Tag Archives: Haslemere

Lower Street Drain, Haslemere

Several residents brought to Surrey County Council’s attention the overflowing drain in Lower Street.

I have been out with the jetter at the Lower Street crossing, investigating the drainage problem. The drain has been jet washed and a camera probe sent down, revealing a blockage in the pipe under Lower Street. The team think it is probably a water utility pipe.

Next steps… SCC highways to obtain a street works permit to excavate the road in order to repair the problem.

Notice of emergency roadworks – Hindhead Road as well as Farnham Road

Dear Councillor,

For your information can I advise you of emergency works being carried out on Hindhead Road, Haslemere (approximately 85m south of the junction with Critchmere Hill).

South East Water need to repair a leaking water pipe. The traffic management that is placed is Two-Way Signals and the estimated end date is the 13/12/2019.

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,

Network Coordinator – Waverley

Network Coordination Team

Network and Asset Management Group

Surrey Highways

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Dear Councillor,

For your information can I advise you of emergency works being carried out on Farnham Lane, Haslemere (outside the property called Woobury).

Thames Water need to repair a leaking water pipe. The traffic management that is placed is a Road Closure and the estimated end date is the 16/12/2019.

I hope you find this information useful.

Kind Regards,

Network Coordinator – Waverley

Network Coordination Team

Network and Asset Management Group

Surrey Highways

Waverley Committee meeting this Friday. Agenda includes Cycle Tracks Order for Haslemere

Here is a link sharing the agenda of the Waverley Committee on Friday. All are welcome to attend.

I have sent apologies as I am attending a family funeral on Friday.

Dear Victoria,

I would be very grateful if this statement could be read out on Friday at the LAC- item 8.

The proposed Cycle Tracks Order on a section of Footpath 19 is an initiative that has support from Haslemere Town Council, Haslemere Vision, Haslemere Community Rail Partnership (in partnership with the Surrey Hills and Cycling UK) and Transition Haslemere.  It is identified as one of the “opportunities” in the submission draft Neighbourhood Plan.

There is a growing community desire to improve the conditions for cycling in Haslemere and this is borne out in some specific ways:

  1. Haslemere Vision, the town’s neighbourhood plan steering group (www.haslemerevision.org.uk), carried out an extensive public consultation in 2016 that identified very strong public support for better walking and cycling provision in the town.  The public opinion was strongly in favour of improvements being introduced to encourage more “active travel” to access Haslemere train station.
  • Haslemere Community Rail Partnership commissioned a Station Travel Plan in 2016 that also identified a public desire for safer routes to and from the station in order to reduce the dependency on the private car. 
  • Transition Haslemere partnered with a local cycling group in the summer of this year to organise several mass bike rides, involving a wide cross-section of cyclists, including families with younger children; associated press releases called for improvements to Haslemere’s cycling infrastructure. 
  • Haslemere Town Council has recently declared a Climate Change Emergency and one of its stated aims is to promote more sustainable transport modes.

Cycling in Haslemere is extremely challenging for all but the experienced, confident cyclist.  The main routes through the town are in many places narrow, with no space to accommodate a separate cycle lane.  Key pinch points include: Fosters Bridge near the station; the Wey Hill shopping area; and the high pavement section of Lower Street.  These are all particularly hazardous for cyclists.  Very significant funding would be required to address these challenges – funds that are currently not available to members of this committee.

A creative approach is therefore needed if we are to improve cycling in Haslemere within the existing physical and financial constraints, to encourage wider and safer participation.  An opportunity does exist in the form of the network of paths – both formal and informal – that criss-cross the town.  The strategic vision of the groups supporting the proposal today is to use these paths, linking up with some quieter roads where gaps exist, to create a safer, integrated network of cycle and walking paths.  This network would provide links between and among residential zones and key community assets, including our schools, health centre, sports centre, library and shopping areas.  The plan is to work with the Surrey Highways and Countryside teams to direct funds, as they become available, to upgrade sections of path and the linkages to create this network.

The proposal for consideration today and set out in the committee papers, is to upgrade a section of Footpath 19 via a Cycle Tracks Order.  This marks the first piece, so to speak, in this ‘jigsaw’ of a town-wide cycle and pedestrian network.  The route is already used by cyclists informally as it provides a back-route link from Lower Street near the station, through to both Lion Lane Green and Shottermill Infant and Primary school, and up to the National Trust Devil’s Punch Bowl where cyclists can connect to the extensive Cycle Surrey Hills cycle network, with 90km of off-road tracks.

A criticism of the proposal that has been received by Officers is that the Cycle Tracks Order creates a small isolated section of cycle route.  As explained above, this is intended to mark the first section of a wider strategic network of interlinking paths, which will be improved and upgraded as and when funding amounts become available.  The vision would then be to upgrade the next section of route from the end of the proposed length of path, to link it with both Shottermill Infant and Junior schools as the next piece in the ‘jigsaw’ once funding is secured.  Both Heads are working hard to promote ‘Safer Routes to School’ and more active travel by pupils and parents so as to reduce parking and congestion as well as to improve air quality and safety issues around their schools.

The scheme’s cost (£7,000) represents good value for money as it improves the off-road path for current users of the path, be they pedestrians, disability scooter users or cyclists.  The scheme will upgrade the path surface, widen the existing path and replace a rotten wooden barrier over the small stream which the path crosses. 

The Surrey Highways and Countryside teams have assessed the scheme thoroughly and confirm that when upgraded the path will accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians, with signage to encourage mutual respect by all path users and “cyclists dismount” signs will be installed in front of the bridge over the stream.  The path will remain on the definitive map retaining footpath status, and the proposal is not opposed by the local rambler group.

Looking ahead, Waverley have plans for a housing development on the current Youth Campus site adjacent to this proposed upgraded section of path, which would therefore be directly accessible to residents in the new homes. 

Emergency Utility Works; Highercombe Road, Haslemere

From: Network Coordinator – Waverley
Sent: 05 December 2019
To: Nikki Barton <Nikki.Barton@surreycc.gov.uk>
Subject: Emergency Utility Works; Highercombe Road, Haslemere

Dear Councillor Barton,

For your information can I advise you of emergency works being carried out on Highercombe Road, Haslemere (outside the property called ‘South Grays’).

Thames Water need to repair a leaking water pipe in the carriageway. The traffic management that is placed is a Road Closure and the estimated end date is the 11/12/2019.

I hope you find this information useful.

Kind Regards,

l

Network Coordinator – Waverley

Network Coordination Team

Network and Asset Management Group

Surrey Highways

MASS UNWRAP @ TESCO Haslemere (Sat 18 Jan 2020 10am – 11:50am)

Subject: MASS UNWRAP @ TESCO Haslemere Sat 18 Jan 2020 10am – 11:50am

From: Gary Lloyd, Green Councillor, Haslemere Town Council

Dear Haslemere Climate Collective and friends,

In case you haven’t already heard about this, we finally have agreement from Tesco for Love Haslemere Hate Waste to host a “great unwrap” outside the Haslemere store to raise awareness of the scale of our plastic waste problem.

We’ll be doing this for 2 hours from 10am until midday on Saturday 18th Jan. We would be really grateful if you could spread word of this event with your friends and connections.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us on the day! Precise roles are yet to be defined but are likely to include: setting up, briefing customers on their way in (and also in the till queues if Tesco allow it), assisting with unwrapping outside the store, collecting/managing all plastic, and the final cleanup. We’re likely to have press there and it should be a whole load of fun – as well as possibly a bit shocking.

Do please let Tause of LoveHaslemereHateWaste or Gary (gary.lloyd@haslemeretc.org) know if you might be willing to volunteer. It’s a great cause – a positive drive to reduce waste by any one of the major retailers has a good chance of triggering a “chain reaction” among the others, but only if there is visible public pressure – and the more supporters we can get along to it the better.

Thanks and kind regards,

Gary

Emergency Utility Works; Petworth Road, Haslemere

To: Nikki Barton
Subject: Emergency Utility Works; Petworth Road, Haslemere

Dear Councillor,

For your information can I advise you of emergency works being carried out on Petworth Road, Haslemere (approximately 85m west of the junction with Blackdown Lane).

SGN need to repair a gas escape. The traffic management that is placed is Two-Way Signals and the estimated end date is the 09/12/2019.

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,

l

Network Coordinator – Waverley

Network Coordination Team

Network and Asset Management Group

Surrey Highways

Temporary Closure of Public Bridleway 48 (Haslemere)

From: Countryside Access Assistant
Sent: 25 November 2019 11:24:51
To: Nikki Barton <Nikki.Barton@surreycc.gov.uk>
Subject: Temporary Closure of Public Bridleway 48 (Haslemere)

Dear Interested parties,

The Surrey County Council Public Bridleway 48 (Haslemere)

Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2019

Please see attachments relating to the temporary closure of a public bridleway located to the east of Prestwick Lane, Grayswood – Public Brideway 48 (Haslemere).

The closure is necessary on the grounds of public safety, due to a damaged bridleway bridge. An emergency closure has been in place since 4 October 2019.

The closure Order will be in place from 3 December 2019 until 12 May 2020, or until the completion of any remedial works, if earlier. The Secretary of State for Transport may extend the closure if necessary.

The replacement timber has been ordered by the County Council, and repair works will take place once the timber has been received and a contractor appointed.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Tom Jenkins
Countryside Access Assistant
01737 737675


Surrey County Council
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South Western Railway Strike Update

Today, I received this update from South Western Railway regarding proposed strike action.

From: Andy Mellors
Date: 21 November 2019 at 4:15:04 pm GMT
To: Nikki Barton
Subject: South Western Railway Update

Dear Cllr Barton,

I am contacting you regarding the prospect of industrial action taking place on the South Western Railway network and the impact this could have on passengers in your local area.

The RMT union has called 28 days of strike action which will disrupt our train services throughout December. The action is due to commence on 2 December and last until the New Year.

I very much hope we can avoid the strikes happening at all and we’re still open to discussions with the RMT.

However, we are working very hard planning for how we keep our passengers moving if the strikes do go ahead. 

This dispute centres around the role of guards on SWR’s trains.  We have publicly promised that there will always be guards on our trains, helping deliver the train service passengers need and want, and that our guards will have a safety critical role.

All we’re asking is that our guards work with us to bring in our new trains, which our estimates show could mean over 10 million more passenger journeys arrive on-time in peak hours every year.

We still hope these promises will help avoid strike action. However, we are putting plans in place to keep as many passengers as possible moving throughout the strike should it proceed:

  • By early next week we will publish downloadable, detailed timetables for services that will still be running during the strike, once these have been finalised. We will also be publishing some frequently asked questions to help passengers plan their journey
  • We are working with other transport providers so as many tickets as possible can be accepted on other rail and bus networks
  • We are committed to doing everything we can to provide people, business, councils, community groups and other organisations with the most detailed and up-to-date information we have and will be providing the latest travel information on our website

I don’t want this strike to happen. It doesn’t need to happen, and I hope the promises we’ve made to our guards will help reassure them that the strike is unnecessary.

However, if the strike does go ahead we will be doing everything we can to get our passengers to where they need to go in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

We will provide you with regular updates as and when new information is available.

You can find the latest information at www.southwesternrailway.com/strike 

Kind regards

Andy Mellors
Managing Director
South Western Railway