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Fire Services in Haslemere

Today was Surrey County Council’s Full Council meeting.

The meeting papers are here. Please note the petition regarding fire stations (including Haslemere’s) being closed at night. (Item 5 here).

I raised my serious concerns about fire service cover for Haslemere – particularly at night. In the meeting council voted against the 13.000 petition to scrap the cuts to the fire service. This means loss of 7 night time pumps, and reliance on part time, on-call staff overnight.  Already Haslemere fire station is currently regularly unmanned due to lack of staff. We are a high priority station as nearest to the A3 and the Hindhead tunnel. 

This was my question on this matter:

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 it’s 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?

This is the response I received here:

Response:

1. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has robust plans in place to ensure it can always deal with emergencies effectively and continually monitors all of its vehicles around the county, using the very latest technology, so that firefighters and equipment are in the right place at the right time. There have been occasions recently at Haslemere when cover has been moved in from other fire stations at night. This has been due to short-notice leavers at Watch Officer level. It is normal practice for the service to move crews and resources around the county based on a dynamic analysis of risk. Just before each shift, highly trained and experienced 999 Mobilising staff work with Duty Officers to assess crewing levels and deploy staff accordingly. The Making Surrey Safer Plan for 2020 – 2023 was approved by Cabinet on 24 September 2019. Under these changes, fire and rescue cover will continue to be provided across Surrey on a 24/7 basis. Fire engines may come from neighbouring fire stations in some areas at night-time, but these will still arrive within the service’s current response standard. The Making Surrey Safer Plan is focussed on re-aligning Surrey’s fire and rescue service in order to put more resources into community and business safety activities, to reduce the likelihood of emergencies happening in the first place. In terms of the Waverley area specifically, the impact on response times is minimal and in fact improves at the weekend under the Making Surrey Safer Plan and overall:

Ø Weekday – no change to arrival of the first appliance to a critical incident

Ø Weekend day – 32 seconds quicker arrival of the first appliance to a critical incident

Ø Night – 10 second slower arrival of the first appliance to a critical incident Page 14

Ø Overall, at all times of day, the arrival of the first appliance to a critical incident will be 1 second quicker These meet the risk assessment which shows that weekend days are the busiest, night times are less busy, and week days remain the same.

The service will regularly review its Community Risk Profile and distribution of resources as population numbers and distribution changes over time to ensure adequate resources are provided. Once implemented from April 2020, the changes will be closely monitored by the service and a dedicated task group which will report back to Surrey County Council’s Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee for appropriate scrutiny.

2. There is no guarantee of the availability of either whole time or on-call staff unfortunately however the Making Surrey Safer Plan for 2020 – 2023 increases the potential use of on On-Call staff and appliances at night. Two On-Call new starter courses will take place in the lead up to 1 April 2020 (when the changes will start to be implemented), to increase our number of on-call firefighters.

Bunch Lane – road diversion – BT cabling works

From: highways@surreycc.info <highways@surreycc.info>
 
Subject: Reference: ME-710782 – Surrey Highways: TRO Bunch Lane Haslemere

Dear Sirs,

NOTICE: THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL BUNCH LANE (D5514) HASLEMERE TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2019

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 Bunch Lane (D5514) Haslemere which extends from its junction with Farnham Lane, northwards, for a distance of 125m. This Order is required to enable BT to facilitate new cabling works, which is anticipated to be completed within 3 days, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, during the 6 month period of operation of this Order which will commence 30 September 2019. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Access to premises within the affected length of road affected, including access by emergency vehicles to these properties, will be maintained at all times, as will access for pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative Route – St Christopher’s Green, Wey Hill, Weydown Road, Inval Hill and Bunch Lane.

Lower Street – road closure (resurfacing)

Here is an email I have received re Lower Street road closure:

From: On Behalf Of Works Communication Team/EAI/SCC
 To: Nikki Barton <Nikki.Barton@surreycc.gov.uk>
Subject: Lower Street, Haslemere – Resurfacing works (Road Closed)

Dear Cllr Barton

I am writing to advise you that we will be closing the road on the 27 September and the 4 October whilst we carry out our surfacing works.

To facilitate this we will need to close the road from 9:30 until 16:00 on each Friday to enable us to park our lorry near to the site.

There will be no access for vehicles during this time.

Outside of the above closures, we will continue to use three way lights until the end of the works.

You and your residents can also find up to date details of the works on www.surreycc.gov.uk/roadworks

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0300 200 1003 or email works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk.

Kind regards

Works Communication Officer

Works Communication Team

Local Highways

Update on Sun Brow roadworks

Dear Cllr Barton

Please find attached the leaflet for the surfacing work on Sun Brow, Haslemere.  The leaflets are due to be delivered tomorrow (6th September).

The works are scheduled to start on 18 September under a road closure and will take place over 3 days, from 8am – 4pm.  

Please see the attached leaflet for the extents of our work.

Sometimes our plans have to change, often due to bad weather or problems on other works in the same programme which can have a knock on effect. If anything changes with the details of these works, we will let you know. You and your residents can also find up to date details of the works on https://roadworks.org/?113903164

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0300 200 1003 or email works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk.

Works Communication Officer

Works Communication Team

Surrey Highways

Email: works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk

Surrey’s Greener Future – Call for Evidence – Surrey County Council – Citizen Space

Overview

Scope of the inquiry

Surrey’s Greener Future Task Group will focus on Surrey County Council’s recent declaration of a climate emergency and the actions the council needs to take to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible. The task group will also consider the role residents need to play in their local community and the wider impact of other public sector organisations and the private sector on the county’s environment to develop a system-wide position.  

Written Submissions

We want to hear from Surrey residents, businesses and partners so we can write a call for action. The task group will be reporting its findings to Council in December 2019 and will base its recommendations on the evidence you provide so this is an excellent opportunity to influence the council’s future strategy.

The task group welcomes written evidence on some, or all, of the points below by Sunday 15 September in no more than 2,000 words. You can use links to other sources to support your submission. You can submit evidence using this web page, by emailing democraticservices@surreycc.gov.uk  or in writing to Democratic Services, County Hall, Room 122, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN using the form at the foot of this page.

Your information including your views, will be collected and used to identify the actions needed to be taken by Surrey County Council to achieve net zero carbon emissions. The Task Group will also use your views to consider the role of residents and the impact of public sector and private sector organisations on the county environment, as well as for research and statistical analysis. It will be shared with the members of the Surrey’s Greener Future Task Group as well as disclosed (including your name and contact details ) and published on Surrey Says https://www.surreysays.co.uk.  Our lawful basis allows us to process your personal data when it is necessary for us in the performance of our public tasks and in the interest of the public. It will be retained for the life of the Surrey’s Greener Future project requirements. See more privacy information https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/your-privacy/corporate-privacy-notice

Read more here.

Councillor Update for Haslemere, June 2019

2nd June 2019 – shared update about HillFest, an amazing event organised by Friends of Woolmer Hill.

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.

With Tom, British Legion standard bearer

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.


16th June 2019 – shared guest blog post by David Goddin: Why I’m Supporting the Community Rail Movement

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

GENERAL NEWS

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.

Here is Transition Haslemere’s July 2019 newsletter.

My next county councillor update will be in September.

Haslemere Petition Critchmere Hill/Woolmer Hill

Yesterday, I attended the June 2019 Waverley Local Committee.

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.

This is the officer response to the petition: ITEM 5ii Petition Response Woolmer Hill.

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.)

https://youtu.be/eOL_UiZBYwk

Teen Parenting Course, September

From: Children’s Centre Manager

Subject: OUR NEXT TEEN PARENTING COURSE

Good morning,

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 information.

Kind regards,

Rachel

Rachel Gardiner

Children’s Centre Manager

Tennyson’s Sure Start Children’s Centre

Haslemere

01428 644485

www.tennysonschildrenscentre.co.uk

Surrey County Council – Transformation Project Overview

From: Tim Oliver, Surrey County Council Leader

Sent: 20 June 2019 07:26

To: All Councillors

Subject: Transformation Project Overview

Dear Members

Please find attached a two page summary on each of our transformation business cases, along with slides that I hope you find useful by way of background.

If you have any queries please feel free to raise them either with myself of the relevant Cabinet Member.

Kind regards

Tim

Tim Oliver

Leader of Surrey County Council

Agenda for Waverley Local Committee, Friday, 28 June 2019, 10.00 am

From: Surrey County Council <democraticservices@surreycc.gov.uk>
Sent: 19 June 2019 16:48
Subject: Agenda for Waverley Local Committee, Friday, 28 June 2019, 10.00 am

The agenda for Waverley Local Committee, Friday, 28 June 2019, 10.00 am has just been published.

To view the agenda and officer contact details, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Waverley Borough Council Chamber, The Burys, Godalming GU7 1HR. All are welcome.

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
OPEN FORUM
INFORMAL PUBLIC QUESTIONS
1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
2 MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
3 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
4 CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
5 PETITIONS & PETITION RESPONSES
6 WRITTEN PUBLIC QUESTIONS
7 WRITTEN MEMBER QUESTIONS
8 SCC CABINET MEMBER HIGHWAYS –
VERBAL UPDATE
(FOR INFORMATION)
9 HIGHWAYS UPDATE
(EXECUTIVE FUNCTION)
10 COMMUNITY SAFETY FUNDING
(EXECUTIVE FUNCTION)
11 EPRESENTATION ON PARTNERSHIPS
AND BOARDS
(EXECUTIVE FUNCTION)
12 LOCAL COMMITTEE DECISION
TRACKER
(FOR INFORMATION)
13 LOCAL COMMITTEE FORWARD
PROGRAMME 2019-20
14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING