Current issues / developments and events that you might want to get involved with

Christmas Cards are now on sale

Specially produced by The Hampton Society, our Christmas cards feature photographs of scenes unique to our village which have proved so popular year-on- year.

This year’s Christmas cards are now on sale from all commitee members (see below) – still priced at only £4.00 per pack of 10. Please call to place your orders.

The cards are of local scenes (two views in each pack). One card features Red stags in the snow in Bushy Park and the second features a view of St Mary’s Church and Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare from the Surrey bank of the Thames. Both feature the message ‘Greetings from Hampton’.

They will also be available at the following events*:

What’s On in Hampton at Linden Hall, Sunday 23 October
Events of WWI up to the end of 1916 talk at the Coward Room, Hampton Hill Theatre, Wednesday 23 November, 8.00pm
Henry VIII: King and Court talk at St Mary’s community hall, Wednesday 7 December, 8.00pm

*while stocks last

 

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The Hampton Society Summer newsletter

To celebrate our Diamond Anniversary, we have produced a special eight-page issue of our quarterly newsletter. It contains a summary of our achievements over the last 60 years, our current concerns and a review of recent talks and events. It is available to download from our Newsletter page, by clicking on the image on the left or from the following link.

Hampton-Soc-Newsletter-June-2016.pdf

 

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The Hampton Society Planning Guidance Document V1.01 now available to download

The Hampton Society Planning Guidance Document V1.01

Our planning sub-group, that includes an architect and a surveyor, have put together a guide to how they approach planning applications. We review many applications a month and the guide will give you an idea of what criteria has to nbe met before we follow up or put in an objection. We hope you find it of interest.

Planning applications

The main focus of the Planning Sub-Committee is on major new development sites and buildings of historic/architectural interest. We aim to ensure that developments preserve and enhance the beauty of the area, including architectural designs in keeping with or enhancing the style of neighbouring buildings, attention to green landscaping and sustainability. We take account of Council policies in their Development Management Plans when we make comments on proposed developments. We endeavour to work constructively with the Council to encourage developments that meet the needs of the community as a whole and maintain the special character of Hampton, including its historic legacy of buildings and green spaces and attention to details of the street scene such as signage on retail outlets, street furniture, location and design of facilities.

Download the document to read more...

 

The-Hampton-Society-Planning-Guidance-V1.01-June-2016.pdf

 

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Kempton Park development – an invitation to find out more

The Hampton Society have just been contacted by the The Jockey Club’s preferred developer (Redrow) and their consultation team (Curtin & Co) to invite and encourage our members, and residents of Hampton to an ‘Information Day’ they are hosting next weekend. The details are:

Saturday 23 April 2016 between 10.00am and 2.00pm at Kempton Park Racecourse. The venue is Desert Orchid Suite, First Floor, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5AQ.

The stated purpose of this event is to allow those who are interested to meet members of the project team, have a better understanding of Redrow’s approach, and, most importantly, for them to listen to residents and gain fuller knowledge of local concerns.

All of the information will be displayed online at www.RedrowKempton.co.uk from the evening of the 22 April, and there will be mechanisms for initial feedback to be given. 

We would add that when our Planning Work Group, (Sylvia Bridge Le Cluse, Iacopo Sassi and Kevin Rice) met this team in March, the main stress was on the timescale, which was said to be in its very early stages. Please note that:
• No plans have been drawn up
• No planning application has been made
• Green Belt acquisition has not been confirmed
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Full consultation of the needs of residents is the main thrust of this information day – plus an opportunity to meet members of the project team and hear the views and concerns of local residents.

Let’s show them how interested we are!

 

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Village Survey feedback

Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey in November

We will be providing the council leaders and local councillors a copy of the full feedback document that we expect to inform the Village Plan process.

As a snapshot of life in Hampton towards the end of 2015, the most overriding conclusions are that the sampled residents feel strongly about the following issues:

Relating to planning

Current planning policy is largely agreed with (although there is some scepticism).
There is concern about over-development and the threat to the distinctive and appealing ‘leafy’ character of the village.
There is concern over agreement being given for in-fill development (garden grabbing).
There is concern that ‘change-of-use’ is leading to loss of places of employment in the village.
There is concern that development in neighbouring boroughs (Kempton Park/Spelthorne) will have a detrimental effect on life in Hampton.
Parking is not taken seriously enough with new developments although a CPZ is not welcomed.

Relating to village life

Hampton has a strong sense of community.
Bushy Park is the one of the highlights of living in Hampton, followed by our proximity to the river, local pubs and Hampton Pool.
Hampton is a safe neighbourhood.
There are many clubs and associations in or near Hampton for people be part of.
The Hampton Village Traders Association and its member traders has made a positive impact on village life with the events (Christmas celebrations; Screen on the Green; Car show) that it runs and organises.
Rail service criticised for infrequency and unreliability.
Pavements are in need of attention throughout the village.
Not enough short term parking along shopping streets.
Traffic speeds are not monitored as well as they should be (accident black spots on High Street between Hampton Pool and the triangle; traffic speed in Station Road).
Hampton Academy is ‘perceived’ to have a poor reputation (not taking into account breadth of catchment area including neighbouring boroughs and proximity to high achieving private schools). Greater support has been requested to encourage local parents.
The clearing of the derelict boats on Thames near Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare took too long.

If you would like to read the complete document it is available to download here.

It contains all of your additional comments to the issues raised in the survey which are grouped into subjects within each area.

Hampton-Village-Survey-Feedback-Feb-2016.pdf

 

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Village Meeting Feedback

THS Village Meeting

Dear All,

Thank you

On behalf of the Hampton Society and Hampton’s Community Links Officers, Bill Reed and Mamta Khanna, I would like to thank those of you that attended the Village Meeting a fortnight ago. We were very encouraged by the turnout (138 attended) and excited by the number of different ideas that were generated. To those of you that were unable to attend, thank you for your interest and I will keep you copied in to future communications.

Tight squeeze

We’re aware that the format of the meeting was a bit different and not what everyone was expecting, but we were keen to involve as many people as possible and felt that small table discussions would be the best way. We didn’t expect so many residents to attend, otherwise we would have hired a larger venue! One of the main disadvantages of this was that tables were overcrowded and close together so it was little noisier than we would have liked and therefore difficult for everyone to have their say. However, the plus side was that there was a real energy in the room which seemed to really get discussions off the ground.

THS Village Meeting

In summary

The evening’s findings underlined unanimous views on parking and traffic problems, engaging local youth in community activities, the need for more trains, road and pavement maintenance, no public toilets, 65 per cent of the population allegedly being elderly, and a plea for later starts to evening meetings to suit commuters. Equally, there’s a general consensus that with the river, Bushy Park and plentiful open spaces, the open air pool, plus all our schools, we’re very lucky to be living in such a lovely place. And then there are all your great ideas: open a temporary charity shop in one of the empty shops in Station Road to raise money for a skatepark; create one central Hampton website to consolidate information; start a film club using the fantastic new facilities at Hampton Academy; bring in half hour free parking for residents; sponsor school children to come up with ideas for Hampton in the future - and the list goes on… plenty of food for thought for the council!

Immediate concerns

We will continue to work with the council to ensure that your feedback is fed into the Village Plan process. However, there were some issues raised that require more urgent attention, most notably the condition of roads and pavements. I would therefore like to bring your attention to the following:

• 22 February is the deadline for nominating patches of pavements and roads that need attention.
• Other urgent maintenance faults can be logged here.

Longer term issues such as those raised around river moorings, Hampton at the end of Zone 6 and parking can all fall under the Village Plan review.

THS Village Meeting

All inclusive

We’re grateful to all those who filled in the feedback sheets (please see the attached document if you are interested in the comments gathered on the feedback forms). There certainly seems to be interest in further meetings being held and we feel it’s important that other local organisations have the chance to take the lead and host these. Our meeting sought to be inclusive of all areas and groups within Hampton, but we recognise that residents perceive a North/South divide and that some organisations will have stronger links with particular areas. One of the most positive outcomes from the Village Meeting is that it enabled local organisations to make face-to-face contact and they are already planning how they can work together and hold future forums.

AGM

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to The Hampton Society AGM, St Mary’s Community Hall at 8pm on Thursday 16 April 2015. All are welcome to attend. If you are not already a member of the society and would like to join click here.

And finally…

I would like to finish with some feedback we received form Bill Reed:

“Just about the best event of its type I can ever remember attending. There is clearly a great buzz of energy and commitment from residents to protect and enhance the place you all live in and treasure. An inspiring evening.”

Best wishes,

Sam Redfern

Chair of The Hampton Society

THS-Feedback-from-Village-Meeting-02-02-2015.pdf

 

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