Chessington District Residents Association is a voluntary, non political organisation working on behalf of the residents of Hook and Chessington. The aim of the association is to ensure that residents have a strong meaningful voice on matters that have an impact on their community.
Membership costs only £3.00 per household for one year
Colin Punch, CDRA
Chairman Telephone 0208 397 2659 Some of Our Achievements
during the Past Year
Colin Punch, CDRA Chairman
Telephone 0208 397 2659
Some of Our Achievements during the Past Year
Council Committees and Public Meetings
This year we have attended all of the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meetings, the Residents Steering Committee meetings and all of the Councils Health Overview Panel meetings. At the Neighbourhood Committee meetings we take full advantage of the residents question time and this year many of our questions have focussed on the detailed aspects of how the planning application rules and policies are being developed and used. A summary of the answers we received will be published on our website.
We strongly supported the campaign to have all Council meetings audio recorded, which was accepted by the Council. Residents can now log onto the RBK website and listen to what was said at Council meetings. Another innovation is the recording of how each Councillor on a committee voted. In the past only the overall decision of the committee was recorded.
During the year we have studied all planning applications, discussed the dubious ones and on occasion submitted objections. When asked we have advised residents and spoken on their behalf. However, as the national economy is depressed there have been fewer applications than usual.
A lot of our time has been spent studying the passage through Parliament of the Communities Bill which quite radically changes the planning process. As it stands the legislation has many problems and the Government Minister has said further legislation will be needed to sort it out. A more realistic RBK Planning Officer recently said that the sorting out will be done by lawyers in the law courts. So difficult times lie ahead for our Councillors.
We continue to be represented and to play an active role on our local Safer Neighbourhood Steering Committees and on the Kingston Community and Police Partnership. However, it has been a difficult year. We lost our two excellent Sergeants when Jon Truelove retired and David Boyle was promoted and moved to other duties. Some Constables were transferred elsewhere and a number of our PCSOs left to train to become Constables. The riots during last summer and the spate of burglaries in the north of the borough during the autumn required many of our officers to be withdrawn for other duties. There was a resulting loss of local knowledge and a break in the established working relationships between the Police and the community.
All this happened during the period when the Police were struggling to cope with large cuts to their budget. Our troubles are not yet over as the Olympic Games will put a great strain on Police resources and our local officers are expected to be called to help. Afterwards our Policing will, we hope, regain its normality. Our one replacement Sergeant, Wendy H. Parker, arrived at the end of last year and is already very well spoken of. We understand that in early June the new Commissioner will announce reforms that will have a positive impact on local policing.
The construction of the new
We have also recently visited
Healthcare At our AGM we are going to be brought up to date on the healthcare currently available to our community. We have a good team of members who work on the various medical centre and practices patients panels to monitor what is happening locally. Our community has also benefited in the past municipal year from local Councillor Margaret Thompsons good work as Chairwoman of the Health Overview Panel.
Borough Wide Planning The Core Strategy document, which will shape the Councils planning
for the future of
Vehicle Generated Air
Pollution - We
have done a lot of work on this topic which has revealed how serious a threat
it is to the health of our community.
Last year the Council monitored background air pollution levels which
we thought, and said, was a waste of time and money. After some prodding, they are monitoring the
obvious pollution hotspots during the current year.
This is our 37th AGM and over the years the Association has done much for the local community. Yet every year that passes more needs to be done and new opportunities present themselves. Some of our members are beginning to feel their age. We could do with more people to further engage with planning issues, air pollution, administration and the research and development of new topic areas for our website. Remember, to join our Executive Committee is a simple process; you just put your hand up to volunteer at the AGM.
Join our Executive Committee Diane Brannan our Membership
Secretary says:- To achieve our objectives and to
maximise the benefits we need active support and input from you, the local
residents. If you would like to help
us make a difference, we are always looking for enthusiastic local
residents to join our Executive Committee.
Join our Executive Committee
Diane Brannan our Membership Secretary says:- To achieve our objectives and to maximise the benefits we need active support and input from you, the local residents. If you would like to help us make a difference, we are always looking for enthusiastic local residents to join our Executive Committee.