Council Elections Hustings Review
Many thanks to those residents who came along to our GBC election hustings, and thank you also to the candidates who spoke, Christian Holliday, (Conservative), Sue Hackman (Labour) and George Potter (Liberal Democrat). Their running mates, Mike Piper, Poppy Barnett and Ted Mayne were also present.
The three candidates spoke about their vision for the future of Burpham and the challenges that lie ahead. Several common themes ran through their comments and in questions from the audience -housing numbers, the proposed Gosden Hill development, air pollution, traffic congestion and flooding problems.
By the time you read this, the elections, held on May 2nd, will be over and two people will be representing Burpham Ward at Guildford Borough Council. Whoever they are, we wish them well and look forward to working together to make Burpham a truly good place to live.
It is not surprising that all the frustrations that stem from traffic problems were aired at the hustings. There cannot be anyone living in the village who does not suffer from congested roads, noise, air pollution, parking issues… and it can only get worse if Gosden Hill and other major developments go ahead. The BCA is committed to trying to do something about the problem and has formed the Burpham Road Action Group (BRAG). This aims to work with residents, local authorities and various agencies to eliminate or at least mitigate some of the issues.
Can we achieve anything?
We already have, by working with the University to monitor air pollution and come up with some positive suggestions to improve air quality – imperative for all of us but especially our children. The next stage is to explore places around Burpham where there is scope for mitigation such as space to plant hedges.
Can we do more?
The honest answer is probably not much, unless a few more people come forward to join us. Half a dozen people, however committed, are limited in what they can achieve. Twice the number has a chance of making a difference – if only by having enough people to form small groups, each working on a specific traffic issue.
If you can spare a few hours a month please join us – contact the Secretary (details below) if you can help.
No prizes for guessing the location of this lovely winter scene. Do you have any photos of Burpham you would like to share? Please send to the Secretary (details above) and we will print the best in future editions of Burpham Pages, as well as sharing on Facebook and our email newsletter. We are looking for pictures that capture the best of Burpham so traffic congestion doesn’t count!
If enough people contribute we might be able to produce our own 2020 calendar, so get snapping or searching through the folios.
Dates for your Diary
BCA Annual General Meeting, 8pm on Monday 20th May.
The BCA AGM will be preceded by a speaker, details to be announced. The AGM of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum will follow. The meeting will be at 8pm, Sutherland Memorial Hall.
Flood Forum, 2.30pm on Friday 10th May, in Sutherland Memorial Hall.
Anne Milton MP will chair the meeting, with representatives from GBC, sec, the Environment Agency, Thames Water and the National Trust. Issues of particular concern are the Merrow Common River, the constant leakage at the corner of Merrow Lane and London Road, the appalling damage being done to the towpath along the Wey and storm drains that overflow… The Forum is open to the public – please contact the Secretary (details above) if you would like to attend as hall space is limited.
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