Category Archives: Surrey News Updates

A3 Guildford – Update on Improvements to the Stoke and University Interchanges

Dear Stakeholder,

A3 Guildford – Update on Improvements to the Stoke and University Interchanges

We wrote to you in December 2018 to announce improvement schemes at Guildford as part of our ongoing commitment to safety. We would like to provide you with an update of what has happened to date and forthcoming.

Average Speed Cameras (A3 Northbound)

The average speed cameras along the A3 northbound carriageway have been installed and are now operational. This scheme aims to reduce traffic speed and collisions due to excessive speed on A3 northbound.

Stoke Interchange (A3 Southbound)

This scheme aims to bring better traffic flows through the junction reducing the tailbacks on the slip road and dual carriageway; we anticipate that work should be completed in early-August 2019.

As many of you may already be aware, we will be closing the southbound exit slip road over a weekend period (from 10pm on Friday 26th July through to 6am on Monday 29th July 2019) to allow various activities including safety barrier, signage, widening and resurfacing works to be undertaken which cannot be done safely using only lane closures.

University Interchange (A3 Northbound)

Work to improve traffic flows through the University Interchange, reducing the tailbacks on the slip road is scheduled to start in August 2019. We expect work to be completed in March 2020.

The existing exit slip road will be extended back towards the main A3 carriageway and widened to provide more capacity. The existing footpath between the slips will also be closed and an improved footpath will be installed along the slip road up to Egerton Road.

For the safety of our workforce and customers, narrow lanes will be in place on the northbound exit slip road with the reduced speed of 40 miles per hour, and we will have a number of overnight closures of this slip road (9pm to 6am).

There will also be occasional overnight closures of the A3 northbound carriageway from Compton (B3000) to the University Interchange. During these closures a signed diversion will be in place via the B3000, the A31 Hogs Back, Guildford and the A25.

A3 Cathedral Re-Cabling (A3 Southbound)

We will be installing approximately 3000 meters of underground cabling, as part of our renewal activity. These works will include some small excavations that will allow investigation works to be completed. All excavations will be back filled or made safe at the end of each shift.

Works are scheduled to start in early September 2019. For the safety of our workforce and customers, we will need to close the southbound exit and entry slip roads at the Cathedral Junction (overnight between 9pm and 6am) for a period of approximately three to four weeks. During these closures signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions.

Please be aware that these works have been carefully planned to improve the current traffic situation on the A3; and carefully programmed to reduce the overall impact during construction. The schedule is 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

Yours faithfully

Kathryn Blofield

Communications Coordinator

Waverley ‘Executive Listening Panel’ to hear public views on oil drilling

Waverley Borough Council’s Executive is seeking views from the public and other stakeholders to help shape its response to Surrey County Council’s consultation on proposed oil and gas exploration near Dunsfold.

UK Oil and Gas Ltd submitted an application in May this year for permission to drill an exploratory well on land near Dunsfold. Surrey County Council is the determining authority and Waverley Borough Council is being consulted as the Local Planning Authority.

Waverley’s Executive is inviting individuals and organisations to make representations in person, before a panel of four Councillors at a special evening session between 6 – 9pm on Tuesday 23 July at the council’s offices in Godalming.

Speakers will be allowed four minutes each to make a statement and Listening Panel members may ask questions to clarify any of the issues raised. The Listening Panel will be held in public and will be webcast live.

Those who wish to make representations are asked to email listening@waverley.gov.uk by 9am on Monday 15 July, stating their name and address, any relevant background information (eg profession or qualifications), whether they are acting as an individual or on behalf of an organisation and a summary of the key points of their representation. Depending on the number of responses, it may be necessary to limit the number of speakers on a particular issue.

Waverley Borough Council Leader, Councillor John Ward said: “When we announced the council’s new Executive, we said we wanted to do things differently, to be open and transparent and most importantly, to listen to our residents.

“We understand that this is an extremely sensitive issue for the local community. We want to include the views of our residents and the potential impacts on local communities in our response to Surrey, alongside the more technical considerations and our assessment of the environmental impacts.

“This is a new approach and essentially we will be piloting the format, as well as using the results from it to help shape our consultation response. I would urge local people, community groups or other organisations to get in touch and come along on 23 July to share their views with us.”

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Surrey County Council – Transformation Project Overview

From: Tim Oliver, Surrey County Council Leader

Sent: 20 June 2019 07:26

To: All Councillors

Subject: Transformation Project Overview

Dear Members

Please find attached a two page summary on each of our transformation business cases, along with slides that I hope you find useful by way of background.

If you have any queries please feel free to raise them either with myself of the relevant Cabinet Member.

Kind regards

Tim

Tim Oliver

Leader of Surrey County Council

The Surrey Waste Local Plan 2019-2033

From: Mike Goodman CLR <mike.goodman@surreycc.gov.uk>
To: All Councillors
Subject: Surrey Waste Local Plan

Dear All,

You will be aware that we have been preparing a new Surrey Waste Local Plan. We are now at the stage of our examination in public and I am emailing to let you know details of when the Examination Hearings will take place.

The Hearing sessions (which are part of the Examination) will start on Tuesday 17 September and are currently expected to last for around 6 days. They will be held at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DN.

The Independent Inspector appointed to undertake the examination is Anne Napier BA (Hons) MRTPI MIEMA CEnv.

Those organisations and persons who have made representations on the Plan will have already been asked if they wish to take part in the Hearing sessions by the Programme Officer. The Inspector may also invite others to take part if she feels this would be helpful to her. The sessions will be open to the public to observe.

The Examination Library, submitted documents and information on the examination in public (including the timetable) can be viewed on the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy webpage: www.surreycc.gov.uk/newwasteplan

If you have any questions or require further information please contact us by email and we will get back to you:

Email: wasteplan@surreycc.gov.uk

Best Wishes,

Mike Goodman
Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport
Surrey County Councillor for Bagshot, Windlesham & Chobham

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.