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Cobham & Downside Residents' Association

Welcome to our website. Below is some news about the CDRA and about local matters. You can contact our CDRA Planning Sub-Committee directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For all other topics email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Follow us on www.facebook.com/CobhamandDownside 


The Open Meeting and AGM which was planned for April has been postponed. We hope that our autumn meeting will be able to take place on 8th October when we will hold the AGM.

The Cobham and Downside Residents’ Association & Cobham Chamber of Commerce are working together to try to make sure that every road or block of flats in Cobham and Downside has a system in place so that everyone who is self-isolating or in need during the Covid-19 emergency has support from their neighbours if they need it. This might include shopping, dog walking, collecting prescription or even a phone call.

Many roads and flats have already set something like this up. If your road or group is one of these, please could you email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know. We are anticipating a large volume of emails and you will most likely not get a reply. If your road or block of flats does not have anything in place and you, or someone you know are willing to help please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will assist you as much as possible. Please put your road name in the ‘subject’ box and if you are only able to cover a part of your road please indicate which.

Please forward this information to your friends in Cobham and Downside so that we can make contact with as many people in as many roads or blocks of flats as possible. We apologise that there will be some duplication here, but better duplication than someone in need slipping through the net. Residents of Stoke D’Abernon are being covered by the Stoke D’Abernon Residents’ Association.

If you have any questions at all, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for all your help.
The Cobham and Downside Residents’ Association, www.cdra.co.uk, www.facebook.com/CobhamandDownside
Cobham Chamber of Commerce, www.cobhamvillage.co.uk

Information re Local Services during the Shut-Down

Please note that we can’t guarantee this is up-to-date and accurate. There's so much changing and it's happening so fast, but we hope this may be of some help.

Elmbridge Borough Council Services - Visit EBC for latest details of all services

Elmbridge Borough Council’s committee meetings: Some have been cancelled. A few will be held virtually. Others will be held in a truncated format. At the moment, the full Council will go ahead on 1st April in a truncated format. Members of the public will not be permitted to attend but it will be web cast. Members over 70 years in age will be discouraged from attending meetings in person.

Surrey County Council Services - Visit SCC for latest details of all services

All Surrey Libraries are closed including Cobham. Visit online library to find out what you can access from home.

Transport - Check before you travel as arrangements are changing all the time.

Car Parking: Click on parking for latest on charges in Counci car parks. As at 27 March parking charges had been suspended in all Council car parks until midnight on 14 April. This does not apply to non-Council carparks.
Trains: From Monday 23rd March the basic service on the South Western Railway Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham and Stoke d'Abernon route will be reduced to one service per hour in both directions, instead of half-hourly. 
Buses: Click on buses for the latest information.  We have been told that concessional travel time restrictions on Stagecoach South bus services (which include the 715) have been relaxed, so that such concessions can be used in the early morning throughout the week. Buses have been operating to school holiday timetable. We have heard that the Chatterbus has had to stop operating. 

Post Office: Click on post office info 

Health Centres: 

Cobham Health Centre
Oxshott Health Centre


Lloyds Pharmacy: Click Lloyds info
Boots Pharmacy:  Click on Boots Info
Cobham Pharmacy (formerly Rowlands):  Reduced opening hours. Sorry - we don't have the details..

Dentists: Dental practices are closing however still phone your dentist if you have an urgent problem and they will try to resolve it remotely. A Local Urgent Dental Care System is being set up for all patients and will manage urgent problems that can’t be dealt with by phone. See your own dentists website for details of their plans.

Supermarkets may be reserving certain times for NHS workers and older and vulnerable customers. They may also be restricting the number of people in at any one time.

Waitrose:  Click on Waitrose info 
Sainsbury's:  Click on Sainsburys info
Marks & Spencer: Click on Marks info
Tesco: Click on Tesco info

Shopping: Cobham Our Village, in association with Cobham Chamber of Commerce, has been providing some news on lwhich shops are open. Click on shopping.

From Surrey Police:

Please stay on the alert as reports come in other parts of the country of fraud or attempted fraud related to Covid-19. The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud. Phishing e-mails are abundant, e.g. fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn or purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details.
Click on scam alert for more information. Beware.

Sources of Help - Be aware these have not been checked by us and inclusion does not constitue a recommendation by the CDRA

Cobham Churches are working together to provide support and help. Click on Cobham Churches to get the details.
Coronavirus Response Fund has been launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable people. Click on Response Fund.


Other News

Public Consultation on the Future of Epsom & St Helier Hospitals

In September 2019 the Government allocated £500 million to improve the current hospital buildings as well as to build a new specialist emergency care hospital on one of 3 sites - Epsom, St Helier or Sutton. Under the proposals most services would stay at the existing sites in refurbished buildings. Six major services for the most unwell, those who need more specialist care, and births in hospital would be brought together onto one site in new state-of-the art buildings.. These new buildings could be located at any of the three sites, but the preferred option is Sutton. Complete the online questionnaire to give your views. This consultation is open until 1st April 2020.

Elmbridge Local Plan

An Elmbridge Borough Council consultation entitled 'Creating our vision, objectives and the direction for development management policies 2020' closed on 9th March. Go to Consultation to view the consultation document. Elmbridge Borough Council will issue a log of the consultation responses received along with the council’s consideration of the issues raised in due course. The next Local Plan consultation is expected Autumn 2020.

Here's a some background information:-

Elmbridge Councillor James Browne was one of the speakers at the CDRA Residents’ Meeting on 17th October and reported on some key points emerging from the recent public consultation about the draft Local Plan. (Visit www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk to read about the consultation).

Over 6500 responses had been received by Elmbridge Council by the time the consultation closed on 30th September. 85% had chosen Option 4 which would optimise development of urban land and not use any Green Belt sites, delivering about 45% less than the Government target for new homes. 1259 responses had come from Cobham residents, with 94% selecting Option 4. 401 replies were from Stoke D’Abernon and 488 from Oxshott. There was overwhelming support for retaining the Green Belt and a strong expression of the need for better infrastructure, especially roads.

Timescales for future steps were uncertain but Councillor Browne gave an indication of how things might go. There was likely to be a formal report on the outcome to Elmbridge Cabinet in November 2019. There would then be further stages including more consultation. The new draft Local Plan might be available around June 2020 with adoption of the Plan in about autumn 2021.

(Click here to see a PDF of the advice the CDRA gave about how to respond to the Consultation, which closed at the end of September 2019). 

If you would like to see a full list of the topics Surrey County Council is currently consulting on, those it has completed and the outcomes then go to www.surreysays.co.uk 

Click to view our recent newletters

CDRA Autumn 2019 Newsletter

CDRA Spring 2019 Newsletter

CDRA Autumn 2018 Newsletter

CDRA Spring 2018 Newsletter 


Committee News

The CDRA is back on Facebook, Visit our Facebook page for more up-to-date news and like us at www.facebook.com/CobhamandDownside  . We originally created a CDRA Facebook page early in 2019 to be able update you on issues much more quickly. We were very pleased with its success and learned from running it but had to take the page down for a while as we didn't have enough help to be able to run it permanently.

We have received the sad news that Joyce McDavitt has passed away.  Joyce was a long-standing member of the CDRA Committee, retiring from it about ten years' ago. She was 95 and had lived and worked in Cobham for her whole life. She was a fountain of knowledge about our area with an amazing memory for people and places in Cobham from her childhood right through to now. Our condolences to her family. Once restrictions are lifted they hope to hold a memorial service to celebrate Joyce's life. (March 2020)

Email us if you think you'd like to find out more about supporting Cobam and Downside by getting involved as an active committee member. Find out more by clicking  CDRA Recruitment Flyer