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.
Thank you for your enquiry reported on 12 Jul 2019 09:20 which has been logged as follows:
Reference number: ME-687134 Location: COLLEGE HILL, HASLEMERE Details: Carriageway Defect – Loose material (a copy of the original enquiry can be found at the very bottom of this email)
Just to confirm I have spoken to Waverley Borough Council’s Environmental Services Team to request that they send out a road sweeper to deal with the loose material deposits on College Hill, Haslemere, as per photographs attached.
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.
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.
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.
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.
who wish to make representations are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.”
3rd June 2019 – attended meeting of Haslemere Town Council’s Haslemere Vision steering group with Melanie Odell (Chair of the steering group), Stewart Brown (Chair, Haslemere Vision), Kirsten Ellis (Independent Councillor) at Haslemere town hall.
4th June 2019 – shared further update online about Thames Water works in Tennyson’s Lane. More here. (This work has now been completed and the road is open.)
5th June 2019 – Surrey County Council meetings in Kingston including first meeting of Climate Change Task Group chaired by Cllr Goodman, Cabinet member for Environment and Waste. Also, met with passenger transport team to discuss rail partnership initiative.
5th June 2019 – shared notification of pavement reconstruction in Beech Road from 17th June for approximately 5 weeks. More here.
6th June 2019 – attended #DDay75 anniversary memorial in Haslemere.
6th June 2019 – shared online the South Downs Rambler Rail Bus link this Summer between Winchester and Petersfield rail stations, from Hampshire Community Rail Partnership colleagues. More here.
9th June 2019 – notified postponement of Beech Road pavement repair. More here.
10th June 2019 – Rethinking Transport – Member Drop-In Session at County Hall, Kingston. The Rethinking Transport project is fundamentally reimagining transport in Surrey: developing new, sustainable transport options where journeys are wanted or needed, while also rethinking how residents access communities, employment, health and social care, education and other key services to avoid unnecessary travel. More here.
12th June 2019 – attended LoveHaslemereHastWaste event at Haslemere Museum. Follow on Facebook here. You may also wish to read the article about the event in The Haslemere Herald, here: Keen Support for War on Waste.
13th June 2019 – chaired inaugural Steering Group meeting of the Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership – Haslemere, Milford and Witley stations with Godalming and Farncombe planning to join us. More here. Read The Haslemere Herald article here: On track to deliver passenger satisfaction. South Western Railway’s latest stakeholder newsletter is here:
13th June 2019 – shared online update re. signage for College Hill footpath. More here.
14th June 2019 – interviewed by BBC Surrey to talk about The Community Rail Partnership. Transcription here.
14 June 2019 – Merrow SCC highways depot – met with Cllr Matt Furniss, SCC Highways portfolio holder and Richard Bolton, SCC Local Highway services group manager to discuss SCC highways issues and forward strategy. Change in Kier provider, Flowline (the subcontractor providing Surrey’s gulley cleansing and drainage maintenance services) will be replaced by a new provider, Drainline. Tour of highways laboratory, where a team of experts analyses road surfaces taken from cores, identifies why road failures occur, tests new materials and carries out work for many other counties.
17th June 2019 – shared online update about pavement repair works in Beech Road. More here.
17th June 2019 – shared update re Surrey County Council’s preparation for a new Surrey Waste Local Plan. More here.
19th June 2019 – met with Mark Youngman SWR at The Station House to discuss the Surrey Hills to South Downs rail partnership potential bids to SWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement fund. The rail partnership has a range of project ideas generated at the launch.
20th June 2019 – shared agenda for Waverley Local Committee meeting (28th June). More here.
20th June 2019 – shared Councillor update from Tim Oliver, Surrey County Council Leader on Surrey County Council’s Transformation Project Overview. More here.
20th June 2019 – attended Surrey Climate Commission launch at the World Wildlife Fund eco-centre in Woking. Read more about its aims here. Was very positive that SCC Cllr Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste gave Surrey CC backing for the commission.
24th June 2019 – received draft minutes of Haslemere Town Council Amenities June 2019 committee. Read here.
25th June 2019 – shared update re next Teen Parenting course arranged by Tennyson’s Sure Start Centre. More here.
25th June 2019 – County Hall, Kingston, meeting with Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, Dave Hill Exec Director Children, Families and Learning and Simon White, Executive Director Adult Social Care and Ruth Hutchinson, Deputy Director Public Health. All provided helpful overview of services and challenges facing the County. Particular focus on transformation of children’s services given long term failures as identified in Ofsted reports. Austerity cuts mean Surrey receives some of the lowest funding for these vital services – which present a real challenge. Many social issues remain hidden in Surrey.
25th June 2019 – received South Western Railway’s latest stakeholder newsletter, The South Western Report, which can be downloaded here.
26th June 2109 – County Hall, Kingston, meetings with SCC Transportation Planning Development officer and Passenger Transport team manager to discuss SWR Customer and Communities Innovation Fund bid.
27 June 2019 – met with Head, Shottermill Infant School, Haslemere, parked my bike in the scooter hub, very impressed with the school’s work to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals.
28th June 2019 – attended June 2019 Waverley Local Committee. Read papers here including item re petition for Critchmere Hill and Woolmer Hill here. At the meeting, I agreed I will be arranging a site visit meeting with the petitioner and SCC Highways officers. Also, at this meeting, there was mention of Waverley’s s106 database (which includes Surrey CC covenants as well as Waverley’s). Here is the link, for interest: http://pfm.exacom.co.uk/waverley/index.php
I am pleased to advise that SCC’s drainage maintenance subcontractor, Drainline, took over provision of this service from Flowline as of Monday morning. All but one of the operatives has transferred across, and Drainline have provided a number of brand new machines, which will improve productivity and reduce the number of breakdowns. This will be at no additional cost to the County Council. There remains a limited backlog of work which was not completed by Flowline, but, Drainline are expected to complete this work by the end of this month.
You may be interested to read Surrey County Council’s Customer Service Snapshot May 2019 which I received this month. Link here.
This petition was given consideration for Haslemere:
“We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to Reduce speed limit to 20mph on Critchmere Hill / Woolmer Hill Road. Better speed bumps. Reduce speed limit to 20mph. Red markings on road. School and nursery on this road.”
The discussion for this petition is included in the webcast below. The item begins 54 minutes in. My comment begins 1 hour 3 minutes in. (For some reason, part of what I say in the response gets cut off.)
I would be grateful if you would publicise our next Teen Parenting Course to the families you come into contact with. This course is funded by Surrey County Council through Tennyson’s Sure Start Children’s Centre. The course is FREE to families on low income and is heavily subsided to all other parents by Surrey County Council.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like any more
Yesterday evening, I attended the first Surrey Climate Commission in Woking.
Surrey, like other parts of the country, must act to respond to the ever-increasing challenge of climate change. With reducing resources facing local Government there is a need for a wider strategy to achieve the necessary carbon reduction targets.
The Surrey Climate Commission is looking to meet this need by providing the necessary leadership and direction from a joint venture formed from experts from the academic and business community, public institutions and NGOs. Here are some slides from last night’s meeting.