Community Volunteering at Haslemere Station

Big thanks to the community volunteers who helped this morning clearing the bedding on the platforms at Haslemere station. We’ve more to do and will send a call-out after half term.

Here’s a before and after picture from today:

Station Platform Bedding Before

Station Platform Bedding After

And, a picture of the community volunteers. Thanks!

Haslemere Community Volunteers

Haslemere will be open during gasworks starting in January

This is a post written yesterday, shared from the Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce. The Chamber aims to foster economic growth in and around Haslemere by supporting its members through an expanding range of activities. Here is the application form to join. You can follow them here on Twitter –  @HaslemereChmbr.


Utility companies are lining up for fresh projects involving roadworks around Haslemere – but this time they are taking note of concerns voiced by residents and local business.

Early next year, Southern Gas Networks (SGN) plans to start upgrading 11.5km of gas mains in and around the town. Later in the year, Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) is planning a vital cable renewal.

This morning, town councillors, the chamber president and an emergency services representative met with SGN and SSE for an outline of the proposed works and plans to minimise any impact on households, businesses and services.

With still-fresh memories of road closures and business disruption during – and after – previous gas main upgrades and road improvements, council and chamber stressed the importance of demonstrating that Haslemere is open for business.

SGN’s preliminary plans show a total of eight separate projects where gas mains need upgrading to meet modern standards of safety and reliability. Wherever possible, this will be done by inserting plastic liners into the existing pipes – a technique that is less disruptive for customers and road users.

Work on some of these projects is expected to start in January, with all scheduled for completion by August. Final details of the projects and their timings are expected to announced soon.

SSE, meanwhile, plans to close Lower Street in the summer to replace a major electricity supply cable.

Chamber President David Goddin says: “The good news for local business is that most of the SGN proposals do not directly affect the retail and commercial areas. However, the need for temporary traffic lights and diversions may cause delays on some routes.

“With the town council we have asked for informative signage to help avoid perceptions that Haslemere is difficult to visit. In the months ahead, council, chamber and individual businesses will need to work together to send out a strong message that the town is still open. This can be achieved through a combination of joint promotions and publicity via businesses’ websites and social media channels.

“I would welcome comments from chamber members and any other local businesses who have concerns about the impact of proposed works – or who have suggestions for promoting the town in the year ahead.

“SGN has assured us that all the proposed work is essential, and is part of the Health and Safety Executive’s drive to have all cast iron gas pipes within 30 metres of properties replaced by 2032. Some of the pipes, we are told, date from the early years of the last century.

“It is clear that SGN has learnt a lot since its last visit to Haslemere and it is now placing much more emphasis on engagement with all stakeholders. The company is planning a major campaign to communicate with residents beforehand and to check that their installations are safe after reconnection. Customers can expect to be without gas supplies for an average of 4.5 hours.

“Turning to Lower Street, we are told this has to be closed to through traffic for the duration because the road is too narrow to accommodate a working site and a carriageway. It is most unfortunate that the cable  was not replaced at the same time as the closure for gas main replacement. This is a key thoroughfare and closing it for any length of time could have serious repercussions.”

Haslemere Community Rail Partnership – call for volunteers this Thursday

ACoRP – the Association of Community Rail Partnerships – is the membership body for almost 50 community rail partnerships, representing over 80 community rail lines across the UK, as well as more than 1,000 station adoption groups.

The Haslemere Community Rail Partnership was established in October 2015 with the purpose of promoting Haslemere and its surrounding countryside, to promote rail travel to the town as a more sustainable travel mode and to improve the station and forecourt environment. You can read more about it here in this town council document and here in a past update on this blog.

In Haslemere today, I spent a few hours weeding and tidying the flower beds on the platform. There is more work to be done!

If you are free for an hour or two on Thursday morning from 9am, please do come along with gardening gloves for some gentle weeding. I’ll bring a flask of tea for us to share.

Waverley Housing Need Target Overstated by 29% or 2,500 Houses

NEWS RELEASE 12 October 2017 from the Surrey branch of CPRE:

A new report commissioned by the Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that the housing target of 590 houses per annum, 11,210 homes over the life of the emerging Local Plan to 2032, which is expected to be imposed on Waverley Borough Council as a result of the recent Planning Inspector’s Examination-in-Public, is overstated by at least 29%, equivalent to a total of 2,500 houses.

The conclusions of the McDonald Report, based on a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the relevant factors, are that the principal reasons for this significant over-statement are:

1. The assessment of Woking’s unmet need, half of which the Inspector wishes to impose on Waverley, is unsound, being based on a mixture of out of date information and uncertain assumptions. The Report notes that the assessment is derived from an untested estimate of the Woking Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) put forward in representations to the Inspector made on behalf of developers. Reassessment of Woking’s housing need, in the context of the West Surrey Housing Market Area, of which Woking, Guildford and Waverley are all part, is now due. In the meantime, there is no reliable basis to reach any conclusion on the quantum of Woking’s unmet need nor to impose any of it on Waverley. The report recommends that 83 houses per annum – 1,577 homes in all – should be deducted from the Inspector’s housing target for Waverley.

2. The Inspector’s 25% uplift over Waverley’s agreed demographic housing requirement of 396 homes per annum (to improve affordability for market housing) is arbitrary, unsound and severe, says the report. It adds 99 homes per annum – a total of 1881 homes – to Waverley’s housing target. The report concludes that an evidence-based affordability adjustment would not be more than be 13%, which would add 50 homes per annum, or 950 homes during the Plan period. This would further reduce by 931 homes the Inspector’s assessment of Waverley’s housing requirement.

These two important adjustments would reduce the Inspector’s housing requirement for Waverley by 2,508 homes to a total of 8,702 over the Plan period, removing the 29% over-statement.

Anthony Isaacs, Chairman of CPRE Surrey’s local Waverley committee, said: “The impact of these changes would be of fundamental importance during the life of the Plan period. They would contribute to Waverley’s new Plan being declared ‘sound’ and would help to ensure that throughout the Plan period the Borough would be able to control development under its own sound plan rather than one under threat of excessive housing numbers rendering the plan out of date for lack of a 5-year housing supply.”

These findings are being presented to the Waverley Consultation on the Local Plan changes, which expires on 20 October, and also to the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government.

Mr Isaacs continued: “In addition to the McDonald Report findings CPRE’s understanding of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is that Waverley’s housing numbers, when arrived at, must be considered in the light of the Green Belt and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) constraints. The Green Belt comprises 62% of the land in the Borough, and the AONB (including some Green Belt) and Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) together comprise 77% of the land. As the emerging Local Plan has already allocated areas of Green Belt and AONB to meet housing needs, which we believe is in itself wrong, the higher targets coming from the Inspector will only lead to further erosion of those statutorily protected areas”. -ENDS

Press contacts: Colin Hall, CPRE Waverley, Tel: 01252 793422; Andy Smith, Director – CPRE Surrey, Tel: 07737 271676.

BBC Pandemic filming at Haslemere Museum tomorrow, Sunday

This e-mail just came in from the production company, Rare TV, regarding the Haslemere BBC Pandemic Study:

Hi Nikki and Antoinette (Antoinette works for the Haslemere Visitor Information Centre)

It’s been a very busy few days for us on the BBC Pandemic experiment. There have been a few technical problems with the BBC Pandemic app for some people  but we’ve had loads of people taking part too. We are filming a results event tomorrow, 2pm at Haslemere Museum. Would it be possible for you to share this on your social media? Everyone in Haslemere is invited, particularly those people who did take part. It’s going to be exciting/nerve-wracking as I genuinely don’t know what the results will be. Like making live telly!

And hopefully we’ll see you there too with family/friends if you’re free.

Update: Technical problems have meant a few people are getting a message on the app today saying the tracker has stopped – but it’s okay, your data is good and you will still get your result tomorrow. As long as you don’t delete the app and leave the screen as it is!

BBC Pandemic – Haslemere Study

Everyone in Haslemere is invited to help spread the BBC Pandemic. Download the free app – it could help save thousands of lives. Here’s a video to explain more.

If you live or work in Haslemere, or even just pop in to shop, you can play a vital role in the BBC Pandemic experiment. There is an option on the app just for Haslemere.

No matter your age, if you have a smartphone, we would like you to take part. All you have to do is download the Pandemic app and select the “Haslemere Outbreak” option. Then, from Thursday 12th October 2017, for three days – and those three days only – the app will collect GPS data of your movements. All data will be made anonymous to protect your identity and a team from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will use it to predict how a flu outbreak might spread across the town – and what can be done to stop it.

Participation is entirely voluntary and you can opt out at any time but the more people participate, the more accurate the results will be so please do join in and download!

The link to the App Store is

And for Google Play it’s



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

Petition to save Haslemere High Street public toilets

Recently, the Haslemere Herald reported the Waverley Borough Council has voted to close the toilets in the High Street car park. Mayor in battle to save loos

Haslemere Town Council is very concerned that Waverley Borough Council is intending to close the public toilets in the High St Car Park to make way for more parking spaces.

We are currently making representations to WBC to try and keep this well used facility open on behalf of local residents but we need your help. Although we know they are well used and vital to many residents, by signing this petition you give further weight to our argument.

This is totally unacceptable that a town the size of Haslemere should lose its public toilets. It is a vital amenity.

Here is the petition:

Results – Haslemere Town Council by-election – June 2017

Haslemere South Ward Results

Electorate 2,992

Total Ballot Paper 2,322

Turnout 77.61%


Nikki Barton – INDEPENDENT – 1161 (elected)

Simon Paul McMillan Dear – CONSERVATIVE – 1040 (elected)

Maria Mateo – INDEPENDENT – 777

Paul Anthony Croshaw – LABOUR – 317

Ashleigh Edwina Stafford Deane – CONSERVATIVE – 1020


THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Nikki and Maria. Congratulations to Simon Dear.