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Chorleywood Residents' Association
September 2017

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Phil Ellis, CRA Webmaster
Children’s Play Area

CRA have been informed by Three Rivers District and Chorleywood Parish Councillor Martin Trevett, that the long discussed new play space for Chorleywood’s children has moved a step closer.  Martin Trevett writes that this is following the unanimous vote at Three Rivers Leisure and Well Being Committee on 6th September to agree to seek planning permission, and section 38 permission from the Planning Inspectorate for the installation of rustic play equipment at an area of the Common known as site 15a.  The equipment would be the same or similar to the equipment recently installed by the Parish Council on another part of the common.

A unanimous vote followed the presentation of a petition with in excess of 650 signatures supporting the recommendation, presented to the committee by Simone Tyson of Chorleywood Mums. The recommendation to seek planning permission, which was supported by the Parish Council, was moved by Cllr Martin Trevett who has been campaigning for improved play facilities for the children and families of Chorleywood for over 20 years.

Speaking at the meeting Cllr Trevett said “Three Rivers had commissioned ecological reports, a tree survey, and asked for the police’s view on site 15a. Their finding was that site 15a was of low ecological value, many of the trees on the site were either dead or dying, and the police view was that there were no insurmountable safe-guarding issues.  There is now a real chance that another generation of Chorleywood children would not grow up with inadequate play facilities”.

So what happens now?  Council officers in consultation with the Parish Council, the local schools, local children and parents groups will draw up detailed plans for submission to the Council's Planning Committee and the Planning Inspectorate, with installation expected by Autumn next year.  There is still the outside chance that a public enquiry might be held.  There has been some discussion on the number of objectors required to trigger a public enquiry and whether that number is 6, 60 or 600.  Any objection must give details of how the proposals would be detrimental to the Common.

Given the expert reports it is difficult to see how any objection could be relevant, and in fact with the Parish Council now having set a precedent, that argument recedes further. Note that site 15a is an area of unmaintained woodland and brambles almost adjacent to the entrance to the station car park bounded by the station car park fence, the railway fence and the service road into the station car park.
 
Resident Communications

Apart from communicating via our regular e-Newsletters and bi-annual magazine ‘The Chorleywood Resident’, which is delivered to every household in the Parish of Chorleywood, the Residents' Association also has display boards to share announcements, news and issues of importance to Chorleywood. These are located as follows:
  • Chorleywood Station underpass: 2 large at each bottom end and 4 small by the side exit at the front
  • Junction of Shire Lane and Main Parade
  • Outside the library, Lower Road
The Association also has three green post boxes placed at the following locations for collecting views, donations and suggestions:
  • The Parade Pharmacy
  • The Post Office
  • Lords
Planning 

The Chorleywood Residents’ Association (CRA) has submitted appropriate answers to questions posed by TRDC on the Issues and Options Consultation Response Form.  In addition, our planning lead representative attends local government meetings on planning issues, all as part of our continuing CRA mission to protect Chorleywood from developments that may damage the character of our parish.
 
Making the right choice when contacting police

Since the beginning of the year Hertfordshire Constabulary has received more than 62,000 emergency 999 calls and more than 165,000 non-emergency 101 calls. However, picking up the phone is not the only way to contact the police.

Hertfordshire Constabulary has a range of online options available including webchat for non-emergency situations and an online reporting portal, where people can report crime, provide information about suspicious activity, report non-injury road traffic collisions and anti-social driving.

Find out more about the online non-emergency contact options: http://www.herts.police.uk/contact_us/contacting_us.aspx

Remember, always dial 999 if:
  • Someone is injured, being threatened or is in danger.
  • There is a risk of injury to someone or a risk of serious damage to property.
  • A crime is in progress or you suspect a crime is in progress.
  • There is a serious incident which needs immediate police attendance.
  • Someone suspected of a crime is nearby.
When there is no immediate threat to life or property please call 101 or make use of the online options, which include a web chat facility to speak directly to a communications operator.
 
Chorleywood Twinning Association: Quiz Evening 

Chorleywood is twinned with the French town of Dardilly, situated on the outskirts of Lyon. The Twinning Association facilitates exchanges between families, individuals and organisations with a view to forming a bond of friendship and goodwill between our two communities.

They are holding a quiz evening on Saturday 16th Sept 2017 at the War Memorial Hall, Common Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5LN.

Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm start

£10 members  £11 non-members 
Ploughmans supper included
Bar and Raffle

Tickets from 
Richard Foster 07716 958526 
Email: richard.foster31@btinternet.com
 
Chorleywood Orchard’s Apple Day

The orchard's 9th Apple Day will take place in the Community Orchard at Chorleywood House Estate on Saturday 7th October from 11am to 3pm - just off the A404 at Chorleywood (Postcode WD3 5SL).

Come along with friends and family to enjoy this celebration of all things apple. Entry is free and there are attractions and activities for everyone. Children can help press apples into juice using a traditional crusher and press, while adults can enjoy the Cider Club’s 2016 vintage. There will also be a range of apple-based crafts for the children. The very popular BBQ with delicious pork and apple sausages will be there.

Everyone can sample and buy unusual varieties of locally grown apples and apple juice, and there will also be home-made cakes, biscuits, jams, jellies and chutney made by volunteers from local apples and plums.

This year the RSPB will also be present with an information stand, focusing on their campaign to "Give Nature a Home".
 
Three Rivers Music Society

One of the UK’s most highly regarded string quartets will return to Rickmansworth for a concert on Friday, September 22.

The performance by the Maggini Quartet will be a poignant one as David Angel, the ensemble’s much-respected second violinist, died within a fortnight of the quartet’s previous Three Rivers Music Society concert earlier this year. David’s place has been taken by the gifted young Irish violinist, Ciaran McCabe, a former student of the Royal College of Music who has played with the Cavaleri Quartet since 2008.

The evening’s programme will include three of the most popular works in the string quartet repertoire: Mozart’s Quartet No 15 in D minor, Elgar’s Quartet in E minor, and Dvorak's Quartet in F major.

The September 22 concert will be held at the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH and will begin at 7.30pm (20-minute pre-concert talk from 7pm).

Further information and online tickets at www.trms.elgar.org
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