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28TH FEBRUARY GRITTING ON THE ESTATE28th Feb, 2018
Dear Residents

Yesterday we gritted the roads in the afternoon and today you will see James out with Chris going over the roads again due to the snow fall last night.

Please bear with us.  We cannot be in two places at once so please be patient.
 
If you do not need to go out then please don't. The roads around the Estate, Wellington Avenue, A30 and Christchurch Road are very busy and people are getting stuck.

The trains are not running to time so you might want to check this before you leave https://www.southwesternrailway.com/
Check the White bus service 567 too...http://www.whitebus.co.uk/

Please be safe.
 
Virginia Water Lake Filming-NEW DATES25th Jan, 2018

Dear All,

 

Our first day of full rehearsals is now complete and our filming of Angel Has Fallen commences tomorrow (Wednesday 28th February) at Virginia Water.

 

Due to the inclement weather, we have had to rejig our schedule around so the park will now be open on Thursday 1st March and Friday 2nd March. We will now be filming on Friday 9th March instead to shoot our scenes involving gunfire, explosions and stunts, therefore the park will have a full park closure in place.

 

Kind regards, 

 

Emily Coldwell
Assistant Location Manager

 

T: 07845 698 608
E:
emilycoldwell@outlook.com

 

Angel Has Fallen Productions Ltd, Room 304, L&M Block, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver, Bucks, SL0 0NH

 

 

 

Click to DownloadVirginia Water Postponed Letter For Filming.pdf
Chairman's Letter 201722nd Dec, 2017

The Wentworth Estate

 
4th December 2017
 
Dear Resident
 
I am pleased to confirm that the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee (“WERC”) has decided that there will be no increase in the overall Road Rate payable by Wentworth residents this year. This is the first time for many years that we have been able to freeze the Road Rate. Moreover we have been able to allocate additional budget for 2018 for activities much cared about by many residents including measures to study and then address some of the traffic issues on the Estate.
 
We are however reviewing interest charges on the small minority of late payers and would encourage you to look at direct debit if you do not do so already as it reduces our admin costs. Funds will be debited in January.
 
The biggest issue I inherited when I became Chairman in February 2017 was the ongoing litigation with the Wentworth Club and with the European Tour in respect of the monies paid by the Club to WERC for the holding of the tournament. Put simply, a considerable majority of residents supported the tournament, but an equally overwhelming majority of residents believed that the amount paid of £14,000 per annum was simply not adequate. As I shared with all residents who attended the AGM in June, I am pleased to confirm that we finally managed to settle this litigation. Settling any litigation without taking it to court requires compromise, but nevertheless the final financial terms of £110,000 per annum plus indexation from 2018 onwards, and a payment of just over £250,000 in mid 2017, in respect of 2016 and 2017 and a contribution to costs, represented a considerable improvement on what had been there before and was a good deal for residents. The deal was a 10 year deal. Our legal costs before VAT were very high at slightly over £300,000 + VAT, and although only £ 30,000 +VAT of these were incurred while I was Chairman, anyone who has been involved in litigation knows how much costs can overrun from original expectations and how difficult it can be to stop the train. Moreover the issues were legally complex, as the case was not just about money but also about WERC’s rights over land and covenant rights, capping the period to build the tournament every year, requiring permission for any major changes to the tournament and about contractors’ working hours. Anyway this is all now behind us and it has been a time to rebuild good relations with the Club and the European Tour knowing that their financial contribution to our community is now more significant and that there is a much more solid contractual relationship.
 
The Estate has gone through a lot of change in the last few years, however one of these is that there has been less rather than more development on the Estate. There have been less planning applications in the last two years, and we estimate that building activity is almost two thirds down on its peak in 2013. There are now 21 building sites including extensions against 57 in 2013, and of these there are 12 new builds of which 3 are for larger houses with basements. We introduced new rules for planning applications which came into effect on 1 January 2017. These gave WERC greater control over building sites with more conditions attached to approvals, designed for example to stop the scenario where developments were taking years and creating eyesores. While virtually all residents accept that continual improvement of the Estate requires property development, with the related construction noise and lorry traffic an inevitable consequence, no one enjoys seeing an unfinished building site next to their property for many years. The new rules were designed to address this, and give the Committee the contractual right to fine those not complying.
 
Activities in the next year will include ongoing improvement of our roads and verges, and continuing to help as we can with residents’ concerns about security. There has been a large recent increase in crime in the whole of North West Surrey with burglaries up by 90% in a year. We held a forum on security in July which was attended by over 100 residents, and which had speakers from the Police as well as from Cannons Security. The overwhelming advice was that residents need to take more steps in their own properties to make it difficult for criminals, for example locking up ladders which could otherwise be used to burgle a neighbour’s property, not making it obvious that you are out or travelling, and reporting suspicious activity to Cannons or to our Estate Office. Many people feel passionately about the appropriate solution, but the professional advice will not always back that up. For example there have been more burglaries recently on other prestigious gated estates than on ungated Wentworth; after all stealing cash and jewellery only needs a rucksack not a car. Our number plate recognition software on the Estate together with the vigilance of our Estate Office successfully brought some criminals to justice earlier this year – the police logged the number plates captured in our system, and the criminals were caught while committing another crime in the same vehicle in East Anglia.
 
We are in the final stage of selecting independent consultants to perform a study of the Estate. The study will cover a wide range of issues from traffic calming measures, traffic by non-residents through to the Estate to the case for and against gating, especially as we have 18 separate entry points to the Estate. The police advice is to look very carefully at cost/benefit. There will be much more communication on this subject over the next few months, and we have set up a liaison committee with the Wentworth Residents Association to try and get to a solution that has as much community acceptance as possible. There will also be some disruption which we need your understanding over - for example if there is a study of how many non-residents are driving through the Estate it will be necessary for that study to be effective to introduce checkpoints in certain places to check whether drivers are in fact residents or not. This will not happen until January.
 
Last but not least, to save administration costs, the cost of membership for the Wentworth Residents Association is also itemised on the attached invoice. While this is not compulsory whereas our Road Rate is, we would urge you to pay it and support the Wentworth Residents Association at a time that they have more issues than usual to deal with. This includes defending the rights of Wentworth residents against a Council that seems determined to proceed with a major “Garden Village” at Longcross without seeming to care too much about the effects on residents of Virginia Water including the effect on traffic, as evidenced by their recently removing the Virginia Water representative from the Planning Committee. This same Council that last year sold off the Bourne Car Park, a car park given to the Council in 1962 by our community for parking purposes, without making alternative parking arrangements. This was something on which WRA lobbied successfully (with some political lobbying by WERC also behind the scenes) to make the Council find an alternative. Please at this important time do therefore support or continue to support WRA with your own money rather than applauding them but expecting their activities to be funded by other residents’ money !
 
The Committee and I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy Festive Season.
 
Yours sincerely
  
John Wisbey
Chairman
PGA Negotiations Settled1st Nov, 2017

PGA European Tour

I am delighted to be able to inform you that we have settled the legal action with the Wentworth Club and the PGA European Tour. We felt, as did the overwhelming body of residents, that while we strongly welcomed the annual PGAET tournament, the amount previously being paid to WERC of around £15,000 p.a. did not adequately compensate the community for the use of our roads and related disruption. There were also other issues around the multiple activities associated with the Tournament and the Wentworth Club’s improvement of its golf courses that we believed required WERC approval, even though such approval had not been obtained in previous years. More details were given at the AGM on the improved contractual framework that we have been able to put in place with the Wentworth Club and the PGA European Tour as well as the significant increase in the financial contribution being received from the Wentworth Club. This contribution should allow WERC for the next ten years to keep rises in the road rate to a lower level than would otherwise have been the case, as well as being able to spend more on the maintenance of our beautiful Estate.

 

I would like to thank road rate payers and other residents alike for their patience. This has been a significantly complicated legal case, and our lawyers’ strong advice was not to break the obligation of confidentiality to the other parties while the litigation was still ongoing, or do anything that would prejudice our own case. If that created any perception of secretiveness on the part of WERC, I can only apologise, but the reality is that we were keen to communicate but simply couldn’t take the risk on behalf of residents of jeopardising the legal case.

 

We hope and believe that this settlement will be a turning point in restoring good relations between residents and the Wentworth Club and the PGA European Tour. Most of you who we have talked to found this year’s tournament and the concerts to be excellent, and we had very few complaints.

WERC Chairman presentation to WRA-WERC AGM June 201731st Oct, 2017
WERC - Highlights of 2016/2017 activities
Click to DownloadWERC Chairman presentation to WRA-WERC AGM June 2017.pdf
WRA AGM election onto WERC22nd Jun, 2017
At the recent Wentworth Residents Association's AGM, the result of the election to become a WERC member was in favour of Alex Howard and Taji Zadeh.
Appointment of new WERC Chairman7th Feb, 2017

John Wisbey has been appointed Chairman of the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee with effect from 16th February 2017.  He replaces Dr. Sunil Liyanage who had been the Chairman since 2015.

Commenting on the appointment, John made the following statement:

“It is a great honour to be invited to lead the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee, which is a statutory body set up under a 1964 Act of Parliament.  Wentworth is a very special community, and the challenge is balancing the wishes of residents to preserve a beautiful environment and to maintain the Estate and its roads well, while recognising that development of old houses and renovation is an important part of keeping the Estate beautiful in decades to come.  The Wentworth community has been challenged in the last two years by issues around the Wentworth Club.  WERC has stayed scrupulously neutral on those issues, seeking only to reflect residents’ wishes to achieve a fairer contribution by the Club and the PGA European Tour to the Estate’s costs.  I see it as an important priority to end the current dispute on agreeable terms, and to restore harmony with both the Club and the PGA European Tour.

I would like to thank my predecessor Sunil Liyanage for his wise and capable leadership of the Committee in the last two years at a difficult time and I look forward to working with residents and the WERC's excellent staff over the next few years”.

New Planning Fees for 201721st Dec, 2016
As of 1st January the Planning Fees will increase for the first time in a number of years.  Please go to the Planning Tab and then to Planning and Building Fees for a breakdown.
Vodafone & O2 antennae go LIVE !9th Nov, 2016

WERC is delighted to confirm the area south of Christchurch Road (known as Lower Wentworth South – covering Abbots Drive, Monks Road, Badgers Hill etc.) now benefits from a much improved mobile network.  An agreement was reached with Vodafone and O2 to erect antennae on a real tree as opposed to a stand alone mast or even a fake tree. This concept of utilising a live tree is the first of its kind in this country and prevented the Estate from having to accommodate a mast. Furthermore it was agreed the installation was to be a discreet as possible so as not to create an eyesore – see if you can find it........  

Congratulations20th Jun, 2016
At the recent WRA AGM on Wednesday 15th June in the Wentworth Club Ballroom, we are pleased to announce that John Wisbey was elected as Committee Member for WERC.  John held this position having recently been co-opted onto the Committee.
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