I have submitted two questions ahead of SCC’s full council next week:
On Haslemere fire services:
Further cuts to night cover at fire stations are being proposed by this council. The first round of ‘transformational’ cuts had a significant impact on Haslemere station, which is now is currently often left empty. Most incidents on Haslemere’s ground are now being covered from outside the areas resulting in increased attendance times- often between 20-30 minutes- when the promise is attendance is under 10 minutes, 80% of the time. I understand studies indicate an overall reduction in attendance times as a result of the transformation, however this is not working for Haslemere- which also provides cover for any emergencies in the A3 Hindhead Tunnel.
My question, given the current situation as described above, how can I reassure my residents in Haslemere that they can have confidence in their fire service provision to assist in an emergency particularly during the night?
On sustainable transport relating to SCC’s proposed new headquarters:
Given the distance of the proposed Woodhatch site from the nearest rail station, what plans will be made to ensure our residents, SCC staff and councillors are able to access the proposed new civic heart for Surrey by sustainable transport modes?