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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

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.

Petition to Surrey County Council to Provide Funding to Resolve Squareabout Flooding

Les Huett – BRA Publicity

Thank you to everyone who has signed the BRA Petition.

This petition has met the relevant criteria to be considered by the Local Committee (Mole Valley). This will be presented to the Local Committee on Wednesday 05 September 2018, which will be held in the council chamber at the officer of Mole Valley District Council in Pippbrook, Dorking. The Committee will consider the petition and the officer response at the meeting. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to the debate if you would like to.

 


Full wording of the petition:

We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to provide immediate funding to allow completion of investigations and the implementation of a drainage scheme that resolves the persistent major flooding and subsequent hazard issues in central Bookham.

This issue has affected Bookham residents for many years and despite constant promises from SCC there has been no resolution of the flooding issue that occurs at the junction of Lower Road, High Street, East Street and Church Road every time there is heavy rain.

When these roads are flooded there is no access for pedestrians trying to reach the High Street and bus stops. Pedestrians brave enough to try crossing the road, as there are no alternatives, cannot see the kerb edge or speed tables and hence there is a hazard issue.

With the poor state of the road surface drivers proceeding through the floodwater are unable to see any potholes below the water which can cause vehicle damage and is a serious hazard for cyclists.

Residents waiting at the bus stops on Lower Road get sodden due to the bow waves which come across the pavement created by passing traffic and similarly there is an accessibility issue for passengers when alighting from and catching bus services.

Due to the lack of suitable drainage this is a persistent major safety hazard to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle traffic and therefore requires resolution by SCC to stop further flooding and removal of the hazard.