Today, yes, on this very day I wrote about visiting the Obelisk in Camberley, and lo and behold, Surrey Heath Borough Council tweeted twice today on the subject. Firstly about how the gates to the access path are locked in accordance with other local parks, namely 4.0pm for the Obelisk. Here’s their most recent tweet,
This week I spotted the memorial to General Edward Abbot Anderson in its new home in the garden area of the London Road Recreation Ground in Camberley.
The recreation ground isn’t on the London Road at all, it’s in Grand Avenue. There got that bit of info out.
The memorial had been for many years near the entrance to the car park of the Arena Leisure Centre, which again was in Grand Avenue, but could reasonably said to be on London Road as it faces London Road.
The new home of the memorial is more suitable than its previous home. While the memorial looks good in its new home, it still needs stone cleaning, which would make it look even better.
Here’s my photo – do you think it need a good clean? [Click on photo to expand]
Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the opening of a new playground in Lightwater Country Park.
The new playground at Lightwater Country Park has officially opened. After an £80k makeover, the fantastic new facility was opened on Friday 8 November at a ceremony at the playground’s new location next to the cafe.
The new playground features two multiplay units, pick up sticks climbing frame, activity net, various swings including a basket swing, an agility trail, musical babel drum and a ‘rock ‘n bowl’ roundabout.
The winning Wicksteed design was chosen following an extensive consultation held by SHBC earlier this year, including local children, followed by a public vote. This playground was refurbished as part of a wider Play Area Improvement Scheme across Surrey Heath, worth £650,000 over three years.
Other play areas refurbished so far include Cheylesmore Park, Camberley, Frimley Lodge Park, Briar Avenue, Lightwater and Evergreen Road, Frimley. Further playgrounds earmarked for improvement through the scheme include Old Dean Recreation Ground, Camberley.
Lightwater Country Park is a 59-hectare area of predominately heathland habitat, which also features ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. The heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and as such is an important area of high conservation value.
The park is home to a wide variety of birds, animals, insects and plant life. Facilities and features of the park include walking trails, grazing livestock, fishing, a cafe, educational service, tennis courts, sports pitches and a leisure centre. www.surreyheath.gov.uk/lcp
Surrey Heath Borough Council announcedon 3rd September 2019 an update on Camberley town centre improvements. This full press release can be seen HERE. This is the main part of the press release.
The High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk have received £3.5million in funding from Enterprise M3 LEP, which has been increased with £900k of funding from Surrey Heath Borough Council, to improve the roads and pavements in these historic areas.
Once completed The High Street, Knoll Walk and Princess Way will be transformed into attractive, bright areas with new paving, road surfaces, lighting, planting – including trees, bicycle racks and public art.
The areas will have improved accessibility for everyone including those with disabilities. Vehicles will still have access to the High Street, but traffic calming will ensure the road is safer for pedestrians. Parking on this road will also be reduced so pavement size can be increased.
The new materials used for the road and pavement surfaces will greatly improve the pedestrian experience. New street lighting and public art will enhance the character of this road and give a feeling of place and Camberley’s heritage. You can read more about what will be happening here.
It is anticipated the works will start in October 2019 and will complete in 2020. The works will be phased and we will share regular updates as the project progresses.
In preparation for the works the remaining tree on Knoll Walk will be removed the week commencing 23 September. Knoll Walk will be closed whilst this work takes place. This tree was not removed earlier this year as a Magpie nest was located on the tree. New trees will be planted in Knoll Walk and also along The High Street as part of the new scheme.
Surrey Heath Borough Council announce double celebrations as Lightwater Country Park achieves its first Green Flag Award, and Frimley Lodge Park its 19th.
Lightwater Country Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as one of the best in the country. It’s the first time the 59-hectare park in Surrey Heath has been awarded this international mark of quality.
And it was a day of double celebrations in Surrey Heath as Frimley Lodge Park received a Green Flag Award too – for an amazing 19th time.
The parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces, and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
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.
Patrick Hutber, one time, and still missed, City Editor of the Daily Telegraph, wisely coined a law that suggested improvement often hides deterioration.
Here’s example of the law, and a local one to boot.
I’ve written much about the changes to Knoll Walk in Camberley – see HERE if you’d like to read them. I came to the conclusion that opening up the walk wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined, and that one fine tree had been saved – possibly a stay of execution more probably.
When we visited CAMFEST last week I took this photo of the walk, for the reason that I’d seen two women sitting on the wooden planks surrounding the tree.
The changes to Knoll Walk removed all the seating, which were always well used. Therefore, I consider that the changes to Knoll Walk by Surrey Heath Borough Council has resulted in an example of Hutber’s Law – ‘Improvement means deterioration’.
If you look carefully at the photo you’ll spot two women sitting uncomfortably on the wooden surround to the tree.
There are no places to sit outside in Camberley High Street. Therefore, Knoll Walk needs its public seating returned.
Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a Joint Statement with Places Leisure: Green Space Preserved at Camberley’s New Leisure Centre
The original planning application included car parking provision within a small section of the adjacent recreational ground. This proposal provided the most cost-effective solution, however following the feedback received, Surrey Heath Borough Council and operator Places Leisure have been working together to identify alternative and affordable solutions, that enable the green space to be retained.
Karen Whelan, Chief Executive at Surrey Heath Borough Council commented, “The Council Officers have listened to residents and Councillors and together with Places Leisure have worked hard to find alternative ways to deliver the car parking arrangements for the proposed new leisure centre. The ability to work effectively in partnership is a key strength to the relationship with Places Leisure and I’d like to thank all those that have worked so tirelessly to reach such a positive outcome for the residents of Surrey Heath.”
A revised planning proposal will be brought forward which will include the provision of a brand-new multi-storey car park, situated in the existing leisure centre car park. Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader of the Council said,
“The development of a new leisure centre is part of the Council’s long-term strategy for health and wellbeing, but delivery of a new facility had to be affordable for the Council. I’m delighted that a new proposal to deliver the required car parking will be coming forward enabling us to preserve green space in the town centre whilst ensuring the scheme is financially viable. I’d like to add my thanks to Councillor McClafferty and Councillor Dougan, my Executive team and the Officers who have worked extremely hard to find an alternative solution.”
A spokesperson for Places Leisure added, “We are pleased to have supported the Council in identifying alternative provision that enables the space to be retained. Together with Surrey Heath Borough Council we are excited to bring to the local community a vibrant new leisure offering and deliver a modern and sustainable facility that can be enjoyed by all.”
It appears that Surrey Heath Borough Council intention is to increase car parking provision at the redeveloped Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley at the expense of London Road Recreation Ground. See Council Notice below.
There’s an action group dedicated to reversing this proposal, which you can see at the Facebook page London Road Recreation Ground – Park in Peril.
I learned, when involved in arguing similar case with Lightwater Leisure Centre, that car parking provision is a key aspect in the success of a leisure centre facility. So this will be a hard fought battle. To object to the loss of green space in the Recreation Ground, write to the address in the notice below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time is short to get in your objection, it must reach the Council by June 20th.