20 February 2017
THINNING COPSES ON HURST MEADOWS
Lower Mole Volunteers will be thinning and removing side branches in the copses tomorrow (21/2) and on Thursday (24/2), as they have done in previous years, to limit the spread of aspen suckers and open up the stands of trees to encourage woodland plants.
SHIRE HORSES TO CHAIN HARROW WILDLIFE AREAS
Working horses from Operation Centaur will chain harrow the bumblebee banks on Hurst Park and some wildlife areas on Hurst Meadows on 3 March, organised by the Thames Landscape Strategy. According to Elmbridge Wildlife Conservation Officers, the treatment loosens up the thatch on the surface of the soil and stimulates germination of dormant seeds.
IS HAMPTON HEAD REGATTA TOO MUCH FOR HURST PARK?
Elmbridge Borough Council officers have said that Hampton School will repair grassland at Hurst Park, following extensive damage caused by vehicles during the Hampton Head Junior Rowing Regatta on 4 February 2017. The council will also be working with the organisers to avoid similar problems in future.
This year there were record numbers of crews for the 4s and 8s regatta - well over 500 according to the published list. In light of the growing size of the event, Elmbridge officers will be working with the regatta organisers to assess local people's concerns and how problems might be avoided in future.
The grass area reserved for parking had already filled up by 2pm, with still more arriving. Sadlers Ride was jammed in both directions and parking managers directed drivers into the Hurst Park Estate, where streets were already congested. On the field, there was no taping-off of areas, as in the past, to direct the passage of vehicles and people to protect sensitive areas, such as emerging spring bulbs or rare river's edge grassland.
One resident submitted a complaint to the council with images of the Hurst taken on the morning of Sunday 5 February, which you can see here.
SUPPORT LOCAL GREEN SPACE FOR HURST PARK
Elmbridge Council is drawing up its revised Local Development Plan - the blueprint for planning in the borough into the future - and it includes a recommendation to designate Hurst Park and Meadows as Local Green Space. This is something all Friends can back through the consultation, which runs until 24 February 2017.
The important question for us: Is the area demonstrably special to the local community? Hurst Park and Meadows meet all the requirements for the designation, which will confer further protections on this public open space, natural floodplain and nature conservation area.
Read why it is being proposed for Local Green Space in the supplementary detail.
You can write direct to the planning department with everything you want to say.
Tap here for the Local Development Plan consultation. (Q22 relates to Local Green Space)
SURREY'S FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Surrey County Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, is currently running a consultation until 24 February 2017 on its new flood risk management strategy. Again, it is important to contribute to this document in order to get our natural flood plain of Hurst Park and Meadows firmly on the map and fully protected into the future.
Tap here to take part in the flood risk management consultation.
WATER ACTIVITIES CENTRE IN HURST MEADOWS
Following objections from the authorities, notably the Environment Agency, application 2016/2760 for a boathouse by the river in Hurst Meadows, with a launch area on the riverbank, has been withdrawn by the 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts..
Tap here to see the withdrawal notice.
For the full history of this proposal, see our archive pages here.