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Becoming a Councillor – information and events

SUBJECT: Becoming a Councillor – information and events

Dear Members,

We will shortly be hosting the first of our upcoming Becoming a Councillor events. Full details are in my e-mail below but to summarise the dates for these sessions are:

Wednesday 29 January 2020 6 – 8pm (Registration from 5.30pm) – Training Centre, Wray Park, Reigate and Banstead

Friday 28 February 2020 10.30 – 12.30pm (Registration from 10am) – Woking Borough Council Chamber

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to anyone who you think might be interested – e.g. Political Associations, Residents Association’s, Parish Council’s, community groups etc.

I hope this information is clear but if you have any questions regarding the events, please do let me know.

Kind Regards,


Rachel Basham

Member Services Manager

Democratic Services, Surrey County Council

Surrey Police and PCC Engagement Events

Dear Residents Associations,

Surrey Police and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner are holding a series of public engagement meetings from January 8 – February 2020, and would like to invite your residents to help promote and attend these events for the maximum impact in our communities.

See attached media release and link here to assets with the specific details of each local event, now being promoted by Surrey Police. Residents are urged to register for their local event using the eventbrite links here.

The meetings are a great opportunity for members of your Association and other local residents to get involved in the issues that matter to them locally, to hear about future plans in policing their neighbourhoods, and to consult on plans for the local council tax precept for policing in 2020.

A meeting will be held in every borough and district in Surrey, with presentations by, and an opportunity to ask questions to the PCC, a Chief Officer and the local Borough Commander.

Please could those of you who are interested please help to share these events using any social media and local contacts who may be interested in attending? There is a limited time before the first event so all help to promote engagement is much appreciated.

If you’re not already doing so, please do take a moment to follow @SurreyPCC for this and other news, including information on how tax payers money is helping us tackle crime and create a safer Surrey.

Please do contact me for more information or to ask questions.

Many thanks,

Communications and Engagement Officer

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Surrey Climate Commission event on 4th December

To: Nikki Barton <>
Subject: Surrey Climate Commission event on 4th December

Dear Nikki

Come and hear from the Surrey Climate Commission:

The Challenge Ahead (What we know already !)

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 16:30 – 19:30

At WWF Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking

Since our Launch in June we have been working hard towards creating a workable but ambitious pathway towards tackling the climate challenge that we all face.

In September this year we secured funding from Surrey University to start a Baseline Study aiming to provide robust evidence of where Surrey lies in relation to its targets now.

We now have interim results from this Study, as well as feedback from our recent Forums, so come and hear what these are telling us


Richard Essex

Chair of Surrey Climate Commission

Proposed amendments to some late night & early morning train services from December 2020

From: Andrew Harrowell
Date: 30 October 2019 at 7:52:00 am GMT
Subject: Proposed amendments to some late night & early morning services from December 2020

Dear Community Rail Partnerships

I am writing to you to let you know about our current consultation on the proposed amendments to some services from 13th December 2020.

The attached letter from Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway, and Mark Killick, Route Director of Wessex of Network Rail, details why we are proposing these amendments. You can view the full consultation at:

I would appreciate it if you could share this with you steering groups and stakeholders.

Many thanks

Andy Harrowell

Community Rail Manager

South Western Railway

Surrey’s Greener Future – Call for Evidence – Surrey County Council – Citizen Space


Scope of the inquiry

Surrey’s Greener Future Task Group will focus on Surrey County Council’s recent declaration of a climate emergency and the actions the council needs to take to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible. The task group will also consider the role residents need to play in their local community and the wider impact of other public sector organisations and the private sector on the county’s environment to develop a system-wide position.  

Written Submissions

We want to hear from Surrey residents, businesses and partners so we can write a call for action. The task group will be reporting its findings to Council in December 2019 and will base its recommendations on the evidence you provide so this is an excellent opportunity to influence the council’s future strategy.

The task group welcomes written evidence on some, or all, of the points below by Sunday 15 September in no more than 2,000 words. You can use links to other sources to support your submission. You can submit evidence using this web page, by emailing  or in writing to Democratic Services, County Hall, Room 122, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN using the form at the foot of this page.

Your information including your views, will be collected and used to identify the actions needed to be taken by Surrey County Council to achieve net zero carbon emissions. The Task Group will also use your views to consider the role of residents and the impact of public sector and private sector organisations on the county environment, as well as for research and statistical analysis. It will be shared with the members of the Surrey’s Greener Future Task Group as well as disclosed (including your name and contact details ) and published on Surrey Says  Our lawful basis allows us to process your personal data when it is necessary for us in the performance of our public tasks and in the interest of the public. It will be retained for the life of the Surrey’s Greener Future project requirements. See more privacy information

Read more here.

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

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 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 :

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 Oliver

Leader of Surrey County Council

The Surrey Waste Local Plan 2019-2033

From: Mike Goodman CLR <>
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:

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


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.