Agenda item

Recommendations from the Countryside Consultative Group meeting held on 29 March 2018

Decision:

Resolved that:

 

(a)      with regard to Milbourne Pond, the proposal to redesign the pond be supported subject to any extra costs involved being met by the Weston Green Residents’ Association; and

 

(b)      an easement for services only be permitted across Ditton Common.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: A5, A6, P4, P5)

 

The Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture informed the Cabinet that, at its meeting on 14 June 2018, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had considered two recommendations from the Countryside Consultative Group (CCG) meeting held on 29 March 2018.

 

Firstly, in respect of Milbourne Pond, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had supported the CCG’s recommendation that the Pond be redesigned in order to hold water throughout the year thus changing its morphology from a dew pond to an amenity-based resource subject to any extra costs being met by the Weston Green Residents’ Association.

 

Secondly, with regard to a request to agree an easement for both services required by a property and for vehicular access across Ditton Common, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had supported the CCG’s recommendation that an easement for services only be agreed at this location.

 

The Leader invited Councillor Mrs. J.R. Turner, Group Leader of the Hinchley Wood Residents’ Association Political Group, to address the meeting.  As one of the Ward Councillors for the area, Councillor Mrs. Turner provided a further update regarding Milbourne Pond and confirmed that the monies required to undertake the proposed works had been raised locally.  She advised that once the works had been undertaken, the Pond would retain water and therefore become an amenity-based resource.  With regard to ongoing maintenance, Councillor Mrs. Turner commented that the local community would be looking after and maintaining the Pond in the future.  In respect of the easement request over Ditton Common, given that the proposed vehicular access would be onto Hampton Court Way and as this was a busy junction, Councillor Mrs. Turner advised that it would be dangerous to agree a right of way for traffic in this location.  However, an easement for services only was acceptable.

 

The Leader then invited Councillor Mrs. M. Marshall, a Claygate Ward Councillor, to address the meeting.  In respect of Milbourne Pond, Councillor Mrs. Marshall queried the depth of the Pond once the works had been completed.  For the purposes of clarity, Councillor N. Haig-Brown advised that the perched water table would be accessed to provide water for the Pond.  In this regard, it was therefore noted that the additional depth would be approximately 30 cm.

 

On consideration of the recommendations from both the CCG and Overview & Scrutiny Committee, the Cabinet

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)      with regard to Milbourne Pond, the proposal to redesign the pond be supported subject to any extra costs involved being met by the Weston Green Residents’ Association; and

 

(b)      an easement for services only be permitted across Ditton Common.

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