Friday, 30 August 2013

Next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Good afternoon,

2014 Dates for Prudential RideLondon

Next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will take place on Sunday 10 August 2014.

The exact routes for the 2014 events will be confirmed later this year after the post-event evaluation of this year’s event.

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Take Part

If you wish to take part, or know somebody in your community that would like to participate, the online registration system for the ballot entry place is still open.

To apply for a place in the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey, visit

The registration system will remain open until 6 January 2014 or until 80,000 registrations have been received; whichever is the earlier. 

Yours sincerely,

James Taylor | Community Engagement Manager | Prudential RideLondon |
Tel: 0207 902 0200 ext. 203 |
London & Surrey Cycling Partnership | 115 Southwark Street | London | SE1 0JF | United Kingdom

Tour of Britain: Road Closure information

The Tour of Britain arrived in Leatherhead on 21st September 2013

There will be some disruption in the area, but according to the infomation below it will just be temporary:

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Cherkley Court - Planning Permission Quashed!

This morning (22nd August 2013) at 10.30 in the Royal Court of justice in London the judge, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, gave his long-awaited finding of the judicial review heard on 6th, 7th & 10 June. He upheld the challenge brought by the Queen on the application of Cherkley Campaign Limited and thereby quashed the grant of planning permission given to Longshot by MVDC on 21st September 2012 "on the grounds that the Council's decision was variously legally flawed, contrary to planning policy, failed to take account of material considerations, irrational and the Reasons given for it were inadequate" [paragraph 208 of the judge's judgment].

The judge was quite clear: all work must stop forthwith and all plant be removed from the site; the only concession made was that work may be done to secure the site and make it safe. We hope that this is all that Longshot does and that it does not continue any construction under the guise of making things secure and safe.

This is a clear signal not only to MVDC but to all other local councils that you cannot ignore your officers' recommendations, your planning policy and the advice of the experts (landscape consultants, CPRE, Surrey Hills Board, NT etc.) on the back of a lot of public relations puff.

The judgment is given in a 56 page document of 209 paragraphs. If you wish to read the document, click here. In paragraph 122, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave says: In any event, in my judgment, the Council majority’s decision to grant planning permission for further golf facilities at Cherkley was perverse." This I have maintained was so in my blogs. It will be recalled also that the LRA opposed the application strictly on planning considerations (see the Spring Newsletter 2012).

Will there be an appeal? We do not know*. Certainly the judge was quite firm in not allowing an appeal as, in his opinion, any appeal would fail. If either MVDC or Longshot wish to lodge an appeal against the judge's decision they must apply to the Court of Appeal within, I understand, 31 days.

The MVDC officers produced a substantial and well-reasoned document opposing the Longshot proposal; they were put in the awkward position, after the Council majority's decision, of having to defend what they had opposed. Will they be put in the even more bizarre position of having to appeal against this decision?

This victory must surely give a boost to the Save Barnett Wood Lane Allotments campaign. Is this really the only place in the whole of Mole Valley where 500 houses can be built? Is there really a need to turf people out of allotments they have been working on for decades? I wish the allotment campaign all success and hope our councillors can be more rational and less perverse in future planning decisions.

* Since writing the above, I have learnt that Longshot, at least, will be applying to the Court of Appeal.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Applications for grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust

Dear Parish Councils and Resident Associations

Please see below an email from SCC regarding grants available from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Apologies if you have received this already but we are trying to ensure that this is shared as widely as possible and ask that you share this with any local groups and clubs which might be interested in applying. 

The closing date for applications is 31st August.

With kind regards


Lucy O'Connell
Strategic Projects Officer
Mole Valley District Council
Tel: 01306 879191

Prudential RideLondon – Surrey grants available from London Marathon Charitable Trust

Following the success of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2013, I have the pleasure of providing you details of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and the grants available to recreational projects in Surrey.

As you may know, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey is organised by London & Surrey Cycling Partnership LLP and one of the partners is The London Marathon Limited. All of the profits of The London Marathon Limited are passed to its parent company, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, a registered charity.

The Trust makes grants to recreational projects in areas in which events are held, as a tangible thank you for the support of those communities.  Since the London Marathon began, over £45m has been allocated by the London Marathon Charitable Trust to recreational projects.  
It is now able to make grants for projects in Surrey and although in the first year of the event there have been no profits, the Trustees will still consider making grants to qualifying projects.  Although funding is available for any qualifying projects throughout Surrey, priority will be given to those immediate areas close to the events.

Details of eligibility, criteria and how to apply can be found on the application form attached. More information can also be found here.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Address by the Surrey Commissioner for Police and Crime

Monday, 2nd September at 7.30 in the Letherhead Institute:

The LRA cordially invite all those interested to come and hear Mr Kevin Hurley describe his new job.   It is a brand new creation and  Mr Hurley is bound to have had unexpected hurdles to overcome as well as welcome surprises.   Come  and find out how Law and Order is being enforced in Surrey.

The Secretary.

Note: this presentation will follow the LRA meeting. See here.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Music on Thursday - Autumn Schedule

Music on Thursdays, Leatherhead's 12.30 lunchtime concert series, is moving from summer into Autumn. The intimate feel of Leatherhead Methodist Church suits these small-scale concerts well and is appreciated by both audience and performers. Ah, yes, the performers! Autumn brings the usual blend of students from the Royal Academy of Music - many of them completing their Masters of Music degree in Performance Studies. Then we have recent graduates of the RAM and London's other music colleges, and there is no shortage of local talent of the same high professional standard.
There are also two organ concerts at Christ Church URC - although these are on Wednesdays, so do check dates in the list below.

The musical event turns social after each concert when the new team from Vecchia Trattoria are in the Churches selling sandwiches, cakes and drinks, providing a chance to linger and chat among ourselves and with the musicians.

Entry to these 35-45 minute concerts is free, with a retiring collection so we can cover costs.

Here's the line up for the rest of this year:

Thursday 22nd August 12.30 lunchtime
at LMC (Leatherhead Methodist Church)
Anna Tam, viola da gamba & soprano

Jennifer Bennett, viola da gamba & Renaissance lute

Thursday 29th August 12.30 at LMC
BACH - and - JAZZ
Anna Hashimoto, clarinet and Andrew Saunders, piano
play Bach, Templeton, Gershwin, Kovacs, Abreu

Thursday 5th September 12.30 at LMCACACIA Flute & Harp DUO
Samantha Pearce, flute and Heather Wrighton, harp

Thursday 12 September 12.30 at LMCThomas Humphreys, voice and Raya Humphreys, piano
students of the Royal Academy of Music

Wednesdays at Christ Church, Epsom Road
Weds 18th September 12.30 lunchtime
Anthony Cairns, organ (Hill, Norman & Beard pipe organ)
works by Dubois, Mathias, Fletcher, JS Bach, Lefébure-Wély

Thursday 26 September 12.30 lunchtime at LMC
Occena-Chen Duo
Hanna Porter-Occeña, flute, & Belle Chen, piano
students of the Royal Academy of Music

Thursday 3rd October 12.30 lunchtime at LMCEdita Zurauskaite-Durrant, mezzo-soprano, Peter Bailey, piano

Thursday 10 October 12.30 lunchtime at LMC
Yuka Nagel, violin & Kei Takumi, piano

students of the Royal Academy of Music

Wednesdays at Christ Church, Epsom Road
Wednesday 16th October 12.30pm
Graham Davies, organ

Thursday 24th October 12.30 lunchtime
Anna Tam, cello & Graham Davies, harpsichord

Thursday 31 October 12.30 lunchtime
Karim Said Piano Trio
students of the Royal Academy of Music

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