10:52, 01 Feb 2019 by Michael Organe

Parish Council Meeting Jan 21st.

1. Waverley will spend a lot of our money from the Council Tax on improvements to leisure centres in Haslemere and Cranleigh. Elstead and other villages used to get a grant towards our own leisure facilities but this has now been stopped. This means that we are paying for our own facilities as well as those in the towns. The Parish Council are very unhappy about this.

2. A Councillor raised the need for more parking space for access to the local Commons. The Thursley and Hankley Common car parks are becoming more crowded since charges were introduced on other Commons. This is also leading to parking on the Thursley Road near the Moat, which is dangerous.

3. The Drop Zone car park on Hankley Common will be closed for the whole of April while filming is going on. This happened on a previous occasion. The Houndoun Lane car park will be open.

4. There have been more delays to the Neighourhood Plan as negotiations with Waverley over the Green Belt and housing sites are still stalled. The Parish Council has decided to employ a new Planning Consultant to help resolve the difficulty and complete the revision of the plan, following the consultation last year. Estimated completion date could be late 2019, over five years after the project started.

5. The proposed Housing Needs Survey to discover what housing should be provided to meet current and future needs for homes in Elstead Parish will be carried out in the near future.

6. The recently founded 'Our Elstead' group now has 130 members willing to carry out volunteer projects in the village. There will be a meeting on February 9th to discuss plans for future activities. Ideas for colourful floral displays at the entrances to the village and around the Green were discussed as well as a Village Sign.

7. The Parish Council website will get a complete upgrade during 2019, to produce a more modern type of site. The Parish Council has looked at other Parish sites and has chosen Titchmarsh as a model (https://titchmarsh.info/). The layout and content of this site is similar to the Elstead Online privately run site (www.elstead.info) but more attractive, with more pictorial content. The Elstead Online site may be modified in future to avoid duplication of material on the new Parish Council site but its main content will remain available to the public.

8. Good news for Horse and cycle riders as well as walkers. The track that leads from the Thursley Road opposite Woolfords Lane to Elstead Common has been made a permissive bridleway by the MOD and they have moved the gate to give a better gap for access. There is no question of any problem for anybody using this track as has happened in the past.

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22:27, 22 Jan 2019 by Michael Organe

We hope you've seen the Elstead Christmas tree which went up today on the Green. We hope you like it and would love to hear what you think.

This is part of the work of the brand-new Our Elstead Group which is a group of village volunteers whose aim is to improve the appearance and image of Elstead.

We welcome all volunteers keen to get involved in makingour village even more beautiful than it currently is - and if you're interested, please feel free to join the Our Elstead FB page [LINK]  so you can keep updated with projects we're involved in, make suggestions and give feedback! Thank you! Anne Brooke


17:46, 12 Dec 2018 by Michael Organe