The developers have nearly completed the 13 new houses in Cedar Road, next to the Cedar Centre where the Library is. They expect to re-open the footpath between the High Street (next to Farrants) and Cedar Road by the end of September. (Sept)
Epsom & St Helier Hospitals
The Trust that runs Epsom, St Helier and Sutton Hospitals is putting together a case to try and secure £300 to £400 million pounds of investment. This would fund improvements including building a specialist facility for acutely unwell patients on one of the existing sites, location to be decided. This is at an early stage and any changes would not happen for a number of years. They’re currently gathering initial thoughts from local people, looking for comments and support by the end of September. More information, including a video, is at www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk and you can pick up a leaflet with a feedback form at the Welcome Desk in the Cedar Centre. (Sept)
Cobham Community Garden
The Cobham Community Garden was vandalised and some of the produce and tools were taken during the recent incursion of Travellers onto the Leg of Mutton Field. The volunteers who run the Community Garden need your help. Go to www.transitioncobham.org.uk/community-garden to find out about the Garden and how to become a member and also about how to help them recover from the damage and loss. The CDRA has donated £50 for this purpose. (Sept 2017)
Patient Particiaption Group News
Cobham Health Centre PPG emailed its first news-in-brief in July to those who have registered to receive it. If you mised it then you can read it by clicking on PPG News. Go to www.cobhamhealthcentre.co.uk/ppg.aspx to register for future emails. (Jul 2017)
Community Recycling Centres Consultation
Surrey County Council has been consulting on proposals for further cutbacks in the recycling service including 5-day opening for Recycling Centres & ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste. Their survey on this topic closed on 7 August and we await the outcome. (Aug 2017)
On 17th January Elmbridge Planning Committee approved an application to re-develop Holly Parade in Cobham High Street. The plans are for a row of four shops and a restaurant/cafe at ground level plus retirement flats on 3 floors above. Development is now underway and changes have been made in the road layout in Cobham High Street to accomodate it. Work should be complete before Christmas 2018 and there are penalties if this deadline is missed. (Jul 2017)
Meals on Wheels
The Cobham Centre for the Community on Oakdene Road is experiencing a high demand for Meals on Wheels volunteers. This service delivers more than a meal as it is also a wellbeing check and a friendly face. Supporting your local community is very rewarding so if this appeals to you, please contact Community Support Services on 01372 474552. (Jul 2017)
Wisley Planning Application
For the latest on the planning appeal hearing and how to show your support by attending on Tueday 19th September go to www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk. (Sept)
The application to build 2068 dwellings plus various support facilities on the site of the former airfield at Wisley was refused and this will now be the subject of a Public Inquiry. It will be held between 19 September and 20 October 2017. The venue will be the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX on Tues 19, Weds 20 and Fri 22 September and on all the other days it will be the Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB. Members of the public may attend the Inquiry and, at the Inspector's discretion, express their views. Please check these details are still correct before attending. (Aug 2017)
As a result of the Surrey County Council tendering process, from 2 Sept Stagecoach will retain the 715 Guildford/Kingston service. Repton's Coaches will take over the 513 Downside/Kingston service. There will be no changes to routing.
The 9.30am bus to Guildford will change to a slightly earlier time of 9.24am. Councillor Mary Lewis has been in touch with Surrey County Council Public Transport team and with Stagecoach, who operate the bus. As a result, Stagecoach have agreed to accept concessions on the 9.24am service when the new timetable starts. (Aug 2017)
There was a public exhibition on 16th March about the proposals to re-develop the site of the Glashaus building in Portmouth Road, which is set back behind a row of shops and overlooks the recreation ground. CDRA representatives attended and discussed the provisional plans with the developers representatives. A planning application has since been submitted for 53 age-restricted flats on this site in part three and part four storey blocks and was still under consideration as at 20 Aug. (Aug 2017)
Cobham Health Centre
NHS Property Services was set up in 2013 to manage and maintain NHS property and facilities within its portfolio. It acts as ‘landlord’ for the occupiers of Cobham Health Centre - the surgery, dentist, pharmacy, etc. – and charges for rent and for services.
The Cobham Practice had been informed of a substantial rise in service charges and is querying the amount. This is an issue affecting many practices. Increases vary considerably. We can’t provide the figures for the Cobham Practice but as examples of what has happened in some instances, a Health Centre in Bracknell has received a 320% increase and Shepperton Health Centre has been particularly badly hit by a rise of around 1000%.
Service charges are paid out of the Practice’s hard-pressed budget. There has been national publicity about this issue. A copy of an article that appeared in The Times plus some other background information can be read on the Shepperton Health Centre website at www.sheppertonhc.co.uk/pages/Practice-Updates . Note that the Shepperton circumstances re their accommodation and level of charges differ from the Cobham Practice so not all points will apply to Cobham.
Cobham Practice representatives have met with Dominic Raab MP to make him aware of the problem and ask for his help on this matter. He has written to the Minister of Health to raise it.
This issue is a matter of concern but not a threat to the existence of our local Practice. (Jun 2017)