I ask the question because of the description of Lightwater [see below] in Section 7 of the Surrey Heath Local Transport Strategy, which says,”The chapter outlines the different areas across Surrey Heath, presenting the key transport network at each location and identifying a number of problems which currently exist in these areas”.
You can read all the descriptions in Places in Surrey Heath Here’s just the beginning of the description of Lightwater,
7.81 Population: 6,79153
7.82 Lightwater is situated in the centre of the borough, just south of the M3 Junction 3 and Bagshot.
7.83 Originally a farming village, Lightwater is a Victorian settlement, though very little of the original character remains.
7.84 Local facilities include a supermarket, post office, primary school and a number of local shops. The majority of Lightwater’s facilities are located down Guildford Road. Lightwater is also boasts Lightwater Leisure Centre and Lightwater Country Park located off The Avenue in the north of the settlement.
I hope I’m not being precious, but Lightwater’s village centre has a concentration and variety of shops and services, equal to, or larger than those of other Surrey Heath’s villages. It’s the largest of all of Surrey Heath’s villages in the east of the Borough by quite a margin. It’s wrong to say very little of the original character remains. The Edwardian and pre-war houses remain, and are protected in the Lightwater Village Design Statement planning document.
I doubt the author has visited any of the Places mentioned in the strategy, other than possibly Camberley. Take a look at the other villages described, and draw your own conclusion.
I think I need to rewrite the whole of the section on Lightwater. For example in section 7.104 it makes no mention of the number of rail commuters who travel to Woking. Nor does it note the large number of residents who work at Heathrow – many for BA at Terminal 5, who rely on trouble free access to the M3 at J3.
West End is equally poorly described in my opinion, as are, frankly, all the villages. Not understanding the dynamics of each village means a poor appreciation of their transport needs. Oh dear, work to do before February 2nd.