Peter Seaward – Chairman
This first Bookham Question Time on 30th November was attended by over sixty people and went as well as we in the BRA expected for our initial event. The questions covered concerned local issues both small and large and have led to follow on actions. Most of our Bookham and Surrey Councillors were in attendance but some were unavoidably not able to attend.
Some of the significant questions were:
Can you please tell me what is going to be done about the crossing at Preston Cross?
Response from Cllr Clare Curran – Although there is little chance of SCC funding this there is a local development which should it go ahead might be a way of funding this.
Do you agree that it is important to keep the names of Great and Little Bookham?
Response from several on the panel – A general agreement that this is a petition worth supporting.
What influences can MVDC exert to encourage employment land to be safeguarded when it is viable for business (i.e. currently let) rather than converted to housing?
Response from Guy Davies, MVDC – The situation will be watched very carefully in order to maintain the right balance.
What effect will the ‘Transform Leatherhead’ plan have on the retail businesses in Bookham?
Response from Guy Davies, MVDC – It should not have a detrimental effect, as Bookham and Leatherhead are very different.
What happened to the Southey Court gates that used to be on Lower Road?
Response from Peter Seaward – There is no simple answer, but the BRA will make enquiries.
Is there anything MVDC can do about businesses carrying out their business on public roads?
Response from Clare Curran and others – Sometimes very little can be done, unless the law is broken, but some individual cases have been dealt with.
How many dropped kerbs are needed in Bookham for people who are disabled?
Response from several on the panel – Exact figure not known, but it will be researched.
Given the high Gross value Add for Mole Valley, why have there been no infrastructure bids into the Coast 2 Capital LEP for our part of Mole Valley?
The answer given was that bids have been made – but not all have been successful in a very competitive environment.
What is the status of potential development of Lower Shott?
There is little activity on this at the moment. Cllr Metin Huseyin said he would discuss this again with MVDC.
The BRA is pleased to have been the catalyst for this event and we hope that residents will see this as just one of the things we do to help our local democracy and we are planning to repeat this as an annual event. Thank you to all residents who came along and for making this an instructive and positive evening.