LRA – Transform Leatherhead 28 June 2016
“The end of the beginning”
This will be my last report re the above as I have handed over my responsibilities as representative of LRA on the Community Reference Group (CRG) to Martyn Williams.
As anticipated, the CRG meeting on 15th June 2016 was the last one in its present form and frequency.
We received copies of the ‘Final Stage 3 Consultation report: Final Draft Masterplan’ and the ‘Final Report Subject to MVDC Executive Approval’ prior to the Executive Committee seeing them but were confidential until on the website. They remain confidential until published on the website, which is expected shortly.
The reports have gone to the Scrutiny Committee and you can find the Agenda Item 4 as follows:
http://www.molevalley.gov.uk > search ‘Scrutiny Committee’ > Scrutiny Committee > Scrutiny Committee Agendas & Minutes > Scrutiny Committee Meeting 5th July 2016 > Item 4 ‘Transform Leatherhead ……etc
This agenda Item 4 covers all the relevant matters but refers to the TL Reports without including them. I recommend that you read this.
Timing - Assuming the Scrutiny Committee on 5th July approves the Recommendations in Agenda Item 4 then they will go to the Executive Committee on 19th July, which has the authority to determine the Recommendations (Except one Recommendation which needs the approval of the whole Council).
Stage 3 Consultation – There were between 1200 & 1500 visits to the Public Exhibitions. There were 2600 Unique visits to the website, mainly (60%) from the under 44 years old (split evenly between male and female. The Positioning Statement receiving most votes was: “Friendly, vibrant and lively, Leatherhead is a modern market town where people of all ages can shop, eat, relax and have fun by the riverside”. – no comment!
Delivery - The Scrutiny Item focuses on the delivery process. They are recommending the appointment of a Development Partner, and, if agreed, would it to develop Claire and James House site first.
Church Street – Work is progressing on the building to house Waitrose with the fitting out planned for October/November. Detailed design work for the Public realm is being undertaken by W S Atkins and it is intended that the choice of surface materials (for footways, carriageway, parking areas and kerbs) will be used throughout the TL project.
Roads - MVDC and SCC are working closely to obtain funding for the necessary alteration to the gyratory road system to improve flow and access. Positive vibes have been received re their application for substantial funding via the LEP (C2C).
Future of CRG
MVDC, having found the Reference Groups to be very helpful in refining their plans, wishes to continue with the concept of the Members’ and Community Reference Groups. Frequency will probably be quarterly plus any meeting to discuss specific large projects.
At the CRG meeting, on 15th June, I asked whether the referendum would affect the progress of TL next stage. Nick Gray responded that he did not think the outcome would affect progress. This is understandable relating to the necessary work on Claire and James House and the Swan Centre. However, my opinion is that it could well have an impact on other spending.
John W Wilson