Blog - August 2014

This month our blog is from Jill Truman, the editor of 'The Guide', our monthly magazine, distributed free to all our members.

As is usual during the summer months, there are few local issues that need addressing.   We are still waiting for the revised proposals to come forward regarding the Rainbow Estate, and Planners at Merton remain unable to address the situation with regard to the leasing of the playing fields at Meadowview Close – which were very much part of the original planning approval.   It seems utterly ridiculous that our Planning Officers are unable to untangle this mess, and that Bellway is able to prevaricate over recent enquiries from potential users. We know for a fact that there is at least one junior school that made enquiries, but Bellway management are intransigent.   This is a matter that needs to be taken up at Government level, and we shall be doing our best to ensure that it is! 

Ride London 2014 is with us again on 10th August, click here to find out more.   Many will take the opportunity of organising informal street parties to make the event an even more memorable occasion locally.   Hopefully the sun will shine down upon us as it has so often this summer. 

There will be road closures in the area on Sunday 10th August – the roads on the route into Raynes Park (Coombe Lane) will close at 07:30.   Local access IS permitted along the event route until 09:00 between the following points:

  • Coombe Lane from Beverley Avenue to Durham Road (to exit/enter at West Barnes Lane.
  • Worple Road from Crescent Road to Raymond Road/Francis Grove – to exit/enter at Lower Downs Road. 

AND Vehicle crossing points will be located at the following places and will operate throughout the day:  vehicles will be enabled to cross the event route by stewards whenever it is safe:

  • Approach Road to Lambton Road (northbound), Pepys Road to Approach Road (southbound)
  • Ridgway to Belevedere Grove, access in both directions. 


Road Closures will be removed by 19:00 and emergencies will be treated as a priority in the usual way. 

The A3 will be open, although the exit slips at Esher Common, Coombe Lane and Tibbet’s Corner will be closed. 

Association’s Horticultural and Social Section 

After a pause for deliberation and rest following the death of John Hughes, the Association’s Horticultural and Social Section is once again rising like a Phoenix from the Ashes. We started with the opening of The Pavilion Club – a weekly get-together for people with time on their hands, which is held at the Pavilion on Thursday afternoons between 14:00 and 16:00 (unless we are out for a visit somewhere). 


Now the trip to the Wisley Gardens Flower Show has been organised, thanks to Margaret Barratt, and there are other fun occasions. More information is here.

Jill Truman

'The Guide' Editor

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