1.   Don’t let anyone past the front door who you do not know or expect.  If they are an official then check their identification – but this is often very difficult to verify.   If in any doubt ask them to come back, and then phone family or a friend for a second opinion. 

2.   If caller at the door offers to fix your roof, or pave your drive,   they’ll undoubtedly charge you a huge amount of money,  and for  fake work.   Ask them to come back (they almost certainly won’t),  or give you a business card,  and then ask one of the church property committee for a free opinion.


3.   Be very wary of anyone who phones you,  rather than you phoning them.   If they say someone has been taking money from your account then (unless you have been abroad,  or bought several expensive things)  it’s almost certainly a scam (“phishing”),  don’t under any circumstances give any bank details or pin numbers no matter how convincing they sound – or they will be the ones taking money from your account.    Phone family or a friend.

4.   Don’t phone the caller’s organisation  back straightaway,  they can keep the line open and pretend to be the person you have called in order to check up.    Wait a good while,  or preferably use a different phone.

5.   If they say there’s a problem with your computer it’s a very common scam.  Don’t give any passwords,  and do not give them remote access to your computer.


6.   Don’t respond to letters or emails saying you have :    a)  inherited a large sum of money,  
or  b) won a competition (that you haven’t entered),   or  c)  that a friend is stranded abroad with their money stolen.    Invariably a scam,  in  all such  cases they will at some point ask for money,  after which you will not hear or receive anything.

7.   Don’t feel pressurised into giving to charity,  no matter how sad the story.   Make your own mind up as to which charities you want to support.

8.   Don’t open attachments of any email from someone you don’t know, and even think twice in the case of friends in case they’ve been “hacked”.    Likewise do not click on links to websites,   instead enter the name of website yourself  (having first checked its validity).      In both cases this is how they can put malicious software onto your computer.


9.   Record serial number of any valuable items at home,  such as  mobile phone  - get it by entering  * #06#       - and your TV.     Consider photographing,  and marking with ultra violet pen or similar.

10.   Keep small valuables and door keys discreetly located  (ie out of sight) in the house.       



 On Thursday the 24th of October 2013 the Council’s Development Control committee gave planning permission for the Chessington Equestrian Centre application ( 13/10228) to redevelop the land on its site.  They not only gave permission for the work to be done – we all support that – but also gave permission for Clayton Road to be used as the exit route for a huge number of twenty tonne tipper lorries!


What is this about?   The Chessington Equestrian Centre is located at the end of Clayton Road near to the Woodstock Lane junction. Woodstock Lane is in Surrey, whereas the equestrian centre, which is on the eastern side of the A3, is in Kingston. The land is poorly drained with a high water table. The owners are importing 100,000 tonnes of soil to raise the whole site by between two and three feet. The plan is sophisticated and well thought through.  The site is being divided into enclosures and fields with well planted drainage areas between.  A woodland area and pond will be established between the site and Somerset Avenue and water will drain away in a northerly direction.  The allotments behind the rugby club will benefit from the improved drainage to the area.  In itself it is a good project. 


The soil is supposed to be imported from a site in Roehampton and the great construction site at Battersea.  It will have a Department of the Environment certification to say that it is not contaminated. 

The soil is delivered in 20 tonne load vehicles down the A3 and then down Woodstock Lane, across the bridge over the A3, to enter the site from the far end of Clayton Road. The lorries tip their loads and then be washed.  They then exit the area by travelling along the length of Clayton Road and then turn left, northbound, into the Hook Road and travel to the Ace of Spades roundabout to get back onto the A3.  The Planning Officers have calculated the number of vehicle movements based on the assumption that the contractors will use twenty tonne load vehicles. The planning officers estimate that 5,000 lorry movements will occur over the projects lifetime of between twelve to eighteen months.  In our estimation, as we see the current speed of the Battersea work each week, it is more likely to be twelve months than eighteen. If smaller lorries were used there would be proportionally more vehicle movements.


To enable the projects HGV’s to exit the area by this route the road barrier has to be removed.  This is being done by using a traffic order.  It opens Clayton Road to any HGV that wants to use the route, not just the equestrian centre project vehicles.  In a very short time all of the HGV’s and large delivery vehicles that currently struggle to leave Claygate will do so via Clayton Road, as they did before the barriers were installed.


Clayton Road has been developed from an ancient track way linking Hook and Claygate. It still meanders and is narrow in many places. The consequences of the 20 tonne capacity vehicles driving along Clayton Road, even when empty, are horrendous.    One Clayton Road resident of a 1930’s built house reports that the glass in the original windows used to crack from passing vehicles. Another resident who lived in the area said that many of the 19th century cottages do not have adequate foundations. 


The planning officer’s papers presented to the Development Control Committee say there was no objection from the Neighbourhood Traffic Engineer. We find this improbable bearing in mind that Paul Dearman and Barry Allen spent nearly eighteen months holding an excellent public consultation which resulted in the installation of the barrier to heavy goods vehicles and the complex parking arrangements currently in place.  The planning officers papers contain sections titled ‘Impact on Neighbours Residential Amenity’ and ‘Highways and Parking’ (paragraphs 42 to55) However at no point do those paragraphs consider the impact of at least 5000 empty twenty tonne tipper lorries attempting to travel down the very congested Clayton Road. Why not? How can this be?


The Residents Association and the community support the project in principle.  We want our businesses to prosper.  We recognise that the project is innovative and will not only improve their land but will be of benefit to their neighbours. However we cannot support the proposed exit route for the delivery vehicles.  

At the consultation meeting and at a Development Control Committee Jim Taylor proposed an alternative egress route for the lorries which is acceptable to the equestrian centre owners and which they agreed to fund.   There is an old closed entrance to the upper part of Five Acre Farm, of which the equestrian centre is part.  This entrance is onto the A309, along the slip road from the A3 which you travel down to get to Hinchley Wood.  The entrance is located about 60 yards from the turning into Woodstock Lane South.  There is even a cross over in existence.  Jim’s idea is to reopen this entry.  When vehicles have tipped their load they will travel across Five Acre farm on a hardened roadway, have their tyres etc. washed and then exit onto the A309.  They will then travel down the A309 to the first roundabout at Claygate Lane where they will turn around so as to be able to access the slip road which leads back to the Ace of Spades roundabout and so back onto the A3.

However there are problems to overcome with this solution. Surrey County Council, who are the road authority, are not enthused by this proposal but as the vehicles journey starts  and ends in London with only a brief entry into Surrey they should not  refuse. The empty lorries would be joining the A309 at a location where the traffic is fast moving. The verge between the roadway and the field boundary, which is approximately sixteen metres wide, is owned by Elmbridge Council.


The Planning Officers consulted only 27 homes, but we do not know where.  There are nearly 160 houses in Clayton Road, all of whom are seriously be affected.  There were presumably no consultations conducted in Somerset, Vallis or Selwood, who will also be seriously affected.  To a lesser degree so will the residents of Devon Way and Woodgate  Avenue. We will leave you to calculate the number of homes in these areas that will be seriously affected! We think that there should have been an area wide public consultation.


Francis Brannan ,    Secretary  

3)  Memorial stone

17 of the streets on Mansfield Park are named after local men who gave their lives serving our country in the Second World War.  A memorial stone to honour these men was erected in Coppard Gardens, close to the King's Centre, in the 1990’s.

Sadly, during the passage of time, the garden and surrounds became neglected and the memorial stone almost lost from view.  This regrettable situation has now been rectified,  renovation work has enabled the stone to be seen again and it is now our desire to maintain it as befits such a memorial.


  There was a brief service of (re) dedication at the stone on 10th Nov which included the reading of the men's names, Christian prayers and the laying of a wreath. 











§         Arnold Drive

Edward Rolfe Arnold

Leatherhead (Ss Mary & Nicholas)

§        Benham Close

Michael Alfred William Benham


   Coppard Gardens

William Arthur Coppard


§        Golding Close

Randal Hush Golding

Shifnal (St Andrew)

   Hillier Place

Alfred James Hillier


§        Hubbard Drive

Leornard Hubbard


§         Lofthouse Place

John Lofthouse


§         Merling Close * 

Leonard Woolford Morling


§       Merritt Gardens  *   

§       (Langley)  

George William Langley


§       Mitford Close

Frank Bertram Mitford


   Nichols Close  * 

Alexander Victor Dick Nicholas


   Powell Close

Leonard John Powell


§        Ray Close

Arthur Charles Ray


§        Simmons Close

Ronald George Edward Simmons

Chessington (St Marys)

§         Smeaton Close

Donald Gordon Smeaton


§         Vidler Close

Richard Vidler


   Withers Close

John Alexander Archibald Withers

Knightsbridge Acroma

               *  indicates slightly incorrect spelling 

4) Is my bus on its way ?

You’ve seen the "Countdown" at most bus stops, showing when the next buses will arrive - now you can see it on your own computer. Go to the TFL website :

then find and click "Buses", then click "Live bus departures" on the left hand side.

Find your bus stop by one of three or so methods - the easiest perhaps is to put your postcode in.

Bear in mind that if the bus has not yet left the terminus (eg 71 from World of Adventures) then the time shown will be the time due, instead of the expected.

This is just the same as you can see for the trains running - on the National Rail enquiries website :

find and click "Show me Live departures and arrivals" and enter your station in the first of the two boxes, second one can be left blank.

But again can’t see trains from Chessington South until they’ve left – which is too late. So look at the train coming down from Waterloo on its previous journey, on the basis that "what comes down will almost certainly go back OK". For arrivals at Chessington North the direct path is :


Don’t forget you can always see the bus timetable, not just as "every 8 minutes" – which the 71 runs to during the day on weekdays, but all the times in full detail at :