For the most part, Sainsbury’s Supermarket is a good neighbour: convenient, friendly and community-minded. But in the small hours, this changes. Freight comes in and out of the loading bay as goods are unpacked. Reversing beeps and the clank of pallets are at their most disruptive between one and three o’clock in the morning, weekdays and weekends.
Sainsbury’s is now planning to expand their loading and delivery van parking bay into the green area which buffers the supermarket from the Weybrook Estate, and just across the road from the long-suffering residents of London Road. The new parking spaces for delivery vehicles may bode ill for traffic density, but unloading is an immediate threat to residents’ sleep.
Burpham Community Association took the unusual step of posting an alert to adjacent householders to view the plans before the consultation expired on 14th October. Respondents have complained about the threat of night-time noise and also about the loss of precious green space which backs on to houses. One reply contains an authoritative account of the wildlife threatened by the development.
The Burpham Neighbourhood Plan specifically rejects the erosion of its remaining patches of green, and those of us who live nearby think of the woods as protection against traffic fumes and a pleasant back-route for shopping and dog-walking.
Supermarkets have teams of planners and lawyers whose job it is to win expansion for their stores. One small gain becomes the springboard for the next. How long before an application goes in to route heavy goods vehicles on and off the London Road? And after that, how long before they are joined by the traffic from the Gosden Hill development and the re-routing of Slyfield traffic? Our traffic infrastructure is already overloaded.
Piecemeal planning has not been helpful to Burpham – the Aldi traffic jam is evidence of that – so we should not be surprised if there is vigorous opposition to the plan. Sue Hackman (BCA)
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter is nearly upon us
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 email@example.com 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.
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Let’s be honest, it’s not been the year for socialising. A friend recently sent me a meme with a picture of a bin inscribed with ‘2020: The year the bin went out more than me’. I thought it was very apt. For most of us, it’s been the year for being on-line. During the April national lockdown, the UK’s internet usage surged to record levels, as we went online for work, socialising, exercising and entertainment, like never before.
All this digital activity is leaving a growing carbon footprint on the planet. If you add up all the carbon emissions from our tech gadgets, our use of the internet and the systems supporting them, it would account for around 3.7% of our global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s about equal to the global emissions of the airline industry. There’s lots to be gained if we can lighten our digital footprint.
Add up all the carbon emissions from our tech gadgets, our use of the internet and the systems supporting them, it would account for around 3.7% of our global greenhouse gas emissions.
What action can we take as we head into winter and, in current circumstances, are more likely than ever to be connecting online for work and social? Given digital emissions are less obvious (generally there’s no smoke piling out the back of your laptop or TV), we probably need to be a bit more planned to kick start this behaviour change.
1 Switch to renewable energy Being online requires electricity. Check to see how much of your energy supply is coming from renewables, like wind and solar. If you don’t like the answer, consider switching to one that is 100% renewable. Have a look at http://www.bigcleanswitch.org to compare options.
Being online requires electricity. Check to see how much of your energy supply is coming from renewables, like wind and solar.
2 Less is more with emails Apparently, we are guilty of sending 64 million unnecessary emails in the UK every day! If every adult in this country sent one less email a day, it would save the equivalent carbon emissions of 80,000 flights from London to Madrid.
3 Delete from storage Nearly a quarter of our digital energy consumption comes from data storage so don’t be afraid to have a regular clear out of emails, junk mail, trashed mail, folders, attachments, unused apps & surplus photos.
4 Unsubscribe today Have you checked your junk mail recently? Might be worth a peak. Likely there are emails you subscribed to yonks ago and keep getting without even realising it. Most companies make it easy to unsubscribe these days so go ahead and have a good purge of the spam folder. It can be quite therapeutic.
5 Love your tech Over half the carbon footprint of the information and tech industry sits in the end-user devices, from the mini tech we hold in our hands to the bulkier tech hogging our desk space. If we can take care of them – protective cases & screens, good maintenance and trying not to lose them – and resist the temptation of constant upgrades, then that might just be our biggest contribution to reducing our digital carbon footprint.
If every adult in this country sent one less email a day, it would save the equivalent carbon emissions of 80,000 flights from London to Madrid.
6 Unplug overnight Charge your phone before bed. The average mobile takes 2 hours to charge – not the whole night! By leaving phones charging over-night we could be charging for 3-4 times longer than needed. Talk about an easy win! Plus it might stop that cheeky last look at your phone before bed which is never a night-time soother.
7 Pick up the blower If you’re not needing to meet with multiple people online or presenting, try swapping out some of the video calls for the old fashioned phone. As a bonus you can be more mobile with it. Take a walk and get some fresh air or just stand up and stretch. The climate will thank you for the lighter carbon footprint of a call over conference technology.
8 Don’t stand-by, switch off After a long day/night’s work, your screens deserve a proper switch off and recharge so make sure you hit the off switch. Three quarters of us say we leave electrical items on standby. Tut-tut! On average, we are wasting £80 a year by being on standby rather than switching off. If you’re struggling with this challenge, start with the worst offenders. Games consoles switch to idle mode when not in use which consumes almost as much power as when in use.
Games consoles switch to idle mode when not in use which consumes almost as much power as when in use.
9 Website weight If you run your own website or know someone who does, you can likely reduce the digital burden of your website by reviewing page weights. Video files and gifs can be especially heavy. It’s also worth checking if your website host runs on renewable energy.
Before we beat ourselves up too much for our increasing screen time, technology is saving us many emissions too. There is a definite upside so, like many things, it’s a balancing act. Last year, Zoom calculated that it’s top ten clients saved 685,000 metric tonnes of CO2 in just 3 months – that’s the equivalent of planting 11 million trees, and that was before Covid-19 hit.
So, as we hunker down for the winter, let’s crack on with our digital spring clean. Let’s start with cleaning out our digital cupboards from emails to files and photos; let’s lessen our email obsession; let’s check that we’re running on renewable where-ever we can; let’s get off the screen and pick up the blower more often; let’s unplug and unsubscribe.
Technology is here to keep us connected. Let’s use it as effectively and efficiently as we can. Let’s embrace all the opportunity it has to offer whilst doing so with the very lightest of digital footprints.
Ali Fisher lives in Burpham. She supports businesses and brands to help build a more sustainable future. PlansWithPurpose.co.uk
Today a popular residential estate, the area known as Weybrook Park was originally part of the forest that covered Surrey before being encompassed in local farm land. Now we see some of the few remaining areas of green space in the area subject to local concern.
This area of Burpham is currently in the local news, due to the planning application by Sainsbury’s to extend their building by cutting down over 60 trees in the neighbouring copse. There have been many objections to this, but perhaps this is a good time to look back at the history of the area.
In the 12th century, King Henry II reduced the whole of Surrey to the state of a forest, part of the Royal Forest of Windsor, but over the next few centuries the woodland disappeared as smallholders and farms took its place. Most of the Tudor buildings still in the area were part of large farms. The earliest map showing details of woodland is the Tithe Map of 1838, and you can see the area called The Coppice, which looks like a three pronged fork, of woodland around the fields that became Bower’s Farm. The land between Burpham Court Farm and London Road, and between the Wey Navigation and Burpham Lane, was farmed by William Francis Pimm, who lived at Marlyn’s, during the early 19th century. He owned some of the land, but leased other parts, including this area, from the Earl of Onslow. William died in the 1840s and over the next 40 years the farmland was split up.
Bower’s Farm was first mentioned by name in the 1881 census and during the following years was farmed by Thomas Slaughter, George and Percy Gatley, Leo Keene and his daughter Dorothy Jones. By 1913 much of the woodland had disappeared, including the three prongs, leaving only the triangular plot behind the current store. There were planning applications in the 1960s for residential developments on the farmland, and both Sainsbury’s and Asda had an interest in the land. In 1982, the Surrey Advertiser reported that an American property company owned the land, having bought it from the Getty Estate in 1980. Eventually Sainsbury’s won the battle of the supermarkets. In 1984 there was an agreement between Guildford Borough Council, J Sainsbury plc and New Ideal Homes Ltd. Sainsbury’s appeared to own the land and the property developers purchased those parts not designated for the supermarket – including the copse beside the current store. A planning proposal by Sainsbury’s in 1982 included plans to have a garden centre and Homebase store on the same site. The new store opened in 1985 and was extended to include a petrol station later on.
Most of the trees currently around the Sainsbury’s store are probably not the original ones, but they play a central part in protecting natural habitats, improving the environment and cutting out noise for local residents. Green spaces are important to modern day living and history shows that this area has always had its woodlands.
If you are willing to share your memories and/or photos to tell us more about Burpham then please contact Moira MacQuaide, either by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone or text (07963 756543). My two books (‘The History of Burpham Primary School’ and ‘Burpham – A Gateway to Guildford’) are still available from me for £10 (free delivery locally) or on Amazon.
A joint initiative between Burpham Church and Burpham Community Association to provide support to anyone who needs it in Burpham.
How can we help?
Six months on and we are still here to provide Burpham with a safety net of support and we do not want anyone to struggle or suffer in silence in our own community. We’re here to help all ages, including younger people far from home or those new to the area who may not know anyone, particularly if they suddenly have to self-isolate. We have provided a valuable shopping service for those unable to go shopping, a prescription collection service when pharmacies were not routinely delivering medication and we have really enjoyed chatting as we have taken calls and delivered to people. Sadly, for many of our volunteers, we were not required to walk many dogs!
There is a great feeling of uncertainty about what the winter months will bring and we therefore want to continue to offer a volunteer run support service to our own community. There is a core group of volunteers available and a large reserve pool we can draw on if the need arises. Shopping seems less of a problem now with increased online opportunities or family and neighbour’s help but if someone suddenly has to isolate or is too vulnerable to get out, we can do an emergency shop. Many chemists now offer delivery services but again at short notice we can help with collection and delivery of prescriptions.
We really enjoyed our chats with people and our volunteers valued getting to know their neighbours, on the doorsteps.
Our mobile is monitored Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and during these hours we will respond to messages within three hours. Our email address is monitored every day email@example.com If you just want a friendly chat do phone our number 07880 586455.
Our thoughts are now turning to Christmas and we are keen to ensure nobody is lonely or isolated. We are exploring various ideas to bring ‘comfort and joy’ to Burpham so please let us know if you, or anyone you know, is likely to need a bit of friendly support. This could be older people but also younger people far from home or those new to the area who may not know anyone. Just drop us an email or call our number.
We are looking for volunteers who can knit or crochet during November for one project. Simple patterns provided so let us know if this is for you.
We are working jointly with Burpham Community Association and Burpham Church around Christmas and if you have any ideas about how Christmas can be made brighter in Burpham do let us know.
Examples of other local support available
Age UK Surrey provides a range of services to prevent loneliness and isolation and help people over 50 to remain independent and informed. Call Age UK Surrey 01483 503414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Age UK offers Information and advice on a range of issues, including money, housing and care. Expert advisors can assist over the telephone with benefit entitlement claims and signpost to other organisations as required.
Specific help offered by Age UK Surrey:
Volunteer Shopping – for essential items.
Check-in and Chat – a regular friendly chat.
Help at Home – a paid for service providing cleaning, laundry, light meal preparation, companionship and gardening.
Get Online Digital Telephone support. Help with getting online, understanding Zoom and other virtual meeting website, social media or advice on your computer or mobile device.
Virtual Coffee Mornings with our Information and Advice Manager. An opportunity to ask questions and have a sociable chat.
Voluntary Action South West Surrey
01483 504626 or www.vasws.org.uk Provides lists of activities, help to enable people to join in and they have an extensive directory of volunteering opportunities.
07719 562617 or www.peertalk.org.uk Guildford peer support group for those living with depression, anxiety and related distress for those facing depression.
The Hygiene Bank is a grass roots charity that was founded two years ago to combat hygiene poverty. We believe that being clean is not a luxury but a basic human right.
Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford the everyday hygiene and personal grooming products most of us take for granted. The reality of low income is that it restricts people’s options, leaving them caught between being able to heat their home, pay their rent, eat or being clean. Hygiene poverty strips people of their dignity.
The Guildford branch of the Hygiene Bank has been able to support local people in need via Community Partners including the Guildford Family Centre, local infant, primary and secondary schools, local churches, food banks, shelters for the homeless and womens’ refuges. We ask people to donate unused, unopened hygiene products via our collection points which are located in Waitrose in York Road, Boots in the High Street and Epsom Road.
Covid-19 has increased the demand on our project. To help us continue to support local families we need your help – please consider buying an extra item each week to donate, or you can donate via our website: www.thehygienebank.com
In a world that seems to be becoming more uncertain and more polarised by the minute, it is hard to know where life is going and what lies ahead.
I can’t ever remember a time when the future of the whole world seemed so up in the air. It feels like we are only one small step away from complete global chaos. Perhaps that sounds over dramatic, but as COVID restrictions continue to build once again here in the UK it is the experience of many people who simply don’t know what to do and where to turn.
You might be the kind of person who is brilliant at rolling with the punches – you might have taken 2020 in your stride, or you might be someone who is metaphorically hiding under the duvet and will only emerge when everything seems “normal” again, whatever that might be.
Our church community has been hugely impacted just like everyone else. We’d love to meet again freely. We’d like to shake hands and hug! We’d like to sit next to people. We’d like to sing in a big group – well most of us would anyway!! Our current situation is strange and uncomfortable. It’s tempting just to complain about all the things we can’t do and how annoying and difficult it is to manage with the restrictions.
And yet… And yet, there are many things that we can do. We can meet online, we can meet in person in groups of up to six. About 35 people can meet in our building for worship. And that means that there are so many things we can do. I don’t know about you, but it’s taken me a while to stop thinking about all the things I CAN’T do, and start focusing on the new things I CAN do!
We’d love to meet again freely. We’d like to shake hands and hug! We’d like to sit next to people. We’d like to sing in a big group – well most of us would anyway!!
When we were building the new extension on our building in 2013, it was a safety requirement that we had to put some markings on the glass of our foyer windows and doors. The architects suggested some designs or symbols. We chose to write…
love hope peace joy faith
…around our building. Those words convey something that God offers to us at all times and in all situations, even in the chaos and insanity of 2020. Maybe they feel like impossible things for you right now, but it is my firm belief that we can discover these things for ourselves today whatever difficulties and wrestles we face.
As we move towards the Christmas period perhaps you will feel the pull of what Jesus offers as recalled in the Christmas Carol ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.
Please do contact us directly if you would like us to help you discover these things for yourself in these difficult times. We’d love to connect whether in person or online!
Please note that all Club meetings remain cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus and the Rule of Six.
The Trading Hut remains closed. If there is anything that you need please call 01483 874123.
Things to do in the garden in November.
Planting of Tulips should be completed by the end of this month.
Cut down faded perennials leaving Penstemon and other late flowering perennials to continue flowering.
Dahlias and Cannas should be lifted, dried and stored in a frost free place ready for planting next Spring, if they are being overwintered in the ground they should be covered with a mulch dressing.
Apply an application of a mulch dressing to protect Agapanthus from the frost.
Reduce the watering of houseplants.
Half hardy Fuchsias and Pelargoniums should be cut back and brought undercover, reduce watering so that they remain dormant during the winter months.
Amaryllis bulbs should be potted up for Christmas flowering.
Bring potted Hyacinths into a light cool area once they begin to shoot.
Reduce the watering of Houseplants.
Now is a good time to plant Raspberry Canes, Fruit Trees and Bushes.
Start the winter pruning of Apple and Pear trees.
Aquadulce Broad Beans should be planted now to produce an early crop ahead of the Spring invasion of Blackfly.
Garlic cloves can still be planted.
Continue to rake leaves off of the lawn.
Things to do in the garden in December.
Indoor Azaleas should be watered frequently to prevent the dense root ball from drying out, rainwater is better than tap water.
Poinsettias are a popular gift at this time of the year, they should be kept in a warm light place away from draughts, they do not like to be over watered. All other Houseplants should be kept in a bright place as winter light levels fall, on frosty nights do not leave them trapped between closed curtains and the window.
Pinch out the tips of Sweet Peas sown in October to encourage bushy growth.
Poinsettias are a popular gift at this time of the year, they should be kept in a warm light place away from draughts, they do not like to be over watered.
The vegetable plot should be cleared of all left over plant debris and lightly dug over to open up the ground so that the winter frost can get in and destroy bugs and diseases.
Rhubarb crowns can be forced by covering them with dark bucket.
Keep off of the lawn when it is frosty or very wet.
Grape vines should be pruned before Christmas to prevent bleeding.
Keep off of the Lawn when it is frosty or very wet.
Insulate garden taps and exposed pipe work against extreme weather.
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