Haslemere Independent County Councillor Update

Here is an update of my activities as Haslemere’s independent Surrey County Councillor over the past few weeks:

Meetings attended since my last update
Meetings attended at County Hall, Kingston

Mar 15, 2016 Full Council (Agenda, minutes and webcast here)

April 21, 2016 Economic Prosperity, Environment and Transport Board (Agenda and minutes here)

May 9, 2016 Haslemere Station Travel Plan finalising meeting with SCC Sustainable Transport team (link to final STP document)

May 10, 2016 Residents Association/Independents group meeting

May 17, 2016 Full Council (Agenda, minutes and webcast here)

June 9. 2016 Economic Prosperity, Transport and Environment Board (Agenda and draft minutes here)

July 5, 2016 Residents Association/Independent Group meeting

July 12, 2016 Full Council (Agenda here)

Waverley Local Area Committee meetings attended

Mar 16, 2016 SCC Highways Merrow, with Planning team to discuss PIC/SIO6 developer funding available for Haslemere highways schemes

Mar 18, Waverley LAC (Agenda and minutes here)

May 31, 2016 Waverley Youth Task Group, Godalming: presentations by Future Steps providing 1:1 Early Help, and Eikon outreach work as part of Waverley Local Prevention Framework.

Waverley youth task group - Eikon Bus

Waverley youth task group – Eikon Bus

June 17, 2016 Waverley Local Area Committee, Haslemere Hall (Agenda and draft here) See 2 paragraphs below:

Highways Budget 2016/17: Revenue Maintenance £237,173, Capital Maintenance £457, 242
Haslemere and Western Villages Task Group will receive approximately £120,000- to be divided equally. Of these funds 70% has to be spent on highway maintenance. I have been working with the Highways team on the list of priorities- to be finalised mid-July.  To include – drainage and highway surface improvement Sturt Railway Bridge and section of Sturt Road; sections of Kings Road, High Lane and Lower Street (at junction with Sandrock) resurfacing,
Project Horizon resurfacing: Blackdown Lane completed spring 2016, however Liphook Road-Sturt Road has been placed on a reserve list.  I am challenging this decision.

There is wide spread concern among councillors about the lack of information for members about Project Horizon, roads dropped from the list, little if any information about future plans.
Project Horizon 5 year Pavement Maintenance Programme – a new £21m scheme, an attempt to address an unacceptable level of deterioration of pavements.  Waverley LAC members raised their concerns that only one pavement scheme is planned in Waverley 2016/17 (a long stretch in Cranleigh) and that decisions over priorities were not based on local member knowledge.
I was re-nominated as the Waverley LAC committee representative on the SCC Friends and Family Committee

June 21, 2016 Waverley Local Area Committee private informal meeting, Farnham Town Hall

Haslemere Town Council meetings

Mar 17, May 12, June 30 2016 Haslemere Town Council – SCC Highways update and
Haslemere Railway station major works. Minutes/agenda here:

Meeting with HTC and SCC 17Mar16 – Minutes

Meeting with HTC and SCC 12May16 – Minutes

Meeting with HTC and SCC 10JUN15 – Agenda

South West trains are carrying out major improvements, a new cycle hub for 190 spaces is being built, works to improve the forecourt have just started and an additional deck on the station car park will commence in late August 2016.

Agreeing a forecourt design has involved many meetings, and numerous partners – including SWT, Network Rail, SCC Highways and Passenger Transport with input from Station Travel Plan survey findings.

The challenge is how to meet the needs of all station users, when there is such limited physical space – the station built in the 1850s was never intended to cope with 1.7 million passenger journeys/year.  Forecasts indicate passenger numbers will continue to increase, the large housing developments planned for Dunsfold, Bordon, Fernhurst and Midhurst will add further pressure on Haslemere station and the surrounding roads.  Building an additional deck on the carpark will provide an additional approx. 110 spaces, a temporary solution to the need for further parking capacity. I believe we need innovative, creative planning to cope with future demand, while maintaining the character of Haslemere as a small market town.
Disruption during the car park works, while challenging offers potential opportunities for travellers to find new ways of getting to the station- an on-line survey to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/haslemerestationaccess to see if there is demand for a Hoppa trial for commuters to the surrounding villages.  Passengers can also check out SCC Travel Smart website www.travelsmartsurrey.info for travel information to the station. For more information, read an earlier blog post here.

On June 14, 2016 a SCC/SWT communications event was held at the railway station: SCC Sustainable Travel Team ran Personalised Travel Planning training to passengers, SWT displayed forecourt and car park plans followed by an open community evening event at Georgian House Hotel.  (Link to recent plans).

SCC Sustainable Travel Team ran Personalised Travel Planning training to passengers

SCC Sustainable Travel Team ran Personalised Travel Planning training to passengers

SWT Travel event at the station

SWT Travel event at the station

Station Information Event

Station Information Event

Haslemere Station Community Rail Partnership

Mar 15, 2016 South West Trains stakeholder conference, SWT Basingstoke campus – SWT franchise ends June 2017, they plan to work with community on their franchise bid notably via the Community Rail Partnerships.

Mar 22, April 27, May 25, 2016 Haslemere Community Rail Partnership- established to promote Haslemere railway station as a “gateway” for visitors both to the town and the surrounding countryside, for the benefit of the businesses and town community. Improving the aesthetics and signage at the station forecourt and approaches is also a key goal.  The partnership has now been formally registered with ACorP- the national Association of Community Rail Partnerships.  Benefits include match funding for station forecourt improvements from SWT, with statutory agreement for future franchise holders to continue this funding support.  The previously vacant station shop has now been refurbished as a community information hub.
Haslemere Highways site visits and key issues.

Local Highways Issues

I have organised regular site meetings with residents, and SCC Highways and parking teams. Issues addressed include Critchmere – property flooding issues, Hindhead – pedestrian crossing, St Bartholomew’s Church and Tanners Lane – parking and concerns over pedestrian safety, Woolmer Hill – parking/bus blocking,

Three Gates Lane, traffic speed reduction ITS scheme is still incomplete: SCC Road Safety Working Group has explained that this is due to a back log of VAS (Vehicle Activated Signs) installations and the need for traffic management during the works, the 2 funded new VAS on the approaches to Three Gates Lane have unfortunately been delayed for over a year.  Currently planned for July/August, 2016.

Shepherds Hill/Lower Street highways works to improve pedestrian safety, completed May 2016.

Weyhill zebra crossing, works started late June, 2016 – currently the footway has been left purposely unfinished to allow the electricity board and Skanska to go in and supply the columns. Snagging to the unfinished section has been carried out, Keir have been asked to make some changes to improve it. It is hoped the electricity board will be going in very soon to carry out the works.

Bunch Lane, additional wooden posts to prevent verge parking to be installed.

Lower Street/Shepherds Hill pocket park – Town Council have asked to take ownership from SCC, still awaiting confirmation of the legal costs involved.

Some of the local events attended:

Mar 17, 2016 Woolmer Hill School music concert – contributed £680 funding from my members allocation

Left to Right for photograph Susan Stathers (Chair of Governors), Toby U (Yr7), Clare Talbot (Headteacher), Matthew Nash (Head of Music), Mille B (Yr 9), Nikki Barton, County Councillor, Eloise H (Yr 7)

Left to Right for photograph
Susan Stathers (Chair of Governors), Toby U (Yr7), Clare Talbot (Headteacher), Matthew Nash (Head of Music), Mille B (Yr 9), Nikki Barton, County Councillor, Eloise H (Yr 7)

April 19, 2016 Haslemere churches meeting to support local councillors, Camelsdale Vicarage

April 23, 2016 HM Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday parade, Haslemere (more here)

April 24, 2016 St Georges Parade, Beacon Hill – all local scouting groups

May 2, 2016- Haslemere Charter Fair, judged the Town Crier competition (more here)

May 17, 2016 Brexit Debate – Haslemere Hall, Paddy Ashdown and Lord Forsyth lively debate in a very packed Hall

Paddy Ashdown (Remain) and Lord Forsyth (Leave) with compere in middle of picture

Paddy Ashdown (Remain) and Lord Forsyth (Leave) with compere in middle of picture

May 19, 2016 Mayor making, Sahran Abeysundara confirmed as new Mayor for Haslemere, Town Hall and July 10, Mayors Civic Ceremony, Haslemere Hall

June 16, 2016 Eagle Radio interview on station works and Station Travel Plan

June 29, 2016 Haslemere Vision Community Land Trust meeting, Haslemere Museum

Surrey County Council Members Allocation 2016/17

Haslemere Waverley Skatepark Open Day, August 11, 2016: Provided £500 grant towards the £2,000 costs of the event. The all-day event of workshops and competitions will be open to all skateboarders and bmx riders ages 7-16 years.

Any Haslemere community group is invited to contact me to apply for a grant, please see previous update (here and here) for a list of grants awarded previously.

Surrey CC Post Brexit

Rising demand for essential services while government funding is falling, SCC is being squeezed from both ends and this is set to continue.   Despite plans to save more than £80 million from the SCC budget this year, the increasing demand and cost pressures on SCC services will wipe these savings out.
The increase in demand for social care services account for the vast majority of this, with pressure set to continue.  By 2020 there will be an additional 6,500 Surrey residents over the age of 80 – many of them needing our support.  As the population of the county grows, SCC is also expected to provide thousands of additional school places, as well as improve the road network and dispose of Surrey’s waste.
Surrey is a significant net contributor to the national exchequer, yet receives one of the lowest financial settlements from the government in return.

Update: Haslemere railway station forecourt improvements

Work to improve the railway station forecourt in Haslemere by South West Trains (SWT) commences on Monday 4 July. The phasing and delivery has been planned to have minimal impact on how you currently use the forecourt and SWT have included night work to aid in this.

South West Trains' notice at Haslemere station

SWT notice at Haslemere station

South West Trains’ forecourt poster (thumbnail above)

Architectural drawing of forecourt improvements

Existing Haslemere forecourt drawing

Temporary Prohibition Traffic Notice – Wey Hill/Farnham Lane/St Christopher’s Road, Haslemere


SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL IN EXERCISE OF ITS POWERS UNDER SECTION 14 (2) OF The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers hereby gives notice that no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to enter or proceed in that length of Wey Hill (B2131), Haslemere that extends from its junction with Farnham Lane (D134) and its western junction with St Christopher’s Road (D5521) and/or any part and/or parts therein.

This Notice is required to enable highway maintenance, improvement and/or resurfacing works to be carried out on behalf of Surrey County Council. The Notice will come into effect on 11th July 2016 for a period of 5 days however these works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 within 2 nights of this period. The prohibition will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed and to the extent indicated by those traffic signs.

The prohibition referred to above will not apply in respect of anything done:
a) with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform;
b) in accordance with any restriction or requirement indicated by traffic signs placed on the highway by or on behalf of the Police.
Access for emergency vehicles, residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.

All eastbound vehicular traffic except buses and HGVs over 12’ height will be diverted via Wey Hill, Lion Green, Junction Place, Liphook Road, Sturt Road, Bell Road, Midhurst Road, Shepherd’s Hill, Lower Street and Wey Hill.

All westbound vehicular traffic except buses and HGVs over 12’ height will be diverted via Wey Hill, Lower Street (eastbound), Lower Street (westbound), (to follow gyratory due to the prohibited right turn at Shepherd’s Hill) Shepherd’s Hill, Midhurst Road, Bell Road, Sturt Road, Liphook Road, Junction Place, Lion Green and Wey Hill.

Buses and HGVs over 12’ height will be escorted through works by banksmen.

Update on station forecourt and decked car park in Haslemere

These are the latest timings that I have from South West Trains (SWT) for the works at Haslemere Station:

  • Cycle compound works completed by 6th July
  • Forecourt Improvements commence on 4th July and will last until the end of August. This work is being done with minimal impact on business as usual.
  • Decked Car Park Scheme starts on 18th July with enabling work and access improvements. This initial work impacts on 50 spaces. The main work then starts within 4 weeks and will last until the end of the year impacting on the whole car park.
  • SWT and SCC are still exploring alternative ways to get to the station, including a Hoppa bus option. (Please read more here about our survey.)

On the forecourt reconfiguration, there was resident concern (read Haslemere Herald here) about some of the plans which I wrote about briefly yesterday. These are being reviewed by SWT. Keep checking for more updates. Preliminary work was due to begin 3 days ago, however, it is delayed whilst SWT aims to accommodate resident feedback. A design of the forecourt will be published here once it is finalised.

Click here to view a line drawing of the decked car park.

Utility works on Petworth Road, Haslemere

I advise of some impending utility works on Petworth Road Haslemere, They are from outside Fern Cottage to outside Paddocks. The works are using two way temporary signals.

These works are being carried out by Southern Gas Networks and to replace a small section of gas main.

These works are due to take place from Monday 27/06/16 for approximately 12 days,

I trust you find this information useful.

PLEASE fill in this survey about access to Haslemere Railway Station during the car park works

As you will have read, South West Trains are upgrading parking and cycling facilities at

Haslemere Railway Station.


South West Trains Leaflet

South West Trains Leaflet

South West Trains Leaflet

South West Trains Leaflet

URGENT  Travel Survey for Accessing the Station  URGENT

South West Trains and Surrey County Council want to make it as easy as possible for people to access the station. We want to understand what travel options you would be interested in and willing to try during the works. If you have a minute, please click on the survey link below and answer the questions. We need as many people as possible to respond to help us gauge demand for a Hoppa service during the works.

!!! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/haslemerestationaccess !!!


In addition, are you aware of these websites to help you plan your route and also to find alternative parking during the works?

Surrey Travel Smart website

Surrey Smart Travel: Choices that help cut carbon, calories and cost

Summery Smart Travel: Choices that help cut carbon, calories and cost

Website: https://www.travelsmartsurrey.info/ with information for journey planning including calorie information and cost breakdown for each journey choice.

Surrey Lift Share

Surrey's LiftShare

Surrey’s Lift Share

Website: https://surrey.liftshare.com/

The website links drivers and passengers so they can share their journeys.
With 4,116 lift sharers in the Surrey network, there’s a great chance of finding a journey match

  • You can join the network free of charge.
  • You’ll save money as soon as you start lift sharing.
  • You’ll be reducing congestion and pollution

Another ridesharing website is BlaBla Car: https://www.blablacar.co.uk

Rent out your driveway to railway users

JustPark: https://www.justpark.com/uk/parking/haslemere/

ParkOnMyDrive: http://www.parkonmydrive.com/

Surrey Bus Timetables

Bus timetables for the whole of Surrey are available on Surrey County Council’s website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/buses-and-trains/bus-timetables


When the work begins on the decked car park, there will be more cycle parking at the station, as part of a wider cycle scheme delivering an additional 1400 cycle spaces across the South West Trains network.

SWT Cycle Hub Leaflet

SWT Cycle Hub Leaflet


Blackdown Lane/The Common, roadworks 13 June 2016

Following on from the recent works completed on Blackdown Lane / The Common in Haslemere, the council is currently planning to return on 13th June 2016 to carry out some remedial works (see my blog post here, re. the original works).

The council will be changing the gully frames and covers here in order to improve the safety for cyclists using the roads. These works will require the same road closure and diversion as the previous works which will be in place between 9am and 4pm. Weather permitting we anticipate these works will take just one day to complete however the permit has been booked for two days in case of heavy rain.

Due to the short notice, we have arranged for advanced warning signs only to be erected in the local area tomorrow.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the works team on email works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk.

Agenda for next Friday’s Waverley Local Committee

The agenda for Waverley Local Committee, Friday, 17 June 2016, 10.00 am has just been published.

To view the agenda and officer contact details, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere GU27 2AS

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item