On street parking review 2018 proposals for Surrey Heath

Surrey County Council’s parking team has reviewed on-street parking in Surrey Heath. Their proposals are presented  to the Surrey Heath Local Committee, who will decide on their adoption. Prior to the next committee meeting on Thursday, 4 October 2018 at 7.00 pm, venue to be announced, there’s a public consultation about the proposals which concludes on the 12th September. The review identified changes which would benefit road safety and reduce instances of obstruction and localised congestion.

The proposals can be viewed HERE, and your comments can be submitted online HERE.

I’m aware of many of the pressures in on street parking in the borough, obviously in Lightwater, but also in Bagshot. Councillors have been particularly vocal in most of the proposals, pressing for parking restrictions in Lorry Ridge, Bagshot, and Lightwater Road in Lightwater. Of all the maps in the review, I’ve selected one for Lightwater, which shows the Lightwater Road proposed restrictions, about which the parking team say,

From the roundabout junction with Guildford Road to the junction with Derwent Road, introduce double yellow lines on both sides of the street to maintain traffic flow and sightlines for through traffic, particularly on the bend in the vicinity of the Lakeview Care Home, which has resulted in a number of complaints from members of the public with regards to traffic flow and sightline obstruction. The long extent of the proposed double yellow lines is to manage displacement of these parked vehicles, to ensure that they do not simply move to another more hazardous part of Lightwater Road. The displacement of these vehicles will need to be monitored following installation of the restrictions.

Retain your right to vote by completing your voter registration form

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that,

Local residents are being encouraged not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to Surrey Heath Borough Council as soon as possible.

With borough and parish elections taking place in Surrey Heath in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The form ensures that SHBC can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections.

Karen Whelan, Electoral Registration Officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Surrey Heath. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply check the form which you should have received in the post in the last few weeks, and respond as soon as you can.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so; checking the form that arrives through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”

Any residents who have questions can contact the SHBC registration team on 01276 707165 or vote@surreyheath.gov.uk

  1. Borough and parish elections are taking place in Surrey Heath in May 2019.
  2. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as: detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.
  3. The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
  4. To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:- Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)- A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.- A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.
  5. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.
  6. Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers.

Slow progress in Ambleside Road rebuild

Another walk by the roadworks in Ambleside Road today to discover the progress made.

Some progress made in creating the base layers for the road, although undoubtedly not enough for the residents unable to exit their drives.

I did spot two houses with small streams leading to the road, though those streams are not the sole cause of the roadworks. That is simply that the road has never been upgraded from the heathland track that it was. A couple of photos for your perusal.

Take part in the Camberley Sprint Triathlon at the Arena

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that, [click on image to link to Council website]

Following the success of the Specsavers GO-TRI at the Arena, the newest triathlon challenge has arrived in Camberley and entries are now open!  The Camberley Sprint Triathlon, which is designed to bridge the gap between beginner triathlons and the full distance, takes place on Sunday 23 September.

Competitors start with a 400 metre swim in the Arena Leisure Centre before cycling 20km around a picturesque Camberley course. There’s a final 5km run to the finish line where a medal awaits.

It’s the perfect test of endurance in a professional, friendly environment. All abilities welcome, from first-timers to experienced triathletes. It’s also open to enter as a team ‘relay’ event, where a group of three people each complete one of the legs of the triathlon (swim, cycle or run).

So if you’d like to take part, but don’t think you’re quite up to completing the whole triathlon, it’s a great opportunity to grab two of your friends, work colleagues or family members and demonstrate some teamwork!

Entry is open to anyone 16 and over, and costs £35.  What are you waiting for?

Places are limited so enter today at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tri 

Frimley Lodge Park earns its 18th Green Flag Award

Surrey Heath borough Council announce that,

Frimley Lodge Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the best in the country – for the 18th year running!

The 24-hectare park is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. This international award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Owned and maintained by Surrey Heath Borough Council, Frimley Lodge Park attracts a large number of visitors with its beautiful open spaces, picnic areas, pitch and putt course, children’s playgrounds; as well as a miniature railway and barbecue and private hire areas. Other attractions include a 3G all-weather football pitch, traditional football and cricket pitches, and a café.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Dan Adams attended the unveiling of the flag at the Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway in the park, along with SHBC Executive Head of Business Daniel Harrison, and other members of the Business and Greenspace teams.

Cllr Adams said: “It’s a very special achievement for Frimley Lodge Park to receive its 18th consecutive Green Flag Award. Good quality green spaces are very important to residents and visitors, and this award is recognition for the hard work and dedication that goes into maintaining Frimley Lodge Park to such a high standard. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag Awards, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of locations have been recognised. “We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy.”

Surrey Matters e-newsletter August 2018 edition

No longer delivered as a printed newsletter to Surrey residents, Surrey Matters is now available via email or by visiting the County Council’s website. To obtain a copy emailed directly to you, registration is required.

For those not registered, here’s the front page, and by clicking on the image below you link to the online version on Surrey County Councils’s website.

Phew, completed my submission on Surrey Heath’s Draft Local Plan

Surrey Heath’s Local Plan is intended to guide the location, scale and type of future development in Surrey Heath up to 2032. A public consultation stage, concluding on July 30th, will help the Council in determining where development should take place and in developing the policies to guide this development.

I left it late to complete my submission, only handing it in yesterday. Here are the main points I made,

  • No mention in the Vision and Objectives of the need for policies to be compatible with attracting new employers to the Borough.
  • The policies on retail centres are Camberley centric. I suggest that Lightwater should be classified as a District retail centre, as it meets the needs of West End and Bisley residents, who can access it via the 34 & 35 bus route. Unlike any other retail centres in the Borough, Lightwater has no shop voids; and vacancies, when they occur, are soon filled. A definite good sign of retail success.
  • On Flood Risk, there’s no discussion of past significant flood events in Lightwater, nor will planning policies make any difference to existing infrastructure, such as un-adopted roads lacking high quality drainage. The re-making of Ambleside Road, due to streams being uncovered below the road structure, is a case in point.
  • On vehicle parking provision planning policy should reflect the need for car parking provision, over and above any set nationally or by County, in a borough with poor public transport. Surrey Heath has the highest proportion of households with over 4 cars, due primarily to poor public transport.
  • In the Council’s desire to introduce a new heritage strategy, there should be a review of heritage assets in the Borough, with efforts to gain national recognition, such as with Grade II listing. No milestones in the Borough are Grade II listed, and the only locally listed one was despoiled, without any censure.
  • Regarding Local Area Polices in the east of the borough, cycling and pedestrian facilities are limited, eg, Red Road, and the planning bonus for Deepcut housing makes little effect on this.

Oh, I could go on, and for a moment was tempted to try and get back on the Council to put my thoughts across more strongly. Sense prevailed, and I had another cup of tea.