Community Event and PPDRA AGM – 5 Oct 2016

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Local residents are invited to our Portmore Park & District community event on 5 October, from 7:30 pm in the St Charles Borromeo School Hall, Portmore Way. Keep in touch with what's happening locally Meet fellow residents and local councillors Find out about things that affect our local community Share your views The evening will have ample opportunity for asking questions and raising concerns.  It will incorporate (briefly) … [Read more...]

TLC needed for Weybridge Thames riverside

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Wouldn't it be lovely to have a riverside we can be proud of?  Many Weybridge residents recall how attractive our local stretch of Thames riverside was, up until autumn 2009 (see our main picture).  A well-tended riverbank where people could sit on the grass in the sunshine or in the shade of a tree, and enjoy fine views and tranquility. Then the Environment Agency cut down the trees and fenced off this prime stretch, between Weybridge Ladies … [Read more...]

Walton Lane Weybridge flood update meeting 1 Aug 2016

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The latest River Thames Scheme (RTS) developments and local flood prevention measures – including a possible temporary local flood barrier – were top of the agenda when Walton Lane residents (plus PPDRA Chair Miles Macleod) met with representatives of the Environment Agency and the RTS modelling team on 1 August 2016. Costs and Benefits of the RTS We were told that the projected costs of the River Thames Scheme at current values have risen to … [Read more...]

Local concern at Parking Review recommendations

The long awaited Weybridge Parking Review recommendations have received mixed reactions locally, and disappointment at what was not covered. Here we give an overview of the parking issues, and draft reactions from PPDRA to the recommendations. When the Surrey County Council parking team presented its Weybridge Parking Review report of recommendations, and drawings to the Elmbridge local committee at its meeting of 27 June for initial approval, … [Read more...]

Weybridge Parking Review – further local consultation

Residents of some roads in the area between Weybridge High Street and Portmore Park Road have been asked for further views on parking restrictions in their roads.  PPDRA is pleased to see that Surrey is consulting residents in these roads, as this is an area of particular parking stress, with very limited private off street parking and a high demand for spaces from shoppers and (where restrictions allow) workers. PPDRA's view has long been … [Read more...]

Broadwater Path one step away

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SCHOOL DECISION DELAY Fourteen years of effort by local residents and councillors have gone into getting agreement and funding for the Broadwater Path, along the edge of Broadwater Lake. As well as being a magnificent facility for the community, the path will help ensure the future of the lake itself. But there is an unexpected last minute obstacle. Just as Surrey County Council was poised to complete formal dedication of Footpath 40 … [Read more...]

Former PPDRA Chairman Elected to Elmbridge Borough Council

Portmore Park and District Residents Association offers congratulations to Michael Freeman, who chaired PPDRA from 2008 to 2014, on his election to serve on Elmbridge Borough Council. Michael stood down from the PPDRA committee (where he was deputy chair) in March 2016 in order to contest the local election, in line with our policy of strict neutrality on party-political matters. His work on the PPDRA committee will be missed, but we are sure … [Read more...]

Walton Lane Environment Agency flood meeting

Residents of Walton Lane, Weybridge, have gained new insights into the Thames Scheme flood plans by talking directly with people working for the Environment Agency on modelling river flows and levels. A very informative meeting in Walton Lane on 25 April was attended by local residents, including PPDRA committee members Doug Myers and Miles Macleod. In the course of the meeting it was agreed that flows of specific alternatives to widening … [Read more...]

OPINION: Thames Flood Diversion – Time For A Rethink?

The River Thames Scheme: piecemeal planning based on unreliable evidence? OPINION by Miles Macleod - The following article expresses the views of the author, and does not necessarily reflect the views of PPDRA.  Will the plans for River Thames flood diversion channels be an effective solution for flooding, or a source of bigger future problems downstream and increased flood risk to London? The Environment Agency’s River Thames Scheme … [Read more...]

Flood Update — River Thames Scheme interim answers

Following questions from PPDRA about the predicted effects of the proposed River Thames flood diversion channels -- designed to discharge an additional 150 cubic metres of water per second back into the river at Weybridge -- the Environment Agency River Thames Scheme team has helpfully provided some interim answers.  See below. These are reassuring in some respects, but show that the updated flow modelling, drawing on recent new evidence, has … [Read more...]