Letter from the Chairman
As the Parish Council monthly meeting is the last Wednesday of every month, traditionally, we do not hold a meeting in December over the holiday period. Thus, it is usually a quieter month. Looking to the year ahead, we expect planning activity to continue at some pace, as the rate of applications did not slow in December. Accordingly, we held a special planning meeting in December. That said, 2024 is a year of change, as we will see elections in the District and Parish, as well as likely at the national level. So, a few reminders for the year ahead, as well as an update from our Speed Watch team leader.
Parish Elections in May
Woldingham Parish Council elections will be held in May, as will Tandridge District Council Elections, when the whole of each Council is up for election. Please consider whether you would like to serve on either Council. At the Parish level, we believe at least two councillors will not be putting themselves forward again, and of course we always welcome and hope that as many people as possible will run for Parish Council. Typically, we all run independently at Parish level, with no affiliations to parties. We are hoping that some of you may step forward to volunteer for the Parish Council. We work to protect Woldingham as a community and to further social well-being in the village. We need help organising events for the village, commenting on planning, helping beautify the village, working on security and safety and representing village views in consultations and other matters. If you may be interested, please reach out to hear more at email@example.com. Or perhaps consider attending a meeting! If you are interested in serving as a Councillor or attending a meeting, please email our Clerk for more details at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Meeting 18.30 on the 26th of March
Please save the date to attend the meeting that Woldingham Parish Council have organised with Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend and Sergeant Wayne Stephens and their teams on the 26th of March 1830-1930, at the Woldingham Village Hall. Topics will include car break-ins, thefts and house break-ins, apprehension and conviction rates and Q&A. All are our welcome. Let us know in advance if you have specific questions by the 15th of March, especially if they may require data or research, at email@example.com
Winter Road Gritting
Surrey Highways grits the seven publicly adopted roads in Woldingham, and your Parish Council contracts for all our other roads to be gritted. Given the warm winter we have had, while writing this I note we have only had to grit once. That said, should a late cold and wet front arrive, please remember to keep roads clear and hedges cut back so the tractor with gritter may pass, turn and turn around when needed. When organising for hedge trimming this year, please keep this in mind and have them trimmed accordingly for the coming winter as well.
As a reminder, the Woldingham Parish Council is a statutory consultee on all planning matters within the Parish. The Parish Council now have a planning subcommittee, although all write-ups and suggestions are reviewed in detail and voted on by the full council. We seek help from anyone that has expertise on planning or may wish to learn about it. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarry application update
We do not have a firm date as to when there will be feedback on the application for a housing estate on the AONB and Green Belt land at the quarry. You may recall that on the 20th of October, we submitted a joint objection to Surrey County Council regarding the Southern Gravel Chalkpit Quarry application to vary the minerals license and build seventy-five houses on this Green Belt and AONB land. We continue to track the matter closely and will report back in the pages and online as soon as we hear anything further.
The growing problem with traveller’s sites harming the Greenbelt
You may recall that the Parish Council recently worked closely with Chelsham and Farleigh Parish Council, Tatsfield Parish Council and Warlingham Parish Council to address the growing number of transgressions on sites in the Green Belt around us, including a number of sites near the boundary of Woldingham. The Tandridge Chief Planning Officer, Helen Murch, and her team have agreed to meet with us on the 17th Of January. I will report back on the policy and approach that Tandridge is taking to travellers’ sites in the Green Belt.
We are grateful to Jeremy Wormington who has taken on the leadership of our SpeedWatch team. The team is now up and running and we thank you all for your help in protecting the village. I received the following update from Jeremy:
“December saw the restart of Speed Watch in the village. The team conducted a number of sessions across the village which caught eighty vehicles exceeding the prescribed speed limit set by Surrey Police, which is a bit higher than the set 30mph across the village. These drivers will have been contacted by the Police and repeat offenders may see further action taken. The highest speed seen during the sessions was 47mph, with a good number exceeding 40mph. The winter months are always a bit more restricted due to the reduced daylight and weather, which has been particularly horrible.
Now that the village has a functioning team of volunteers and activity can be seen around the village, we would welcome further support so that we can increase the number of roadside sessions. Training is on-line and takes about 60 minutes, while the consensus is that each volunteer should aim to provide about an hour of their time each week in support of the roadside sessions (depending on their commitments).”
We still would love to see more volunteers helping Jeremy and the team, so if you have the time to volunteer, please email email@example.com
Finally, please remember to check Woldingham.com for updates and news from around the village.
Chairman Deborah Sherry
Woldingham Parish Council