The saga of Ambleside Road rebuild nears the end

This may well be my last article on the rebuilding of Ambleside Road in Lightwater, for in my visits on Tuesday and Wednesday this week I’ve noted significant progress.

On Tuesday I took photos of the base layer middle part of Ambleside Road that was nowhere near as bad as upper part, which I noted had been prepared for it’s final layer of tarmac.

I also spent time chatting to one of the supervisors while the road gang were awaiting the arrival of tarmac. In the conversation he said he’d been in the team that resurfaced the road three years ago, and knew that the surface wouldn’t last long as they’d found the underlying surface was so poor.

He told me that in the rebuilding of the road in parts they’d dug down 450mm to find a solid surface, and also that the finished road surface would have 150mm of tarmac.

Yesterday, I walked along the road and a couple of the photos show the excellent result of their work. I imagine the final shortish stretch of road will be completed in a few days, and so the saga may come to and end. Along with a resident who joined our conversation, we thought vehicles would speed on the new surface, and before long there’d be road humps.

Hoping not to bore, here’s another update on Ambleside Road

Hope you don’t mind more photos of the ongoing saga of the Ambleside Road rebuild. My, yesterday, walk home from Lightwater’s village centre, in which I previously commented on house prices, took in the diversion to walk the length of Ambleside Road.

My update on the road rebuild is is that the road base appears to have been completed, and now awaits three – I think it’s three – layers of tarmac. There wasn’t anyone working on the road – at around 2.0 pm – for me to ask questions. I suspect it’ll be almost another week before they complete.


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.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: August 2018

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180081282 – On 30/07/2018 from 02:00 to 06:30, in College Ride, Camberley. Shed has been broken into and a tin of paint removed. This paint has then been thrown over the doors and windows of victim’s residential property.
  • Crime no.45180081354 – On 30/07/2018 from 14:30 to 14:45, in Mitcham Road, Camberley. During daylight hours have attended residential property and removed items from the address (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082842 – Between 01/08/2018 from 22:00 to 02/08/2018 at 07:00, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Attempt burglary dwelling.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180080142 – Between 01/06/2018 from 12:00 to 27/07/2018 at 01:30, in Highland Rd Camberley. Harassment by repeatedly throwing eggs at victim’s car
  • Crime no.45180081162 – On 29/07/2018 at 11:08, in Multi-storey Car Park, Albert Rd, Camberley. Male has forced barrier of car park up to let a car out the car park causing damage to the barrier mechanism
  • Crime no.45180081285 – On 29/07/2018 at 11:45, in Love Coffee, The Square, Camberley. Graffiti on advertising board of The Square shopping centre in Camberley.
  • Crime no.45180082230 – On 01/08/2018 at 14:45, in Multi-storey Car Park, Albert Rd, Camberley. Damage to barrier.
  • Crime no.45180082577 – Between 27/07/2018 from 00:00 to 29/07/2018 at 00:00, in Woodbridge Drive, Camberley. Fence post has been removed from entrance to allotments. Has been left in the garden to a residential property.
  • Crime no.45180082646 – On 01/08/2018 22:00, in Surrey Avenue, Camberley. Damage has been caused to victim’s front garden gate and wall by unknown teenagers
  • Crime no.45180082738 – On 20/07/2018 00:00, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Theft of electricity.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082089 – On 01/10/2016 at 11:49, in Mytchett Road, Frimley. Criminal damage/civil trespass.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180081079 – Between 28/07/2018 from 00:00 to 29/07/2018 at 23:59, in Frimhurst Farm, Deepcut Bridge Road, Deepcut. Peugeot Expert vehicle has been broken into.
  • Crime no.45180080608 – Between 21/07/2018 from 13:09 to 28/07/2018 at 13:09, in Green Lane, Bagshot. Shed door handle has been damaged situated within a communal gardens from what appears to be an attempt to break in.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180081823 – On 31/07/2018 at 13:00, in Windsor Court Road, Chobham. Neighbour has entered property and taken money whilst the victim was asleep.
  • Crime no.45180082198 – On 29/07/2018 at 10:00, in Marigold Drive, Bisley. Laptop has been taken from home address.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082181 – Between 31/07/2018 from 16:15 to 01/08/2018 at 10:40, in Windlemere Golf Centre, Windlesham Road, West End. Have gone to the location and have forced entry to the store shed.
  • Crime no.45180082529 – Between 01/08/2018 from 11:35 to 02/08/2018 at 11:36, in Four Walls, Blackstroude Lane East, Lightwater. Wooden shed containing equipment for go karting broken into and items taken.
  • Crime no.45180080579 – Between 27/07/2018 from 22:00 to 28/07/2018 at 07:30, in Lightwater Country Park, Lightwater. During hours of darkness have set fire to a 4×5 ft path of grass on rugby field.
  • Crime no.45180081982 – On 31/07/2018 at 22:30, in Blackstroude Lane East, Lightwater. Damaged to fence caused by travellers on quad bikes (Under Investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082763 – On 02/08/2018 from 06:00 to 15:00, in Windlemere Golf Centre, Windlesham Road, West End. Window broken at golf clubhouse.
  • Crime no.45180082024 – Between 31/07/2018 from 18:30 to 01/08/2018 at 07:37 in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Vehicle interference attempted access to commercial van parked overnight at Premier Inn by screwdriver – damage caused.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082030 – Between 31/07/2018 from 20:30 to 01/08/2018 at 07:45, in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Peugeot Partner motor vehicle. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082032 – Between 31/07/2018 from 21:45 to 01/08/2018 at 07:00, in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Vauxhall Vivaro motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082033 – Between 31/07/2018 from 19:30 to 01/08/2018 at 06:30 at Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Citroen Dispatch motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180080097 – On 26/07/2018 at 00:01, in Arthur Close, Bagshot. Theft of bikes and scooter which were secured with a chain and lock.

Some progress with Ambleside Road rebuild, more to do

It’s been a few days since I last saw the ongoing work to rebuild Ambleside Road. There’s been progress, though from my photos it looks like there’s quite a bit more to do. Here are my photos of my visit late yesterday afternoon.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2018: 3rd Update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180079902 – Between 05/07/2018 from 00:01 to 26/07/2018 at 12:06, in Portesbury Road, Camberley. Have caused damage to disused school building.
  • Crime no.45180077799 – Between 20/07/2018 from 18:00 to 21/07/2018 at 06:30, in Esher Road, Camberley. Garden has been accessed – damage to garden furniture.
  • Crime no.45180078209 – On 21/07/2018 at 12:50, Surbiton Rd, Camberley. Damage has been caused to BMW 316 windscreen following a brick being thrown.
  • Crime no.45180078699 – On 23/07/2018 at 16:55, in McDonalds, London Rd, Camberley. Have punched window causing crack.
  • Crime no.45180078962 – Between 12/07/2018 from 08:00 to 24/07/2018 at 17:00, in London Road, Camberley. Front tyre slashed to black Audi A3 whilst parked on London Road Camberley.
  • Crime no.45180079634 – On 25/07/2018 at 20:35, in Travelodge, Park Lane, Camberley. Males staying at the Travelodge have broken the window restrictor in room 243. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180077706 and 45180077719 – On 21/07/2018 at 00:30, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Vehicle interference.
  • Crime no.45180079293 – On 25/07/2018 at 04:20, in Elsenwood Drive, Camberley. Rear window smashed and golf clubs stolen whilst vehicle parked in driveway.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180078556 – On 06/03/2018 at 12:15, in Park Road, Camberley. Items taken, damaged and moved about in garden.
  • Crime no.45180079973 – Between 25/07/2018 from 20:00 to 26/07/2018 at 15:30, in Turf Hill Road, Camberley. During the hours of darkness have taken 2 bicycles from side garden of property.
  • Crime no.45180077545 – On 19/07/2018 at 21:30, in Frimley High St, Frimley. Have forced entry into a storage cupboard at the rear of a business premises accessible from a car park off High Street Frimley.  Have removed items from the cupboard and then left the scene.
  • Crime no.45180077549 – Between 14/07/2018 from 13:30 to 19/07/2018 at 12:00, in Sandown Drive, Frimley. Have approached silver Toyota Avensis parked on Sandown Drive and caused damage by creating scratches to the paintwork.
  • Crime no.45180078059 – On 21/07/2018 at 18:00, in Hollytree Gardens, Frimley. Damage to a bicycle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180079184 – On 24/07/2018 at 17:20, in Frimley Green Recreation Ground, Frimley Green Road, Frimley. Youths have been throwing items at an abandoned building. Whilst doing this 4 windows have been smashed. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180078107 – Between 21/07/2018 from 14:30 to 21/07/2018 at 16:50, in Broad Walk, Frimley. Rear car window smashed.
  • Crime no.45180078316 – Between 20/07/2018 from 20:00 to 21/07/2018 at 10:00, in Longmeadow, Frimley. During the evening tyre has been damaged causing it to be completely flat.
  • Crime no.45180077274 – On 19/07/2018 at 17:00, in The Parade, Frimley High St, Frimley. Pedal cycle stolen whilst victim was in the barbers.
  • Crime no.45180078430 – On 23/07/2018 at 05:15, in Coleford Bridge Rd, Frimley. Mini digger (plant) has been stolen from front garden.  (Under investigation)

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Much needed renewal of Ambleside Road, Lightwater

The origins of Ambleside Road in Lightwater were as a heathland track. The houses on the road were mostly chalets surrounded by Scots Pine trees. In Victorian times living near pine tress was considered beneficial to health.

Over the years the chalets were replaced by more substantial houses. This is an ongoing process, as even those houses continue to be replaced by bigger houses. The road has been resurfaced many times, though never properly made into a road. In the short video below you can see how the road has deteriorated from the last, and quite recent, resurfacing.

There are a number of places where rivulets, and streams cross under the road, causing road surface movement, and hence deterioration.

Here’s a short video of the work.