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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 provides:

  • 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).

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?

14th April 2019

30th March 2019

22nd March 2019

9th March 2019

23rd February

Click here to see the 2018 post archive

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.

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: 

New Boundary Signs for Great and Little Bookham

A BRA initiative has been to identify the boundary between Great Bookham and Little Bookham. Instigated by Little Bookham resident Grant Woodham, Grant liaised with Surrey County Council to ensure that the new signs complied with Highways requirements and then arranged for their manufacture. Once the boundary was correctly identified a local contractor was employed for the installation. You will see the signs on the Lower Road and Little Bookham Street when crossing the boundary.

A big “Thank You” to Grant for his efforts in coordinating this project.

Refurbishment of Lower Shott Public Toilets

After lobbying of MVDC by Peter Seward, BRA Chairman, the public toilets in Lower Shott are to be refurbished. The works will include:

  • Steam clean all surfaces
  • Replace loose/missing tiles and re-grout wall and floor tiles
  • Repair and decoration of internal walls, ceilings, windows and door frames
  • Repair and refurbish external windows and door frames
  • Replacement of defective door locks
  • Plumbing uplift to cisterns and urinals
  • Replacement of paper dispensers
  • Check/replace PHS odour dispensers
  • Repairs and decoration of adjacent bus shelter which forms part of the WC structure 
  • Clean external lighting