Battlebridge Skate Park is the preferred site by Surrey County Council for the new primary school in the Redhill/Merstham area, principally to serve Watercolour and Park 25 housing estates.
We are very concerned about the danger of children walking through Holmethorpe to get to school and are also worried that there will be a significant increase in traffic flow on our already congested roads. There will also be congestion at the already busy junction of New Battlebridge Lane/A23.
The campaign group recently set up to oppose the plans have identified several other more suitable sites, closer to both housing estates. They oppose plans for this site for a variety of reasons which can be viewed on their Facebook site, but our concerns are more to do with the effects on the industrial estate.
The plans have yet to be published, but you can still voice your opposition on the campaign group Facebook page www.facebook.com/NoToBattlebridgeSite by liking it and sharing it.
See also the article in this week’s Surrey Mirror.
We will keep you posted with developments
The Holmethorpe Estate Association Committee
Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit (CIU) are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision between two vehicles in Merstham which took place on Tuesday 18 June.
This incident occurred around 8.15am when a blue Renault Mégane and a green Vauxhall Astra collided while traveling along Bletchingley Road.
South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene and three people were taken to East Surrey Hospital for treatment. The occupants of the Astra, a 45-year-old local man and a 14-year-old boy, suffered internal injuries and muscular pain.
The driver and sole occupant of the Mégane, a local woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment to rib and internal injuries.
None of the injuries at this stage are believed to be life threatening or life changing.
Road closures are in place in the immediate area following the collision while emergency crews attend the scene and recovery for the vehicles are made.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference P13179973.
Members should be aware that on Sunday 16 June, there will be disruption to the access to Holmethorpe Estate via New Battlebridge Lane.
This is because of the annual London to Brighton Bike Ride which uses this route into Merstham. Please use the Frenches Road route on this day if you need to get onto the estate.
A beautiful and mature golf course that will challenge any standard of golfer...
Panoramic views overlooking the North Downs and Weald create a perfect back drop for a layout which has made best use of the interesting and undulating topography. A variety of mixed trees and several water features ensuring that every hole provides a very different challenge. Constructed on sandy loam, the course is playable all year round.
A Telegan Protection Ltd Ford Transit van (LG58 RTX) has been broken into – the bonnet has been pried apart and engine parts have been stolen.
The van was parked in a private parking lot for units 40-50 in Ormside Way.
If you have any further information on this incident, please contact Telegan Protection Ltd.
Surrey Police are appealing for information following the theft of power tools from a container in Merstham.
The theft took place between 5.45pm on Wednesday 13 March and 7.30am on Thursday 14 March from the building site on Nailsworth Crescent.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Colin Snell from Reigate CID, said: "I would appeal to anyone who either saw anything suspicious in the area around the time the offence took place or who has been offered any tools for sale which they believe could be stolen to contact officers with information.
"There are several heavy items included in the stolen property which would have required a vehicle to move and it is likely that more than one offender was present at the scene for some time therefore I believe someone has seen something which could assist with out investigation.”
The stolen tools include the following:
- Two Honda wacker plates
- Two Honda Hydraulic braker packs
- Two petrol Stihl disc cutters
- Three Honda generators
- A cement mixer
- A Stihl chainsaw
- Shovels and spades
- Two green wheelbarrows
- A post drill
- A nail gun
Local neighbourhood officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team are assisting detectives with their investigation by carrying out enquires in the Merstham area.
Anyone with information on this theft is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference RB/13/1988 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Many thanks to EFP Gritting for providing a great service in clearing and gritting Holmethorpe Estate Roads last weekend.
If members require additional services from them to clear/salt/grit their own premises to make things safe please contact:
Tel: 08000 58 88 55
EFP Gritting LLP
Thanks to Robert McIntyre for making sure that our roads were passable this morning!
HEA Committee Chairman had discovered that RBBC Gritting Plan does not include the roads on Holmethorpe Estate despite the fact that a bus route uses Trowers Way. Residents from around the area as well as on the new Watercolour Estate, use our roads to access the surgery, pharmacy and other businesses.
The following are on the Watercolour Estate:
- Doctors surgery
- Vets practice
- Retirement home
- Tesco Express
Holmethorpe Roads are therefore used by (Council Tax-paying) Residents of the surrounding area, as well as the residents of Watercolour.
There is also currently construction traffic using our roads to Access Watercolour’s final phase of building.
Whilst HEA Committee have this weekend worked to get the roads cleared (and paid for this service), we are asking the council to please consider these matters and put Holmethorpe roads on the gritting plan.
Historic reasons for the link road:
The proposal for a southern link road arose in the early 90s when Park 25 was to be redeveloped for employment use. At that time it was planned that commercial traffic from Park 25 be directed northwards through the Holmethorpe Industrial Estate, to reduce the need for commercial traffic to access the site via St Anne's Drive. This plan was dependent on the construction of the Holmethorpe Relief Road, funded by the development of Holmethorpe Sandpits and Park 25. Tapton Estates (owner of Holmethorpe sandpits - later Watercolour) had purchased the old railway sidings and adjoining land to the south with a view to enabling a link to be made, but expected it to be funded by the Park 25 development. It was against this background that a clause was inserted in the Section 106 agreement for the Watercolour development, which refers to the construction of the southern link road.
Change in circumstances:
Circumstances changed when Park 25 was developed, not for employment use as originally intended, but for residential purposes. This changed the nature of the traffic impact arising from Park 25. The additional traffic flow from this revised form of development, within the constraints imposed by barrier control, could be accommodated on the existing Holmethorpe Estate road network without change, and removed the justification for a southern link road between Holmethorpe Avenue and Trowers Way.
Notwithstanding the change to residential use, the Council negotiated with the owners of Park 25 to ensure that a link was still made to Holmethorpe Avenue to allow from Park 25 access to the north; and also negotiated a contribution towards the Holmethorpe Relief Road - essential to ensure that the Holmethorpe Industrial Estate finally got a proper road access. What was not possible was to negotiate a contribution large enough to fund the southern link road.
Development of the old railway sidings and land to south It was always envisaged that the old railway sidings would be redeveloped for commercial purposes in accordance with the site designation (employment land). Once external funding was unavailable for the southern link road, the owners (Tapton Estates) did not want to include a link road in their scheme as it was not viable based on the economics of the site alone, and was of no benefit to them or Watercolour.
An added complication was that Tapton Estates intimated that, in their view, the clause in the Section 106 agreement on Watercolour was ultra vires and unenforceable. The legal position was investigated by the Council's solicitor, and while more complicated than Tapton Estates suggested, acknowledged that there were grounds for challenge.
Council's position on link road:
In deciding whether to pursue the link road proposal, it was necessary to consider the position as it had then become. The facts were that there was no longer a planning justification for the link road, because of the residential rather than commercial development of Park 25. While there was a clause in the Section 106 on Watercolour relating to the link road, the legal position for enforcing it was challengeable; and in terms of encouraging the inclusion of a link road in the development of the site voluntarily, the land owner was resistant and neither Reigate & Banstead Borough Council nor the County Council have sufficient public funding available to fund the road. Having regard to all those facts, it was decided not to pursue the southern link road.
We have successfully worked with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council to supply two new bus shelters. This was an initiative to improve the travelling experience for our Members staff, and the shelters were finished on 2 August 2012.
Since the rejection of planning application for the piece of land previously earmarked for our long awaited link road from Trowers Way roundabout to Holmethorpe Avenue, HEA committee and other interested parties met with the Surrey Mirror, resulting in this week's article.
HEA and Watercolour Residents intend to pursue the re-instatement of the plan to build this important improvement to traffic situation on Holmethorpe and the surrounding area.
The Planning meeting on Wednesday 4 July 2012, turned down the application to build two new units on land previously earmarked for a link road between the Trowers Way roundabout and Holmethorpe Avenue.
The plan was not rejected because of the many objection letters lodged at RBBC Planning Portal, or a petition by local businesses who are concerned that the long promised link road, but because of details of the plan itself - poor cycle and pedestrian access, the buliding being too close to the road and an unattractive facade.
HPS will opened their new branch at 12 Trowers Way on 23 July.
We are pleased to welcome them as our latest HEA members!
The HEA Committee wants to welcome you to your New Website, and hope that you like the new bright design, and additional features. It has been configured to be viewable on tablets and phones, so is fully up to date.
We have plans for a Community Member Area for local non-Holmethorpe Businesses to be part of our business and day to day lives!
Enjoy checking out the new site and it's features - for instance as well as our HEA Location map, your customers and suppliers can now plan their journey right to your door with a new Google Maps Widget!
Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.