Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley

Come and learn about the project and hear the projects keynote speaker on Monday 23rd November at Shalford Village Hall from 7pm

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THE SURREY HILLS BOARD – press release


This Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project will focus on the wonderful and unique industrial heritage of the Tillingbourne Valley.

The project titled; “The Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley”, will encourage the villages along the valley to research and record its unique industrial past that has stamped its character on their communities. Leather, Paper, Iron, Gunpowder and Corn milling are some of the industries the River Tillingbourne supported for centuries but memories and knowledge of this history are fading fast. The aim of this HLF funded project is to give the next generation, who may know little about the history of the area they live in, a chance to get their hands on the facts and explore the past story of their communities in an engaging way.

It is hoped to encourage each village, and in particular local schools and young people, to become involved with their families in bringing history to life by researching their heritage and creating a local fictional character from the past and writing their story. The project will include local celebration events.

As part of exploring the rich history of the valley, this HLF Project will help villages develop a Tillingbourne Trail that will promote walks along the footpaths of the valley and its surrounding hillsides.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about nature and water conservation, and gain skills needed to maintain and improve the beautiful River Tillingbourne for future generations to enjoy.

The lottery funding will enable the Shere Museum to become a hub for all this effort and help fund a new “Tillingbourne Gallery” which will become a permanent source of inspiration and information on the valley’s industrial history, displaying artefacts and research findings developed during the project.

This project is all about bringing people together, through a shared love of their surroundings and roots. A pageant is planned for the end of the project to celebrate the success of the project and bring together the stories that have emerged.

If you would like to be involved and hear more about the project as it gets started, please register your interest by contacting your local representative, giving your name/s, phone and email address:

Chilworth and St Martha:
Shere and Gomshall:



Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council Consultations

Surrey Country Council Consultation on Community Recycling Centres

The following explanation for the consultation were received in a letter from SCC Cllr Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment

I am writing to let you know that Surrey County Council is launching a consultation about possible changes to community recycling centres (CRCs).

The Council very much regrets having to make these proposals. Whilst they create efficiencies, which take into current account patterns of use, they are at the same time a reduction in service that I know is highly valued by our residents.

Continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services means that the need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels. This year alone we need to make savings of more than £100m – that’s about 10% of our overall budget.

The following changes are proposed:

  1. Permanent closure of four smaller CRCs – Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham
  2. Ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste
  3. Closing CRCs on two weekdays so all sites are open for five days a week
  4. Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only
  5. Ensuring CRCs in Camberley and Farnham are only used by Surrey residents

For more information, please visit the consultation webpage at The questionnaire will be live from Friday 23 June.

Hard copies will also be available at CRCs and by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053 456. The consultation closes on Monday 7 August. We are encouraging consultation returns to be made via the above webpage where at all possible for ease of processing.

The consultation responses will be used to inform the final plans which will be agreed by SCC’s cabinet this autumn. Your support in encouraging residents to take part in the consultation is appreciated.

Although I understand why these changes will not be welcomed I do firmly believe that they will allow a comprehensive and efficient CRC service to Surrey’s residents to be maintained while delivering savings to the taxpayer to help protect essential services.

Shalford PC response can be seen here – SCC Recycling response

Guildford Borough Council Local Plan

The final consultation stage of the borough Local Plan is now underway and finishes at Monday 24th July at midday

Residents can comment online or in writing to Guildford Borough Council. Full details of the Local Plan can be seen at

This consultation will only deal with changes to the proposals from 2016, although all comments will go to the Planning Inspector.

Shalford PC comments can be seen here – Local Plan Final Consultation comments

Comments from the 2016 consultation can be see here – Local Plan response July 2016

Comments from the 2014 consultation can be see here – Local Plan response Sept 2014

Guilford Towncentre Masterplan Consultation

The plan is looking at making improvements to the town centre by adding more pedestrianised areas, better access for cyclists and pedestrians , and encouraging traffic out of town centre.

This consultation takes place until Monday 16th November 2016 and the full details can be found at

The Shalford Parish Council response can be seen here

Surrey County Council Guildford Town Centre Transport package

This consultation is running alongside the Town Centre consultation and addresses some of the important transport issues associated with the plan.You can see the proposals under consideration and complete the individual questionnare at by the end of Monday 16th November

The Shalford Parish Council response can be seen here