December 6th, 2013 by willforster
Following a two-stage public consultation on a possible crossing on the A320 Egley Road – Surrey County Council will not be proceeding with a crossing there in the foreseeable future.
As I’ve covered earlier – the first stage of consultation found where was the most popular place along Egley Road for there to be a crossing, this place was just north of Blackbridge Road near the post box on Egley Road. However, as there was a low level of enthusiasm for a crossing and many local residents objected to the idea – a second stage of consultation was required.
Out of the 63 responses to this further consultation, 56 people were against the crossing and only 7 in favour. As that’s a huge majority against, no crossing will be built.
Although it seems the County Council proposed and consulted on an idea that wasn’t needed or popular, I am still pleased they did. As it’s wrong for the Council to sit back and wait for the public to present petitions calling for something – local authorities should be proactive and engage with residents as a matter of course, and not always being reactive.
December 5th, 2013 by willforster
Morrisons are set to open a new store in Kingfield by converting Sherpa House on Kingfield Road – next door to Sainsbury’s.
The plans for a small and local supermarket do not require planning permission as the proposals as classed as ‘permitted development’. However, at last night’s Woking Local Committee meeting, it was agreed to consult local businesses and residents on plans to install an on-street loading bay on Kingfield Road to allow the new Morrisons – and any other nearby business – to have a safe and loading area for deliveries.
To maintain as much parking space as possible, as well as to avoid school and rush hour traffic during the day it is proposed that these loading bay plans will be operational and enforceable between 11 am – 2 pm, Monday to Saturday. This means the bay will be able to be used by cars outside those hours.
Depending on what the results of the consultation are, the loading bay road markings and associated time plate should be installed on the ground by the end of May 2014 – however, at the moment Morrisons has not confirmed when the new store will open.
November 21st, 2013 by willforster
Following my previous announcement that Newark Lane in Ripley will be closed from late November or early December 2013 for six months – Surrey County Council have rescheduled the work.
The closure is now meant to start on 6th January and finish on 4th July 2014. During the six month closure for enable bridge repairs, the traffic that currently uses Newark Lane to access the A3 – will have to use the A247 via Kingfield, Old Woking and Send.
November 18th, 2013 by willforster
Construction on the ‘Moor Lane’ housing development – to be called Kingsmoor Park – will start this week, after Woking Borough Council finally got approval for the PFI deal to finance the development.
Kier will now start building the 371 homes controversially given planning permission in April, of which 147 or 40% will be sold privately and 224 or 60% will be social rented out and managed by the Thames Valley Housing Association. Although the first homes will start to be occupied in early 2015, construction will last for another two years.
The builders and development managers have come together to set up a website – www.kingsmoorpark.com – where they will advertise news about the development and it will be a useful way of reporting an problems during construction.
November 15th, 2013 by willforster
Surrey County Council has admitted that 72 of it’s 551 Vehicle Activated Signs were out of action and needing to be repaired or to be completely replaced.
Vehicle Activated Signs are an important tool in helping to stop speeding and keeping Surrey’s roads safe – which is a top priority according to my email inbox.
So to have so many Vehicle Activated Signs that are out of service at one time is not only a waste of taxpayers money, but a failure to protect local residents on our roads.
November 14th, 2013 by willforster
Surrey Wildlife Trust are holding a public consultation into how Westfield Common should be managed on Wednesday 20th November, between 5 – 8 pm at the Moorcroft Centre.
The Trust – set up years ago by Surrey County Council to manage local countryside – are preparing an improvement and management plan for Westfield Common as it has not been properly cared for in decades.
The idea is the plan will protect the Common, support the bio-diversity that should be found in wet woodlands and enhance public access so we can all enjoy our local environment. As this management could involve removing a significant number of trees and holly bushes – that have been allowed to grow unchecked, a consultation is vital to ensure us locals understand and shape what is meant to happen next.
The Wildlife Trust have organised a packed agenda for Wednesday evening – there will be two exhibition and main consultation sessions between 5 – 6 pm and again between 7.30 – 8.30 pm. Between 6 – 6.15 pm they will talk about the findings of the wildlife surveys and between 6.15 – 7.30 pm there will be an in-dept (so booking is required via email@example.com) workshop into the draft management plan.
This has only come about after much pressure and complaints to Woking Borough Council that Westfield Common – which the Council owns – should be managed as it is Common Land and the Council either manage directly or fund indirectly other Commons in the Borough. With the ‘Moor Lane’ development nearby, the Borough Council were finally pushed into action and are funding Surrey Wildlife Trust’s work.
November 7th, 2013 by willforster
Surrey County Council has been making progress constructing a cycle route – that I’ve discussed before here – across South Woking along the A320 between Woking Town Centre and Worplesdon Railway Station, work is now about to start improving Claremont Avenue for cyclists.
On Monday 11th November, work is scheduled to start on the southern junction with Wych Hill Lane and a couple of weeks later work will start on the northern junction with Guildford Road. This work will create part of the south bound section of the planned route – and enable cyclists to travel south from Woking and join up with the cycle lanes on the Elm Bridge, Hoe Valley and Wych Hill Lane.
November 4th, 2013 by willforster
Brompton Dock has finally opened one of it’s cycle hire schemes in Woking.
The 20 fold-up Brompton Bikes are located on south side of Woking Railway Station and are available from the brightly coloured, self service locker block.
Unlike their London equivalent the Boris Bike, Brompton Dock bikes are lighter and far cheaper per day. The yearly ‘Frequent Membership’ costs £20 with a £2.50 daily hire fee with ‘Leisure Membership’ costs £1 with a £5 daily hire fee.
November 3rd, 2013 by willforster
Surrey County Council is scheduled to close Newark Lane in Ripley from late November or early December 2013 for six months for bridge repairs.
During the six month closure, all the traffic that currently uses Newark Lane – a key access road to the A3 – will have to use the A247 via Old Woking and Send.
Even when Newark Lane is open, there can be significant congestion in Kingfield, Old Woking and Send as motorists travel towards the A3 in the morning. Clearly a lengthly closure of the next key route to the A3 is likely to make matters much worse and cause morning misery for those that commute using the A3.
November 2nd, 2013 by willforster
Although only appointed during last month’s Government reshuffle, the new Lib Dem Minister at the Department of Transport – Baroness Susan Kramer – has already hit the ground running and announced that Oyster style smart ticketing will be rolled out across the network operated by South West Trains next year.
Thanks to a Government investment of £3.25 million, the touch in/touch out ticket system will soon be available along the whole network – not just in the Greater London stretch of the line. This should significantly improve the commuting experience by shorten queues at the ticket gates and offices.
Ever since Transport for London launched the Oyster card, I’ve felt like us non-Londoners were the poorer and old-fashioned relations. So this action should redress that imbalance.
This smart technology will also help pave the way for passengers to get the best deals for travelling, for instance part-time workers receiving discounts on season tickets for travelling 3 days rather than 5 – something the former Lib Dem Transport Minister, Norman Baker announced as Government policy at the Lib Dem party conference.