I’m pleased to report that my colleague Graham Ellwood had been elected for a third term to represent Burpham and Merrow (Known as the Guildford East Division) on Surrey County Council at the local elections that took place on 4th May 2017. I look forward to continuing to work with him on Burpham issues in the years ahead.
Although situated just outside Burpham, in Jacobs Well, residents in Burpham have for a number of years been interested in the future of Burpham Court Farm. The decision has now been taken (April 18th 2017) by Guildford Borough Council to sell the buildings, in their current state, whilst keeping the land within the ownership of Guildford Borough Council and actively considered for use as a wetland nature reserve.
This decision should be welcomed as it will secure the future of the buildings, probably for much needed residential use, whilst using the land for community use.
The site, which closed in 2009, is no longer viable as a stand-alone farm.
At its AGM held on 16th January 2017 the membership of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum (BNF) voted to seek re-designation as a recognised forum once the current designation expires next year. This is great news for Burpham as a Forum is able to respond more quickly to local planning matters than, say, a Parish body.
Since the adoption of the Burpham Neighbourhood Plan the committee of the BNF has been working hard monitoring planning applications in Burpham and making submissions where appropriate to ensure the policies of the Plan are being given due weight in the decision making process.