. We have covered many interesting and varied topics aimed at assisting business owners to build and grow their businesses.

The Horsley Business Network was was initially created by four business owners in the village. We now meet once a QUARTER at QUAICH at 8pm on THURSDAYS  we’d love you to join us. We will also be having informal networking coffees on MONDAY MORNINGS early in the month at QUAICH.

Calling all young people! - join the Youth Club!

East Horsley Youth Club meets at the Village Hall, Kingston Avenue.
To join you just need to email Leader Tracy Coleman on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07553359441.
Or attend the appropriate night either with a filled in form or to collect a form. The first night is a free taster session - if you would like to become a member it's £2 every week with a £30 joining fee. 
Weekly we hang, chat and play footie. In the summer we go outside and have a massive field to play sports in. There is a tuck shop where you can can buy sweets and juice. 

On Tuesday evenings for years 8 & 10 from 7pm-9pm

On Thursday evenings for years 7 & 9 from 7pm-9pm

East Horsley Care

East Horsley Care is a service provided to the local community. If offers transport to hospital, doctor, dental appointments etc for those who would be unable to reach these appointments without assistance.

Each year East Horsley Care assists with nearly 350 appointments, almost one each day.

The scheme is operated by volunteer drivers and controllers who make the arrangements. 

If you would like to use this service 

Please ring 01483 284802 and leave a message. The message should include:

  • your name
  • contact number
  • date of appointment
  • time of appointment
  • place of appointment

Once you have left your message the duty controller will be in touch with you to let you know the arrangements they have made.

A small charge is made for this service to cover fuel costs.

Would you like to help?

Additional drivers and controllers are always welcome. Please contact Alastair Rutherford-Warren 01483 283720 or East Horsley Care.

The Horsleys' Community Bus

Have you seen our Community Bus going about its business around the Horsley Villages, and perhaps wondered who goes on it, and where it is going?

If so, the bus, which is run as a charity and driven and managed by a group of local friendly volunteers, provides a door to door service for any residents of the Horsleys and nearby villages who can benefit from using it. It has easy access, and has proved very popular for elderly people who appreciate the support we can give. For some it has transformed their life: “It is the only means we have to do our shopping”, and for others: “we so much enjoy getting out and about, and meeting other passengers”. “We would be lost without our Community Bus”. 

Typically it makes regular (weekly, fortnightly and monthly) journeys to shops in the locality, including Cobham, Brooklands, and Woking. For these runs we ask for a donation of £2.50 towards our running costs. The bus also carries out a variety of other runs, such as pleasure trips and lunch clubs. It is occasionally available for use by other groups, eg for theatre trips. 

To find out more about when and where we go, and how you could join us a passenger, do call us. You would be most welcome to have a chat and to see if we can help. 

Kelvin Hayes: Email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 01483 283314   Mob: 07530 167283

Likewise, if you felt you could spare some time to help drive the bus and help our passengers, we are always looking for new volunteers. Indeed we will need a few more drivers very soon, so do please get in touch if you might be interested.

Surrey Highways Work Schedule

 To view the SCC Highways fortnightly bulletins Click here 

Horsleys Community Fund

The Horsleys Community Fund, established in 2010, is a significant and exciting local initiative building a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of the Horsleys and its residents. By working in partnership with the Community Foundation of Surrey we have established a permanent fund that enables and encourages local giving so that as villages we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local concerns now and in the future. 

Grants are awarded by a panel of local people to support vulnerable local residents, improve local facilites, increase access to clubs activities and sports and preserve and enhance the villages’ heritage, culture and environment.

If you would like to donate to the fund, or know of a local need which would benefit from a grant, or receive our newsletter, please contact us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01483 281755


Article from Victim Support

Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime.  

Our volunteers in Surrey help people traumatised by crime to move on with their lives.  You can help by supporting victims face‐to‐face, as a fundraiser or in lots of other ways. We pay your expenses and give you free training.  You don't need qualifications or previous experience of this kind of work to volunteer for Victim Support. All you need is the willingness to help and a little time. We welcome volunteers from every walk of life and from every community.     

For more information contact: Jo Wills on 01273 456151or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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