SEPTEMBER 2019 - Coombe Estate Road Closures
You will probably have noticed the temporary traffic lights in Warren Road and the associated containers in George Road. These are in connection with the replacement of the gas main between Edgecoombe Close and Coombe Lane West.
Although Southern Gas Networks (SGN) contacted RBK nearly three months ago we had not been informed and only became aware of the works on the bank holiday weekend. We have since met with SGN.
Due to the location of the existing gas main and the required work area, SGN have said that it is necessary to close George Road close to the container and to close Warren Road by Coombe Neville. This will probably occur some time this week . They have promised prominent signage which may allow some access to residents but clearly the works - which may last two months or so - will cause some disruption to your normal journey patterns. Diversions via Kingston hospital and Kingston Hill will be signposted. The effect on the schools in particular will be significant.
It is very frustrating but we would ask for your co-operation with our gatemen and SGN/KLT persons controlling traffic.
Dr Judy Kane and Rupert Cox
.MAP OF ROAD CLOSURES
AUGUST 2019 - Kingston Police & Neighbourhood Watch Letter - click here
JULY 2019(2) - Letter to RBK - click here
JULY 2019 - Local plan objections
Further to the earlier posting on the Kingston local plan and the implications for the Coombe Estate, here are some points which could be used as a basis for objections to the plan. We would encourage each resident to send in an objection. Objections or comments on the new local plan for Kingston should be sent before July 31 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to
Strategic Planning Team (Local
Below are some key points on the implications for the Coombe Estate, some or all of which you may wish to incorporate in your objections. You may also wish - as a Kingston resident - to comment on the potential massive increase in Kingston’s population, the implications for its infrastructure and the huge increase in traffic congestion and pollution.
Please try not to cut and paste the points below but weave them into your own words which will give more force as an objection than identical phrasing.
• The Potential Opportunity Area is based on a 800m radius from Norbiton Station but extends beyond it in arbitrary manner (see map by clicking here)
• · The Coombe Estate is governed by a specific Act of Parliament, namely The Maldens and Coombe Urban District Council Act 1933 which protects and preserves the ‘Coombe Lands’ under the Act.
• · The private roads as defined in the Act include George Road, Renfrew Road and Brook Gardens
• · There are no powers in the Act to dispose of the land. Any disposal for the purposes of housing development would be contrary to the spirit of the Act.
• The Proposed Opportunity Area
for the southerly 8 holes of Coombe Wood Golf Course is Metropolitan Open
Land which has the same legal status as green belt. It also sits
• Coombe Wood Golf club has a 125 year lease until 2118 with no break clause.
• Renfrew Road and part of George Road are in the same conservation area and the Opportunity Area also contains several scheduled monuments.
• Any potential development would greatly increase the significant traffic congestion which already exists due to the presence of 3 schools in George Road.
To recap: More than 1 objection can come from each residence
Must be done by July 31st
JUNE 2019 - URGENT AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL
We have been made aware of Kingston Council’s new local plan which has a potentially serious impact on the Coombe Estate . Kingston are planning to build 55,000 houses (against the current stock of 66,000 houses for the borough) and have identified the southern 8 holes of Coombe Wood Golf Club (which is Metropolitan Open Land and supposedly protected from development ) and Renfrew Road (part of the Conservation area) as ‘potential opportunity areas’ for development. Please see the link https://www.kingston.gov.uk/newlocalplan for details of the ‘consultation’ which closes on July 31.
Individual residents are urged to send objections to the proposals before July 31, as just one objection from the MCRA committee will not be sufficient weight of opinion. Comments can be sent by email to email@example.com or by post to
Strategic Planning Team (Local plan)
There will also be the opportunity to discuss the plan with Coombe Hill ward councillors at their monthly surgery on Saturday July 6th at 10.00 in Kingston Lodge Hotel.
Dr Judy Kane
APRIL 2019 : CRIME NEWS UPDATE click here
Counter Terrorism Talk
This presentation has been developed to help update those living and working across the Borough of the current national threat from terrorism as well as outline the simple steps that can be taken to help protect ourselves and our community. In a nutshell, we will cover:
The current threat
The content has been updated since our last presentation on this subject two years ago.
Attendance is free but booking is essential.
MARCH - 2019: Care of our Estate/Security - progress
MCRA attended a meeting at Guildhall 1 with RBK on 20th February. Thanks to Cllr Rowena Bass who arranged the meeting and Cllr Ian George who was also in attendance. You can read notes of what was discussed click here. Note the new point of contact (Neville Rainford) and his details.
DECEMBER 2018: Beware - An Imposter
Please read this recent issue sent to us by PC Stamp:
Please click on the following click here
DECEMBER 2018: Meeting with Police at Coombe Hill Golf Club
PC Simon Stamp, DC Gavin Burns and PCSO Oli Barrett addressed a packed meeting of Estate residents, plus some from neighbouring roads in Coombe Hill Ward, at Coombe Hill Golf Club on December 6. DC Louise Holman from the Organised Crime team had been called away for an operation immediately prior to the meeting.
PC Stamp reported that there were 16 burglaries in Sept/Oct 2018 in the Coombe Hill Ward (which extends to beyond Kingston Hospital in the west and the A3 in the west), an increase of 4 over the same period last year. He emails details each month to all those signed up for Neighbourhood Watch. He reminded us of some of the vulnerabilities, particularly the rear of properties.
DC Gavin Burns from the SW Basic Command Proactive Unit outlined Operation Genie which relates to 37 linked high value burglaries in the Kingston area since January 2017. These have also been linked to others in the Met and other forces. The MO tends to be entry to large exclusive houses from the rear of the property ,often from open land, and above the ground floor. Items taken tend to be jewellery and cash, leaving laptops, tablets and other electrical goods behind and the search is often restricted to upper floors only. It has been established that several different teams committing these offences including a number of Chilean nationals. There have been 16 arrests since the end of September and 6 cars have been seized.
There followed a Q & A session with DC Burns and PC Stamp giving guidance on:
and he advised against the use of social media either for posting information during an absence or advising of a forthcoming absence. DC Burns cast doubt on the efficacy of using a private security company for estate-wide patrols in view of the MO of approaching from the rear of properties and the inability to be in more than one place at a time.
Concern was expressed about the use by local newsagents of open counter books clearly recording owners’ absences and addresses. An online system would be better.In response to a question the police have advised that anyone abroad and seeing a burglary unfold on a smartphone security app would have to contact the police on 999 via someone in the UK.
PC Stamp outlined the MetTrace project using SmartWater property-marking kits. This can reduce the chance of burglary if the property is flagged as using SmartWater and results in 100% conviction rates for those caught with marked property. PC Stamp has fought hard to get SmartWater kits for the MCRA residents and hopes that these free kits will be distributed in the near future. Each bottle contains a unique forensic signature. (Instructions and registration forms will be included with the kits). If you would like to register for one of these SmartWater kits please let MCRA know by clicking here.
In answer to a question about progress on the installation of CCTV cameras at Kingston Hill ends of Warren Road and George Road, PC Stamp and Cllrs. Ian George and Rowena Bass have promised to try and exert pressure on RBK, as the installations were promised by Christmas.
MCRA wishes to thank PC Stamp, DC Burns and PCSO Barrett and Cllr. Ian George for their time and Coombe Hill GC for the use of their facilities.
HILL SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
For further advice on burglaries click here
For the latest crime stats click here
We currently employ 4 gatemen who man the barrier Monday to Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday.
Be vigilant. This is what can happen if anyone ignores traffic control mechanisms on the Estate. These pictures were taken at the entrance to Golf Club Drive.
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