Route improvements to the 500 bus timetable

Windsor Rackham, coordinator of LIVE, has informed me that from September 2nd, 2109 the 500 bus timetable has route improvements. Windsor says,

The major change for Lightwater Road residents is that each service will now only travel once along this road. The stop for the Village and the Camberley direction will be on the Colville Gardens side of the road, while the stop for Windlesham and Sunningdale will be from the bus shelter side. Please note the timetable changes carefully as one or two services may be slightly earlier than you expect.

The change is a result of discussions with the Windlesham Parish Council, Surrey County Council, and LIVE. Your local Councillors are currently discussing with us the future of public transport in this area and all views are open for discussion. If you have any points you would like to raise, please talk to your Councillors or pop-in to LIVE on a Saturday morning in the Library Meeting Room. Timetables are available from the Library, Post Office, village shops, and LIVE on Saturday mornings.

Building to start on Lightwater’s village centre building site

After a wait of six years, apart from a hiatus when Tesco placed building materials on the site, the old Lightwater Homecare site looks as though there will be buildings on the site.

The eyesore for so many years looks like coming to an end. The Surrey Heath planning application – 19/0202 – 89-91 Guildford Road, Lightwater, has been approved for 3 four bedroom, and 2 three bedroom dwellings. Below the photo of the site I took yesterday, are the site plans. I note, in reading DECISION NOTICE, that the original application was for 3 three bedroom and 2 two bedroom dwellings, later modified, without any change in car parking provision. Originally 10 places for 13 bedrooms, and now 10 places for 18 bedrooms. The modification was objected to by Windlesham Parish Council, but allowed by the Borough Council.

Please understand, I’m not against the development, after all these years waiting who would be. It’s just that I think local planners fail to consider the pressure on parking in the centre of Lightwater. Where will visitors to these new homes park, when most homes in Lightwater own two cars, necessitating on street parking.

Wild orchids emerging, though sadly not abundant

Late yesterday afternoon I ventured from Hangmoor Hill down into Folly Bog.

I did find some Heath Spottted Orchids alongside the heathland track on Hangmoor hill, though in far less abundant numbers than in previous years. Also, those that I saw were far less vigourous in their growth than those that I’ve seen at this time of the year in the past.

Must say that the bog isn’t as boggy as it has been in the past, and so I got deep into the bog. Obviously, standing in one spot for too long means sinking into the bog. Also, as cattle have trampled the area, creating humps and hollows makes it difficult to negotiate. – a soggy shoe resulted.

Enough about the bog. On a more positive note, I did find emerging Early Marsh Orchids in Folly Bog. Again, not as abundant or as vigourous as in previous years. Here are my phone camera images, not geat photos I have to admit, at least they’re a record.


Searching for the elusive wild orchids in our local heathland

Yesterday I went searching for the first signs of wild orchids in the local heathland and bogs.

I had limited success. I’d expected Heath Spotted Orchids to show strongly by now, as it flowers through June and July. Sadly not so.

Since last spring and summer, the verges of the heatland track have been scraped. That scraping also caused a lot of vegetation to end up in the ditch on one side of the track on Hangmoor Hill and approaching Folly Bog, where they are to be found. Perhaps that’s the reason for the paucity of examples. I’m sure that the spectacular Bee Orchid I saw alongside the track has been scraped out of existence.

Down in the boggy area of Folly Bog I found just just one example of the Early Marsh Orchid. I thought I’d found another, but it was so small I struggled to identify it as an orchid. Below are my two photos. To be absolutely certain of my identification I’m going to print the relevant parts of A Beginner’s Guide to Orchids of the British Isles, along with some measuring tools, and a magnifying glass to assist in identification.

I hope not to tread or kneel in dog poo, or be assailed by an inconsiderate mountain biker.