Community Update May 2018

The Story of the Lily Bell II

Recent snowfalls did not prevent local historian David Rose from giving a fascinating account of the Lily Bell II aircraft disaster at Jacobs Well in October 1944. Only briefly reported on at the time, painstaking research over many years by a dedicated team identified details of the four American airmen who were killed and their mission. Eventual contact with their families in the USA, who knew little of what had occurred, was achieved. This brought closure for them and has resulted in a full recognition of the distinguished service of the airmen who died. If you were unable to get to the meeting and would like to know more, you can read the story online by searching online for Guildford Dragon Lily Belle II.

A fitting memorial to the crew and their aircraft is located on a grassy corner at the junction between Queenhythe Road and Clay Lane. If you have not seen it, pause there awhile to reflect.

Burpham Flood Forum

The Flood Forum was due to meet on 2nd March with representatives from GBC, sec, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and the National Trust under the chairmanship of Anne Milton MP. Unfortunately it had to be postponed owing to the weather. We are hoping to reconvene on Friday 25th May in the Village Hall at 1pm – residents are welcome to attend but please contact the Secretary to book a place as space is limited.

The Local Plan

The Local Plan was produced by GBC last year. It is intended to play a substantial role in shaping the future of Guildford – it outlines housing proposals, ideas for developing the local economy, looks at providing more sustainable forms of travel, investigates ways of protecting the natural environment. The Plan has to be examined by a Planning Inspector. Mr Jonathon Bone has been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate and will start his examination on 5th June. He has already produced a document raising questions that require further analysis and explanation, and GBC’s responses could lead to modification of the policies. This is a rapidly changing situation with profound consequences.

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

Will the Local Plan affect you? Join us to find out!

Make no mistake, if the proposals outlined in the Local Plan come to fruition, Burpham will suffer enormous changes.

In brief, they include plans to build up to 2,000 houses and commercial developments at Gosden Hill Farm which means a new junction on the A3 connecting via a new roundabout to the A3100 (London Road). There will be a new A3 southbound on-slip and the A3100 could become part of a Sustainable Movement Corridor from the Clock Tower roundabout, carrying two cycle lanes and two bus lanes in addition to existing traffic.
Then there are the knock-on effects if the Wisley development goes ahead plus the threat posed by the illegal track across common land linking Merrow Lane to Gosden Hill farm.

Ward Councillor Christian Holliday will be presenting an overview of the Local Plan with specific reference to the issues impacting on Burpham, which will also affect our neighbours in Merrow. He will also address the recent queries raised by the Planning Inspector. This will be an opportunity for residents to find out just what could happen to our community, as well as gaining an insight into the process of Examination and possible outcomes.

Monday 21st May, 8pm in Sutherland Memorial Hall

This will be followed by the BCA Annual General Meeting. This will include the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s Reports for 2017-2018 and election of Officers for 2018-2019. Members will also be asked to approve a new Constitution. The AGM of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum will also take place.

Pay your BCA Subs online! You can now pay for your BCA Subscriptions on line, through a simple Direct Debit form. Visit our website www.burphamca.org.uk and it only takes a minute!

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:

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Community Update March 2018

Welcome to the Burpham Community Association Community Update March 2018

There’s a loose tile on your roof… l’m calling to tell you that you have won £20,000… Place an order and you’ll get a cash prize…

These remarks could be the introduction to a scam – an illegal attempt to con you out of your money. It is estimated that the United Kingdom loses millions of pounds every year to scams – and only one in five is ever reported. Over 60 people came to our meeting on 15th January to listen to Karen Holdsworth-Cannon of Surrey Community Action talk about scams, how they affect people and what can be done to stop them. She gave an account of the kind of scams we face – cold calling doorstep traders, post and telephone scams promising large sums of money or threatening bad luck if you don’t pay up, and a variety of cyber crimes. Some of the stories she told were heartbreaking.

There are things we can all do to deal with scams. If you think you have been scammed or want advice, you can call Trading Standards on 03454 040506. Visit their website bucksandsurreytradingstandards.gov.uk or email trading.standards@bucksandsurreytradingstandards.gov.uk

You can also get a Scams Awareness Pack which has both information and stickers to put on your door – please contact the BCA Secretary if you would like one (on secretary@burphamca.org.uk or telephone 01483 567791).

Road Action Group (RAG)

By the time we reached mid-January, five complaints concerning congestion, parking and the state of the highways in Burpham had been received. These included issues affecting the London Road, New Inn and Burpham Lanes and Doverfield/Marlyns Drive. Roads, traffic and pollution continue to be a toxic mix for the community and our No.1 cause celebre as we begin 2018. There are a number of individual initiatives underway, but they often occur independently. Perhaps we now need a more co­ordinated and focused approach. The BCA is therefore endeavouring to establish a Road Action Group to try and foster unity of purpose and achievement. Ultimately a principal aim could be to constitute a Road Forum, similar to the Flood Forum, currently chaired by Anne Milton MP. This brings together the various agencies and interested parties to discuss residents’ concerns and agree an action plan to drive issues forward. Such a venture can only be possible if individuals are prepared to join as representatives of their road or locality, and perhaps the efforts of a co­ordinated group of concerned residents, can achieve meaningful change. If you don’t want to lose your rag over traffic issues and would like to join the RAG, please contact the Secretary.

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

Upcoming Dates for your Diary in 2018

2nd March
The Burpham Flood Forum
Chaired by Anne Milton, the forum will meet at the Village Hall (small hall) at 2pm. The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited so please contact the Secretary if you want to come.

19th March
Talk on the WWII Plane Crash
On the 25th October 1944, a Dakota aircraft crashed into a field at Jacobs Well, killing all 4 crew members. Apart from a brief note in the Surrey Times, nothing more was known. Well -known local historian David Rose has researched the crash and will give what promises to be a fascinating presentation.

21st May
The AGM of the BCA and BNF
The Annual General Meetings of both the Burpham Community Association and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum, which will be preceded by a presentation, details to be confirmed.

July
BCA BBQ
The date is to be decided, but we plan to host a barbecue for members to celebrate the BCA’s 45th anniversary.

17th September
Talk on Mental Health
Rachel Brennan of Action for Carers will give a presentation on mental health issues.

The March, May and September meetings will be held in Sutherland Memorial Hall, starting 8pm. The Burpham Neighbourhood Forum is pleased to announce that it has reapplied for statutory status for another five years.

Pay your BCA Subs online! You can now pay for your BCA Subscriptions on line, through a simple Direct Debit form. Visit our website www.burphamca.org.uk and it only takes a minute!

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

Don’t forget that your 2018 BCA Subscriptions are due now!