Presentation Slides from the AGM on 2nd October

Thanks to all that attended the AshRA AGM on 2nd October last.

The slides that I presented on the night can be viewed via the following link. (The first document includes parts 1 and 2, all links are via dropbox.com)

Agenda, Local Plan and Transport Plans

Part 3 Policy A30 and Development Site

Part 4 Level Crossing

Part 5 Contacts for Residents

If you have any comments on them or seek clarification, please contact us

Finally, as no volunteers for Chairman came forward, I confirm that I will continue in that role until February 2020. However, I do need to hand over the role of Chair by then and will be pleased if you will consider whether you would like to take on the role. If you are interested, please get in touch


Drop in Sessions - Ash Road Bridge and Ash Manor School

Two Drop-In events you may wish to attend on Tuesday 8th October:

Ash Manor School – Community Engagement, who welcome parents, residents, alumni abd future families to see plans for the next phase of Ash Manor's development. Although it is not clear what this entails, I am hoping that it provides details of the expansion required to meet the Local Plan policy reference SED 4. The event will take place between 2:30 and 7pm and will be at Ash manor School.

Ash Road Bridge - Plans to replace the level crossing with a road bridge (ref 19/P/01460) in Ash have now been submitted. If you have any questions on the plans, please drop-in and meet the team (from Guildford BC) on Tuesday 8 October between 3-7pm at the Victoria Hall, Ash Hill Rd, Ash, Aldershot, GU12 5DN. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about the planning application and the technical work that has been completed. The drop-in will be run on a first come first served basis. For more information, including a chance to view comments on the plans visit guildford.gov.uk/planning.

Direct link to planning application - http://www2.guildford.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_GUILD_DCAPR_187733

Following the drop-in events, if you would like AshRA to make comments on your behalf, please contact info@ashra.org.uk

John Dymott
(Chairman AshRA)

AGM - 2nd October

Dear Resident,

Ash Residents Association is to hold an Annual General Meeting at 7:30 on Wednesday 2nd October in the Victoria Hall, 121, Ash Hill Rd, Ash Vale. GU12 5DN. Your attendance will be appreciated.

I have been Chairman for AshRA for almost 12 months but regret that I will have to leave the role as it is my intention to move away so that my wife and I move nearer to family. This involves a move to Wales.

Whilst the meeting will cover a number of topics (details to follow), I would like you to consider whether you or someone you know will stand to take of the Chair for the forthcoming year. If you wish to nominate someone, please ensure that the nominee agrees to being nominated.

If you wish to be considered or can nominate someone, then please contact returning.officer@ashra.org.uk.

See you on the 2nd October,

John Dymott

Manor Farm, The Street, Tongham

There are new documents relating to the Planning Application 18/P/02461, which refers to the development of about 250 new properties at Manor Farm, The Street, Tongham (opposite the Brewery). One of the comments made so far is that “According to this website, only 159 people/properties have been consulted”.

The new information provides details about the site’s construction and management.

If you have any concerns about the development, then please make your comments known. You can access the application on the GBC website here

Proposed A31 White Lane Gap Closure Meeting

Matt Furniss (Surrey County Councillor) has organised a public meeting about the possible gap closure on the A31 into White Lane.

There have been an increase in incidents where cars are crossing the A31 into White Lane that is causing safety concerns.

Please do come along to hear from the Surrey County Council Road Safety Team about what could be done and give your feedback on the proposals.

This is not a formal consultation but as your County Councillor he wanted to give local residents an early say in the process.

When: Monday 4th Feb 2019, 18:00 to 19:30
Where: Old School Hall, Poyle Road, Tongham

AGM and Committee Elections - Results

Just a quick note to thank all of those that attended the ASHRA AGM on Wednesday evening.

We are please to say that we have elected a new committee and will be able to carry on our work on behalf of the community as we have in the past.

The new committee is as follows

Chairman - John Dymott
Secretary - Iain Collie
Treasurer - Nicola Crossley
Committee Member - Alastair French

We would like to express our thanks again to Graham for all the hard work he has put in over the past 10 years and wish him well in his bid to become both a Parish and Borough councillor. He has said that whilst not being able to be on the committee any more he will continue to support ASHRA and will help out where he can.

AGM & Committee Elections

Dear Resident,

I have been encouraged by various Councillors to stand for election to Ash Parish Council and Guildford Borough Council at the next elections in May 2019, and after a lot of thought I have decided to go ahead and put my name forward.

In order for this to happen, and in order for me to be effective as a Councillor, I needed to join a political party, which I did a couple of weeks ago.

Unfortunately this action rules out the possibility of me remaining as Chairman of Ash Residents Association as the Association is non-political, and I have therefore resigned as Chairman. I will however be able to extend my association with ASHRA as a committee member, which I hope to do, and thereby continue my support.

I feel that in becoming a Councillor at Guildford BC, and very locally within the Parish, I will be able to extend my influence, working alongside other Ward Councillors, to support and improve the local community, and indeed give support to ASHRA.


We need to elect a new Chairman, and indeed a new Secretary, as we've been running without one since Roger Smolski moved out of the area.

These positions are far less onerous now than they have been over the past 10 years, but issues still arise that need addressing and it is very important that ASHRA keeps supporting the people of Ash and Tongham.

We would like to think that there are residents who would be willing to take on these roles, and accordingly we invite nominations to be sent to the Returning Officer by 2nd November 2018. At present we just need the nominees name, address and e-mail address and the position you want to stand for. To contact the Returning Officer click here

Once all nominations are received, the Returning Officer, Alastair French, will publish the names. We will then hold a General Meeting of ASHRA, at Ash Parish Council, Ash Hill Road on the 21st November 2018 at 19:00, when the new Officers will be elected by residents of Ash and Tongham on a show of hands.

In addition to elections for the two officers mentioned above, the existing Vice Chairman, Treasurer and other Committee members will be standing re re-election.
We hope that the meeting in November will be well attended.

I truly thank everyone in Ash & Tongham for their support over the past 10 years or so, and I hope your support for the new Chairman & Committee will continue.

Graham Eyre

Ash Station Level Crossing / Bridge

Given the number of questions raised at the Ash Forum on 18 April 2018 relating to highways issues associated with the proposed Ash Road Bridge scheme, Guildford Borough Council have asked if we, ASHRA, could consult with our residents and submit questions related to highways issues only.

I would therefore invite all of you to send any "highways" questions you have on the subject to us at info@ashra.org.uk by Monday 18th June 2018. We will then formulate these and send them to GBC.

They then propose to hold a joint meeting with us, together with other groups and Surrey County Council to respond to these questions a couple weeks later. Once they have sight of questions they can assess attendance from SCC and book a meeting date. Feedback from this meeting will then be provided at the next public Ash Forum meeting, tentatively arranged for 25 July 2018.

If anyone has not seen the plans, they are available on the GBC website - here

Thank you for your help.

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