ABC Newsletter May08
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ABC Releases Interim report 21st February 2008
The report identifies the major issues from the survey and discussions with over 1,600 adults and 400 younger people.
Several areas are highlighted for improvement and projects to tackle them are proposed.
Initial project teams are being formed for "Shabby to Smart" to help improve shopping areas and "Community Facilities" to work with Tandridge & Surrey County Councils on a variety of schemes.
Volunteers can still play a major role in creating more detailed bids for funding and to see the ideas into action.
The report was published in February and distributed to all households in the area via County Border News or the Caterham Independent.
You can read it or download it here, or it is also available in the libraries, in Stafford Road and Westway.
Additional more detailed information is also available for download at the same site. ( Password is "public")
- ABC File a detailed report on findings and recommendations.
- ABC Snapshot the collection of facts we gathered on people, cars, transport, business, development, health, schools, environment, social & community.
- Now joined by the May Newsletter.
or by post on request.
Click on the pictures above to download the interim report, or read it below.
A Reminder: What is a town Healthcheck?
|In summary ABC has identified the following six objectives for future action: |
• Retain local landscape and character
• Improve youth and other community facilities
• Improve traffic flow and parking
• Enhance the town's appearance from "shabby" to "smart"
• Attract new businesses
• Maintain the impetus generated by the Healthcheck
Many potential initiatives have been identified to achieve these objectives over varying timescales from immediate to long term. Some discussion has already begun with partners, including Tandridge District and Surrey County Councils, about how to progress these ideas. While not all may be feasible as currently conceived, we hope they will serve as signposts for the kind of improvements that the people of Caterham want to see.
Stop press: Surrey CC have agreed to fund an interim youth facility on the adult education site, while a review takes place of needs for community facilities. We welcome the decision to provide a youth facility but nevertheless remained concerned that reinvestment in Caterham of a substantial share of sales of Local Authority assets occurs. In today's carbon concious age, community facilities on a local basis are clearly preferred to remote ones with poor transport links and associated cost and resource use.
• Encourage development of the Rose & Young site to regenerate the north end of the Valley.
• Establish a Farmers' Market.
• Ensure community input regarding the provision of local education services.
• Monitor the capacity of doctors' surgeries via an annual survey.
• Celebrate Caterham's character (signs, heritage trail, website & Festival).
• Achieve cleaner streets & open spaces (incl. coordinated collection of trade refuse).
• Seek a review of storm water and sewer systems.
• Review bus / train services (links to Oxted, E.S. Hospital and between Hill/Valley)
• Identify schemes to relieve traffic congestion in the Valley and Westway and consider options to provide new parking for commuters and shoppers
|Longer term |
• Consider options to redevelop Caterham Valley with enhanced public space, improved retail area, additional car parking and better traffic flow.
• Provide a new purpose built community centre that could accommodate a variety of functions such as a museum, library, cinema, community hall, cultural events and youth services.
• Consider options to enhance the Raglan area on the Hill.
• Work with Schools to reduce the number of cars used to transport pupils.
|What happens next…..how can you help? |
Now that we have a vision for the future of Caterham it will be exciting to see at least some of the ideas put into practice. Initially, we will work closely with the relevant authorities and pursue funding from SEEDA to achieve as many short / medium term goals as possible.
However, we are aware that some of our ideas could take a long time to implement and, in some cases, may be very difficult to achieve. The viability of the more complex proposals will need to be assessed by the relevant public bodies. If deemed practicable and financially viable, more detailed work can begin to see how the bigger projects can best be achieved.
During the next few weeks, it is particularly important that we attract more volunteers to help with the work ahead. There would be plenty for new ABC members to do and this is an exciting time for additional people to become involved. Please make contact if you would like to find out more about how you can help. Full details are provided below.
The first two projects we are forming teams on are "Shabby to Smart" and "Community Facilities"
|If you are interested in working with ABC on any of the ideas, contact; |
Post: ABC Project, C\O Tandridge Voluntary Services, Soper Hall,
Harestone Valley Road, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6YN
Summary information collected by the ABC team is available at our
Web site and includes:
• Background facts. "The ABC File" - Coming soon.
• ABC Heritage collection. Pictures & articles - Coming soon.
Thanks to: All the volunteers, residents, local businesses,
organisations and services, Council staff, Councillors and other
advisers, who have contributed their time , knowledge and ideas.
How to help us
Volunteer to take part in one of the study groups. We need individuals to participate in the groups and be responsible for developing proposals and seeing them through to implementation.
Click Helpers for information on where you can help.