Overview of Activities
The Society's activities cover a wide range of areas.
By arranging meetings on wide ranging local issues, from planning and infrastructure to local history, and through a regular members newsletter published four times a year – see here. Regular features of the newsletter include Planning reporting on applications considered by the Planning Panel, Business Profiles where local businesses of all kinds have been described, and information on other local organisations and activities – the newsletter aims to be entertaining and informative.
An ever-present pressure on Weybridge, the Society seeks to ensure that any development is of the highest standard, and in keeping with its surroundings. Roads, traffic, drainage, trees and other aspects are considered when making representations to the Borough and County councils. Two Panels of the Society have specific responsibility for these issues – the Planning Panel and the Transport Panel.
Education and Health
From local schools to adult education, the Society supports every aspect of learning including the Library, and promotes interest in the two local museums, Elmbridge and Brooklands.
The Society actively supports Weybridge Hospital, in particular the Sam Beare Hospice there.
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The Society watches over the three Conservation Areas in Weybridge, working to preserve and enhance them, and has contributed to the Conservation Area Appraisals that form part of the planning guidelines. The Society promoted the Grade II listing of the Churchfield Centre and the gates to the Recreation Ground, and secured the same classification for the footbridge over the River Wey; it worked towards the renovation of the Old Wey Bridge, itself a listed structure.
Public Open spaces
The open spaces in Weybridge are of particular concern to the society. From earliest times in the Society’s work when it achieved ‘Common’ status for the Heath and cricket common, thus protecting them for future generations, to the present day, when the question of the SOUL (Strategic Open Urban Land) status of the old Wallop School playing field in Churchfield Avenue is under pressure from developers, the society seeks to be proactive in the final solution, bearing a beneficial outcome for the wider community of Weybridge in mind.
The work of the Thames Gate-Wey Project has secured the improvement of the riverside car park adjacent to the Elmbridge Canoe Club in Walton Lane, and the riverside path, opening up the area. Their attention is now turned towards the car park opposite the weir on the corner of Thames Street and Walton Lane, and it is hoped improvement will come within the 2009/10 council budget.
The Society has published a town trail, ‘Aspects of Weybridge’, and is ever vigilant to ensure our footpaths, parks, open spaces, common lands and playgrounds are kept to a high standard. In the last few years the society has taken part in Elmbridge’s Out and About festival, leading a walk around Weybridge. A committee member has taken on the role of ‘footpath champion’.
Links with the local newspapers, other organisation, businesses and local residents’ associations are established and maintained on a regular basis. Reports on activities and events are sent to the newspapers, and often appear in the relevant sections. The Society has supported local public events in Weybridge, like the Oatlands Village Fayre, the 350 anniversary of the Wey Navigation Canal, and activities arranged by traders (Strawberry Fair and Baker Street Christmas events).
A regular attendance at the Police Neighbourhood Panel is maintained, and reported in the newsletter. Members are encouraged to raise issues that concern them at these meetings, issues which it is hoped will be the target of future policing.
Weybridge Society has a track record of getting things done. Councillors and other decision makers take notice of what the Society says – and the more members we have, the stronger our voice.
Weybridge Society looks to the future, supporting initiatives and change, if Weybridge benefits. But when there are problems the Society takes up the challenge from the wider residents’ perspective.