Community Update May 2018

The Story of the Lily Bell II

Recent snowfalls did not prevent local historian David Rose from giving a fascinating account of the Lily Bell II aircraft disaster at Jacobs Well in October 1944. Only briefly reported on at the time, painstaking research over many years by a dedicated team identified details of the four American airmen who were killed and their mission. Eventual contact with their families in the USA, who knew little of what had occurred, was achieved. This brought closure for them and has resulted in a full recognition of the distinguished service of the airmen who died. If you were unable to get to the meeting and would like to know more, you can read the story online by searching online for Guildford Dragon Lily Belle II.

A fitting memorial to the crew and their aircraft is located on a grassy corner at the junction between Queenhythe Road and Clay Lane. If you have not seen it, pause there awhile to reflect.

Burpham Flood Forum

The Flood Forum was due to meet on 2nd March with representatives from GBC, sec, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and the National Trust under the chairmanship of Anne Milton MP. Unfortunately it had to be postponed owing to the weather. We are hoping to reconvene on Friday 25th May in the Village Hall at 1pm – residents are welcome to attend but please contact the Secretary to book a place as space is limited.

The Local Plan

The Local Plan was produced by GBC last year. It is intended to play a substantial role in shaping the future of Guildford – it outlines housing proposals, ideas for developing the local economy, looks at providing more sustainable forms of travel, investigates ways of protecting the natural environment. The Plan has to be examined by a Planning Inspector. Mr Jonathon Bone has been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate and will start his examination on 5th June. He has already produced a document raising questions that require further analysis and explanation, and GBC’s responses could lead to modification of the policies. This is a rapidly changing situation with profound consequences.

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at

Will the Local Plan affect you? Join us to find out!

Make no mistake, if the proposals outlined in the Local Plan come to fruition, Burpham will suffer enormous changes.

In brief, they include plans to build up to 2,000 houses and commercial developments at Gosden Hill Farm which means a new junction on the A3 connecting via a new roundabout to the A3100 (London Road). There will be a new A3 southbound on-slip and the A3100 could become part of a Sustainable Movement Corridor from the Clock Tower roundabout, carrying two cycle lanes and two bus lanes in addition to existing traffic.
Then there are the knock-on effects if the Wisley development goes ahead plus the threat posed by the illegal track across common land linking Merrow Lane to Gosden Hill farm.

Ward Councillor Christian Holliday will be presenting an overview of the Local Plan with specific reference to the issues impacting on Burpham, which will also affect our neighbours in Merrow. He will also address the recent queries raised by the Planning Inspector. This will be an opportunity for residents to find out just what could happen to our community, as well as gaining an insight into the process of Examination and possible outcomes.

Monday 21st May, 8pm in Sutherland Memorial Hall

This will be followed by the BCA Annual General Meeting. This will include the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s Reports for 2017-2018 and election of Officers for 2018-2019. Members will also be asked to approve a new Constitution. The AGM of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum will also take place.

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Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

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