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.
From: Surrey Highways: TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2019
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) and (7) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to a) prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Sickle Road (D5522), Haslemere that extends from its junction with Dale View (D5522) to its junction with Sun Brow (D5522); b) suspend “THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL SICKLE ROAD (D5522) AND SUN BROW (D5522) HASLEMERE TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2019” in its entirety.
This Traffic Order is required to enable SGN to carry out gas mains replacement works. These works are anticipated to be carried out within 6 weeks of the 6 month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 09 September 2019. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure which is anticipated will be required for 24 hours each day, will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for pedestrians; dismounted cyclists and equestrians will be maintained at all times. These works will be carried out in phases of 50m length so to maintain access for emergency services, residences and businesses on the affected length of Sickle Road (D5522), at all times up to the point of closure via the vehicular diversion route which will be Dale View and Sun Brow.
you for getting in touch. Firstly I would like to provide some background on
the purpose of this work and the complications this scheme has presented.
works on Lower Street involve construction of new drainage and are primarily to
remove a flood risk to a property where the highways drains pass beneath it, by
rerouting our pipes. This involves digging a new pipe through private land in a
restricted area, between two houses and a garage parking area, through a
retaining wall, along a footpath and to a chamber.
There are a great deal of utility services underneath the road surface (please see below pictures and map) and ultimately it is these services which actually dictate what is possible. Due to the significant amount of underground services the team are using a vacuum excavator as this is a far safer way for our team to remove spoil than a conventional digger. Using this equipment mitigates any risk to their personal safety, which is of utmost importance to us.
have gatemen present at each end of Lower Street, their role is to remain at
either end of the road and ensure the public do not enter the live works site.
The area the team are working in is outside of a property called Tisa Cottage.
Whilst they may not be visible from either end of the road, I can assure you
that the team are on site, working extremely hard on a daily basis and are
Monday I was advised that the team had got to a point where they have found the
unknown buried pipe and this has determined the level for the rest of the
works. Our engineer believes they have found a route through the services to
allow installation of the new pipework and the team on site are working towards
this. There are difficulties with some of the existing pipes which the new
pipes need to be connected to, as they are encased in brick. This may mean that
the team have to dig further to achieve the connections or do something a
little differently. The excavations are a bit larger than initially hoped for
but unfortunately this is unavoidable. Please see attached a copy of the
original plans for this scheme which should demonstrate what the team set out
at the original plans it is clear that this a particularly difficult site with
many utility services, this makes progress slow and the design has to be
adapted to suit what is unearthed. The team had previously investigated as
thoroughly as possible having camera surveyed the drain runs and used ground
probing radar to identify services and hence a probable route for the new
pipes, however it is only when the ground is actually excavated that the
realities of the situation are revealed.
equipment being used, the width of the road and the size of excavation required
mean that a road closure is necessary. Another reason, that may not be
immediately obvious, is that live traffic cannot run too close to the hole due
to the pressure that is transmitted to the sides of the excavation by vehicles.
We really don’t want to close roads unless we have to and do not make the
decision lightly. There are many variables we have to consider including the
site operations, the size of the road and the safety of both the travelling
public and our work force. For Lower Street this criteria meant a closure.
Please see attached site diaries from the 7 and 8 August which detail work progress with photographic evidence of work taking place. Please be advised these site diaries belong to one individual on site and their start time does not necessarily reflect the time that everyone was on site.
lead engineer on this project is satisfied with the progress on site.
Considering the difficulties the team have faced, they are working extremely
hard and going the extra mile where necessary to support the residents living
in the works area, whilst carrying out their work to a good standard. I hope
this help to reassure you and your residents that work is taking place and
progress being made.
view of the above, I will be updating our road works map pop-out with a PDF
document that explains the work and has pictures of our progress so far. I hope
that this will highlight to the public the challenges the team have faced on
this scheme and the extent of works being carried out. I’m hoping that
explaining what we are trying to achieve will justify the length of time we
need for this work and why it is essential that the road is closed whilst we
carry out the work.
would be very grateful if you could direct your residents to the information on
roadworks.org and if there are further queries please could they be sent to us
in the Works Communications Team.
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.
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