Community Update January 2021

Sainsbury’s Loading Bay

We were delighted to hear that Sainsbury’s have withdrawn their application to extend their loading bay into The Copse, a designated Local Green Space.

They have announced that they will work with local groups on a revised proposal.

Parking in Bower’s Lane

If you are a regular visitor to the Riverside Park, you will be well aware of the parking problems. When the official car park is full, drivers park in Bower’s Lane, sometimes blocking drives and the slope up to Clay Lane.

There have been many occasions when vehicles have been unable to move in or out for some time. Such blockages also mean that emergency vehicles cannot get through, which could be disastrous for residents, anyone walking in the area or using the river. After some discussion with GBC, we are very pleased to tell you
that the Joint Committee has agreed to put double yellow lines at the top and bottom of the slope and
the stretch down to the river.

Telephone Coverage

It has been brought to the notice of the BCA that telephone coverage is not all that it might be, especially along the Wey Navigation towards Bowers Lock.

If you have noticed signals failing, we would appreciate it if you would let us have the location – a six figure grid reference would be ideal but as close as possible will do. We can then approach the providers and ask them to improve the signal in locations within the Ward.

If you have poor coverage outside the ward we can explain how you can get better coverage in that location by contacting your provider with certain information. Please contact the Secretary, details on next page.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Membership of the BCA

At the bottom of this page is our usual request for subscriptions. People often ask why we need the money, so in the September/October issue last year we outlined what we do and how your money is spent – professional costs for advice, subscriptions, hire of venues, expenses incurred by members, funding these updates in Burpham Pages.

The success of the Burpham Support Group, set up to deal with Covid-19, showed that many people were willing to step up and do whatever they could to help. We want to build on this and have been thinking about other ways of supporting the community. In the November/December issue we mentioned that we were exploring community litter-picking, especially in the Local Green Spaces. This has led to ideas about making some of the public areas more attractive, for example by planting bulbs for some spring cheer, or plants that will help pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The success of the Burpham Support Group, set up to deal with Covid-19, showed that many people were willing to step up and do whatever they could to help.

We have also been exploring the possibility of following Merrow’s example and installing a public defibrillator in Burpham. Research shows that a defibrillator is most effective when used within the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – if used within the first 3 to 5 minutes, the chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%. Cardiac arrest doesn’t just happen to old people – 12 people under the age of 35 die each week from SCA.

There are now thousands of public access defibrillators around the country and we would like to add to the number. Some money may be available from the British Heart Foundation but the BCA would have to do some serious fund raising to pay for one. Although you don’t need any training to use a public defibrillator, we would also like to be able to fund some courses in CPR training.

We have also been exploring the possibility of following Merrow’s example and installing a public defibrillator in Burpham.

Burpham Church at St. Lukes

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2020.

You can pay by:

Direct Debit – visit our website at www.burphamca.org.uk which has a link to this system – an email to treasurer@burphamca.org.uk giving your details would be helpful.

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Community Update November 2020

Sainsbury’s Loading Bay

In September, Sainsbury’s lodged an application to enlarge their loading bay to accommodate a parking area for delivery vehicles. It proposed to build on the wooded area to the north of the store, as shown in the diagram on the right.

The BCA opposed this application on two main grounds; the inevitable increase in noise that would disturb nearby properties and the encroachment into a Local Green Space that will result in the loss of 60+ trees.

Planned expansion can be seen top right of this drawing

What are Local Green Spaces?

Let Jim Allen of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum begin the story:

I discovered something as I walked every street in Burpham when taking photos for the Appendices on Character that would be included in the Burpham Neighbourhood Plan – can you guess? Well, the answer is trees. I noticed that every property in Burpham can see a tree from its windows. The result of this discovery lead to Policy B-EN3 in the Neighbourhood Plan which outlines 20 green spaces in the Ward. These are now official Local Green Spaces, shown on the map below. The Plan states:

“The spaces are designated under the NPPF designation as ‘Local Green Space’. Some are less than a few square metres. Others are ribbons no more than a few metres wide running into and around the community, while some are larger but none is an extensive tract of land. Each contributes a benefit to the community such as recreation, a pleasant walk way or thoroughfare or enjoyment of nature. The individual sites shown on the map form their own very special function within community life, either providing recreation, and/or nature conservation.”

Burphams’s ‘Local Green Spaces’

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Why are Green Spaces so important?

The most obvious reason is that they provide a habitat for a variety of wildlife – birds, animals, fish, amphibians and a huge variety of insects, vital for pollination.

There is growing concern at the decline in pollinating insects as so many of our food plants depend on it. The green spaces also provide wildlife corridors to link habitats. Trees and shrubs help to prevent soil erosion, take up water which improves drainage, and absorb pollutants. They can also help to reduce noise pollution.

Green spaces provide areas for recreation – places to play, walk the dog, meet friends, enjoy watching the wild life or just sit and meditate. If you have never been there, try the Riverside Park and Nature Reserve – it’s a wonderful place to do all of these.

If all that is planned by Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and the government, comes to fruition, Burpham will be surrounded by thousands of new homes.

If all that is planned by GBC, SCC and the government, comes to fruition, Burpham will be surrounded by thousands of new homes. The BCA, and the BNF are determined to ensure that our green spaces remain intact; if one is allowed to be built on, a very dangerous precedent will have been created.

One thing all of us can do to maintain our green spaces is to keep them free of litter. We are looking at the possibility of extending the Community Support Group to help with this by providing volunteers with appropriate equipment.

If you feel this is something you could do, perhaps while walking the dog, please get in touch with our Membership Secretary, by emailing membership@burphamca.org.uk

Winter is nearly upon us

Burpham Church at St. Lukes

With no end in sight to the Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no further meetings or our Christmas Social this year. We hope you will have a good Christmas and that the New Year brings better times.

The BCA has worked with Burpham Church to ensure that any resident in need of help or support due to Covid-19 can get it by calling 07880 586455, emailing support@burphamca.org.uk or contact the Secretary.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2020.

You can pay by:

Direct Debit – visit our website at www.burphamca.org.uk which has a link to this system – an email to treasurer@burphamca.org.uk giving your details would be helpful.

Online
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Account Number: 41049194
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Please contact Liz Turner, our Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. Her email address is membership@burphamca.org.uk

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Community Update September 2020

Sutherland Memorial Hall

The Sutherland Memorial Park Amenities Club is not proceeding with the renewal of the lease and is giving up the tenancy.

In future Guildford Borough Council will be managing the Hall and all bookings will have to be made via GBC. We have no further details at present.

The Peter Rabbit Nursery will restart in September and will be the only user until at least January 2021, as current regulations mean that the Hall would have to be deep cleaned between each different user. The Bowls Club will continue as a separate organisation.

At the time of writing (early August) the play area and outdoor gym are open.

The Wey Navigation

In last month’s issue, there was an article on the Navigation which highlighted some of the concerns we have about the state of the river.

We believe that high flow rates are scouring the banks and causing tree roots to be undermined, and the root plates to fail. This is causing trees to topple into the river – clearly seen in the photograph.

GBC, the National Trust and the Environment Agency are each responsible for various aspects of managing the river and the navigation.

The BCA and Burpham Neighbour-hood Forum have been researching the reasons for this erosion and are preparing a paper to present to all relevant authorities in an attempt to get them to take action to stop any further deterioration of the bank.

Still wanted…

Many people came forward to volunteer for the Burpham Community Support Scheme at the start of lockdown and they did a wonderful job.

If you are one of them and you’ve enjoyed helping your community then why not join the BCA committee? We’re all volunteers and we would welcome anyone who could contribute their time and expertise to help us. If you would like to find out more then please contact our Chairman on chairman@burphamca.org.uk

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

What does the Burpham Community Association do?

If you are new to Burpham you may not be aware of what the BCA does. The Constitution states its raison d’être:

“To foster a sense of community within Burpham and promote its collective interests”.

These are some of the things we do to try and uphold that statement.

Liaise with our MP, local borough and county councillors, the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum and residents on a variety of local issues. These include:

  • Planning issues that are likely to affect the whole community such as major building projects– the BCA does not normally
  • get involved with individual planning applications.
  • The road and traffic issues that cause so many difficulties for residents.
  • Flooding and drainage problems.

Dealing with these issues means writing letters of objection to contentious planning applications; this has included organising and collating surveys of residents. Preparing responses to GBC/SCC consultations is another task.
We also organise public meetings for members with speakers on a variety of topics, and host summer and winter social events. Because of Covid-19, these events will be on hold for the foreseeable future
Committee members attend briefing meetings as necessary and we liaise closely with our neighbours.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, the BCA has worked with the Burpham Church to ensure that any resident who needs support can get it.

If you need help, call 07880 586455 or email support@burphamca.org.uk

We could not do much without your subscriptions. They go towards:

  • Professional and legal costs for advice and representation when major planning issues cause concern – 2000 homes on Gosden Hill for example.
  • Subscriptions to the Guildford Residents’ Association, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Open Spaces Society who provide support and advice on a variety of issues.
  • Hire of venues for public meetings and a small token of appreciation to visiting speakers.
  • Reasonable expenses incurred by committee members.
  • Funding our Burpham Pages updates.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2020.

You can pay by:

Direct Debit – visit our website at www.burphamca.org.uk which has a link to this system – an email to treasurer@burphamca.org.uk giving your details would be helpful.

Online
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Please contact Liz Turner, our Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. Her email address is membership@burphamca.org.uk

NB  We never share your data or use it for any purpose other than informing you of BCA activities. 

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Community Update July 2020

Tales From the Riverbank

“Back in the 1960’s, driving from Sandhurst via Newlands Corner across to Croydon (don’t ask), I have vague memories of an iron bridge over some sort of water way in some place called Burpham. Many years later I came to live here and was delighted when I discovered a car park opposite my house with a gate leading into a field and a footpath heading down the hill. The walkways were in a state of disrepair, and it was quite a struggle to get to the tow path and walk along the river to Stoke Lock, (which looked like something from the 19th century and still does). But it was a wonderful walk. Since then I have strolled along this idyllic waterway many times.”

This was written by Jim Allen who has made a detailed study of the river. It was one of the first in England to be made navigable back in 1653. The River Wey Navigation plus the Godalming Navigation makes a 20 mile stretch from Godalming to the River Thames. For many years, the Navigation carried heavy goods by barge to London – corn, timber and gunpowder from the Chilworth mills and returned with coal and sugar. Eventually, the advent of the railways saw a decline in trade and the Navigation was handed over to the National Trust in 1964.

Now, the river has become a favourite place for people to walk, cycle and enjoy the tranquil peace of the waterway and its abundant wild life. Many people must have found it a wonderful respite from the anxieties and pressures caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

But all is not well with the river. It seems to be flowing faster these days and there has been a great deal of erosion along the banks. Trees have had their roots undermined and some thirty trees have fallen into the river or been blown over by strong winds. The Tumble Weir at Millmead has collapsed. Drainage ditches have been blocked and no longer drain the land properly, which can lead to the danger of flooding outside the flood plain. If we are to retain the simple riverbank pleasures, action will have to be taken by the authorities. This means a co-ordinated response to maintenance of the river and the whole flood plain area.

If no action is taken, this pleasurable walk will disappear and who will answer to our grandchildren?

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Community News

We hope that all of you are coping in the current trying conditions. Writing at the end of May, it is difficult to forecast where the country will find itself by July. If you are still needing help, please get in touch with the Burpham Support Group. You can phone on 07880 586455 or email support@burphamca.org.uk, or contact the secretary. All public meetings have been cancelled until further notice. We were unable to have the AGM in May but the Annual Report and Financial Report are on our website. If you would like a copy but are not able to access the internet, please contact the secretary.

Your Neighbourhood Forum needs YOU

The Burpham Neighbourhood Forum is a team of local volunteers dedicated to ensuring any development carried out in Burpham is done for benefit of local residents. The Forum developed the Burpham Neighbourhood Plan, the first of its kind in Guildford. Our Plan was adopted by Guildford Borough Council in 2016 and is now used by Guildford Borough Council and the Planning Inspectorate to determine planning applications and appeals.

The Forum continues to represent the residents of Burpham in a variety of ways, from monitoring (and if necessary commenting on) local planning applications, responding to consultations in connection with the Guildford Local Plan and other emerging neighbourhood plans which may affect Burpham. The Forum also keeps a close eye on strategic developments which may impact on Burpham, for example, the planned developments at Gosden Hill and Slyfield.

Some members of the management committee have retired and we are looking to fill the vacancies with new volunteers so we would like to hear from anyone who would like to join us. No particular technical knowledge is needed just an interest in the neighbourhood. Meetings are held approximately four times a year usually in the evening, with an annual AGM and some ad hoc meetings when required.

Please contact our Chairman Christian Holliday on 07879 423739 or email christianholliday@gmail.com if you would like to find out more.

NB The BCA and the BNF work closely together but are separate bodies with separate committees. The Forum is a statutory body; where there is no parish or local council the Forum can develop a Neighbourhood Plan. The BCA has no statutory powers or responsibilities and is not limited to planning matters.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2020.

You can pay by:

Direct Debit – visit our website at http://www.burphamca.org.uk which has a link to this system – an email to treasurer@burphamca.org.uk giving your details would be helpful.

Online
Account name: Burpham Community Association
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Account Number: 41049194
To help the Treasurer please identify yourself using initials, surname and the first line of your address.

Please contact Liz Turner, our Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. Her email address is membership@burphamca.org.uk

For up to date information about the BCA, please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages – just search for Burpham Community Association.

Community Update May 2020

Coronavirus – where are we now?

This is being written in early April and we have no way of knowing what has happened between then, and when you read this. All we can tell you is what we have done so far.

Our Membership Secretary, Liz Turner, and members of Burpham Church have worked incredibly hard to set up a support group to ensure that anyone living in Burpham who needs help will get it.

Many willing volunteers delivered postcards to every house and flat giving details of how to ask for assistance and the support group is already getting shopping done and prescriptions collected for some forty residents. Anyone living alone has been offered the opportunity for telephone chats and cards sent for birthdays or just to spread some cheer.

How do I ask for help?

You can phone on 07880 586455 or email support@burphamca.org.uk, or contact the secretary (details on opposite page).

Don’t suffer in silence or try and muddle through; if you need help, ask for it and we will do our best to assist.

Is there anything I can do to help?

If you think you can help in any way, please contact the support group, details above.

The BCA would like to offer a huge thank you to all those who have helped so far.

Please look out for your neighbours and people you know are vulnerable.

Spring flowers are doing their best to cheer us up in these trying times and Burpham gardens are looking wonderful. Can you identify the wisteria-covered cottage on the left? Sadly, it has had to be cut back a bit since the photo was taken, as the house was in danger of disappearing but you must have seen and admired it… where? No prizes if you know, just a warm glow.

We’d like to give our website a spring into summer look so how about sending us photos of your garden that we can display.

Traffic problems in Burpham

You may have read an article in the March/April edition of the Burpham Pages by Sue Hackman on behalf of the Orchard Road Area Road Group. This outlined some of the traffic problems that the Gosden Hill development will dump on Burpham.

This is something that the BCA has been highlighting ever since the Local Plan first came out for consultation in 2016 when we wrote that:

Without sensible infra-structure changes, particularly in relation to Guildford’s unresolved traffic problems… Burpham will degenerate into a giant roundabout… how can this be considered sound and sustainable?”

This is why we initiated the Burpham Road Action Group two years ago but we cannot achieve much unless people are prepared to come forward.
We cannot do a lot at the moment but perhaps you could think about joining us. If you are not familiar with the proposals, do go to the GBC website and look at the Draft Strategic Development Framework (SDF) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). You will then understand why our response used words and phrases like specious, wishful thinking, design that ignores reality, nonsense and preposterous.

And finally…

Someone suggested that poetry is a help in troubled times. Ever ready for a challenge, two committee members volunteered a haiku summing up the lockdown. Haiku is a verse style of 17 syllables arranged in three lines – five, seven, five.

Life is diminished
There are no chocolate eggs
I am desolate.

–––––––––––––––
While walking the downs
At Old Scotland Farm I found
A lovely real beer!

We feel sure you can do much better so how about sending us a lockdown haiku, limerick or even a sonnet – something to raise a smile in difficult times.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2020.

You can pay by:

Direct Debit – visit our website at http://www.burphamca.org.uk which has a link to this system – an email to treasurer@burphamca.org.uk giving your details would be helpful.

Online
Account name: Burpham Community Association
Sort Code: 40-22-26
Account Number: 41049194
To help the Treasurer please identify yourself using initials, surname and the first line of your address.

Please contact Liz Turner, our Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. Her email address is membership@burphamca.org.uk

For up to date information about the BCA, please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages – just search for Burpham Community Association.

Local Suppliers

The Burpham Community Association have published a list on their website of local suppliers and their services, some of whom offer delivery or a priority service, here is an edited version of that list. For the full list visit www.burphamca.org.uk:

milkandmore.co.uk
Online milk and groceries delivery service

Sainsburys, Burpham
‘Silver’ session 8.00-9.00am Mon, Wed, Fri. Priority delivery if known
to them as being vulnerable

Flynns Family Butchers
Co-ordinating with Cheesmans fruit and veg. wholesaler and Christmas Bakery. 01483 573782 www.facebook.com/Flynnsfamilybutchers

Noels Farmshop, Sutton Green
Delivery & collection. 07908 124603

F Conisbee & Son, East Horsley
Telephone order, min £50, pre-packed. Local and for elderly and vulnerable. 01483 282073 www.fconisbee.com

Unique Fruit, Guildford North
Street greengrocers is now online. Check on website for further info uniquefruit.online

Greenwoods, West Clandon
Fruit and vegetable deliveries. 07500 957 467 www.greenwoodsgrocers.com/shop

Kingfisher Farm Shop, Abinger
Delivery and shop. 01306 730703 www.kingfisherfarmshop.com

Elm Nursery, Sutton Green
Farm Shop and nursery – currently food available, taking in hanging baskets for filling and collection in May. 01483 755559 www.elmnursery.co.uk

Community Update March 2020

Climate Change

Some 50 people crowded into Sutherland Memorial Hall on 20th January for a presentation on climate change organised by Adrian Thompson of the Guildford Environment Forum (GEF). The speaker, Henrietta Stock, is a Climate Reality Leader who worked with Al Gore. She outlined the current views on climate change and its causes, and the fact that she was listened to in absolute silence gave testimony to the bleak prognostications for our future.

Here is a brief summary of the major points:

  • The burning of fossil fuels is the largest source of global warming.
  • The last 19 years have been the hottest on record.
  • Serious droughts lead to food shortages – Syria has lost 60% of its fertile land to desert.
  • Water scarcity affects nearly 40% of the world’s population.
  • Climate change is the biggest global health threat.

The presentation was followed by a very lively discussion which looked at what measures can be taken to help offset global warming. Governments can invest in green energy. Local authorities can take action to ensure all new builds are energy efficient. What can we as individuals do?

Here are some suggestions from the GEF. Firstly, find out your carbon footprint – this is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of community or individual activities. The annual UK average per person is around 10 tonnes. There are several websites you can visit. One of the simplest is on the WWF website – it only takes five minutes. If you want something more detailed, try: www.carbonindependent.org

What can people do to reduce their carbon footprint?

  • Air travel is a big culprit – can you cut down, for example, going by rail.
  • Try and make your home as energy and water efficient as possible. Even small changes like swapping halogen lights for LEDs and not leaving appliances on standby can make a difference.
  • Can you cut back on driving ‐ perhaps walk or use public transport. Or cycle – the discussion groups agreed that local cycle lanes need drastic improvement to encourage more people to use them.
  • Try and reduce the amount of red meat you eat – and out of season produce which is often flown in. You can find out more about food on the BBC Climate Change Food Calculator which offers some surprising information – for example, eating three to five avocados a week will add 41kg to annual greenhouse gas emissions which is equivalent to a 105 mile car journey or heating an average size house for six days.

For more information about the GEF, contact Adrian Thompson via email – adrian@lampcottage.net or telephone 07929 138650

Sutherland Memorial Park – playground for grown‐ups

Now you have no excuse to avoid the gym! This is the new outdoor exercise area at Sutherland Memorial Park. At the time of writing (late January) there is a little more work to be done but the Parks Department hope it will be ready for use by early March.

Don’t forget that Sutherland Memorial Hall is available for hiring afternoons, evenings and weekends (weekend evenings in winter). Kitchen available. £15 p/hour. Contact Tricia Squibb on 01483 300404.

STILL WANTED!

One Secretary for the BCA to take over in May when the current incumbent retires. Anyone who thinks they might be able to take this on or would like more information please email Chairman@burphamca.org.uk

Dates for your diary

March: Our newly elected MP, Angela Richardson, has kindly agreed to come and speak at our March public meeting. Because of parliamentary demands, Friday is a more convenient day so the meeting will now be held on Friday 20th March in the Village Hall, starting at 8pm.

May: The AGM will be held on Monday 18th May, 8pm in Sutherland Memorial Hall. The AGM of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum will follow. There will be a speaker for the first part of the meeting – we hope it might be someone from the Clinical Commissioning Group to talk about GP surgery provision in Guildford.

July: We hope to have some kind of Summer Social – details in the next Burpham Pages.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
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Community Update January 2020

We wish you all a very Happy New Year!

The Guildford Dragon

Those brave souls who turned out on a very chilly evening back in November to hear a talk on the Guildford Dragon enjoyed a most entertaining evening. Martin Giles, co-founder and editor, gave a very informative presentation about the online newspaper. The Dragon came into being in 2012 with the aim of providing a good quality Guildford focussed news service that would be delivered by Guildford reporters – you can find out more about the history of the Dragon by visiting the website and clicking on the About Us heading. Martin outlined the wide range of news covered, and the need to distinguish between fact and opinion. He noted the scrutiny role of the Dragon, especially with regard to our Borough and County Councils, and emphasised the need for accurate impartial reporting. A lively discussion followed Martin’s talk and several members of the audience who had not tried this valuable local asset resolved to give it a go.

If you would like to find out what’s going on in your community and have not yet tried the Dragon, go to: www.guildford-dragon.com

WANTED!

A message from Andy Clapham, BCA Chairman
Liz Critchfield, our long serving and long suffering secretary, has decided to retire from this position at the AGM next May. She has played an important part in many of the BCA’s successes and in keeping the BCA going over several years and we are very grateful for her efforts.

We are also concerned as to how to replace her in the secretary’s role and really need one or more volunteers. Anyone who thinks they may
be able to contribute or would like more information please email chairman@burphamca.org.uk

SCC has announced that all charges for countryside
car parks will be rescinded from April 2020.

Climate Change

David Attenborough has said that climate change is humanity’s greatest threat. It could lead to the extinction of much of the natural world and local communities need to help counter this threat.

How should Guildford react to the climate emergency?
This is the question the Guildford Environment Forum (GEF) will be asking at our public meeting on January 20th. Henrietta Stock, who trained with Al Gore in the US, has helped to prepare a short presentation, which GEF trust will spark plenty of audience discussion. Members of GEF’s Climate Crisis Group will attend the talks and answer questions. We hope many of you will come along to listen, join in the discussion and find out what we can do as individuals and households to make a positive difference. Join us at Sutherland Memorial Hall on 20th January at 8pm.

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 20th January: Climate Change Presentation
  • Monday 16th March: To be announced
  • Monday 18th May: Annual General Meeting of both the BCA and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum

Don’t forget the Winter Lectures every Friday in January, 8pm in the Village Hall.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
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Account Number: 41049194

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Community Update November 2019

Meeting with our new councillors

Members of the BCA committee have had a useful and wide-ranging discussion with our new local councillors, Ted Mayne and George Potter. Topics covered included the possible loss of the New Inn surgery, the car parking fiasco at Sutherland Memorial Park and the implications of the Local Plan, especially with regard to Gosden Hill. There will be another meeting in October which will include a review of traffic problems, a more detailed look at the Gosden Hill proposals and Flood Forum issues.

Bowers Lock

Photo by Jim Allen

You may have noticed that there has been a great deal of work going on around Bowers Lock over the last six months. A new bridge and weir gates have been built to replace the original 1930’s flood control gates. The new work has just been revealed and our intrepid photographer just happened to be there to record the event.

Have you heard of…
…the Guildford Environmental Forum (GEF)?

It is a voluntary body that was founded in January 1993. They work to encourage residents to “…make Guildford and the world beyond a greener and more sustainable place by educating, informing, cuttng energy use, reducing ecological footprints, helping wildlife and tackling climate change.”

You may be aware that many local councils, including GBC, have declared a climate emergency. This is one of the major concerns of the GEF and they will be giving a presentation to the BCA entitled “How should we be reacting to the climate emergency in Guildford.” This will be on Monday 20th January 2020 in Sutherland Memorial Hall.

Don’t forget you can support the BCA by entering the Guildford Lottery. If you buy a weekly £1 ticket, 60p goes towards helping good causes like us – and you will be in with a chance to win cash prizes up to £25,000.
Many thanks to those of you who have bought tickets – you have boosted the BCA finances by nearly £1,000!

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Guildford – a town of two dragons

In 1776 it was said that a dragon once blocked a road around Clandon. It was duly despatched but is remembered by a chalk dragon along the A246, created in 1977 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.

The other dragon is, of course, the Guildford Dragon, the online newspaper that started up in 2012 and is required reading for anyone wanting an unbiased view of local events. To quote from its editor Martin Giles –

…it is important for those living and working in Guildford to have an interest in its affairs and news. The endemic apathy in many quarters towards local politics must be challenged for a healthy democracy to exist. Our heritage must be protected and our future properly planned, both with equal vigour.

We are delighted that Martin has accepted an invitation to come and give a presentation about the Guildford Dragon to the BCA and we hope that many of you will join us on Monday 18th November, 8pm at Sutherland Memorial Hall.

Come and join us on
Friday 6th December at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall for drinks and nibbles
at our BCA Christmas Social!

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
Sort Code: 40-22-26
Account Number: 41049194

Community Update September 2019

BCA Summer Social

True or false? A French wine region has a law forbidding spaceships from landing in the vineyard.

This was one of many questions members faced when they came along to our wine and cheese evening on the 15th July. Proceedings began with a quiz, progressed to some wine tasting and ended with a variety of cheeses. It proved a most enjoyable evening and we would like to thank all the people who came along, supported the tombola by buying all the tickets and donating generously to BCA funds.

And the answer? Believe it or not, true!

Car Parking Charges at Sutherland Memorial Park

Car parking charges are now in place at Sutherland Memorial Car Park. They will apply Monday to Friday from 0600h to 1700h. The first five hours will be free, 5 to 7 hours will cost £5 and 7 to 11 hours will be £9.

These restrictions have already caused problems for residents, especially the No Return Same Day clause. Many people visit the car park at least twice a day to take their children to and from the nursery or school – they are now concerned that they may be breaking the law. The BCA has raised this issue with GBC, asking for clarification. At the time of writing (early August) no response has been forthcoming other than a bland “we will review this early next year.” We shall continue to press for prompt action to deal with this problem.

A resident started a petition to abolish the restrictions. This should stay open until September so if there is enough time, here is the link if you wish sign:
http://www2.guildford.gov.uk/councilmeetings/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=28

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on secretary@burphamca.org.uk phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at www.burphamca.org.uk

Fly tipping in Surrey

If you employ someone to get rid of your waste and they just dump it, you could be fined up to £400.

Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) are running a campaign during August and September to encourage residents to be vigilant when using traders to get rid of waste. You need to do two things to avoid losing money:

  • Make sure your builder/trader is a registered waste carrier
  • Get a receipt for your waste disposal.

For more information, to report a fly tipping incident or to find out if a trader is licenced, visit surreyep.org.uk

Help Wanted

One of the ways we communicate with the community is via Facebook. It means we can get information out quickly – important if it’s something urgent. If you could spare around an hour a week to help keep our Facebook page updated, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact the Secretary if you can help.

Dates for your Diary

Our next public meetings will be on September 16th and November 18th, topics to be announced – we also hope to have a Christmas Social in December. Please keep an eye on social media for more information.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
Sort Code: 40-22-26
Account Number: 41049194