Seasonal Sweep – Saturday 9th November

Help us spruce up key parts of the village before Remembrance Sunday. Please bring gloves and Hi-Viz vests, rakes leaf collectors, brooms, shovels, wheel barrows. We have litter pickers & refuse sacks.

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Christmas Tree & Carols!

Christmas Tree and Carols! We are happy to announce that Oxenford Farm have kindly offered to donate a large Norway Spruce Christmas Tree for the Village Green this year. We are planning Christmas carols around the tree on Friday 6 December starting at 6.30pm, including mulled wine, mince pies and children’s snacks! If you are happy to act as a marshal to help with setting up and clearing up, please email ourelstead@gmail.com. Otherwise, we hope to see as many of you as possible around the tree on 6 December at 6.30pm! 🎄🎄🎄

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Work on the new boardwalk at Weyburn underway.

One of the conditions on the new development at the former Weyburn Works site was for a SANGS – Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space. A SANGS is to encourage people to walk, with their dogs, away from some of the commons, where there are rare ground nesting birds.

The SANGS is situated between the village and the Weyburn site, and should be ready for the public to access within a couple of months – as it is a condition that the SANGS is ready before any of the houses are occupied.

As part of this work, Footpath 61 which runs from the Shackleford Road, through the new development and joins up with the Burford Lodge Recreation Ground, and Lower Ham Lane, will also be improved.

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Thursley NNR – Volunteer Task

There is a volunteers’ task on Thursley National Nature Reserve on Sunday 27th October. Can we please meet for 10am at Thursley village recreation ground. Can you please confirm if you are planning on joining us so I know the numbers for the day – many thanks.

We will be cutting and burning invasive scrub or clearing and burning gorse from tracksides.

I look forward to seeing you there.

James Giles
Natural England
Reserve Manager
Thursley National Nature reserve
Thames Valley Team
07971 974399
01428 685675
james.giles@naturalengland.org.uk

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Water Meadow Place – Show Home opens 5th October

LAUNCHING SAT 5TH OCTOBER – Set amongst the glorious Surrey landscape in the village of Elstead, Water Meadow Place is a brand new neighbourhood of three, four and five bedroom houses.

https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbgurdgud190001

About this property

  • *LAUNCHING OCT 5th – BOOK AN APPOINTMENT NOW*

    Welcome to life in the country, with a difference: welcome to Water Meadow Place.

    A showcase of high-quality design, in traditional materials, local details and features – simple porches, steep roofs and barge boards, they draw on and complement Elstead’s historic architecture. Inside they are truly contemporary with light-filled spaces and generous interiors, offering the flexibility modern life demands whether for couples of growing families.

    Wellbeing is the guiding principle of Water Meadow Place. It runs through the design of its spacious three, four and five bedroom homes. It underpins the developments distinctive, welcoming character. It is the essence of its setting, the outstanding Surrey landscape around ancient Elstead.
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Thursley National Nature Reserve – habitat management volunteering opportunities

We officially started the winter scrub / habitat management on Thursday so a call to all who wish to help on this fabulous National Nature Reserve. I will be posting volunteering opportunities here regularly now. Please keep an eye on these and let me know if you are interested in helping us all. We meet every Thursday and one Sunday a month.

We have finally reached the time of year to have those bonfires, its slash and burn time of the year. Time for drinks and bicccies around a glowing fire.

The first weekend work party of the season is this weekend – apologies for the short notice. Can we please meet on Sunday 6th October for 10am at Thursley village rec ground. I will of course provide hot drinks and biscuits, as well as tools / gloves / eye wear. Just bring a drink your good-selves and lunch.

Drop me a call or email me on details below.

James Giles Thursley NNR reserve ,manager, 01428-685675. james.giles@naturalengland.org.uk.

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Marcus’s Triangle

Residents may be aware that works on a Surrey County Council proposed footpath connecting the new Weyburn development with the village via Marcus’s Triangle and the Milford Road is scheduled to start next week. The PC does not support the proposal for a number of reasons and has spent much time liaising with SCC and other agencies to try to prevent construction of the footpath. As the PC is still waiting on a formal response from SCC, the PC has issued a press release to all the local press which is attached below for your information.

PRESS STATEMENT: WEYBURN WORKS DEVELOPMENT, PEPER HAROW AND ELSTEAD – PROPOSED FOOTWAY

69 new homes are being built by Clarion Housing and their contractor Thakeham at the former Weyburn Works site on the border of Peper Harow and Elstead parishes. Surrey County Council (SCC) required as a condition of this development that the developer should construct a footway (pavement) to provide a pedestrian link between the housing complex and the centre of Elstead. This would follow a route south along Shackleford Road, into a part of Royal Common known as Marcus Triangle at the junction of the Milford and Shackleford Roads, followed by a crossing of the Milford Road and continuing thence to link up with the existing footway further to the west.

Elstead Parish Council, together with Peper Harow parish and our two Waverley Borough Council members, David and Jenny Else, have lodged strong objections to this project, both with the developers and with the Highways Authority, SCC, which has given consent for the planned route. All regard the route as unsafe, unsuitable, unnecessary and arguably unlawful.

The route is unsafe because it would cross the busy Milford Road at a dangerous double bend where there have been several serious road accidents in recent years. It would allow pedestrians a visibility ‘window’ of less than 4 seconds to check that no vehicles are approaching from either direction and to cross the road. This is barely adequate for able bodied adults. It is not nearly sufficient for people with limited mobility or for parents with young children. SCC originally advised that the crossing point would be lit, but they have since withdrawn this advice, without explanation. SCC’s own highway engineers regard the proposed route as unsafe.

The route is unsuitable because it is lengthy and circuitous and would make no provision for cyclists, who would be obliged to use the busy Milford Road carriageway. It would also create an urban feature in an area which is essentially rural and unspoiled.

The route is unnecessary because Elstead Parish Council has offered a much shorter and safer pathway across its own land, which would involve no highway crossings and which would also cater for cyclists.

The route is arguably unlawful because it would be constructed on common land, for which specific consent from the Planning Inspectorate is normally required. This has not been obtained. The owner of the land has not been consulted or informed of the plans and is strongly opposed to the use of his land for the purpose of constructing a footway.

Elstead Parish Council has asked SCC’s Head of Highways to provide a definitive statement, supported by a reasoned justification, on whether or not the land in question is indeed common land and whether specific Planning Inspectorate consent is required. As of today (4th September) no such statement has been received. Elstead Parish Council therefore asks SCC to delay the works (which are due to start on 9 September) until they are in a position to determine the common land issue one way or another. If they are unable to do this, they would be in danger of being complicit in what could be an unlawful act.

For further information please contact: Pat Murphy (Chairman) Elstead PC. TEL: 01252 703151. EMAIL: Elsteadpc.pat.murphy@gmail.com

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Silent Soldiers at The Royal British Legion

The silent soldiers are now on display at The Royal British Legion out the back on the far side wall, they have been transformed please do come and take a look !

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