Dear Runnymede Borough Council,
Following your helpful response to my original FOI request in June 2018, I would like to follow up with further clarifications.
1. Great Charta Close is occupied so can you now give details of the council rates that will be collected in a full year? Could you please provide the same information for the HOX Park student accommodation now also occupied.
2. The £400k towards the costs and maintenance of community social and physical projects in EG - please provide the list of these projects. What are the Community support projects? Where is the planned cycle lane route - where can we see the plan? What is the plan for the triangle and where can we see the proposal? Are the travel vouchers of £100 per unit a one-off or are they in perpetuity and do other "Coopers Hill Lane" residents qualify? Is the yellow bus service available to all local residents? Where is the play area and what are the details of the public access to the site?
3. This is very encouraging but where is the detail and if not available at present, when will it be? What was the outline commitment?
4. As above - where can we input our views? How can we have the lane now designated a 20mph area as the increase in traffic is significant and traffic and pedestrian separation is not possible as this is a country lane?

As a further question can you confirm that the HOX park neon sign is in accordance with the original planning consent - we were led to believe that low-level non-intrusive lighting would be used as the bat an owl population in the area is significant - Please advise.

Yours faithfully,

Bob McLellan

FOI, Runnymede Borough Council

Dear Bob

This is to acknowledge receipt of your freedom of information request, reference 18.12.36 received on 20 December 2018.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

Regards

FOI Runnymede Borough Council

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Dear Bob,

 

Our respective responses are below, in the blue font:

 

1.    Great Charta Close is occupied so can you now give details of the
council rates that will be collected in a full year? Could you please
provide the same information for the HOX Park student accommodation now
also occupied.

 

Council Tax at a full charge for 2018/19 year on all properties  in Great
Charta Close totals £62,055.78. However, some properties may have a sole
occupier discount, benefit entitlements or other discounts or exemptions
which will reduce the amount payable in real terms and these can vary
throughout the year. I am unable to give a figure for the years full
charge on the student accommodation at HOX Park as they have yet to be
given a valuation band by the Valuation Office Agency which calculates how
much Council Tax is payable. However, as HOX Park student accommodation
and students are exempt from payment of Council Tax the amount collected
will be zero.

 

 

2. The £400k towards the costs and maintenance of community social and
physical projects in  EG  - please provide the list of these projects.
What are the Community support projects? Where is the planned cycle lane
route - where can we see the plan? What is the plan for the triangle and
where can we see the proposal? Are the travel vouchers of £100 per unit a
one-off or are they in perpetuity and do other "Coopers Hill Lane"
residents qualify? Is the yellow bus service available to all local
residents?  Where is the play area and what are the details of the public
access to the site?

3. This is very encouraging but where is the detail and if not available
at present, when will it be? What was the outline commitment?

4. As above - where can we input our views? How can we have the lane now
designated a 20mph area as the increase in traffic is significant and
traffic and pedestrian separation is not possible as this is a country
lane?

 

As a further question can you confirm that the HOX park neon sign is in
accordance with the original planning consent - we were led to believe
that low-level non-intrusive lighting would be used as the bat an owl
population in the area is significant - Please advise.

 

The information we have to the above is as below:

 

 

·         Chris Hunt (Head of Community Development) is currently working
on a list of potential projects for the £400k towards the costs &
maintenance of community social and physical projects. There isn’t a list
to see at the current time, but Chris would be happy to provide further
information in due course if Mr McLellan wants to be in touch with him
directly

 

·          The cycle lane route is along the coloured line (the different
colours currently indicate the difficulty of the route) from the end of
Coopers Hill Lane down to the Egham bypass. County Highways are
responsible for the details of how the cycle way will be
upgraded/improved. There are no detailed plans available at the current
time, but Tim Dukes at County Highways (whom I’ve copied in) would be the
best point of contact regarding the implementation of this scheme in due
course

 

 

·         The plan for the improvement to the Coopers Hill Lane triangle
is currently being finalised, in consultation with County Highways. Having
spoken with the Applicants, a plan should be available to view in the next
week or so. Again, the best contact for this is Tim Dukes at County
Highways

 

·         The travel vouchers are for the new occupiers of the development
& they are a 1 off payment. No, other Coopers Hill Lane residents do not
qualify to receive the vouchers

 

·         The yellow bus service is a dedicated service for children and
operates solely to pick up/drop off school children who have to book their
places on the bus – so no, it is not available for other residents

 

·         The play area will be in the area of the site outlined in red:  

 

 

Details of the design of the play area were approved under ref RU.16/1447.
It should have been provided already, but its implementation was delayed
due to the need to chemically treat knotweed on the site. I am informed
that the equipment is on order, and should be installed in the next 2/3
months.

 

·         On public access to the site, there are quite a few strands &
relevant pieces of information. In summary,

 

o   public access was secured by condition on the 2011 permission
(RU.11/0207)to the parkland recreation area, the woodland amenity area,
the amenity area 1,2 & 3 and Chestnut Walk (see attached drawing no.
TD526_04D) from 7am or sunrise (whichever is later) until dusk. Access
will be provided from both within the developed area of the site and from
Coopers Hill Lane and Oak Lane and made available for public use prior to
occupation of the final dwelling on the site or when health & safety
allows (whichever is the sooner).

 

o   Access to the parkland recreation area during construction and
permanent access from Oak Lane were secured under ref RU.14/1636.  

 

o   Details of the access to the extra care part of the site are to be
submitted prior to first occupation of the extra care so we don’t have
these details yet (though see RU.16/1812 for the relevant

condition)

 

o    The booking protocol for the sports pitch/gym is now available under
ref RU.18/0988. The rugby pitch at the eastern side of the site (between
the student accommodation and Air forces Memorial) should now be available
under the terms of the booking protocol

 

·         If you want a 20mph speed limit considered, you should raise a
request with Surrey County Council directly. Again, Tim Dukes would be
able to assist you with this.

 

·         Hox Park sign. The sign doesn’t have consent, but I have spoken
to the Applicants and anticipate that a retrospective application is going
to be submitted to retain it. We will look at the illumination under the
application once details are submitted.

 

 

I hope that this information is sufficient for your purposes.  The
Council’s complaints procedure is on the website:

 

[1]https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/151...

 

If you are not satisfied with this response you may ask for an internal
review.  If subsequently you are not satisfied with the Council’s decision
you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally,
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at the following address:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AS

 

[2]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Many thanks

 

FOI Officer | Runnymede Borough Council

E: [3][email address]     [4]www.runnymede.gov.uk

 

 

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