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...]

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...]

Weybridge Parking Review – PPDRA Response

On 17 January 2016, PPDRA sent the following to the Surrey Highways Parking Strategy & Implementation Team. It draws on extensive local discussion by our committee, input from residents at meetings and via a survey, and discussions with local groups. PPDRA submission to SCC Weybridge Parking Review Portmore Park & District Residents Association (PPDRA) recognises that Weybridge needs adequate parking for residents, shoppers, visitors … [Read more...]

Weybridge parking review survey announced

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Surrey County Council Parking team have now released information about the Weybridge Parking Review, and are asking stakeholders to give their views in an online survey.  Local residents, businesses and others with interest in local parking can contribute to the survey until 17 January, via the link included below.  PPDRA is one of the organisations SCC list as a consultee.  Here is the text of the SCC email: From: Adrian Harris On Behalf … [Read more...]

Will the River Thames Scheme increase flood risk downstream?

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A very informative talk on flood management in the tidal Thames explained how the Thames Barrier is used to manage flood risk from extreme river flow as well as tidal surges, but it left a key question unanswered: what effect will the extra river flow from the proposed River Thames Scheme have on flood risk to London (and the whole area downstream of Shepperton)? Andy Batchelor, Operations Manager - Thames Tidal Defences, received a warm … [Read more...]

Survey 2015: What do you want for Weybridge?

PPDRA is conducting a survey of local residents' concerns and wishes for Weybridge, to help us continue to reflect local views. Our Survey 2015 covers: Weybridge Town Centre - how to make it more attractive to visit. Parking - on-street and off-street provision. Traffic through residential areas - volume and speed, and how to manage it. Public riversides, green spaces and footpaths - appreciation, concerns and wishes. Other local … [Read more...]