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Petition to Surrey County Council to Resolve Squareabout Flooding

Wednesday 5th September.

Today the petition which was submitted by the BRA to SCC to provide funding to investigate and then resolve the flooding issue in the centre of village in the roads leading in to the Squareabout was heard by the Local Committee at Pippbrook.

The petition was accepted and agreement was given to allocate £30k for the investigation phase that the petition requested. At this stage there is no commitment to the resolution phase. For the full petition response, please click here.

 

Bookham Youth Centre News

Centre News from David Cox.

Our landlords, Surrey County Council, have extended the lease of the Centre to 31st August 2019.

It is likely that centre will be CLOSED at this time as the building is old and the costs of bringing it up to modern standards will be extensive. It is easier to build a new one.

CORRECTION of LIB DEM article

In the Summer publication being distributed (September 2018) Cllr Elizabeth Daly (South Bookham) states that the Centre “needs to be rebuilt because of asbestos.”

Unfortunately this statement is incorrect. As this may be cause for concern amongst existing & potential users, we wish to make it clear that there are NO SAFETY ISSUES with asbestos.

If there was any safety issue to do with asbestos SCC would close the centre immediately rather than extend the lease.

Potential replacement centre on site

In the meantime, SCC are drawing up plans to provide a new youth orientated community facility on the site. This is not guaranteed at this stage as various financial & planning approvals will be required.

Once there is more definitive news we will ensure the community is made aware.

Footpath 75 – Application to Restrict Pedestrian Access at Certain Times: Rejected

Wednesday 5th September

At the Local Committee Meeting at Pippbrook the request from the Howard of Effingham to restrict access Footpath 75 was heard. (This footpath is on the edge of the HoE grounds). The Committee heard well balanced presentations from Effingham Residents Association, Effingham Parish Council and the Rector of All Saints on how this would affect a large number of residents and cause safety issues. Julia Dickinson presented the background to the request from the Howard.

The request for closure was rejected by the Local Committee. Click here for the report and recommendations by Debbie Prismall, SCC’s Senior Countryside Access Officer

NHS Public Meeting – 19th Sept 7.00 PM, Bookham Baptist Church.

The NHS in Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton is looking at the challenges faced by Epsom
and St Helier hospitals. They want to make sure the hospitals can continue to deliver high
quality, safe and sustainable services for local people in the years ahead.
They have identified some potential solutions that they want to discuss with the communities in these areas. They are running a series discussion events open to the public. This is your chance to share your views and ideas. Everyone is welcome, no need to register, just turn up.

Mole Bridge Refurbishment A246 Young Street Fetcham – Now Open

Message from Surrey County Council

Young Street Weekend Opening

I am pleased to advise that the resurfacing work on Young Street is now complete.

This means that we will be re-opening Young Street from 2pm Friday 24 August until Monday 27 6am.

Young Street will then be closed again from 6am Monday 27 August for the final work to be completed.

Final stages and road opening

The road will remain closed from 6.00 am Monday 27th August until Wednesday 29th August in the evening.

We plan to re-open Young Street on Wednesday 29 August in the evening.

There will be a reduced speed limit of 40 miles per hour in place while we carry out the remaining refurbishment works on the parapets. This is expected to take place between 3rd – 20th September.

Click here for more details from SCC.


465 Bus Diversions

Hawks Hill Free Shuttle Connecting with Service 465 in Leatherhead Town Centre

With the Young Street Closure bus service 465 will be diverted between Leatherhead town centre and Givons Grove via Leret Way, The Crescent and Dorking Road, not serving North Street, Bridge Street, Guildford Road/Hawks Hill and Young Street.

A free shuttle bus funded and arranged by Surrey County Council will be operated by Reptons Coaches (Tel: 01372 452330) Mondays to Saturdays 0700 to 1900 hrs between The Ridgeway and Leatherhead Station via the normal service 465 route, serving all stops. This will run approximately every 30 minutes.

Passengers for Chessington and Kingston should change to service 465 at Leatherhead Station forecourt. Passengers for Mickleham and Dorking should alight at Lidl (Stop R) and catch the 465 in Leret Way at stop U.

Passengers returning from Kingston, Chessington, Mickleham and Dorking should alight from the 465 at Leret Way and catch the shuttle at Stop S in North Street.

Bus services 408 and 478 will continue to operate as normal along Guildford Road/Hawks Hill.

Unauthorised Encampments From Chief Constable – Nick Ephgrave

This is a copy of the open letter from Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave QPM, to the Editor of the Surrey Advertiser, regarding unauthorised encampments across the county.

Dear Editor,

This summer has seen an unprecedented number of unauthorised encampments, no part of the county has been unaffected and as the summer has passed, the amount of ill feeling and anger about a perceived lack of action by police has been palpable.

The disappointing thing is that all of this was predicted and there is a practical solution available that would help. It has been successfully implemented in a number of surrounding counties, but has yet to be implemented in Surrey, leaving the local authorities and police with limited powers to deal with those intent on trespass.

Before I come to that solution, let me make it clear that there are two related but separate issues that need to be addressed. The first is the issue of an unauthorised encampment. This is of itself not a criminal matter and the lead agency for implementing eviction is the local authority, working with the land owner supported where necessary by the police. In this regard, it is absolutely the case that we in the police and our colleagues in the Boroughs and Districts have significantly upped our game this year and now have well-rehearsed and effective procedures for assessing and evicting unauthorised encampments in accordance with the legislation currently available to us. The shortcoming is that under the only legislation that we can utilise, there is nothing to stop those evicted from simply moving 100 yards down the road and setting up camp there. We then have to go through the whole rigmarole again and this is exactly what has happened this year, with repeated encampments as we follow groups round the county, creating further upset and disruption far and wide.

The related issue is that of criminality associated with some encampments. My clear direction to officers is that where there is criminality and where there is sufficient evidence to take action against identified perpetrators, then we will do so swiftly and firmly. The frustration comes when it is not possible to attribute a criminal act, for example criminal damage, to any one individual due to a lack of witnesses or other evidence to implicate them. This is no different to any other crime. One cannot simply arrest whole groups of people because ‘one of them must have done it’.

So, what else might be done? Under the legislation, if a designated transit site is available, the police are enabled to direct encampments to move immediately to the transit site, with far fewer criteria necessary to act. If those on the encampment refuse, or return to camp unlawfully elsewhere within three months they are liable to immediate arrest. Currently, Surrey has no transit sites and so none of these powers are available.

An increasing number of surrounding counties have created designated transit sites and their experience has been that this significantly addresses the issue of unauthorised encampments. Surrey, without any such sites, remains vulnerable to those who know the legislation and understand that the powers available to police are more limited, no doubt making Surrey an attractive venue for those who wish to set up unauthorised encampments.

To conclude, I recognise the frustration and anger of local residents and businesses affected by unauthorised encampments. We will deal with criminality as and when it occurs and continue to support local authorities in their actions, but the options available to my officers are limited and given other demands, I can ill afford the enormous resource and energy my officers put in to dealing with this. The provision of even one transit site will make an enormous difference to our ability to respond to unauthorised encampments, but it is not in my gift to make it happen – that is a difficult political decision that sits with our local leaders who I know have the issue under active consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Ephgrave

Chief Constable

Proposal for HS4Air High Speed Rail Line between Gatwick and Heathrow

A new high speed rail line which would allow people to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick in just 15 minutes would see tunnels dug under the Surrey Hills and a train line built alongside the M25.

The proposal, named HS4Air, would cut through a large swathe of Surrey, running from just north of Heathrow to Gatwick and then east to Ashford in Kent.

There would be three sections of tunnel, running under part of Mole Valley, Gatwick, and under Staines and Heathrow.

The rest of the route would be overground and after leaving Gatwick travelling east, it would would cut across the A22 between Newchapel and Blindley Heath, past Lingfield to Edenbridge where it would head along the existing railway between Tonbridge and Ashford, to connect up with the forthcoming HS2 line.

Engineering firm Expedition and architects Weston Williamson have submitted the proposal in answer to a call for private sector projects by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Click here Surrey Live article 

Click here for Expedition HS4Air 

 

War Memorial Refurbished

The War Memorial in St Nicolas churchyard was erected after WW1 and now being 100 years old has become rather dilapidated. Peter Seaward, (BRA Chairman) and Arthur Field (BRA Projects Manager) took on the task of identifying suitable restoration companies,  dealing with Church Commissioners and MVDC to get the memorial restored to its former glory. The first stage of cleaning has been completed and stage two will be for the lettering to be restored.

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