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.

Surrey Heath draft Local Plan frequently asked questions

I’ve written about Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan, and how the consultation period on it expires on Monday 30th July 2018.

The draft local plan contains proposed planning policy changes from the current local. It’s therefore, in my estimation, important for ideas and concerns from residents to be submitted.

Yesterday evening I attended the consultation event at Lightwater Leisure Centre, at which there were paper copies of the draft plan for perusal, and planning officers on hand to answer questions. I recommend those of you interested in influencing planning policies, and how they affect our communities, get involved in the consultation process. I’ll post my comments on particular aspects in the coming weeks.

I picked up the Frequently Asked Questions leaflet about the local plan consultation, which is shown below – front and back page first, and inside pages next. Click on images to expand.

A message from Surrey Heath police borough commander

Here’s the message from Inspector Bob Darkens, borough commander for Surrey Heath, from the latest Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team Communiquecirculated by David Howie [Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath]

The warmer weather brings with it many benefits but also new opportunities for the criminal class.  As much as it may be oppressive to have windows closed in your homes, please make every effort to close them when you are not at home.  We are fortunate not to suffer a high incidence of night time burglaries, also known as creeper burglaries, in Surrey Heath, but that is not to say that they do not happen, an opportunist thief will take advantage of an open window regardless if there are people at home.  If you do have to leave a window open, please make sure that there is no easy way of gaining access to it such as an insecure ladder in the back garden.

We advertised recently the supply of a forensic marking kit called Selecta DNA that Surrey Police have been given in an effort to make our area a hostile one for burglars to operate in.  Unfortunately no sooner had the kits arrived in my office we had to return them to the manufacturers due to a production fault.  As soon as the new kits are sent to me we will look at our distribution plan again.  I was allocated approximately 850 kits to distribute, clearly not enough for every household in Surrey Heath, so how I decided to issue them, prior to the product recall, was by offering them to victims of burglaries from the previous 3 months and their neighbours’ homes.  Rather surprisingly the uptake wasn’t as high as I had anticipated and as such the local team will be widening our offer to other areas in due course.

 There have been some staffing moves in the Neighbourhood Team. Sergeants Jon Castell and Mike Knight, who left for custody at the end of last year and beginning of this, have been replaced by Sergeants Sandra Carlier and Sam Turner – both have been Sergeants on the Area Patrol Team so know the borough and its issues well. We have lost PCSO Dave Yeoman who has relocated to the West Country, but welcome back PCSO Sian Hudson from her maternity leave and new starter PCSO Jamie Charlton. As always staffing levels are a challenge but I will always endeavour to make sure that we will be there when you need us.

 As I have said before, we cannot make Surrey safer alone, and need your help.  Please keep your eyes and ears open, and if you see something suspicious, make a note of what you can, and do report it. I sometimes hear the comment, “what’s the point you never send anyone”.  Deployment is based on many factors, chief of which is whether there are any officers available to send.  Just because we may not be able to send someone immediately, the reports will build up an intelligence picture, which we can use to deploy our limited resources in a more effective way, so I would encourage you to continue reporting anti-social behaviour and the like, and for those of you with computer access this can be done online.

Inspector Bob Darkens Surrey Heath Borough Commander

Important news: Surrey Heath Council consulting on a new Local Plan

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the timing for the consultation of a new Local Plan, which contains the planning policies to guide development in the Borough up to 2032.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, which sets out potential policies and development opportunities in the Borough.

The ultimate purpose of a Local Plan, once adopted, is to establish how much housing and land for employment will be needed and where it will go, alongside protecting and enhancing the environment, the provision of community facilities and delivering infrastructure.  It will be used to determine planning applications.

It is important to highlight that the Draft Local Plan contains the Council’s proposed policies and allocations for consultation.  Nothing has been decided yet.

Consultation on the draft local plan is open from Monday 4th June until Monday 30th July. To find out more, and to submit comments for consideration visit: https://consult.surreyheath.gov.uk/consult.ti/LPIO2018.

Hard copies of the draft documents are available at the Council offices at Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley throughout the consultation and a display of the materials is available next to the Registrar’s office at Surrey Heath House during Council opening hours Monday to Thursday 8.30 am until 5.0 pm and Friday 8.30 am until 4.30 pm.

Public meetings will be held with Officers available to answer your immediate questions on Wednesday 13th June at Lightwater Leisure Centre, Lightwater GU18 5RG from 4pm until 8pm and at The Function Room at Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, GU16 6HY on Wednesday 20th June from 4pm until 8pm.

The feedback from this consultation will be used to create a pre-submission version of the Local Plan, which will be published in Summer 2019 before submission to a Planning Inspector for independent examination. But it is important that you make your views known at this stage.

Preferred fuel supply pipeline corridor announced

In today’s post came a leaflet from the Southampton to London Pipeline Project – Slpproject.co.uk – announcing the preferred corridor.

The result of the consultation on the preferred pipeline corridor, as it affects us in Surrey Heath, is corridor option J, which follows the existing pipeline route. It’s just as I expected. It was unlikely that they’d move from the existing route to pass over military ranges.

Below is a screen grab from the interactive map showing, in blue, the route of the preferred corridor, which is also the route of the exiting pipeline. Have a play with the interactive map, it’s fun. The red route is the de-selected corridor. Below the screen grab is a copy of the leaflet.

Surrey Heath Council’s answers to questions at #TalkSurreyHeath

Surrey Heath Borough Council released, on Friday 23 February 2018, answers to the unanswered questions from the Facebook Live #TalkSurreyHeath event on January 30th 2018,

The latest #TalkSurreyHeath meeting took place at Surrey Heath House on 30 January 2018.  You find out more and watch the broadcast again here.

Due to the one hour duration of the broadcast the panel unfortunately did not have enough time to answer all the questions submitted. These questions and SHBC’s replies are below. We will be running another #TalkSurreyHeath event in Spring 2018.

What are you doing about the homeless?  
Council services are focussed on homelessness prevention so we stop this happening in many cases by working with landlords to address the problems that tenants are encountering.

When people become homeless we have a case worker to work with them to understand why they are homeless as it is important the reasons why someone became homeless are addressed so that as we help them to move back into accommodation they are able to sustain the tenancy.

We are working with local community groups to see what more we can do collectively to support homeless people in the Borough. The Council is now also considering whether it needs to begin to build its own housing.

When will schools have better SENCO for Camberley children that have disabilities?  There are many schools unable to cope to children with ADHD and autism. 
This is a matter for Surrey County Council not SHBC.

Good evening, can anyone update on the planned proposal for South Western Railway to remove our direct line services to and from London Waterloo in the peak time morning and evening? This is devastating blow to local transport, and the proposed changes will drive traffic to Sunningdale for a decent service. 
The Council will continue to lobby for the service to be maintained and is talking to the new franchisee South Western Railway about this.

What has happened to the asset value of The Square shopping centre since acquisition? 
The Square will be valued as part of our accounts. However as has been said before that Council purchased the Square with the intention of holding it for the long term for revenue and investment rather than looking to make immediate capital gains

Can you offer a view on recent trading in The Square?  
The overall spend in the centre is holding steady and footfall is performing slightly better than the national average. The feedback we are getting from our agents is that this has halted a decline and is as a result of the Council’s investment both directly in the centre and in the wider Town Centre.

How bad would it need to get before you shut the Theatre? What an opportunity for redevelopment! 
The Theatre is part of the wider offer of the Town centre. As such it plays an important role in attracting visitors who go on to spend in the town. As such it is an investment in the wider town centre assets that the Council now has a major financial stake in. We are looking for ways to continually improve the offer to ensure long term economic sustainability. Cultural activities are an important element of this.

Improvements have been made to the running of the theatre to ensure that it is as cost efficient as possible. We would urge more residents to visit the theatre – it is a real asset for Camberley – as only this will ensure its long term sustainability.

When do you believe that Deepcut will be started or completed?  
Work on roads, the village green and pond and clearance of some trees is already underway. A planning application went to Committee on 8 February for the first phase and we expect construction to start on those homes this year.

Do you agree that the Council should not have promoted Fairoaks until we understand the impact of Longcross? 
The Council has to explore all options for delivering new housing in the Borough. This site is known to be available for development and the bid to the Garden Village project was for funding to assist the Council in understanding whether this site might have potential for housing. In respect of Longcross, there is a wider feasibility study underway to look at the impact of that site together with all potential development proposals along the A320, including Fairoaks.

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Surrey Heath Borough Council targets fly tippers

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the following on fly tipping,

Two fly tippers are £400 worse off this Christmas having each been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Corporate Enforcement officers. [Click on image to enlarge]

Having received information from partners at Accent Housing, SHBC officers obtained CCTV footage which showed two individuals emptying the contents of a van of DIY waste into the communal bins at Wimbledon Road, Camberley.

The culprits, who cannot be named, were traced via the van’s owner, leading to a £400 FPN being issued to them both.

Accent’s Regional Housing Director, Rob Mills said: “This is a great example of collaborative working between Accent and Surrey Heath Borough Council. We will continue to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour, including fly tipping, across the Borough.”

SHBC’s Corporate Enforcement Manager Julia Greenfield said: “Earlier this year we launched a joint anti-fly tipping campaign with Accent Housing, and we thank them for their help in this case.

“Publicity for the campaign included leafletting areas that historically have been blighted by fly tipping. Issuing these Fixed Penalty Notices shows we are proactively targeting fly tippers.

“There is no excuse for people not legitimately disposing of their waste, and we will continue to take action against people who are caught carrying out this criminal act.”

Fly tipping can be reported at www.surreyheath/flytipping.gov.uk or by telephoning 01276 707100