Last Thursday night’s AGM was attended by well over 80 people, including many potential new members, all interested to hear about the work of the Society both in 2017 and looking to the future.
The Society announced the Weybridge Rebuild and Advance Project (WRAP) – to explore ideas for making the best use of the publically owned space in the town centre. The idea is to create a vibrant town centre, bringing together a number of community activities possibly covering a repurposed library, community centre, affordable housing, as well as NHS surgeries, hospital, walk-in health centre and adequate parking — utilising the whole of the Hospital/Library/Churchfields space instead of having piecemeal development. Overall the ideas behind the project were very well received.
Also announced was the Society’s exciting new photo competition for students – see details
There were good discussions on numerous current issues affecting Weybridge – parking, traffic, potholes and the rebuild of the NHS hospital and doctor’s surgeries. Many people came to the meeting to make their voices heard, so it was gratifying that many local councillors were present and could respond to questions.
Notable was Tim Oliver, Surrey County Councillor for Weybridge, who announced that the council has dropped plans to sell or repurpose the Register Office building (Rylston on Oatlands Drive). He credited the Society for bringing the matter to attention via our newsletter and for spurring the public petition, which also added weight of public opinion.
We invite all interested members of the public to get in touch with the Weybridge Society with any ideas for the town centre. We are looking for members of the public with good ideas for what provisions Weybridge needs and how they can be provided.