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December 2020 Newsletter

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:46 by Chorleywood Residents' Association   [ updated 22 Dec 2020, 05:46 ]

The December newsletter has been published.  A copy is available on our Email Archive page, or via this link

The Chorleywood Resident magazine

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:44 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Delivery of the Autumn issue of The Chorleywood Resident (TCR) to all households in Chorleywood has been delayed slightly but should still be with you before Christmas.  Packed full of local news it is well worth a read. 

If you live in Chorleywood and haven't received your copy by the end of Wednesday 23rd December then please let us know by emailing newsletter@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk including the name of your street so that we can investigate.

A digital copy is available on our website at Magazine - Chorleywood Residents' Association

Local business spreads some Christmas cheer

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:44 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

CCSG volunteers have worked tirelessly since the first National lockdown back in March; supporting their local neighbours with shopping requests, prescription pickups and providing transport for hospital and doctor appointments.
 
Thanks to the generosity of Lords at home who have kindly donated £850 to CCSG, we have now been able to spread some Christmas cheer and kindness across the village and our neighbouring town this season.
 
The donation has enabled CCSG volunteers to deliver supermarket gift cards, Christmas arts and crafts packs, treats and a small gift for vulnerable families in our surrounding area. 
 
Christmas community hampers were also prepared for dozens of our Senior residents. These were packed with fresh fruit, Christmas treats, puzzle books, jams, chutneys, crackers and homemade goodies.  Most importantly, the hampers were hand delivered by CCSG volunteers, allowing for a doorstep chat with some of our most vulnerable community members who have been isolated and alone since the first lockdown.
 
Lords Managing Director, Tilak Patel, was delighted to be able to offer proceeds from his Christmas sales "Local residents have come and supported Lords throughout the lockdown period and I was keen to give something back to the community, particularly in these very difficult times".

 

Mission EmployAble - Still Time To Catch Runner Brent Mullane

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:43 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Local dad Brent has already raised £10,000 by completing four 100-mile Ultra marathons. He has also pledged to run one marathon a day for 13 days from December 27, with the 14th day being the Country to Capital race on January 9, a 43-mile route that begins in Wendover and ends in London’s Little Venice.

On January 9, Brent will emerge from the back of Chenies Manor at about 10.30 am, head into Carpenters Wood and re-emerge onto Chalfont Lane. If you wish to clap him down the road as he heads for Old Shire Lane and back on the trail to London, he would love to see you. He is also allowing his most generous donor to choose his outfit for the day. To donate www.missionemployable.co.uk

'Doors for the Cause' competition extended

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:42 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

 The 'Doors for the Cause' wreath photo competition has been extended until 27th December so whether you've got a homemade or shop bought Christmas wreath or even a much loved creation you use every year, you are invited to upload a photo of it to the gallery on the website and you could win a fabulous Christmas hamper! 



All proceeds from entry donations go to Mission EmployAble.


You can also support Mission EmployAble by buying specially designed Christmas cards made from recycled paper (£5.99 for 10) from Chorleywood Bookshop or via the Mission EmployAble website

Christmas Eve singalong

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:41 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The Parish Council are encouraging everyone to return to their doorsteps at 7pm on Christmas Eve, to ring the bell for Santa and to sing Silent Night with our Neighbours.  (Silent Night lyrics)

More information is available on the Parish website.

"Wild Flowers on a Country Walk" - Chorleywood and District RSPB

posted 22 Dec 2020, 05:40 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

On 21st January 2021 a Chorleywood and District RSPB group talk entitled "Wild Flowers on a Country Walk" will be held on Zoom. This talk can be attended by members of the public.  A local botanist, Dr Brenda Harold will share her beautiful photographs, taking us on a walk, through woodland, footpaths and waterways and past hedgerows. She will explain how the plants we see often support birds and insects too. 
 
The talk starts at 8pm, so you need to log into Zoom at about 7.30pm. To be sent the Zoom link before the talk,  phone 01923 897885 and give your email address.  Cost to attend the meeting on Zoom is £2.50. This is payable afterwards and payment details will be sent with the Zoom link.  

Government White Paper - "Planning For the Future"

posted 27 Oct 2020, 06:24 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

As discussed in our note of 4th September, the government has recently issued two consultation papers on proposed changes to the planning framework for England. These have the potential to significantly impact Chorleywood by changing the amount of development that will be required in the Three Rivers district and the rules that control it. 
 
Overall the White Paper is very high level and, whilst it contains some elements that appear on the surface to address some of the existing problems in the current planning system, without fully understanding the detail that will underpin these concepts, it is hard to provide many detailed comments or to be certain they will address the problems. As such we are keeping our response (which can be found here) at a fairly high level focussing on the following main areas of concern:
  • The need for housing requirement targets to take into account constraints on available land due to Green Belt, AONB, Conservation Areas and wildlife sites so that housing is not required to be built in or directly impacting these areas.
  • The need for the local voice to be clearly heard in deciding the categorisation of land, the design requirements for new housing and the final design of new development.
  • The need for infrastructure to be provided before new development is undertaken. 
We will be submitting our comments to the ministry and copying them to our MP by the closure date for responses which is 29th October. Once the Green Paper, which must contain the full legislative detail, is published we will be able to understand much better the true impact of the proposals and we will supply further comment to our representatives. 
 
A full copy of the government’s consultation paper is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future
 
If you wish, you can provide your views directly to our MP at gagan.mohindra.mp@parliament.uk or by submitting a response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government at TechnicalPlanningConsultation@communities.gov.uk

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan

posted 27 Oct 2020, 06:24 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Following completion of examination of the new Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan by the independent reviewer, it has now been approved by both the Parish & Three Rivers District Councils and TRDC have published the Decision Statement detailing the intention to send the modified Chorleywood NDP to referendum on 6 May 2021.

Due to the delay in being able to hold a referendum because of the pandemic, the government regulations covering Neighbourhood Plans have been amended to allow the new plan to be considered as a material planning consideration once the Decision Statement has been published (i.e. now) pending the result of the referendum next year.

The Neighbourhood Plan will allow the parish more influence over key elements of the design of new developments to align them with the special characteristics and needs of Chorleywood identified in the plan.

More sewage releases into River Chess

posted 27 Oct 2020, 06:23 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Since last month more sewage has been released into the River Chess bringing the total of such events to 70 since 2019. (click here for latest schedule)
 

Lots of residents responded to our River Chess questionnaire last month, overwhelmingly against these continued discharges into the River Chess.  We sent the survey results to Gagan Mohindra MP on 6th October asking for Action.  Click these links to see the Survey Results and our email to Gagan Mohindra.
 
Gagan responded to CRA saying “I have strongly encouraged Thames Water to invest throughout the [Chesham Sewage Treatment Works] site, including an additional storm well which should avoid the need for the discharges. All of these measures will take time but rest assured I am aware of the situation and I will maintain the pressure on them.”
 
We were pleased to hear that Gagan has joined the new Chalk Streams All Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by Sir Charles Walker.
 
CRA will continue to work closely with the River Chess Association to pursue our objective of clean water in the Chess.  Meanwhile ‘Sustainability Sarratt’ have produced an interesting account of a recent meeting with Thames Water covering Chess water quality. 
https://thewordsmithy.co.uk/client-area/SpotlightOnline/2020/October/page-7/

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