Happy New Year to everyone, doubly so if you are Chinese.
According to various Internet sites, the Chinese believe that the year of the Dragon is about change and re-creation. Reform, including social reform. On the larger scale we will just have to wait and see whether that proves to be true. Here in Cobham for our own Chinese take-away, it is certainly going to be a year of change, as they have announced that they are closing their shop on the High Street this Saturday.
Personally I shall miss their cheerful service and excellent cooking. I am led to believe that their lease is not being renewed because their landlord wants to charge a far higher rent to an estate agent which can pay much more and wishes to move into Cobham. Presently there is only 1 Chinese take-away in Cobham. I have not yet noticed a shortage of estate agents in the town. I will let my readers draw their own conclusions from this.
Secondly, I have now been contacted by residents concerned about a plan to erect a large mobile telecommunications mast on Miles Lane, close to the junctions with Four Acres and Ashcroft Park. A similar application for a mast at the junction of Sandy Lane and Miles Lane was rejected last year. Any concerned resident should keep an eye out for any planning application made to Elmbridge BC and should ensure that they and as many other residents as possible write to the Planning department as soon as possible expressing their views, whether in favour or against this proposal.