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.
I had a site meeting this morning with SSE management to discuss their works on Lower Street.
Lower Street will be opening on Monday morning, with traffic light controls as there is still work to carry out on one side of the carriageway as they have major hurdles to overcome- including extremely old multiple service pipes.
Traffic lights are expected for 2-4 weeks.
High Pavement works will then follow.
It’s disappointing that SCC Highways were not able to take the opportunity to resurface this stretch of road during the closure.
Subject: Essential Safety Improvement work – Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere
Dear Cllr Barton
Please find attached the letter for the safety improvement work on Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere. The letters are due to be delivered tomorrow.
during the coronavirus restrictions
government and Department for Transport have asked the Highway Sector Council
to make every effort to deliver essential highways projects on all local
authority highway networks, whilst abiding by the COVID-19 safe working
practices. We are therefore carrying out these works in line with central
government and COVID-19 safe working practises and in accordance with the CLC
Site Operating Procedures, endorsed by Public Health England.
Our sub-contractor will have appropriate procedures in place to
ensure their staff can comply with government advice. We would ask that you
please respect these workers as they deliver these highways services.
We will continue to keep Surrey moving and all key routes will
remain open and safe for key workers. For more information visit www.ourroads.today.
People must have an
appointment or will be turned away.
Children under the age
of 5 can be tested but there will need to be 2 parents or guardians in the
vehicle – one driver plus one adult in the back to administer the test, as
people are not allowed to leave their vehicle once on site. If only one parent
is present, they should park away from the test centre and enter on foot, where
they will be taken to a different area for testing.
Those without transport
can walk into the testing centre, but the same rules apply on having a
have posted notifications on our social media channels:
Thames Water had a live event yesterday evening. A number of residents experienced technical difficulties when trying to join the call.
Thames Water have uploaded a recording of the full session on their website: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/customer-updates. This discusses the causes of water shortages recently in Waverley and there is a Q&A at the end of the session. The sessions is approximately 75 minutes long.
Please be advised of emergency utility works on High Street, Haslemere.
The works are on behalf of Scottish and Southern Energy to repair a low voltage cable fault outside number 49.
They started these works on the 10th June, however our officer has instructed them to amend the traffic management to two-way signals due to safety issues with the previous set up. They currently have an estimated end date of the 26th June.
I trust you find this information useful.
Please note, due to the
current situation with the Corona Virus, I am working from home with limited
access to a phone. If you’re unable to get hold of me via phone, please email
Members of the Waverley Local Committee have been sent the message below about more dates for Covid19 testing in Haslemere:
Dear Waverley Local Committee,
In case you were not already aware, on Friday 12 June and Saturday 13 June there will be a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) at:
Haslemere Leisure Centre, Kings Road Haslemere GU27 2QT
It is open to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.
Children under the age of 5 can be tested but there will need to be 2 parents or guardians in the vehicle – one driver plus one adult in the back to administer the test, as people are not allowed to leave their vehicle once on site. If only one parent is present, they should park away from the test centre and enter on foot, where they will be taken to a different area for testing.
You do not need a car to attend this testing centre, you can ‘walk-in’ but an appointment is still required and the MTU will turn away those who do not have a valid QR code/appointment.
In order to book an appointment, individuals should submit their details via one of the links below, and then choose the MTU site as their preferred test location:
As you are aware, many houses in Haslemere are without water or are experiencing low water pressure.
I discussed this in an interview on BBC Surrey:
Below is a councillor update from Thames Water’s Local Government Liaison :
I am writing to update you on ongoing water supply issues to properties in and around the Haslemere area.
Since we updated you yesterday evening, our engineers have been working hard to keep supply disruption to a minimum through the use of tanker infusions, with only some pockets of residents seeing a complete loss of supply earlier this morning.
To give you some sense of the scale of this operation, yesterday we infused our network with 215,000 litres of water and, though I cannot yet confirm today’s figure, we have more than doubled our tankering presence in the area.
This work together with reducing demand means that only a very limited number of residents are likely to be noticing any problems with their supply at this stage, though this is subject to some degree of caution as demand increases into this evening.
To offer an indication of those residents most likely to be affected, I have attached here a map of the impacted area which visualises each property we supply with a dot. The properties in red are on the highest ground, which lose water pressure first and are therefore most likely to be affected should interruptions continue. Conversely, the green properties sit on the lowest ground and will be affected last.
As our reservoir levels gradually replenishes itself, our engineers will continue to mitigate impact to residents as far as possible, while are customer team delivers bottled water to those most in need. We are also continuing to operate our drive-through bottled water station Grayswood Village Hall, Grayswood Road, Haslemere GU27 2DJ, which will close at 21:00 this evening and reopen in the morning, should these interruptions resurface.
Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve these issues and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any queries or concerns. We will continue to update you and your colleagues as these issues progress, and should your residents need to report a new interruption to their supply or need direct support, please direct them to our 24-hour line on 0800 316 9800.
Online community support group Haslemere Help reaches over 300 volunteers, as they continue to support those who are self-isolating or vulnerable in the local area during the Covid-19 outbreak
Collaborating with Surrey County Councillor Nikki Barton and Town Council staff, and with Mayor John Robini even manning the phone lines, the group are helping with essential tasks such as shopping for provisions
The group also offers a prescription pick-up and delivery service from all local pharmacies, including a special collaboration with the Haslemere Health Centre
If you or a relative are in need of any help in these tricky times, please contact 07873 383954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Covid-19 support group Haslemere Help has reached over 300 volunteers.
bid to help local residents, the group collected the names of those willing to
provide volunteering support for their neighbours, and since then these
volunteers have been successfully performing tasks such as shopping for
essentials and delivering prescriptions.
A founding volunteer, Narn, said: ‘When the call went
out for volunteer help, we knew many in Haslemere would step forward. Haslemere
is a community which has always had a volunteering ethos.
full of admiration for those who have volunteered and, whilst I would have
expected nothing less, it is still overwhelming to see the kindness and
consideration from those contributing voluntarily.
‘We have fielded 100s of phone calls to our helpline which is being
manned by John Robini, our town mayor, 100s of Facebook messages and
innumerable e-mails all needing help with prescriptions, shopping and an ear to
listen and have a friendly chat. Our volunteers have also picked up
wheelchairs, delivered flowers, collected plastic surgical boots and delivered
hearing aid batteries. ‘
Surrey County Councillor, Nikki Barton, has actively supported Haslemere Help and worked to streamline the Haslemere Health Centre’s prescription delivery service using the group’s volunteers. Councillor Barton told us: ‘The queues at the health centre are often long, putting great pressure on the pharmacy team. We have arranged that you can now call 07873 383954 or alternatively you can make contact by e-mail email@example.com with your prescription pick up request. Patient contact and delivery details are all that is needed. Haslemere Help will not keep any of your personal details and any collections will be treated in confidence. “
On Twitter, Haslemere resident, Miles Weston who is currently self-isolating at home has received invaluable neighbour support. He wrote: ‘This is what community-minded, unnamed people in Haslemere are doing for their neighbours. We know them, we love them for what they are doing and we admire them for not being on the lookout for public recognition. They are not bragging – they are just doing it for Haslemere.”
Haslemere Mayor, John Robini said: ‘The volunteers’ efforts and commitment, together with all those employed in delivering crucial services at this time, should lift our spirits and give us all encouragement during what is, undoubtedly, a troubling and challenging time for our town. The town council staff have also provided invaluable telephone and administrative support.’
Individuals and community groups throughout Haslemere looking to provide volunteering support during Covid-19 can still register and are encouraged to complete a Volunteer Registration Form. Residents who need help with shopping, prescription pickups or other services should call the Haslemere Help service on 07873 383954. Enquiries can also be channelled to firstname.lastname@example.org and through their dedicated Facebook page www.facebook.com/haslemerehelp.