Tag Archives: Surrey County Council

Road closure on Midhurst Road, Haslemere – Pre-patching for Surface Dressing

Please find attached the leaflet for the pre-patching works in preparation for surface dressing on Midhurst Road, Haslemere. The leaflets will be delivered to local residents and businesses tomorrow.


Road closure

30 November

9:30am – 3:30pm

For 3 days

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

Roadworks during the coronavirus restrictions

The 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.

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 and receive updates of the works on https://one.network/

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

Surrey Highways

Email: hannah.hayes@surreycc.gov.uk

For more information about what we do, please visit our Surrey Highways website.

We always try to provide excellent customer service; please let us know how we are doing.

You can follow us on Twitter @HighwaysSurrey and Instagram @Surrey_Highways.

Response: 20’s Plenty for Surrey

Sharing a response regarding 20 is Plenty from SCC’s Cabinet Member for Transport to 20 is Plenty’s South East Region Coordinator.

From: Matthew Furniss, SCC Cabinet Member For Transport
Sent: 19 November 2020 11:50
To: All Councillors
Subject: 20’s Plenty for Surrey

Dear Councillor,

I believe the following enquiry has been circulated to a number of Members. Please see response below if you have received this enquiry through.

Many thanks for your email with information on the support for 20 mph speed limits. I am very much sympathetic to lower speeds in residential areas and busy shopping streets – lower speeds reduce the risk of collisions, can support more walking and cycling, and can make places more pleasant to live.

We need to ensure that any measures to encourage lower speeds are effective. National research has shown that simply reducing speed limits using signs alone will not be successful in reducing speeds towards 20 mph if the existing mean average speeds are closer to 30 mph. Therefore our policy requires that additional supporting measures will be required for a scheme to be successful if the existing speeds are above 24 mph. What type of measures and how extensive the measures will need to be will depend upon each individual stretch of road and how fast the existing mean average speeds are. For example, if the existing mean average speeds are closer to 30 mph then traffic calming (e.g. raised road tables) are likely to be required. However if the mean average speeds are just above 24 mph then the nature and extent of any supporting measures would not be as great. Therefore the process we use in Surrey follows best practice and ensures that we measure the existing speeds beforehand before deciding upon the viability of any new speed limit (including 20 mph), along with the type and extent of any supporting measures that may be required (if any). Our policy can be viewed via this link.

Within Surrey, decisions on speed limits are delegated to local committees of elected members within each District or Borough, along with a budget allocation for highway improvements. It is for local members to decide upon the priorities for highway improvements in their areas, and whether they would like to pursue 20 mph speed limit schemes as opposed to other highway improvements on the roads that they are responsible for.

Kind regards

Matt Furniss

Cabinet Member for Transport

BELOW IS THE E-MAIL SUBMITTED by 20 is Plenty’s South East Region Coordinator.

Dear County Councillor

  • 7 out of 10 people in the UK agree with 20mph in residential streets: UK Government National Travel Attitudes Study
  • Over 20 million people live in Local Authorities where 20mph is the norm for built up areas.
  • Speed limiting technology, standard on all new cars from 2022, will revolutionise speed limit compliance.
  • The UK government has signed the Stockholm Declaration recognising 20mph as the maximum speed limit where people and motor vehicles mix: http://www.20splenty.org/un_says_20splenty.

Yet, Surrey County Council’s speed limit policy assumes that 20mph is an exception and includes an 8-step process which makes it all but impossible for your local communities to achieve what they want.

If you want 20mph to become the norm on residential roads in the county, 20’s Plenty for Surrey would like to work with you to achieve it in a cost effective manner.

If you continue to endorse 30mph, we’d like to understand your reasons and to answer your questions. Our FAQs cover the 20 most common myths http://www.20splenty.org/20_questions_about_20_s_plenty.

20’s Plenty for Surrey looks forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes

Adrian Berendt

South East Region Coordinator

Facebook  http://tinyurl.com/20splentyonfacebook

Campaigner Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/177304489851446/

Surrey Hills to South Downs CRP; Good news – Cycle back to health project funding

My email to our Community Rail Partners:

Dear Partners,

I am delighted to let you know that we have been successful in obtaining funding from the Community Rail Network to deliver a project that aims to encourage people to jump on their bikes either for the first time, or to return to cycling to improve both mental and physical health while also increasing the use of the valuable town centre station car park spaces.  We will be offering heavily subsidised cycle training in partnership with Surrey County Council, free bike doctor repair sessions and guided cycle rides for all abilities from our partner stations (Haslemere, Milford, Witley, Godalming and Farncombe).

 The project seeks to:

Make use of the station car parks at the stations within the Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership which are now often empty due to the reduction in commuter parking because of Covid restrictions – permission has been granted by SWR management to use station parking capacity within the Surrey Hills to South Downs CRP for both cycle training and bike doctor maintenance sessions.

Encourage station staff to get involved and use the training themselves. (This has been requested by the station manager, who fully endorses the idea of the project)

  • Re-acquaint people with their local stations
  • Create more community activity around rail stations, bringing more local people to the station
  • Promote the cycle facilities that are available at stations
  • Increase inbound tourism by bicycle
  • Encourage greater use of trains by people with bicycles.
  • Support more integrated travel planning – individual or group business and leisure users
  • We have linked up with Surrey Hills Cycle Hire who have agreed to map out some new rides to suit all abilities and rides that start and end at our stations

Surrey CC have agreed to deliver the training at a subsidised rate and are looking forward to working with us. They have already agreed that the bookings for the training can go through their website which is designed to take the bookings

East Hants Rail Partnership have also been successful in obtaining a grant so will work in partnership to promote this exciting project.

We plan to start the project in Spring 2021, depending on the Covid restrictions and look forward to engaging all partners in this exciting initiative.

Best wishes

Nikki

Temporary traffic lights Lion Green/Wey Hill/Tesco access, Haslemere – Traffic light improvements

Please find attached the leaflet for the traffic light improvement works at the Lion Green/Wey Hill Tesco access junction in Haslemere. The leaflets will be delivered to local residents and businesses over the next few working days.

Lion Green/Wey Hill/Tesco access, Haslemere

Temporary traffic lights

23 November

For 3 weeks

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

Roadworks during the coronavirus restrictions

The 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.

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 and receive updates of the works on https://one.network/

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,

Drew Buerger

Works Communication Officer

Works Communication Team

Surrey Highways

UPDATE 19th November 2020.


Traffic light works – Tesco/Lion Lane – I have a meeting with the project engineer on Monday Nov 23rd – start of works. I requested the works be delayed until after Christmas but have been told the traffic light posts are becoming structurally unsound and also that if the lights fail, the system is now obsolete meaning a repair will not be possible causing greater disruption so the works are urgently needed. SCC team have agreed to expedite works as rapidly as possible, and will provide manual lights for a minimum of 3 days after end of lockdown so they can keep traffic flowing and reduce tail backs.

Update 10th November 2020.

After concerns were raised by the local community regarding the impact these works may have on already struggling local businesses, the decision was made to postpone these works until early next year. The new date is yet to be confirmed and is subject to road space availability.

The Avenue (D5512) Haslemere Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020

NOTICE

The Surrey County Council The Avenue (D5512) Haslemere Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020

Surrey County Council (“The 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 all vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of The Avenue (D5512) Haslemere as extends from a point in line with the south eastern boundary of No.38 The Avenue to a point in line with the north western boundary of No.38 The Avenue.

The Order is required to allow critical repair and/or maintenance works to be carried out by, or on behalf of Morrison Utility Services within the length of road described in this notice. These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 8am and 5pm within 3 days of the 12 month period of operation of this Order, which commences on 10 December 2020.

Advanced warning signs will be displayed, and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. There is no applicable diversion route and access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained at all times. There will be no vehicular access for residents, however road plates will be used should emergency access be required.

The Council are satisfied that, in accordance with Section 3(2)(a) and 3(2)(b) of The Act, vehicular access to and from premises within the length of road above, or accessible only therefrom may be restricted in order to avoid danger to persons or other traffic using the road and/or preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising

Local Highway Services Group Manager
Enquiries to:- Traffic Regulation Orders Team, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7BQ
Telephone: 0300 200 1003

The agenda for Waverley Local Committee, Friday, 13 November 2020

The agenda for Waverley Local Committee, Friday, 13 November 2020, 10.30 am has just been published.

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

Meeting venue: REMOTE

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
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 ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINT TRIALS: LOCATIONS (EXECUTIVE FUNCTION)
9 LOCAL COMMITTEE DECISION & ACTION TRACKER (FOR INFORMATION)
10 LOCAL COMMITTEE FORWARD PROGRAMME 2020-21
11 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

IPad users can access the meeting agenda through the Mod Gov App.

Waverley Local Committee

Surrey County Councillors fail to press leader to justify £250K single unitary bid

I am part of the Independents and Residents’ Association group at Surrey County Council. I was also shocked and disappointed that the Conservatives refused to engage in any debate about the hundreds of thousands of tax payers money they have wasted on our behalf. Full article here.

Update – Haste Hill and Woolmer Hill Tree Removal

Woolmer Hill Road remains closed as four dangerous trees have not yet been removed. The removal of the large ancient oak at the bottom of Haste Hill continues today. The position of the tree is endangering nearby homes and I have paid a site visit. 

I have raised my concerns with the Highways team and SCC leadership about the lack of resources to cope with two major tree incidents in Haslemere at the same time.  

Following the removal of the large fallen branch on Friday in Haste Hill that blocked the road, a large crack throughout the main trunk was discovered resulting in the need to fell the whole tree to prevent it falling on nearby homes. 

The contractor explained that the recent heavy rains, following a long exceptionally dry period creates additional top heavy stress on the trees that are still weighed down by leaves and acorns. The roadside banks are also more fragile after these climatic conditions of drought followed by intense rain.

The lack of a second available tree surgeon team to work on both the Haste Hill and Woolmer Hill emergency has created the totally unacceptable situation whereby the Woolmer Hill trees were not felled over the weekend as I had expected, and the Woolmer Hill road remains closed. 

Any such serious incidents reported are passed directly to the Surrey CC contractors Kier who then sub-contract out to tree specialists in this case having inspected the site. 

The Woolmer Hill incident report initially related to one dangerous tree over the highway, this was dealt with last week but a further 4 trees on the steep embankment were identified as being dangerous, resulting in the continued road closure.  

Over the weekend, the tree contractors visited the Woolmer Hill site and discovered that the situation had changed with the bank at risk of slipping. This changed the equipment required, with an additional larger cherry picker needed. The contractor has had to hire in this equipment that is rarely required.

Works are expected to start on the Woolmer Hill trees tomorrow once the Haste Hill situation has been made safe.

I’ve have been in touch with Woolmer Hill School who will be writing to parents/guardians.