About The Bookhams Residents’ Association
The Bookhams Residents’ Association (BRA) was established in 1926 and aims to represent the views of all who live in Great and Little Bookham on important local issues to the local authorities and other public bodies and is independent of all political parties. Out of a population of approximately 11,000 residents the BRA has a membership of 3,000 households which represents 7,000 residents i.e. approximately 60% of Bookham’s population. By having a strong membership embracing the whole of Bookham the BRA can ensure that members’ views will be respected, noted and acted upon by the local authorities and others.
What Does the BRA Do?
Monthly Committee meetings are open to all members and are held on the first Monday of the month starting at 7.30 pm in The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Church, Church Road. Bookham. If the Monday is a Bank Holiday then the meeting is held on the following Monday. Local Councillors attend and actively support the work of the BRA.
The BRA seeks to preserve the character of the Bookhams by reviewing all planning applications in the village and submitting letters of representation as appropriate. Where relevant the BRA will object to or support commercial applications.
The BRA consults with Surrey Highways and MVDC on all Bookham’s Highways matters from parking to repairs and improvements.
The BRA is very active in lobbying statutory infrastructure suppliers for improvements and resolving issues affecting Bookham. Initiatives such as the Bookham Flood Forum are now starting to resolve flooding problems that have been identified in the village.
The BRA maintains a close watch on the village environment and has a Tree Warden who can advise on trees and also arranges for new and replacement trees to be planted on verges. This is funded by the BRA and Surrey County Councillor’s Grant.
In addition to the Tree Warden the BRA also manages a few sub-contractors on behalf of Mole Valley District Council for small works such as keeping pathways clear from overgrowing vegetation and contributes to the SCC/MVDC Local Committee initiative.
Christmas Lights and Hanging Baskets
In association with the Bookham Retail and Business Association (BRaBA) the BRA provides the Christmas Lights in the High Street and Church Road and in the summer hanging baskets on the lampposts.
Young People, Education and Cycling
The BRA has close links with the youth facilities in the village and lobbies for education facilities to be to a high standard not only for the current generation of young people but future generations as well.
The BRA supports the Patient Participation Group associated with the medical practices in Bookham and attends NHS public briefing meetings.
Public transport is an important part of village life and the BRA liaises with local bus companies and lobbying groups to ensure regular bus services continue to be available.
The BRA Newsletter is published twice a year in the Spring and Autumn where we report on BRA and associated groups activities. In addition to the print edition the BRA website is updated regularly as and when new stories affecting the Bookhams become available and there is a BRA page on the Facebook social media site. On the web site you can also register to receive occasional emails on BRA activities and village stories throughout the year. There are also a number of regularly updated Notice Boards around the village. If you wish to advertise on the boards please contact us via e-mail or phone and a BRA team member will liaise with you.
The BRA has close associations with other Bookham groups including Churches Together; Bookham Retail and Business Association; community police officers and the Bookham Community Association (BCA) which is responsible for the Barn Hall in Church Road and produce the Bookham Bulletin.