2019 Subscriptions & What’s New on the BRA Website?

BRA Subscription

You can join or renew your annual membership subscription here. Please make your payment first and then you will be directed to complete your name and address details which we need to record your membership for the year. 

Annual subscription: £3.00 per household.

The current annual subscription is £3.00 but due to increasing running costs the annual subscription will be increasing to £5.00 in 2020. If you can pay £5.00 for the 2019 subscription year it will help us with our expenses this year.

Why we do I need to pay an annual subscription to the BRA?

In 2017 Residents formally voted not to have a Parish Council for Bookham. Residents have been providing services for the village under the umbrella of the BRA on a voluntary basis. (The BRA does not have any paid employees) However, as always, there are costs involved. For example the BRA has costs in providing:

  • hanging baskets in the High Street and Church Road
  • supporting the work of the voluntary Tree Wardens
  • the popular Christmas Lights in the High Street
  • monthly litter pick
  • hosting Public Meetings
  • twice yearly newsletter
  • operational costs including Public Liability insurance (which has increased this year at the behest of Surrey County Council).

On a voluntary basis BRA experts provide their expertise on:

Planning to preserve the character of the village and submitting letters of representation as appropriate. 

Highways consulting with Surrey Highways and MVDC on all Bookham’s highway matters from parking to repairs and improvements.

Infrastructure where the BRA is very active in lobbying statutory infrastructure suppliers for improvements and resolving issues affecting Bookham. Initiatives such as the Bookham Flood Forum are now starting to resolve flooding problems that have been identified in the village.

Youth and Education

The BRA has close links with the youth facilities in the village and lobbies for education facilities to be to a high standard not only for the current generation of young people but future generations as well.

An awful lot for the price of a cup of coffee or two so we may all enjoy our village! 


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What’s New on the BRA Website?

18th May 2019

4th May 2019

14th April 2019

Click here to see the 2018 post archive

Spring 2019 Newsletter

The BRA Spring 2019 newsletter has just been published and members will be receiving their copy from their Road Steward shortly. 

This year as we  do not have road stewards for all roads a”Good Will” edition has been delivered to residents in these roads by Road Stewards from other parts of the village.

Could you consider becoming a Road Steward? All we need is a commitment of a few hours in the Spring and Autumn to deliver to around twenty homes.

If you can help either email: membership@bookhamresidents.org.uk  or call: 0300 030 9890. Our Membership Secretary will be happy you to take you through what’s needed.

Click on the image below for the PDF edition of the Newsletter. 

  

AGM – 21st May 2019 – Old Barn Hall – 7.30 PM

Agenda

Welcome, Introduction and Apologies
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday May 17th 2018

2.1 Accuracy

2.1 Matters Arising

Chairman’s Report: Report on the activities of the Association during 2018
Treasurer’s Report: To receive the Accounts for the Financial Year ending December 2018
Election of Directors

5.1 To note any resignations from the Board

5.2 To re-elect Peter Seaward and David Smith who retire by rotation under Article 55 and who offer themselves for re-election

5.3 To elect new Directors

Election of Officers of the Company

6.1 Election of Chairman

6.2 Election of Vice Chairman

6.3 Election of Treasurer

Appointment of Independent Examiner for 2019
Determination of Membership Subscription for 2020
Any Other Business
Panel Discussion: Local Plan – Why more houses in Bookham?

If you are unable to attend the meeting and you would like to appoint a proxy to vote at the meeting please advise us via the “Contact The BRA” page  no later than 12th May 2019.

If you would like to present Motions for Discussion or Director nominations please advise Andrew Freeman (Administration Director) no later than 12th May 2019 via the Contact Us page

Those attending who are not members may join at the door. Please note that there will be wine and soft drinks available after the Panel Discussion.

 

 

A Car Share Club For Bookham? November 2018 Results

Late last year a survey was published as a joint initiative by the BRA and Transition Bookham to determine if a Car Share Club would be of interest to residents.

Click here to read more of this report

For the survey results, click on the image below:

Looking After Bookham’s Green Spaces

Later this year the Bookham Youth Centre will be closing but fortunately the BRA Tree Warden team have been able to rescue some of the shrubs and plants and relocated them to the area outside of the library which had become almost devoid of plants as people walked through.

Here’s  “before” and “after” photos of the work the Tree Wardens have completed.

Excellent!

Before:

After:

479 Bus Route

Residents may be aware that Buses Excetera ceased trading suddenly on Monday 11th March  which had a major impact on services during the week.
 
Surrey County Council have placed the operating contract with Arriva and normal services will operate from today, Saturday 16th March. The same timetable will be followed and I can confirm that residents have been using the service already.
 

Epsom Hospital to St Helier Hospital Direct Bus Service

Keith Francis

A new public bus service ferrying passengers between Epsom and St Helier hospitals is officially being launched next month.

The H1 service, which was previously operated for staff only, will now be open to all other passengers, beginning on March 4. It will run every weekday from Monday to Friday, starting at 6.25 a.m. and finishing at 7.50 p.m.

At the moment there will only be two stops in Epsom and Ewell – at Epsom Hospital, as well as on East Street at the stop near to the Rainbow Leisure Centre. However, more stops could be considered in the future “once the service is operational”

Click here for timetable from 4th March

Mole Valley District Council’s Local Plan (2018 -2033): Implications for Bookham

Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman

Click here for PDF/Print version

Mole Valley District Council are reaching the end of their work on the next Local Plan. Called “Future Mole Valley” a policy (once completed) sets out plans for development across Mole Valley for the period 2018-2033, includes targets for delivering new homes, identify locations for development and sets out areas which will continue to be protected. This will become available for us all to comment on in late June 2019.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan for Bookham (NDP) which was the subject of a village referendum in May of 2017 will form part of this plan although which of its policies will be continued or cease to exist will be decided on by our Councillors and MVDC. Although subject to five years of hard work by many here in Bookham it is disappointing that policies expected to be taken into account by MVDC Planners have on occasions  been “trumped” by other planning policies.

The Council are charged by Government to build nearly 7,000 new dwellings throughout Mole Valley over the next fifteen years. This is an annual rate of over 400 dwellings compared with the present rate of around 190. If MVDC fail to convince the Government appointed Inspector that the new Local Plan is capable of achieving the required numbers then the Government can pass the responsibility to Inspectors or other bodies.
Click here to read more of this report

Finally, we must reiterate that all the information facts presented here are those we in the BRA have deduced and may well be wrong but, in our opinion, we need to alert residents to the possibilities and make some estimates about and what the consequences for us all these might bring.

Further information on the Local Plan can be found on the MVDC website: https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=33905 

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