Category Archives: Surrey News Updates

Surface Dressing Works in Lion Lane

I have received notification of surface dressing works in Lion Lane on Thursday this week:

Around one hundred roads across Surrey are scheduled to receive surface dressing during May and June. The programme is due to start on Wednesday 15th May.

Surrey County Council’s surface dressing team will treat areas with a high volume of traffic that require preventative treatment to keep them in a good condition. We will also seal and waterproof the road, provide a new surface to improve braking and increase safety. This work is highly weather dependent so likely to change. The road surface has to be completely dry to lay the surface dressing so even a small amount of rain, or rain overnight, could stop the works taking place if it’s not dried out in time. You can find out more on SCC’s surface dressing page.

A3 Bramshott (Hampshire) Southbound Resurfacing

From a notification by Keir Highways here:

Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out work to resurface a section of the A3 southbound carriageway between the Canadian War Memorial and Liphook junction, to ensure the network remains in a safe condition for our customers.

The work is currently scheduled to take place over four nights starting on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

TRAVEL: Portsmouth Road between Bramshott Chase and the A3 will be closed from 8am today for resurfacing works…as it runs parallel with the A3. Traffic will be diverted through Grayshott village. pic.twitter.com/zvgLxuPB2k— BBC Surrey (@BBCSurrey) April 26, 2019

For the safety of our workforce and customers we will be closing the A3 southbound carriageway between the A31 Hog’s Back and Liphook, with a signed diversion in place from the Hogs Back, west along the A31, then south on the A325 to Longmoor.

Access will be maintained along the A3 southbound carriageway for villages between the Hogs Back and Thursley, and for emergency service vehicles on blue light calls.

Please be aware that these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances – please check the yellow signs placed in advance at the junction for confirmation of the closures dates/timings.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused during our work; if you have any questions, or if you’d like to know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Surrey County Council’s poor performance

It is a challenging time to be standing for election as a Surrey County Councillor. The council itself has significant challenges. In the past few years, note:

  • Failure to deliver some of the most basic services (Failed Ofsted inspection of Children’s Services, Failed HMI inspection of Fire and Rescue, cuts to local highway budget)
  • Poor Financial Management (CIPFA Report)
  • Cuts to Services
  • High spending on high level permanent and interim staff and the rejection of an RA/Independent proposal for the open monitoring of the high salary costs
  • Additional allowances for Conservative councillors

There has never been a greater need for Independent councillors who are able to scrutinise and challenge decisions free from party politics.   

The council is composed of 81 elected Councillors, and in all but one election since 1965 the Conservative Partyy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey_County_Council has held the majority- there are currently 59 Conservatives, 9 Independent/Residents Assoc, 9 Lib Dems, 1 Labour, 1 Green. And, 1 vacant seat.

I am contesting the vacant seat.

More detailed reading below:

December 2018 CIPFA Criticism

Residents will no doubt be aware of the poor state of Surrey County Council’s finances.  It is of course partly the result the Government’s reduction of the grant funding allocated to the County Council, but an independent Report by the well-respected Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and commissioned by SCC itself, has severely criticised the County Council for its financial management and budget planning. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-county-council-faces-unbridgeable-15161504 

January 2019 SCC Fire & Rescue service declared Inadequate

Following on from the 2018 Ofsted Report which severely criticised SCC’s Children’s Services as failing, an Inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has reported that SCC’s Fire and Rescue service is “Inadequate” at efficiently keeping people safe, and is failing to make the best use of its resources.  This is further worrying evidence of a council failing in the delivery of some of the basic services which it is legally required to provide. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-fire-rescue-rated-inadequate-15575032

February 2019 Spending on High Level Temporary Staff

At a time of cuts to services it is interesting to note that over the past year SCC has spent almost £2.5 million on temporary and interim staff, mostly on high level salaries.  In one case SCC paid a recruitment company over £294k “to source and manage an interim Adult Social Care director” for a year.

Council Meeting March 2019

Conservatives voted down an RA/Independent recommendation to “amend the Terms of Reference of the People, Performance and Development Committee to provide for the monitoring of the costs of senior management salaries, interim appointments and redundancies” thus rejecting openness and transparency in regard to senior management pay.

Budget 2019 Included

  • Closure of Children’s Centres
  • Additional charges for household waste – construction wood and roofing felt, despite concerns over am increase in fly tipping
  • The free travel concession for disabled pass holders will no longer start at 9.00am but will in future start at 9.30am on weekdays, all day at weekends and on bank holidays
  • Further cuts to the local highway budget, the money allocated to fund locally determined highway maintenance work & improvements. So more bad news for our highways

Children’s Services rated as Inadequate by OFSTED in May 2018

SCC was rated inadequate for its services supporting children “who need help and protection”, and in leadership, management and governance. In its 2017 report, SCC was told “a number of children in Surrey who have been at risk of serious harm were not assessed, helped or protected quickly enough”. https://www.eagleradio.co.uk/news/local-news/2373475/serious-weaknesses-found-in-surrey-childrens-services/

May 2018 Surrey County Conservatives Vote Themselves More Money

At the May 2018 Surrey County Council Meeting, the Conservatives voted to create four new Deputy Cabinet Member posts to be filled by Conservative county councillors, with an allowance each of £10,000.  In addition, and despite an Independent Review Panel recommendation that allowances be not paid to all Committee Vice Chairmen, the Conservatives also decided that they should continue to be paid.

In 2013, Haslemere voted for its first ever Independent Councillor for Surrey County Council.

Vote for Nikki Barton to turn that bottom corner of South West Surrey white again.

(Press release from SCC RA/Independent Group re council budget cuts).

Anger Over Absentee Councillors

From The Haslemere Herald, 25th March 2019, this article explains why there is a by-election for the Haslemere ward of Surrey County Council: Anger Over Absentee Councillors.

Haslemere Town Council found it was increasingly difficult to make contact with the previous Conservative County Councillor for Haslemere. This is a councillor who was receiving taxpayers’ money to serve the public. A representative from Haslemere Town Council stated:

Cllr Hampson has thus not been able to respond to our requests to discuss important issues such as the recent Surrey consultations on children’s services, libraries and community recycling centres. We very much hope that whoever replaces him has the time and commitment to the post that our residents deserve.”

I am cited in this same article:

“As the previous Independent Surrey county councillor for Haslemere, I had a real sense of the public duty to serve my constituents and felt a personal obligation to be fully engaged with the community that I care deeply about.

“You cannot be the voice of Haslemere, standing up for residents and organisations, as well as lobbying for scarce and diminishing funds and resources, if you are not engaged or able to be present. ”

In the by-election for the Haslemere ward for Surrey County Council, there are only three candidates – Nikki Barton (Independent), Conservative and Labour. The local Green and Liberal Democrat parties have deliberately not named a candidate, because they are supporting me. Read more here from the local Lib Dem candidate, Terence Weldon.

The Waverley Borough Council Local Plan Part 1

The Waverley Borough Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Sites was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on 21 December 2016 for independent examination.

The scheduled Examination Hearings took place between 27 June and 6 July 2017. Following the Hearings, the Council prepared some Main Modifications to the Plan for public consultation. These were consulted on from 8 September to 20 October 2017 and the responses are available to view.

Upon reviewing the Main Modifications and the consultation responses, the Examination Inspector then issued some further questions to which the Council responded on 29 November 2017.

See The New Local Plan Documents page on Waverley’s website for all current information,

Surrey Pothole update from @SurreyCouncil

Yesterday evening, I shared this tweet from Eber Kington an Independent Surrey County Councillor:

This morning, Haslemere Town Councillors received this pothole update from Colin Kemp, Cabinet Member for Highways at Surrey County Council. I thought it would be helpful to share, with a reminder of how to report potholes:

From: Colin Kemp CLR <colin.kemp@surreycc.gov.uk>
Sent: 31 January 2018 22:12:22
To: £Members All Councillors
Subject: short note of pothole situation

Dear all

This time of year normally sees an increase in the reports of defects and potholes on the highway due to the wet and cold weather. This type of weather is anticipated during Winter and resources are put in place to manage any peaks in defect numbers The beginning of this year has seen an unusually high number defects and potholes. The repair gangs have recently been working extra shifts throughout the week and weekend to keep up with the number of defects being reported and we have now added some additional gangs to provide some further resilience in the short term.  We also have a jet patching machine out and about which carries out a rapid repair treatment.  This type of repair will be mainly used on targeting potholes on some of our residential roads.

Although your local highways teams do their best to monitor their areas and spot any defects, there is over 3000 miles of road in Surrey so they/we need your help. If you see a pothole on the network then please use the Report it function on the SCC website.  From here you can also see if someone has already reported a defect by zooming in on the map when trying to ‘locate the problem’.

Thank you in advance for your help and patience.

Colin Kemp

Cabinet Member for Highways

Surrey County Councillor Horsell West & Goldsworth East

Woking Borough Councillor for Horsell

Tel: 07889 289177

 

Cabinet Senior PA: Isabella Nye-Meredith

Tel 020 8541 7208

Email Isabella.nyemeredith@surreycc.gov.uk

Consultation – Surrey Waste Local Plan

Please see below information that Haslemere town councillors have received from Surrey County Council.

Surrey County Council is undertaking a public consultation on the new Surrey Waste Local Plan (SWLP) between 1 November 2017 and 7 February 2018.

The draft plan provides the Vision, Strategic Objectives, Draft Policies and Proposed Sites which are intended to guide the future of waste management facilities in Surrey until 2033. The draft plan includes a total of nine potential sites for waste management facilities.

Following this consultation Surrey County Council will be publishing and consulting on a pre-submission draft local plan which will then be submitted to the Government for independent examination.

To make it easy to comment and to help Surrey County Council to understand views on the approach they have taken, they are hosting a survey on the consultation portal ‘Surrey Says’ (https://www.surreysays.co.uk).

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2017 – (A287) TILFORD ROAD AND (D5504) TOWER ROAD, HINDHEAD

NOTICE
THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
(A287) TILFORD ROAD AND (D5504) TOWER ROAD, HINDHEAD
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2017

ON 27 SEPTEMBER 2017 SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL (“THE COUNCIL”) MADE the above mentioned Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”), the effect of which will be to temporarily: –

(a) Prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of (A287) Tilford Road, Hindhead, from a point outside the 2nd entrance to the Shell petrol garage on Royal Parade to a point 60 metres north and/or any part and/or parts therein; and

(b) Prohibit waiting at any time along the following lengths of Tower Road, Hindhead: –

(i) 100 metres from its junction with Tilford Road, on both sided of the road; and

(ii) 100 metres from its junction with Portsmouth Road, on both sides of the road.
This Order is required because of the likelihood of danger to the public and or damage to the road caused by a large void in the carriageway. The Order came into effect on 28 September 2017 to continue in force the provisions of a Notice issued under Section 14(2) of the Act, namely “THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL (A287) TILFORD ROAD AND (D5504) TOWER ROAD HINDHEAD TEMPORARY PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF TRAFFIC NOTICE 2017,” which came into operation on 19 September 2017. The Order shall be in operation until 27 March 2018, however the temporary restrictions will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed.

Access for pedestrians will be maintained at all times. Access for emergency vehicles, residents and businesses will be maintained via the signed diversion route. The Council are satisfied that, in accordance with Section 3(2)(a) and 3(2)(b) of the Act, vehicular access to and from premises within the affected length of Tilford Road specified in sub-paragraph (a) above or accessible only therefrom may be restricted in order to avoid danger to persons or other traffic using the road, or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising.

Southbound vehicular traffic will be diverted via Tilford Road, Churt Road (part of which is known as Crossways), Farnham Road, Frensham Road, Firgrove Hill, Longbridge, Downing Street, The Borough, South Street (A287), South Street (B3001), Farnham By-Pass, Runfold Diversion, Hogs Back, Puttenham Hill, Hook Lane, Puttenham Heath Road, Guildford/Godalming Bypass, slip road off A333 Portsmouth Road and Tilford Road. Northbound vehicular traffic will be diverted via Tilford Road, Portsmouth Road (A333), Portsmouth Road (A3), Puttenham Heath Road, Hook Lane, Puttenham Hill, Hogs Back, Guildford Road (A31), Guildford Road (A325), East Street, Dogflud Way, East Street, South Street, Union Road, Longbridge, Firgrove Hill, Frensham Road, Gong Hill, Crossways, Churt Road and Tilford Road.

Exemptions apply for vehicles when waiting because they are required by law to stop, are obliged to stop in order to prevent an accident or are prevented from proceeding because of circumstances outside the drivers control and in respect of anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform or of a civil enforcement officer will apply when the temporary restrictions are in force.

DATED           28 September 2017

 

If I could be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours Faithfully,

Raise Quizora

Traffic Regulation Orders Clerk

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Local Highway Services

Surrey Highways

Tel: 0300 200 1003