The Broadway Road closure explained

Broadway Road joins Lightwater to Windlesham. It’s not a long road, perhaps no more than a mile or so. It runs underneath the M3 at one point. It is an important road, allowing traffic from Camberley, Farnborough and surrounding areas a convenient route to Chertsey, Addlestone, and beyond.

For this little road to be closed for five weeks, see Surrey County Council notice below, is a significant disruption for traffic, so the reason for its closure is obviously important. Below this notice I explain the reason for the work, with some explanatory [hopefully] photos.

Visiting the road works and chatting to the engineers, socially distanced of course, I learned that the part of Broadway Road immediately to the north of the M3 is prone to flooding. The drain under the road, from an underground chamber on one side to the drain on the other isn’t working as it should. A large, sewer type concrete drain is being installed across the road. Hence the road closure. Here are my photos,

Windlesham’s new Pre-School official opening this week

Windlesham’s Little Villagers pre-school gained a new home last autumn in the grounds of Woodcote House School. This coming Friday the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Robin Perry, will formally open the new school.

This morning I had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Henderson-Williams, owner of the Little Villagers pre-school, and listened to her describe the history of the school.  Karen has a mission, and that’s to provide a high quality pre-school for Windlesham residents.

Karen is, justifably, proud that the school is only one of two pre-schools in Surrey to have earned three consecutive OFSTED ‘outstanding’ ratings. As Karen explains – in the podcast below – this is the third home for the school. A photo gallery in the school website display the stages in building the school last summer.

June 2019 local events diary recap UPDATED

I’ve mentioned eight events [now nine, plus an Aldershot event] in June happening in and around Surrey Heath. Here’s a recap of them in date sequence.

Detailed police response to Traveller Incursion in Windlesham

In the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police Communique Issue 66 Inspector Bob Darkens comments on the, successfully resolved, traveller incursion on the Field of Remembrance [FoR] in Windlesham. The Communique provides extensive details on police powers in relation to traveller incursions.

Sadly to prevent further incursions heavy concrete barriers have been placed in front of the entrance to the FoR car park. Yet another inconvenience to local residents, where the car park, and entrance to Lightwater Recreation Ground and the Briars Community Centre in Lightwater are similarly barriered.

Traveller incursion at Windlesham’s Field of Remembrance

Inspector Bob Darkens has added some detail regarding the use of police powers in relation to the recent unauthorised encampment at the Windlesham Field of Remembrance.  As an ex-military man, he was very aware of the iconic status of a site such as the Windlesham Field of Remembrance and the place it holds in the community.  In addition, the level of feeling in the community was clear to see.

The presence of the travellers in these circumstances denied the public the use of this community asset as well as the emotional impact it caused.  He had to balance the rights of the travellers against the rights of the community.  The people involved had been removed from other sites in the locality in accordance with relevant legislation and they had made it clear that they would remain until forced to go – a process which can take some time.  This was not a situation he was prepared to accept and it was his opinion that the criteria for utilising s61 powers (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) was reached in these circumstances.

He would like to add that each and every encampment is assessed on its own circumstances and a number of factors do have to be considered.

TRAVELLER INCURSIONS AND THE POLICE

Following the recent incursion by travellers at the Windlesham Field of remembrance, it is opportune for a repeat of the information proved in the summer of 2017 to help the public understand the powers that the police have in such circumstances.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to treat someone less favourably because of a range of protected characteristics, including race, nationality or ethnic or national origins. The following of a nomadic lifestyle is lawful, indeed it is a culture that is recognised and protected through legislation. Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers have been granted protection under the previous Race Relations Acts. The Public Sector Equality Duty applies to the police and places a duty on constabularies to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups.

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New bus service in Lightwater from 3rd September

We all know that we have Parish, Borough, and County Councillors to whom residents can address areas of concern. There are other individual in our communities who take a keen, and campaigning interest in local issues.

One such person is Windsor Rackham, the founder and coordinator of the Live Information Centre in Lightwater. The centre helps to resolve residents questions about such as, health matters, caring, volunteering, and local services. The centre aims to either get answers, or put you in touch with somebody who has them.

One of the ongoing issues the Windsor and many others have been campaigning for are route and timetable changes to local bus services. Windsor has informed me of changes to the 500 bus route.

Great news for people living along the Lightwater Road estates and the Briars in Lightwater. From Monday 3rd September the 500 bus service from Staines to Frimley Park Hospital will be making 4 diversions per day in each direction through Lightwater to serve the residents of the lower and outer parts of the Village.

It is not a perfect route yet and we hope to get it further diverted along Ambleside and All Saints Road before too long. Any concerns or comments please come into the LIVE office in Lightwater on Saturday mornings and talk it over with us between 10 am and 12 noon. The centre is based in Fredericks House Foyer, between Carsons and Simon Pestell, 39 Guildford Road, Lightwater.

In the September edition of the Roundabout, the village and parish magazine, Windsor wrote about the changes to the  500 bus route changes, in which he said the “buses will be provided by White Buses of Windsor, which are modern and environmentally-friendly.” Windsor continued writing that the bus route is a strange one, with half of its route along Red Road, such that more work is needed to get to the preferred route for residents.

Here’s the bus timetable – click on images to expand.

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.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 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.45180068466 – On 29/06/2018 02:00, in Victoria Ave, Camberley. Neighbour has heard a loud bang from across the street and has seen that a door has been forced entry. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180069720 – Between 31/05/2018 from 23:55 to 01/07/2018 at 08:59, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Car keys stolen from house and used to take cash from the victim’s vehicles.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180070272 – On 03/07/2018 from 00:01 to 03:00, in Lawrence Lodge, Old Dean Rd, Camberley. Mobile phone stolen from dwelling after break-in (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180071425 – On 05/07/2018 at 11:45, in Upper College Ride, Camberley. Residential shed break where by power tools have been stolen.
  • Crime no.45180069008 – Between 26/06/2018 from 14:00 to 29/06/2018 at 18:00, in London Rd, Camberley. Empty hotel broken into.
  • Crime no.45180069028 – On 28/06/2018 at 21:30, in Shildon Close, Camberley. Eggs thrown at house and car.
  • Crime no.45180069809 – Between 01/07/2018 from 09:00 to 02/07/2018 at 10:00, in Berkshire Rd, Camberley. Car has been dented most likely by a kick.
  • Crime no.45180069842 – Between 23/06/2018 from 21:00 to 02/07/2018 at 12:26, in Wimbledon Rd, Camberley. Taking motor vehicle without consent.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180071204 – On 04/07/2018 at 13:21, in Victoria Ct, Victoria Avenue, Camberley. Door to flat has been damaged but no entry gained.
  • Crime no.45180071544 – On 05/07/2018 at 19:00, in Larkenshaw Farm, Stonehill Rd, Chobham. Fencing broken in order to steal a horse.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180069466 – Between 27/06/2018 from 12:00 to 01/07/2018 at 12:00, in Kings Ride, Camberley. Black Carrera Vengance push bike has been stolen from the rear garden.
  • Crime no.45180070205 – Between 02/07/2018 from 22:30 to 03/07/2018 at 09:00, in Deepcut Bridge Rd, Deepcut. Theft of red Seat Ibiza AU56VMV
  • Crime no.45180069350 – On 29/06/2018 at 13:00, in Streets Heath, West End. Burglary between the hours of 1300 and 1700 when elderly victim was out
  • Crime no.45180071370 – On 05/07/2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 in Lucas Green Road, West End. Entry through open window of first floor flat, ransacked and cash stolen.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180071150 – Between 04/07/2018 from 17:00 to 05/07/2018 at 07:30, in Higher Park Farm, Halebourne Lane, Chobham. Commercial warehouse has been broken into and 2 vans inside have been damaged and broken into and tools stolen from inside. A client key has also been stolen from inside the warehouse at the same time.
  • Crime no.45180071563 – Between 01/07/2018 00:01 to 05/07/2018 at 23:59, in Stonehill House, Guildford Road, Bagshot. Barn has been broken into and two machetes have been taken.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180068928 – Between 28/06/2018 from 15:00 to 29/06/2018 at 15:00, in Macdonald Rd, Lightwater. Offensive words spray painted on fence.
  • Crime no.45180069020 – Between 28/06/2018 from 23:00 to 29/06/2018 at 06:00, in Macdonald Rd, Lightwater. The word DYKE has been sprayed onto fence. This is part of a series of neighbourhood graffiti.
  • Crime no. 45180071544 – On 05/07/2018 at 19:00 in Larkenshaw Farm, Stonehill Rd, Chobham. Fencing broken in order to steal a horse.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180069901 – On 01/07/2018 from 17:30 to 22:00 in Guildford Road, Bagshot. Have left car insecure after unloading shopping and have returned to find handbag stolen from between two front seats.
  • Crime no.45180069262 – On 30/06/2018 at 14:20 in Guildford Rd, Lightwater. Wallet stolen from trouser pocket with cards – cards have been used.
  • Crime no.45180069327 – Between 14/05/2018 from 00:00 to 26/06/2018 at 23:59, in London Road, Windlesham. The victim is claiming their post has been stolen.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180070395 – Between 10/06/2018from  00:01 to 29/06/2018 at 23:59 in St Lawrence Church, High St, Chobham. Theft of cash from safe at location.
  • Crime no.45180070592 – On 03/07/2018 from 11:00 to 15:00, in Green Lane, Bagshot. Theft of pedal cycle. (Under investigation)

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: June 2018: 4th 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.45180067652 – On 26/06/2018 from 10:00 to 16:00, in Mathews Road, Camberley. Victim reported a burglary where she had stolen from her house, whilst the back door was open, a box with jewellery, cash box with cash, a canon camera and stands for jewellery all worth over £6000.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067565 – On 27/06/2018 from 03:20 to 03:25, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Burglary at barber shop in residential area. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067237 – On 26/06/2018 at 08:30, in Highland Road, Camberley. Third incident of eggs being thrown at the side of victim’s car.
  • Crime no.45180067871 – Between 20/06/2018 from 22:08 to 27/06/2018 at 22:08, in Larch Close, Camberley. Bridleway swing gate post damaged.
  • Crime no.45180068040 – On 28/06/2018 from 03:30 to 05:45, in Trafalgar House, London Road, Camberley. Theft of rear number plate from Ford Fiesta van (MT 13 XXK)
  • Crime no.45180067858 – On 27/06/2018 at 13:50 in St Georges House, Camberley. Theft of pedal bike
  • Crime no.45180068002 – On 27/06/2018 at 14:15, in Upper College Ride, Camberley. Male has stolen 2 rings whilst being at property to look into buying gold and other pieces of jewellery from victim.
  • Crime no.45180068091 – On 27/06/2018 from 11:30 to 18:00 in Grayswood Drive, Frimley. Gold jewellery stolen after a messy search
  • Crime no.45180067782 – On 26/06/2018 at 23:13, in Lyon Way, Frimley. During the hours of darkness have removed tracker from Ford Transit vehicle YS13MYD parked alongside the road and have taken vehicle
  • Crime no.45180068487 – Between 25/06/2018 from 12:00 to 27/06/2018 at 09:00, in Richmond Close, Frimley. Front screwed on index plate has been removed and stolen
  • Crime no.45180067706 – Between 26/06/2018 from 22:00 to 27/06/2018 at 06:00, in Benner Lane, West End. Garage used by football club has been broken into and searched – nothing stolen (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067732 – Between 26/06/2018 from 23:45 to 27/06/2018 at 01:47, in Canal Centre, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett. Traffic barrier to venue has been broken and door to storage barn has been forced open. Items have been moved but nothing stolen
  • Crime no.45180067388 – Between 25/06/2018 from 18:50 to 26/06/2018 at 08:00, in Chertsey Road, Windlesham. Egg has been thrown at victim’s vehicle windscreen overnight.
  • Crime no.45180067584 – Between 26/06/2018 from 22:00 to 27/06/2018 at 06:00, in Benner Lane, West End. Have caused damage to garage door
  • Crime no.45180067567 – On 26/06/2018 at 19:30, in Premier Inn, Bagshot. Theft of tools from van (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067470 – On 26/06/2018 at 19:49, in Church Lane, Bisley. 2 males have stolen victim’s bike which he left outside his friend’s house (Under investigation)