Essential Safety Improvement work – Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere

Subject: Essential Safety Improvement work – Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere

Dear Cllr Barton

Please find attached the letter for the safety improvement work on Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere. The letters are due to be delivered tomorrow.

Roadworks during the coronavirus restrictions

The government and Department for Transport have asked the Highway Sector Council to make every effort to deliver essential highways projects on all local authority highway networks, whilst abiding by the COVID-19 safe working practices. We are therefore carrying out these works in line with central government and COVID-19 safe working practises and in accordance with the CLC Site Operating Procedures, endorsed by Public Health England.

Our sub-contractor will have appropriate procedures in place to ensure their staff can comply with government advice. We would ask that you please respect these workers as they deliver these highways services.

We will continue to keep Surrey moving and all key routes will remain open and safe for key workers. For more information visit www.ourroads.today.

If anything changes with the details of these works, we will let you know. You can also find up to date details of the works on www.surreycc.gov.uk/roadworks. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk.

Kind regards

Works Communication Officer

Works Communication Team

Surrey Highways

Notice of emergency utility works on Wey Hill, Haslemere

Subject: Emergency utility works on Wey Hill, Haslemere

Dear Councillor,

For your information can I advise you of emergency works being carried out on Wey Hill, Haslemere (Outside Majestic Wine Warehouse).

Thames Water need to repair a valve in the carriageway. The traffic management that is placed is Multi-Way Signals and the estimated end date is the 08/07/2020.

We have requested manual control between 06:30-09:30 & 16:00-18:30 to minimise disruption as much as possible.

I hope you find this information useful.

Kind Regards,J

Network Coordinator – Waverley

Streetworks Team

Network and Asset Management Group

Surrey Highways

More Covid-19 testing in Haslemere, tomorrow and Monday

Subject: Mobile Covid-19 testing

Dear Councillors and Clerks ….. a mobile coronavirus testing facility will be established in Haslemere Leisure Centre Car Park, on Sunday 5 July and Monday 6 July.

Testing is available to all those with COVID-19 symptoms, but must be pre-booked online by 5pm the day before via one of the following websites:

·        Residents should book on the national testing portal: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

·        Key workers should book on the government portal: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

People must have an appointment or will be turned away.

Children under the age of 5 can be tested but there will need to be 2 parents or guardians in the vehicle – one driver plus one adult in the back to administer the test, as people are not allowed to leave their vehicle once on site. If only one parent is present, they should park away from the test centre and enter on foot, where they will be taken to a different area for testing.

Those without transport can walk into the testing centre, but the same rules apply on having a pre-booked appointment.

I have posted notifications on our social media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaverleyBC/photos/a.555104671248028/3396104590481341

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaverleyBC/status/1279033184060047360

Please feel free to share with your networks.

Kind regards,

Communications and Engagement Officer

Waverley Borough Council

Thames Water’s Live Event Yesterday

Thames Water had a live event yesterday evening. A number of residents experienced technical difficulties when trying to join the call.

Thames Water have uploaded a recording of the full session on their website: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/customer-updates. This discusses the causes of water shortages recently in Waverley and there is a Q&A at the end of the session. The sessions is approximately 75 minutes long.

Update from Haslemere Food Bank including new JustGiving page

Letter Of The Week in this week’s Haslemere Herald gave an update on the Haslemere Food Bank where, over the past few weeks and months, they have seen demand increase massively due to the pandemic. They are so grateful for all your donations which has enabled them to help so many families who are really struggling right now. If you would like to make a donation, you can drop off any time at dedicated collection points in Tesco & Waitrose. Or you can deliver to the Methodist Church Weds/Fri between 10am and 12pm.

There is also a new dedicated JustGiving page where you can give some financial help to Haslemere’s food bank. This will be used to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.

Here is the letter:

Letter of the Week: ‘Food bank plays such a key role in community’

MAY I express the great gratitude of the volunteers who run the Haslemere food bank for the considerable surge in donations for our work since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and the surge in demand for food support which that has brought.

It has been heartwarming to see the faithfulness, thoughtfulness and generosity of the number supporters who have maintained our work over the seven years of our existence and to be aware of the many new supporters in the community who are helping us to continue through this crisis.
Although there was some surprise, when the food bank was inaugurated, that such a thing was needed in Haslemere, from day one there has been a steady stream of people referred to us for help.

It has been gratifying to see the system set up in the beginning has been sufficiently robust to deal with the present demand, which is four or five times greater than ‘normal’.

With the closure of churches, we have lost some of our collection points, but people have been making greater use of the boxes at Tesco and Waitrose and the “outliers” in Chiddingfold and Fernhurst. We remain grateful to all those involved in arranging all this.

We continue to operate through a referral system. We know food poverty is not a standalone issue and is a symptom of other, deeper problems. Our system seeks to ensure people have access to the support they need in other areas of their lives. With the lockdown, we have lost the opportunity to offer hospitality and conversation over coffee, which it will be good to resume when we are free to do so.

While we give out information about other sources of help, the food bank in its present state of busy-ness is not an easy place for people to share. People are referred through the Citizens Advice Bureau, the health centre, 3 Counties Money Advice, children’s schools, churches and various borough and town agencies.

With the pandemic and the extra donations, we have expanded what we are able to offer considerably. Though we usually deal only with ‘dry’ goods, we now have some fresh fruit and vegetables (and have had an amazing fridge donated), frozen ready meals (donated by COOK), feminine hygiene, pet food, books (donated by Haslemere Book Shop), craft resources, etc, donated by a range of thoughtful donors.

The food bank has also had requests from people wishing to volunteer. We regret physical distancing rules means that, in our restricted space, we have not been able to accept all of these.

We have accepted a few who have begun to deliver food packs to people unable to come to the food bank, another new development we have been able to offer, with thanks to those who make this possible.
People will be aware of many other supportive initiatives which have arisen in response to the pandemic. These include Haslemere Help, which has set up its own pop-up community store in Haslemere Hall, run on different principles to the food bank but extending the range of support on offer to those in need.

Unfortunately, there has been some confusion in the town about the role of the two projects. At the moment, donations put on the trolleys which appear around on a Wednesday morning go to the community store. While it is getting into its stride, it has shared a few donated items with the food bank.

We are hoping for a closer working relationship as it develops. Meanwhile, the food bank is able to rely on its well-established collection points.

It gives me no pleasure at all to recall the food bank has been here for seven years. We should not need to have one at all.

Our hopes that the years of austerity would give way to better times for all have been dashed by Covid-19, so it looks like the food bank will need to be here for quite a while yet. As we say ‘thank you’ for all the support received to date, we also ask people continue to support the work the food bank does into a somewhat uncertain future.

By David Rice,
Chair of the management group, Haslemere food bank

Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon, in Haslemere

Earlier today, my husband (Jerry), three daughters (Camille, Eléa and Clara) and I ran the Virtual Lewa Safari, not in Kenya, but here in Haslemere.

Due to Covid-19, the annual Safari Marathon in Kenya is being run across the globe in a virtual race. We all took part as a family, with Camille and Jeremy running a Half-marathon, Nikki and Eléa a 10km and Clara doing a 5km. We ran in the wilds of the South Downs National Park near Haslemere in Surrey – a long way from the Lewa Downs, but a tough course nonetheless! It was made all the more tough by today’s rain.

The event is to raise funds for The Tusk Trust Projects. Tusk promotes sustainable solutions in Africa to preserve, protect endangered species, combat poaching, empower communities and promote education. The impact of the global crisis on these projects and communities is devastating – the collapse of tourism has meant both the anti-poaching and community programmes have come under huge financial pressure.

If you might consider a donation to this very worthy cause, there is a link below to our sponsorship page. Thank you.

Barton Family’s Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon

Doing my 10km for Tusk Trust

New Covid-19 testing dates in Haslemere

A mobile testing facility for those with coronavirus symptoms will be in the Haslemere Leisure Centre Car Park, on Fri 26 and Sat 27 June.

Pre-book by 5pm the evening before •

Residents: government guidance here

Key workers: government guidance here

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Emergency utility works on High Street, Haslemere

Dear Cllr,

Please be advised of emergency utility works on High Street, Haslemere.

The works are on behalf of Scottish and Southern Energy to repair a low voltage cable fault outside number 49.

They started these works on the 10th June, however our officer has instructed them to amend the traffic management to two-way signals due to safety issues with the previous set up. They currently have an estimated end date of the 26th June.

I trust you find this information useful.

Kind regards,

Please note, due to the current situation with the Corona Virus, I am working from home with limited access to a phone. If you’re unable to get hold of me via phone, please email me.

Network Coordination Team