Nikki Barton – Independent councillor for Surrey County Council (Haslemere Ward) and Haslemere Town Council (Haslemere South Ward). Serving community interests and not political interests. Haslemere first.
Further cuts to night cover at fire stations are being proposed by this council. The first round of ‘transformational’ cuts had a significant impact on Haslemere station, which is now is currently often left empty. Most incidents on Haslemere’s ground are now being covered from outside the areas resulting in increased attendance times- often between 20-30 minutes- when the promise is attendance is under 10 minutes, 80% of the time. I understand studies indicate an overall reduction in attendance times as a result of the transformation, however this is not working for Haslemere- which also provides cover for any emergencies in the A3 Hindhead Tunnel.
My question, given the current situation as described above, how can I reassure my residents in Haslemere that they can have confidence in their fire service provision to assist in an emergency particularly during the night?
On sustainable transport relating to SCC’s proposed new headquarters:
Given the distance of the proposed Woodhatch site from the nearest rail station, what plans will be made to ensure our residents, SCC staff and councillors are able to access the proposed new civic heart for Surrey by sustainable transport modes?
Many residents have contacted me about the tree on Woolmer Hill and the resulting build up of traffic. I have been working with SCC highways on this matter. Here is an update from our highways representative for Haslemere:
“The tree that was originally in question has been cut away and cleared but our tree surgeons discovered a further 4 dangerous trees that are in danger of falling. Where the trees are located unfortunately they require some additional specialist equipment including a crane, digger and cherry picker to carry out these works safely. Unfortunately this takes time to organise but the works will be carried out on within the next couple of days to get all 4 removed. Once again sorry for the inconvenience. ”
the age of 5 can be tested but there will need to be 2 parents or guardians in
the vehicle – one driver plus one adult in the back to administer the test (you
must not leave your vehicle once on site). If only one parent is
present, you must park away from the test centre and enter on foot, where you
will be taken to a different area for testing.
transport can walk into the testing centre, but will also need a
Congratulations to Shottermill Infant School on achieving their Green Flag ECO status award- thanks to the innovative and sustained efforts of the dedicated teaching staff, green team, pupils and parents.
The school received their new hot compost bins before lockdown, funded from my SCC Members’ Allocation. Head Jilly Storey comments – “a huge thank you to you for the grant that enabled us make the huge leap to dealing onsite with our own food waste. We have made our first lot of our own compost and are getting used to the new aromas around the site!”
Best of luck to Head Jilly Storey who is currently shortlisted for the National TES Environmental champion of the year.
Message from Waverley Borough Council on phasing out pesticides.
Waverley Borough Council will hopefully be adopting a Pesticides Policy and Action Plan shortly that has been drafted as part of the Councils move towards phasing out the use of pesticides. In order to help deliver the action plan we are looking to start the undertaking of trials of pesticide free products as an alternative to the traditional Glyphosate based products to control weeds within the borough. As part of this, we have been in discussion with Surrey County Council highways earlier this year about our intention to trial a different product in selected areas to treat weeds on highways. Highways areas are where the largest volumes of pesticide based chemicals have been previously applied in the borough. SCC have been in agreement with our intentions and we will be sharing this same information with them shortly for comment before starting.
In consultation with Cllr Townsend as our portfolio holder we have selected for four ward areas;
Cranleigh West, Godalming & Charterhouse, Haslemere Critchmere & Shottermill and Farnham Hale & Heath End, where we will undertake these initial trials on SCC highway areas. Within these identified ward areas, we have selected roads and a few footways where we will conduct the trial (identified by a red dotted line on the maps), please also see the attached excel file for more specific details of the identified trial areas. The relevant ward members have been notified.
product we will be using is called New Way which contains Acetic acid as the
active ingredient. There is a potential for a strong Vinegar odour
following application that may linger for a period of time but eventually
In regards to weed control on SCC highways in the rest of the ward areas and indeed the Borough as a whole, we are only undertaking one normal (pesticide based) weed spray throughout the borough, instead of the previous two sprays in preceding years, again this is too support the action plan of the forthcoming Pesticides Policy by reducing the usage of pesticide products.
We will be arranging for some communications about this with residents, so
that they are aware of what is happening.
you have any questions or queries relating to this, please do not hesitate to
contact me as soon as possible. We are hoping to next week, weather
depending and complete the trial by the end of the month if possible.