The next Local Area Committee (Waverley)
The next meeting will be on Friday 13th December 2013.
The meeting will include discussion of:
- Review of on-street parking in Waverley
- Highways improvement programme 2014-15
- The work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey: Kevin Hurley to attend
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SCC Parking Review
LAC Review: SCC Highways parking team are evaluating and reviewing the changes to on street parking introduced earlier this year, including the residents only parking scheme and lengths of yellow lining.
There is no intention to revoke the ROP scheme, and I have discussed this with the parking team, assessing the measures in terms of access, safety and efficiency. In some areas of the scheme the on street parking capacity is not being used efficiently. There have been some displacement effects.
The parking team will supply me with a map of any alterations proposed which I will circulate before the LAC. All changes will be taken to the Local Area Committee for discussion on December 13, 2013. Any alterations approved by the committee will then be advertised in the Haslemere Herald for public consultation. The parking team will collate all feedback and any changes to the on street parking provision will be voted on at the March, 2014 LAC meeting.
Weydown Road: Double parking at the bottom of Weydown Road is a cause for concern as identified by the residents’ association and Waverley police. I discussed the possibility of pushing through the parking proposals for Weydown Road (a series of parking bays on alternate sides of the road) as an emergency measure with the parking team and the chair of the LAC. It was considered that the proposals should follow the due process, and be taken to the LAC in December. I have agreement from both parties that the proposals will be implemented as a matter of priority following the March LAC meeting. An interim measure of some additional white lining to improve access for one property has been agreed.
The issue of speeding cars has also been identified as an issue on Weydown Road. I requested to PC Canon that some action should be taken. He has confirmed that Weydown Road will be placed on the Waverley Borough Council Speed Management Plan which will ensure it gets an appropriate level of enforcement/police activity.
Junction Place: SCC parking team has agreed to remove the double yellow lines on the slip road and restore the situation as it was before. Currently cars are cutting through the slip road at very high speeds.
The recent bad weather has resulted in delays to some Project Horizon repairs.
Wey Hill interim repairs
These took place on 19th November.
LAC funds have been allocated for a feasibility study to understand why the road under Fosters Bridge floods. Local residents with expert knowledge suggest improved drain clearance would greatly help the problem. I have included a bid to the LAC for any structural improvements identified in the report, for example, an additional culvert to divert run off during periods of intense rainfall.
Wey Hill Fairground Car Park Public Inquiry
Received confirmation that the public inquiry into the planned refurbishment by Waverley Borough Council of the Wey Hill Fairground site would be held in April 2014. The venue for the inquiry is located in Godalming. Given the importance of this site, and the strength of public concern about its future I believe the meeting should be held in Haslemere. I made contact with the PINS case officer to understand who had made this choice. He confirmed that the responsibility for venue choice lies with the applicant, in this case WBC. PINS sets certain criteria for venue selection. Haslemere Hall was the obvious choice, but is unavailable over the 3 days set for the inquiry. I understand that discussions are being held with WBC to see if an alternative venue in Haslemere can be found.
Visits to Local Schools to meet Headteachers
Met Headteachers at Shottermill Infant and Junior Schools to understand how I might support them.
Represented SCC at the Haslemere Remembrance Service on Sunday 10th November.
Thanks to the Year 11 pupil at Woolmer Hill school who sent me this photograph, which is part of his portfolio for an application to Guildford College.
Waverley Borough Council’s Haslemere Conservation Area Appraisal
Agreed to join steering group for Waverley Borough Council’s Haslemere Conservation Area Appraisal. A 6 week consultation period will begin in March 2014. The steering group will feed into the consultation.
Meeting with Town Mayor
Agreed the tree at the junction of Lower Street and Shepherds Hill will be removed and a substitute will be re-planted once funding has been agreed.
Haslemere Town Council’s November Full Council Meeting
Attended this evening and presented my County Councillor report (contents contained in this blog update).
Each Surrey County Councillor receives a members’ allocation of £12,876 per year which must be allocated by the end of February, 2014. Funding applications must meet the following criteria:
- projects must benefit the community and be inclusive and accessible to all
- meet the Council’s agreed policies or priorities
- one off projects
- supported by the local County Councillor
Excluded or restricted projects:
- political organisations
- delivery of the national curriculum
- on going revenue costs
- statutory obligations of other authorities
- retrospective bids are discouraged
Each Local Committee also has £35,000 of Capital Funding allocated for 2013/14.
Please contact me if you would be interested in applying for funding for a community project at email@example.com. The application process has been simplified and is now a straightforward process. Once an application has been agreed, funding is transferred to the applicant within 2 weeks.
LOCAL AREA COMMITTEE, PRIVATE MEETING: 15 NOVEMBER, 2013
Surrey Superfast Broadband project
- Fibre based infrastructure to over 84,000 Surrey homes and businesses, of this over 15,900 in Waverley.
On-street parking enforcement: role of Local Committee
- Guildford Borough Council’s parking team run on street parking in Waverley as well as running both on and off street parking in Guildford and the park and ride sites.
- Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) normally work between 7:30am and 18:15pm Monday to Saturday. Targeted patrols are also arranged outside of working hours to deal with problems that occur outside of the normal working day.
- The three CEOs are split between the 4 main centres and surrounding areas in a ratio of Farnham (1), Godalming (1), Haslemere (0.5) and Cranleigh (0.5).
- It has been agreed that surplus generated on the borough or district parking account will be split: 60% to local committee, 20% to the enforcement authority (district council) and 20% to the county council.
- Regular reviews are needed in order to help improve road safety, increase access for emergency services, improve access to shops, ease traffic congestion and better regulate parking.
Adult Social Care in Waverley
- In March 2013 Dementia Friendly Surrey launched countywide. For more information please visit www.dementiafriendlysurrey.org.uk. A Recognition Scheme has been launched, recently Cranleigh held a meeting with local partners to discuss how the village could become more dementia-friendly – could we look at doing the same in Haslemere?
- The Local Government Association’s Ageing Well programme in Surrey is a collaborative programme of work between the voluntary sector, public health, social care and wider partners to ensure that people are able to live healthy, independent lives, where older people are at the centre of decision making about services and designing new ways of working. For more information: www.surreyinformationpoint.org.uk.
Sure Start Children’s Centre Report
- Sure Start brings together services for young children from birth to 5 years and their families in a multi-professional way.
- Core purpose: child development and school readiness, parenting skills and child and family health and life chances.
- In Haslemere, the Tennyson’s Sure Start Centre, at St Bartholomew’s Primary provides an invaluable resource for families.
COMMUNICATION NOTICES FROM SCC
Surrey’s Telecare service
We all value our independence. And there will be times when we will need some support to maintain it. Our Telecare service is one of the ways we help residents remain in their own homes. Telecare provides people with sensors, such as a falls detector or smoke alarm, which are linked to a 24 hour monitoring centre. If there is an emergency, then our residents are not alone even if they live by themselves. And their loved ones can have reassurance from the service too. In 2011, 17% of Surrey’s population was aged 65 years or older. By 2035 it’s predicted that will increase to 24% (figures from Surrey-i). So demand for services like Telecare will increase. Please share information with neighbours who may have use of this service. (http://www.surreytelecare.com/)
Communication from John Furey, Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment. Street Works is changing. On the 11 November this year a new Permit Scheme was introduced to control works being carried out on Surrey’s roads. This replaces the current system known as Noticing.
Further details on the scheme can be found on the website:
Stronger council powers to cut roadworks misery – Road users plagued by roadworks will benefit from a new congestion crackdown launched this week by Surrey County Council. For years, the law has allowed different companies to dig up the same roads at different times, costing the local economy millions a year and causing misery to road users. Now the council is taking control of who digs where, when and with whom by introducing a permit scheme. If companies fail to plan enough to limit their impact on traffic, they will be refused permission to do the work. It is estimated this permit scheme means there will be up to 2,400 fewer roadworks in the county every year, will reduce congestion and save Surrey’s economy around £6.5 million a year.
Hi-tech glue revolutionises road repairs – A high-tech glue has revolutionised Surrey’s road repairs and is set to save taxpayers millions by recycling old roads and making them new. Instead of ripping up old roads and laying new ones, Surrey County Council is now mixing a super-flexible glue with recycled tarmac to transform it into a brand new surface.
Gritters swing into action – Surrey County Council’s winter operation has swung into action. The council’s fleet of gritting lorries was out this week for the first time this winter after road surface temperatures dipped. Ahead of winter, Surrey stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt, prepared 39 hi-tech gritters and signed up an army of farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. In addition, more than 1,800 roadside grit bins were filled. Roads were gritted extensively over night 19th-20th November.
Surrey’s Home to School Transport Policy
Communication from Claire Potier, Principal Manager Admissions and Transport (Strategy). Surrey County Council is consulting on its home to school transport policy for 2015. Details of the consultation and a link to the online response form are available online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/schooltransportconsultation.
In the current economic climate, Surrey County Council is not proposing any change to its home to school transport policy for 2015. With the cost of transport increasing, Surrey is working hard to ensure that its expenditure under existing policy remains within budget. Any proposal to extend or vary policy would lead to an increase in expenditure on home to school transport and any increase in expenditure would be likely to impact on other services that the Council offers as Surrey would need to consider making savings elsewhere to fund that increase.
However, whilst the County Council has not proposed any changes to its policy, it is interested to hear:
- the views of Surrey residents and schools on the equity of the existing policy
- details of any home to school transport difficulties that Surrey parents might currently face; and
- details of any suggestions for change (recognising that any additional expenditure on home to school transport would mean that Surrey would need to make savings elsewhere).
Details of this consultation have been sent to all Surrey schools and early years providers along with a form of wording that they might use on their websites, in newsletters or on notice boards. However in order to reach a wider audience I am sharing with readers here.
LOCAL INFORMATION AND TOWN EVENTS
For travel information on the move including Winter gritting information follow www.twitter.com/surreytravel
For seasonal highways information, www.surreycc.gov.uk/highwaysinfoonline
Lions Club of Farnham are promoting an initiative called ‘Project Wenceslas’ which invites people to donate their winter fuel payment if they are not in need of it, which will then be directed to those that are in real need of this assistance.
Please note that you don’t have to be receiving a winter fuel payment to make a donation, this can be done directly by logging on to their justgiving website.
Haslemere Christmas Market – Sunday 1st December 2013, Haslemere Town Centre, 10am to 4pm
Haslewey Christmas Market – 14th December 2013, 10am to 4pm
Free Parking on 7th December – all day
- WBC Executive, following a letter from government, has agreed to give one free day car parking on the Saturday at the start of December across the Borough.
Local Road Safety Index (via Evening Standard) After months of planning and development, Road Safety Analysis – who independently collated and analysed more than 200,000 pieces of data from the Department for Transport and AXA – have launched the ‘Local Road Safety Index’.
- In the past 6 years more than half a million collisions took place on local roads within a 500m radius of British schools, 85,814 children have been killed or seriously and slightly injured.
- 67% of parents feel that road safety is an important factor in choosing a school.
- The index examines all road related incidents within a 500m radius of schools, parents can enter their post codes and see how safe the roads around their schools are.
- The sponsors AXA are asking volunteers across the UK to complete a survey assessing speed limits, road markings and crossings.
- Data from the surveys is to be assessed alongside data of the number of incidents in that area to identify what works.
- Aim of helping to bring down the number of casualties down to 1,500 by 2020, a 40% reduction from 2011.
To find out more about the overall road safety nearest your local school visit this page.