Chairman's Blog - August 2022

SUMMER SOCIAL

We were delighted to be able to hold a summer social event at the pavilion and grounds as a thank you to all the volunteers who work together to run the Residents’ Association. 

Members of the Committee, the pavilion management group, the Area Coordinators and Road Stewards enjoyed a friendly get-together on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

The food, catered by Gostofino, was delicious and there was an opportunity for guests to play tennis! 

It was the first “thank you” gathering we have been able to hold in three years because of the pandemic. 

Some current and former councillors also attended. 

Meanwhile, although Jill Truman, honorary President, was unable to join us on this occasion, we were delighted to welcome our honorary Vice-President, George Ferrier. 

It is therefore, with great sadness, that we have since heard that George died a few weeks later. His funeral will take place on Monday 22nd August at 10.00am in Holy Cross Church. We send George’s family and friends our condolences.

BELLWAY/MEADOWVIEW ALERT - BELLWAY SUBMIT NEW APPLICATION! 

Although the Council’s Planning Committee refused the Bellway application to build 107 dwellings on the former LESSA sports ground, the company has the right to appeal to an independent Planning Inspector.   We do not know yet whether it will do so. However, if this happens it will be necessary to put in letters of objection again.  We will keep you informed. 

Stop Press: Bellway have now submitted a new planning application, which is very similar to the one that was refused. So, we must all resubmit our objections for their new application: 22/P2351. 

BUSHEY ROAD SPEED LIMIT 

A speed limit of 20 mph was imposed on the dual carriageway section of Bushey Road, without any extensive public consultation.  This replaced the previous limit of 40 mph, which was probably too high, given that a large number of people cross the road from the Apostles area daily to get into Prince George’s Playing Fields - and children have to cross to reach the local primary schools such as Joseph Hood and St John Fisher. The Council is now trying to decide what the right limit should be, and the likelihood is that it will opt for 30 mph which would seem to be a sensible compromise. 

Finally, whatever your summer plans, perhaps staying at home or travelling in the UK or abroad, we hope you have a relaxing, happy time!

John Elvidge

Chairman's Blog - April 2022

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

We are holding our AGM on Tuesday 26th April at 7.30pm in the hall at Raynes Park Library. Entry is via the side entrance in Aston Road.

It is the first one we have been able to hold since 3rd April 2019 owing to COVID 19 restrictions, so please make a special effort to come and hear what the Association has been doing and give us your views and comments.

There will be a short summary from our police team about their work in our area and then our guest speaker Leonie Cooper, the London Assembly member for Merton and Wandsworth, will be leading discussion on a matter of local interest.

I am pleased to tell you that Jill Truman, our Honorary President, will be present and will oversee the elections of officers for the coming year.

We always welcome fresh blood to help run the Association, whether this is by becoming a road steward, an area coordinator, a committee member or a volunteer to help plan events and outings.

BELLWAY APPLICATION TO BUILD ON THE MEADOWVIEW FIELD

Many objections have been submitted in opposition to Bellway’s plans to build 107 units of accommodation on the former LESSA sports ground.

Their previous application (which strangely has yet to be withdrawn or determined) was strongly opposed by Sport England and the present application has been referred to Sport England as a statutory committee. They have yet to comment but we are very hopeful that they will oppose this scheme.

Merton’s planning committee will not be considering the application until the comment is received, and then the officers have to make a recommendation for approval or rejection. We expect that a large number of residents will want to be present for the planning meeting and we will let you know as soon as we can when this is going to be. The indications are that this will be after the local elections in May.

WARNINGS FROM THE POLICE AND MERTON’S SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD BOARD

The police are reminding everyone to be vigilant about opportunistic thefts arising from the high metal prices caused by the war in Ukraine. These include the theft of catalytic converters from cars and of metal, plant and equipment from buildings and building sites, street furniture and cabling. I would add that there must be an added danger, if petrol and diesel prices keep rising, of siphoning fuel from vehicles.

John Elvidge

The Residents' Pavilion

In line with the Government's lifting of Covid restrictions in England, things at the Pavilion are beginning to return to normal.

We're pleased that, since last year, many of our regular groups have returned to the Pavilion for 2022. Nevertheless, we still require organisers and visitors to continue to exercise caution with regard to the potential for Covid-19 transmission, whilst at the Pavilion.

Taking into consideration the public health implications for our volunteers, we are not yet open for individual bookings.

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