Please find below the 2nd notice of the closure for various roads in Haslemere which I received today from the Surrey County Council highways department. One relates to Courts Hill Road/Longdene Road, the other to Scotland Lane.
COURTS HILL ROAD (D5523), HASLEMERE – TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2020
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Courts Hill Road (D5523), Haslemere that extends from its junction with Longdene Road (D5523) to the south-eastern property boundary of “Courts Corner”. This Traffic Order is required to enable SGN to carry out gas mains replacement works. These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 7:30am and 5pm within 6 weeks of the 12 month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 23 March 2020. 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. Access for residents and businesses on the affected length of Courts Hill Road (D5523), including access for emergency services to such properties will be maintained at all times via the vehicular diversion route which will be: Eastbound – Lower Street, Haslemere High Street (around Town Hall), Shepherds Hill and Midhurst Road. Westbound – Midhurst Road, Shepherds Hill and Lower Street.
SCOTLAND LANE (D5524), HASLEMERE – TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2020
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Scotland Lane (C32), Loxhill that extends from the south-eastern property boundary of “Foxwarren” to the south-western property boundary of “The Old House”. This Traffic Order is required to enable Morrison Utility Services to make a new water service connection. These works are anticipated to be carried out within 4 days of the 12 month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 24 March 2020. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians, emergency services, residents and businesses will be maintained at all times. The vehicular diversion route will be via: For eastbound traffic – Midhurst Road, Shepherds Hill, Lower Street, High Street, Petworth Road and Haste Hill. For westbound traffic – Haste Hill, Petworth Road, Lower Street, Shepherds Hill and Midhurst Road.
This morning, I spoke on site with the Scottish Power project coordinator and crew who are working in Haslemere and have set up the temporary lights by the Lower Street and Tanners Lane junction.
They tell me they have extended their road closure licence until the 24th April for the temporary traffic lights. 24th April is the worse case scenario end date for the lights.
I explained that the current signage states the work will finish on 5th March and that it would be helpful to set expectations by amending the details on the board. They have agreed to do this.
The project has taken longer than expected due to complications. These have included cables at one building that were 8m down and required deep excavation, some pipes that had pushed into drains and, the poor weather.
They tell me the lights will be recalibrated in the next few days as the company will move their works to the other side of Lower Street.
I have arranged a further meeting with the site manager for next week to discuss further.
For the past six years, a core group of more than 80 Haslemere Vision volunteers, working on behalf of Haslemere Town Council, have been consulting the community on future development priorities to include in the neighbourhood plan for Haslemere, Shottermill, Critchmere, Beacon Hill, Hindhead and Grayswood.
How and what to prioritise is a key issue in the public consultation, and responses – both supportive and negative – will inform the final version of the draft plan, which it is now the responsibility of the town council to deliver.
As the Haslemere Herald reported in its article, Taking Back Control,
if a majority of residents back it in the referendum, Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan will be enshrined in law and its policies will apply to all planning applications in the area.
Following the consultation process, the plan will be submitted to Waverley Borough Council to invite further comment before submitting it to an independent examiner to approve it for referendum.
If a majority of residents back it in the referendum, Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan will be enshrined in law and its policies will apply to all planning applications in the area.
The adoption of the neighbourhood plan also has important strategic funding implications.
Waverley currently applies a community infrastructure levy (CIL) on all developments, of which 15 per cent – capped in the case of large developments – goes to Haslemere Town Council.
An adopted neighbourhood plan means the town council is given more responsibility for decision making and its share of CIL will rise to 25 per cent with no cap.
The increase in funding will mean Haslemere and the surrounding area can undertake more ambitious new projects or partner with Waverley and Surrey County Council to deliver larger schemes.
Haslemere mayor John Robini, who is chairing the working party taking the plan forward, said: “Our aim is a plan that will help deliver the long-term goals of a balanced and vibrant neighbourhood.”
The plan identifies four key objectives:
* To encourage development that meets Haslemere’s housing needs while protecting the character of the area – in particular to encourage more homes for young people, local workers and downsizers.
* To protect and enrich green spaces and the surrounding natural environment.
* To re-balance road use, limiting the adverse impact of motor vehicles by improving provision for off-street parking and/or alternative forms of transport.
* To protect existing employment and encourage more diverse local employment opportunities to create a sustainable community.
I confirm that the final versions of the Neighbourhood Plan and summary are now up on Haslemere Town Council’s website.
This evening, the BBC reported a patient at Haslemere Health Centre (which has been closed for “deep cleaning” since this morning) is the first to be reported to be infected with the coronavirus in the UK. BBC article here.
Surrey County Council is continuing to work together with partners including Public Health England (PHE) across Surrey and the UK to monitor and ensure preparedness for the Coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Alison Barnett, Centre Director, Public Health England South East, said:
“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19. One of the latest cases is a resident of Surrey and we’re working closely with NHS colleagues in that area as well as Surrey County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.
“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”
Interim Director of Public Health for Surrey County Council Ruth Hutchinson said:
“Surrey County Council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Surrey are protected.
“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
“If you have recently been to one of the affected countries and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus”
Notes to Editors
- Surrey County Council, PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
- We cannot comment further on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.
- Details on testing are published daily at 2pm and includes a breakdown of negative and positive tests https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
- For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
NOTICE: THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL THE AVENUE (D5512) HASLEMERE AND PUBLIC FOOTPATH 16 HASLEMERE TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2020
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Traffic Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit pedestrians or any person proceeding by any other means from entering or proceeding in –
(a) that length of The Avenue (D5512) Haslemere, also known as Public Footpath No. 16 (Haslemere), which extends from the property boundary line between property Nos. 37 and 39 The Avenue to the property boundary line between the properties known as “Hollydown” and “The Tree House, 1” Woodlands Lane;
(b) that length of Public Footpath No. 16 (Haslemere) which extends from its junction with D134 Farnham Lane to the property boundary line between the properties known as “Hollydown” and “The Tree House, 1” Woodlands Lane.
This Order is required to enable SGN to carry out gas main replacement works, which is anticipated to be completed within 5 weeks, between 7.30am and 5pm, during the 3 month period of operation of this Order which will commence on 11 March 2020. Advanced warning sign will be displayed and the temporary closure, which is anticipated to be in force 24 hours per day, will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Pedestrian access to premises within the affected lengths of the footpath will be maintained at all times. Diversion Route – Public Footpath No. 16 (Haslemere), D134 Farnham Lane, Public Footpath No. 108 (Haslemere) and D5512 The Avenue otherwise known as Public Footpath No. 16 (Haslemere).
At the SCC full council meeting in October 2019, I raised concerns about the lack of night fire cover in Haslemere and the cutting of 7 night appliances across the county. Haslemere’s geography means there is further pressure as stations provide fire cover for each other, however, it is a long way to drive to Haslemere for other stations to provide cover. Haslemere is no longer considered a priority fire station despite proximity to the A3 and Hindhead Tunnel.
This was the question I put to full council last October:
The recently issued Making Surrey Safer Plan purports to “make sure we have the right resources in the right places at the right time to respond when you need us”.
Haslemere fire station is a high priority station due to its proximity to the Hindhead Tunnel on the A3 and its distance from neighbouring stations. Due to a lack of supervisory managers at Haslemere’s on call unit, wholetime appliances have had to be moved to Haslemere to provide cover over night.
When there have been insufficient wholetime fire appliances available retained/on call appliances have been moved to Haslemere to cover the shortfall.
During August this resulted in “Standby” appliances being moved from their base station elsewhere in the county to Haslemere to provide night cover twenty times.
On occasion, when there have been insufficient resources, the Haslemere area has been abandoned without cover for a period of 24 hours.
At present the Fire Service is struggling to maintain cover at night. This situation will be exacerbated by the cutting of a further 7 appliances at night.
The new Making Surrey Safer Plan
· slashes the night time cover throughout the county, potentially leaving Haslemere exposed,
· increases dependency on an already over-stretched pool of part-time fire fighters, and
· relies on crews backing each other up over long distances at risk to the base station’s primary response area.
The Plan therefore increases rather than reduces the risk to my constituents’ safety and fails to ensure the right resources will be in the right place at the right time to respond to residents’ needs in emergency. Far from driving the improvements called for by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate last year, Surrey’s Plan is a roadmap for deterioration in our fire service.
QUESTION 1: Would the leader please explain how, if the plan is implemented in its current form, I can reassure my constituents that they will be safe in their beds at night if the reduction of seven night time appliances across Surrey leaves insufficient resources when 24 hour fire cover at Haslemere cannot currently be guaranteed?
QUESTION 2: Due to the nature of the on-call system, fire crew availability can never be guaranteed. Staff are already struggling with the extra demands on their time covering the shortfalls. Do you believe the heavy reliance on retained/on call stations is sustainable once there is a further reduction of seven appliances at night?
I am pleased that Denise Turner Stewart, Cabinet Member for Community Safety Fire & Resilience, accepted my invitation and met fire officers on Friday 14th February at Haslemere Fire Station to hear their concerns. Also, in attendance was the assistant fire chief officer. I am overwhelmed by the dedication of fire crew and how they have worked as a team in the face of more and more stretched resources to keep offering a fire service for Haslemere. I am worried going forward about the impact of the new transformation.
The team accepts there need to be new ways of working however, personally, I am very concerned about night fire cover and response times in Haslemere.
Denise listened. The firefighters and I are truly grateful she took the time to do so. She has agreed to stay in touch, reflect on the conversation and monitor the stats (response times and crew availability) following this meeting. The new changes come into effect on April 1st over response times and issue of night cover.
Subject: Emergency Utility Works; Liphook Road, Haslemere
For your information can I advise you of emergency works being carried out on Liphook Road, Haslemere (at the junction with Eliot Drive).
South East Water need to repair a burst water main. The traffic management that is placed is Multi-Way Signals and the estimated end date is the 17/02/2020.
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.
Network Coordinator – Waverley
Network and Asset Management Group
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Traffic Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Farnham Lane (D134) Haslemere which extends from its junction with Bunch Lane to its junction with Stoatley Hollow.
There is no diversion route possible for this road closure.
This Order is required to enable SGN to carry out gas main replacement works, which is anticipated to be completed within 3 months, between 7.30am and 5pm, during the 12 month period of operation of this Order which will commence on 24 February 2020.
Advanced warning sign will be displayed and the temporary closure, which is anticipated to be in force 24 hours per day, will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed.
Access to premises within the affected length of road, including access by emergency vehicles to these properties, will be maintained at all times, as will access for pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and dismounted equestrians.
From: UK Power Networks
Sent: 07 February 2020 17:30:43
To: Nikki Barton <Nikki.Barton@surreycc.gov.uk>
Subject: Preparing for Storm Ciara
Dear Cllr Barton,
You may have seen that Storm Ciara is on the way and we are likely to see high winds and heavy rain across the East of England and South East this weekend.
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.
Both you and your constituents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:
· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates
We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.
If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:
As a result of #stormciara, heavy rain and high winds are due to arrive this weekend. @UKPowerNetworks has extra staff and engineers on hand. Call 105 to report a powercut and visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut for the latest updates #ukpnnews
Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut?
@UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority for more information #stormciara #ukpnnews
I hope you find this information useful and please do feel free to share it with your constituents.
With best wishes,
Public Affairs Manager
UK Power Networks
237 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 6NP