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Parish of Ockham – Notification of Vacancy in Office of Parish Councillor

Notice is hereby given pursuant to rule 5 of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England & Wales) Rules 2006, that consequent upon the resignation of Mrs Walton, a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish.

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancy signed by ten registered electors of the said Parish is received on or before 19 July 2022 by the Proper Officer of Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.  If no such notice is received by the Proper Officer, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.

 

Tom Horwood

Proper Officer

 

Dated: 29 June 2022

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News from Ockham Parish Council June 2022

  • In reply to many questions received, we will be sending some information about the Consultation for Upton End this week via OHRA. We hope this will provide you with the information you need to reply. Please note, this is not a planning application. We believe that this proposal for 70 homes should form part of a Consultation for the entire A35 Former Wisley Airfield allocation. Ockham Parish Council will be objecting to the Consultation on this basis using this email address: uptonEnd@lrmplanning.com rather than by completing the form provided on the website.
  • Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council Cllr Colin Cross has asked us to provide (again) a list of issues with pavements and roads within Ockham. We have a long list which includes a section of pavement by the War Memorial, Old Lane and Guileshill Lane. If you have any additions for the list we have missed, do let us know via Alyson our clerk.
  • Local resident Emily Inge has set up a group ‘Ockham for Wildlife’. After a brain storming session at our last Community Coffee morning, we have come up with lots of ideas for improving our own gardens and Ockham as a whole. There are also many opportunities for participation and resources to share. Please join the whatsapp group for more information https://chat.whatsapp.com/G4EG1DaCOFU5iTw3gmU1oO
  • The new Vehicle Activated Sign for speed awareness has been ordered and we hope to have it up in Old Lane soon. We know that Old Lane traffic remains a huge problem.
  • Cllr Sonjia Moran is leading our Memorial Garden initiative. If you want to feed in any ideas, please contact Sonjia on sonjia.moran@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Please contact the Parish Clerk with enquiries

Mrs Alyson Blackwell  – email: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

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News from Ockham Parish Council May 2022

  • A number of residents and parish councillors attended the recent Taylor Wimpey presentation of their so called Master Plan. The feedback we have received is that the presentation was scant on detail including specific information about mitigation measures for the total lack of infrastructure required to support the site – so no change there. We are advised that Taylor Wimpey are likely to submit an outline application for planning imminently. We will keep you informed.
  • Ockham Parish Council have initiated an ‘8 Parishes’ group who are now meeting regularly to discuss issues that affect our area. We are working together on planning concerns and sharing information to our mutual benefit. We will keep you updated.
  • We are planning an unveiling of the Queen’s Canopy plaque which marks the planting of the trees and shrubs donated to us by SCC for HM Queen Platinum Jubilee. This will take place on Ockham Playing Field. Date and time to be confirmed.
  • At our Annual meeting, we discussed climate concerns and shared some ideas which included: improving the insulation in our homes, water butts, avoiding use of chemicals and pesticides in our gardens and participating in Plantlife’s No Mow May https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/about-us/news/no-mow-may-how-to-get-ten-times-more-bees-on-your-lockdown-lawn
  • Sonjia Moran has been co-opted onto OPC as a parish councillor. Welcome and thank you Sonjia.

 

Please contact the Parish Clerk with enquiries

Mrs Alyson Blackwell  – email: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

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News from Ockham Parish Council April 2022

  • Ockham Parish Council will hold our Annual Meeting at All Saints’ on Tuesday 10th May at 8 pm. We have invited an interesting speaker and will be serving wine after the meeting. All welcome.
  • We will shortly be purchasing a vehicle activated speed awareness sign for Old Lane to match the signs we have in Ockham Lane and Ockham Road North. We believe that these signs are helping to reduce the speed of vehicles through our historic village – although we are aware there is still much room for improvement.
  • Old Lane is looking terrible at present with tyre tracks on the verges and a number of overhanging and dead branches. We have raised the matter of the large number of HGVs driving on our weight restricted lanes with the police and are taking this forward with them and with SCC.
  • The climate crisis continues to be an area of focus for the Parish Council and we are interested to hear your thoughts on how we can reduce our carbon footprint in Ockham. Please share your suggestions at our Annual Meeting or send them to our clerk if you are not able to attend.

Please participate in our competition!

  • We would like to update the photo on the home page of our new website https://ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk/ to an image that reflects Ockham in the Spring. Please send in your photos to our clerk or to Cllr Simon Waldman at simon.waldman@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk by the end of the month.

Please contact the Parish Clerk with enquiries

Mrs Alyson Blackwell  – email: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

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Ockham Parish Councillor Vacancy

Ockham Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor to be co-opted on to the Parish Council.

As a Councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Parish Councils are the most local part of the democratic system. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have an interest or experience in delivering projects or would like to be involved in highway matters for the Community. Other areas the Parish Council is involved with are on planning matters and climate change. We have secured some funding for an exciting community project and there is an opportunity to be involved from the outset.

To be eligible you need to be:

  • 18 years of age an elector of the parish or
  • Resided or rented in Ockham for the past 12 months or
  • Principal place of work in the parish or
  • Live within three miles of the parish boundary

The Parish Council Meetings are held once a month normally on the first Tuesday of the month in the evening and you would have an opportunity to contribute on matters of local interest on the Agenda. You would also be expected to progress tasks and feedback.

We would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor. Please send a brief resume outlining some background information, the skills you can offer and reason for wanting to become a Parish Councillor to clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

If you would like to have a chat with someone about this voluntary role then please include your telephone number and the Chair will be in contact or you may wish to attend a Parish Meeting as an observer.

We are inviting expressions of interest by 8th April 2022.

 

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Support for Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine is upsetting and concerning. Parish councillors’ thoughts and sympathy are with everyone who is affected. Some residents have been in touch asking how they might help the people of Ukraine. We would urge those wishing to help to donate and support the appeals that are being managed by UK charities. We have highlighted one below but there are many other appeals. It is for individuals to decide whom they wish to make donations. Unfortunately, Parish Councils by statute are prevented from making donations directly.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has a Ukraine appeal bringing together 15 leading aid charities. DEC charities are in Ukraine and neighbouring countries meeting the needs of all refugees and displaced people. DEC’s appeal can be found at their website, please click on the following link: https://www.dec.org.uk/how-you-can-help

In addition, the Government’s home for Ukraine schemes been launched and can be found at:

homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk

The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety, including those with no family ties to the UK. Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.

The webpage enables individuals and organisations to register their interest and receive further information as the scheme is developed. There is an FAQ page at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-scheme-frequently-asked-questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News from Ockham Parish Council – March 2022

 

News from Ockham Parish Council – March 2022

  • Parish Council has a new website: https://ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk Minutes and news updates are published regularly and the site also gives contact details for the Parish Councillors.
  • We are delighted to welcome Peter Bevan back to the Parish Council. We are looking for a further Parish Councillor to join us. Please look at our website or contact our clerk: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk for details.
  • Please take a moment to go down to Ockham Playing Field and admire the 7 new oak trees (one for each decade of HM Queen’s reign) and multiple forsythia bushes that were planted recently by Ockham volunteers. These were donated to us by Surrey County Council and although they have a lot of growing to do, they will develop into a splendid lasting legacy of the Platinum Jubilee year.
  • The vehicle activated speed awareness signs in Ockham Lane and Ockham Road North have successfully slowed down traffic driving through our historic village. The Parish Council will shortly be purchasing a third vehicle activated speed awareness sign. We hope this will be equally successful in slowing down the traffic in 40 mph and weight restricted Old Lane.
  • We would like to create a floral tribute for HM Queen Platinum Jubilee. If you are interested in getting involved, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Alyson our Clerk for further details.

Please contact the Parish Clerk with enquiries

Mrs Alyson Blackwell  – email: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

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Parish of Ockham – notice of vacancy in office of Parish Councillor

Notice is hereby given pursuant to rule 5 of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England & Wales) Rules 2006, that consequent upon the resignation of Councillor Garry Walton, a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish.

 

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancy signed by ten registered electors of the said Parish is received on or before 3 March 2022 by the Proper Officer of Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.  If no such notice is received by the Proper Officer, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.

 

 

 

Tom Horwood

Proper Officer

 

 

 

Dated: 11 February 2022

 

 

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News from Ockham Parish Council February 2022

  • Taylor Wimpey have an Appeal lodged with the Planning Inspectorate regarding the non-determination of Application 20/P/01708. Via OHRA mailing list, we will share the letter Ockham Parish Council have submitted requesting that the Appeal is dismissed. We will also share some notes about the case so you can write direct if you wish. If you do not receive this information, please contact jamieson@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk  All representations regarding this case must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by 24th February 2022.
  • The Parish Council are looking for a couple of volunteers to erect one of our new village signs please. The posts are in situ already and the sign, which depicts the unusual 7 lancet window of All Saints’ Ockham, needs to be screwed to the posts. It’s a two person job as the sign is heavy. If you can help, please let our Clerk know – details at the bottom of the page.
  • In February we shared with you that OPC and OHRA had recently met with the Police at the Ockham Bites Carpark. We have had some positive feedback from the Police regarding action they are taking to make the location a safe, clean space for all to enjoy. Please share your observations – good or bad – with us or report them direct – details of how to do this in February’s update.
  • We want to create a Memorial Garden adjacent to the War Memorial and have some funding to do this work. If you would like to get involved with this exciting project, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Contact Alyson our Clerk for further details.
  • Villages Against Wisley New Town have arranged a walk in support of the Green Fields Campaign on Sunday 13th February. Meet at the Ponds Car Park on Old Lane or at Ockham Cricket Club on Ockham Lane at 2 pm. All welcome! Dress accordingly. Mud anticipated!

Please contact the Parish Clerk with enquiries

Mrs Alyson Blackwell  – email: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

News from Ockham Parish Council January 2022

  • The Parish Council together with OHRA recently met with the Police at Ockham Bites car park. At our request, the police have agreed to become more actively involved in ‘making the location a safe, clean space for all to enjoy’. Please help by reporting allanti social behaviour you notice on the commons – including litter which is not put safely into the rubbish bins provided. The most efficient way to place a report is online using this link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb/report-antisocial-behaviour/report-the-behaviour-of-someone/?lid=0161b8a4-b9ba-48a2-a492-6207836bc4fd

Alternatively, you can report via facebook: please click the message button on the Surrey Police Facebook page.

The more active we all are about reporting anti social behaviour, the more the police will be able to do.

Obviously do not put yourself in danger at any time.

  • Ockham Parish Council have a new website. https://ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk/

Please note the councillors’ new email addresses.

  • Ockham Parish Council are looking for a new parish councillor. For further details please look at the OPC website.
  • GBC are running a consultation – Local Plan: Development Management Policies. OPC will be submitting in due course and you may want to submit a comment yourself: https://guildford.inconsult.uk/LPDMP21/consultationHome
  • Natural England are conducting a boundary review for the AONB. Deadline 31stJanuary 2022. OHRA will be sending out information shortly on behalf of OPC on how you can participate. We would welcome your involvement please.

 

Please contact the Parish Clerk with enquiries

Mrs Alyson Blackwell  – email: clerk@ockhamparishcouncil.gov.uk