Dear Forum Member
The Committee would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Quite a lot has happened in the last couple of months which we would like to bring you up to date about:.
AGM - 25 November 2019
A big thank you to everyone who came along on a wet and windy night!. At the meeting apart from the usual business of reviewing the year, the presentation of the Accounts and electing a new Committee, there was an update on the Site Allocations DPD (SADPD) process, The Heritage Conservation Assessment work, fundraising and CIL.
A few items need expanding.
Many of the members of the new Committee are the same as last year, but there are two new members Simon Ellender & Gary Elson and two retiring Martin Doyle & Brian Dodd..
Click on https://pyrfordforum.org/forum-committee/
for details of who is who.
If you would like to help us protect the character of Pyrford, then please do consider joining the committee.
As Geoff Geaves had decided some time ago he would not continue as Chair after the 2019 AGM, Andy Grimshaw agreed to take on the role for six months to the end of May 2020.
The Committee would like to thank Geoff, the second Chairman, who took over from Martin Doyle, for his hard work in leading the Forum for over four years. In that time, he has been instrumental in getting the Forum plan approved, defending Pyrford’s interests during both Regulation 18 & Regulation 19 of the SADPD and against the Esso Pipeline proposed route. Let’s hope his legacy is an approved SADPD which does not contain the two Pyrford fields.
Over the last two weeks, the appointed Planning Inspector has examined the Reg19 Plan submitted to the Secretary of State. Burhill Developments did make further representations about the Plan arguing that the Plan was not sound and that more Greenbelt land should be released. The Forum did not make any further comments as the Plan as submitted did not include the two fields in Pyrford. whilst the Residents Association did choose to make comments about the impacts on Byfleet & West Byfleet.
The result of the examination is expected in Spring 2020, but timing is at the discretion of the Inspector. We continue to hope for a suitable outcome.
HERITAGE CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT
Work continues on the assessment and a draft copy of the Landscape and Townscape Character Assessment was sent to Woking Borough Council. A DVD, produced by Tim Matthews and Cliff Bolton, on Pyrford's heritage sites and the importance of heritage conservation was shown at the AGM. It was well received and copies available on the night were all sold.
FORUM MONIES & FUNDRAISING
The Committee reported that the Forum held just over £10,000 at year end and is most grateful to the Byfleet West Byfleet & Pyrford Residents’ Association (RA) for its ongoing annual grant to cover the day to day running costs of the Forum like insurance & admin costs. This grant includes £1:00 for each RA household in the Forum Area so if you aren’t already a member of the RA why not join. It is £5:00 a year and you can complete a form online at http://www.the-residents.org/join-us/
In addition, the Committee raised over £8k to cover the costs of the Heritage Conservation Assessment project.and is very grateful for a generous recent donation of £2,500 from Cllr Liz Bowes Community Allocation Fund to support the Heritage Conservation Assessment. This work is expected to cost £13,000, so adding in a £500 contribution from the 200 Club we are close to reaching the target, but are still around £2,000 short.
So we do still need more monies and there are a number of ways you can help us:-
PYRFORD PLANNING APPLICATIONS
- Purchase Heritage DVD - If you would like to order a copy for £10 please contact Cliff Bolton via email at email@example.com providing you name, address and telephone number.
- Join The Forum 200 Club - Please contact Andy Grimshaw 07910 291 983 or via firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Make a Donation to the Forum - Please send a cheque payable to Pyrford Neighbourhood Forum to Andy Grimshaw at 66 Lincoln Drive or contact the chairman for details of the Forum bank account at email@example.com
Once the Forum Plan was approved, the Forum became a statutory consultee on all planning applications in its area. The Forum does review each application to see if it breaches a policy in the Plan, but very rarely comments. Unusually the Forum has recently raised objections on two applications The Brambles Pyrford Road and 153 Old Woking Road. The former has been withdrawn and the later has had objections raised by both Surrey County Council Highways and Woking Borough Council Tree team.
TWISTED STONE PURCHASE
Good news - 100 acres of the Twisted Stone golf course to the south of the footpath across the golf course to Dodds Lane has been purchased by Joy and Akeel Sachak at The Old House for re-wilding and the protection of our semi-rural environment. So if you hear any rumours of development on the site scotch them quickly as they are unfounded. Many thanks Joy and Akeel!!!
This month we feature Steve Rush in our Portrait of residents - go to http://www.pyrfordforum.org
to see the latest video.
Once again a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year to you all.