Spring 2018 Newsletter

The BRA Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available with articles on infrastructure, community, environment, local transport and leisure from around the village. Click on the image below to read on line. BRA Members will be receiving their printed copy from their Road Steward shortly.

Putting the Great & Little back in to Bookham!

1st September 2107: BBC Radio Surrey Interviewers James Cannon and Lesley McCabe talk to Grant Woodham, Lucy Botting and Peter Seaward:

Grant Woodham 

Since moving here as a child some 15 years ago, it has always disappointed me that our postcodes do not recognise ‘Great’ or ‘Little’ on Bookham, whereas they do for East and West Horsley, East and West Clandon, and even Effingham Junction!

I wrote to Royal Mail about this, and they are happy to implement the change to make our addresses include Great and Little, and they will complete a consultation to all affected addresses. Before they can do this, Mole Valley District Council have to give their approval. MVDC have asked me to create a petition to gauge the support for this change, so here is the petition. Please sign if you support our villages being named correctly:


Howard of Effingham Planning Decision

The long-awaited decision by the Secretary of State on the Appeal for the development of a new school in Effingham was released on 22nd March. The appeal was allowed which grants planning permission, subject to conditions.

This lengthy process raised many strongly opposing views both in Bookham and in Effingham. The BRA supported the case for a new school especially as the single largest cohort of children at The Howard come from Bookham.  We had serious reservations about the number of houses that had to be built to fund this development. Now we understand that Effingham Parish Council and Guildford Borough Council are studying the full Secretary of State document (which can be seen at the link below). After deliberation these organisations may challenge the decision by calling for a Judicial Review. We understand that the decision to seek a Judicial Review will take at least three weeks.

Click here to read the Secretary of State’s decision