1. Woodfield Lane Consultation

    Last Friday Surrey Highways had a consultation at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall for all Ashtead residents concerning 3 options suggested for the tree-lined avenue of Woodfield Lane down to the level crossing at Ashtead Station.
    We would like to sincerely thank all the residents, over 600, that visited that day in very poor weather, and gave their views and comments on the options put forward. Consultation letters were sent to all residents and the closing date for receipt of those is the end of October – although any views received slightly later will of course be considered.
    Surrey Highways will then take on board all views/comments and prepare a detailed report for our Local Committee. Once a decision is taken, we will then look to implement that decision during 2013.

    Again, thanks to all residents for their support on this important issue.


  2. Help Surrey get Superfast Broadband

    Surrey County Council and the Surrey Strategic Partnership have committed to ensuring that all homes and businesses in Surrey have access to Superfast Broadband. The UK currently has some of the slowest broadband speeds in Europe and improving this is crucial. The internet now affects nearly every aspect of modern life and superfast broadband will bring new opportunities and ensure that those living and working in Surrey do not get left behind. Surrey County Council has invited bids from private sector companies to deliver the necessary infrastructure for Surrey.

    If you think broadband access is important for Surrey, we need you to support this project by completing our online survey – and by encouraging other homes and businesses in your area to do the same. Let us know what your current internet access is like, the problems it causes and what you need for the future.

    In order to secure superfast broadband for Surrey, the County Council needs to be able to evidence the demand for it. This information will be used to support conversations with infrastructure providers and to build the commercial case for laying the infrastructure in each area. We welcome surveys from everyone but the project has identified seven areas of focus within Mole Valley, namely Abinger, Forrest Green, Oakwood, Newdigate, Norwood Hill, Dawes Green, and Betchworth.

    Over 1300 of you have taken part so far – 99% of respondents have said that it is important for Surrey to have access to good broadband speeds and 98% would like faster internet speeds than they are currently able to access.

    To take part in the survey or to get further details of the project please go to www.superfastsurrey.org.uk, or contact superfastbbsurrey@surreycc.gov.uk/ 03456 009 009 to be sent a hard copy. 


  3. Review of local bus services

    Surrey County Council are currently undertaking a review of bus services in the County. Their objective, perhaps needless to say, is to save money, and so the more support that is shown by respondents the better if services are to be preserved.  Services 408 and 479 which serve Ashtead are not formally part of the review, but comments are nevertheless welcomed.  Service 623 (shopping service to Epsom) is also likely to remain unchanged. Full details of the review can be found on the SCC website, www.surreycc.gov.uk/buses, and comments can be e-mailed to busreview@surreycc.gov or posted to Bus Review Feedback, Surrey County Council, Room R365, County Hall, Renrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DY.

     


  4. Re-surfacing of Grange Road and Ottways Lane

    Surrey Highways are about to re-surface both Grange Road and Ottways Lane over the coming weeks. Preliminary works will take place on 17th – 22nd August under two way traffic control with the resurfacing works commencing on the 23th August for a duration of five days under a road closure. The resurfacing work will involve day time road closures and diversion between 09.00 – 16.30.
    Access for residents will be maintained, when safe to do so but long delays are possible.
    This is work that has been promised for many years and it is at last to be done.

  5. Parking Meters in Ashtead

    Following a meeting last week with Local Traders’ representatives, Ashtead Residents Association and your County Councillor Chris Townsend; David Curl, SCC Parking Manager, said that he was very likely to recommend that NO Parking Meters be introduced in Ashtead’s shopping areas. He had been appraised of the many concerns by those present as to the disastrous impact Parking Meters would have on the relevant shopping areas and although we had offered to do some survey work to confirm our fears as to the financial viability of their introduction, he was convinced we had a clear case and said that he thought surveys would not be necessary.

    We must await his report for September’s Local Committee, which is the start of the whole process, but the current omens look very promising that the Meters will NOT be introduced.


  6. Road Improvements in Ashtead

    With the new Surrey Highways contract now started with May Gurney, a number of roads will be improved with a new surface dressing. The first 2 in Ashtead are Barnett Wood Lane and Farm Lane and work starts on those roads next week, weather permitting. A maximum of 2 days will be required with hopefully minimum disruption to residents and motorists.


  7. Re-Surfacing of Ottways Lane & Grange Road

    Surrey Highways have recently informed County Councillor Chris Townsend that both Ottways Lane and Grange Road will be re-surfaced this Summer 2011. The work will be done during the School holidays; when more detail is known about dates etc. residents will be notified. Also being introduced in Ottways Lane will be a ‘Pinch Point’ – ie. a narrowing of the road at the location of the Old Cottage by widening the pavement to ensure that only one car can pass at a time. There will be Red and Black arrow signs positioned appropriately to notify drivers of the priorities, plus other signs positioned at specific points to ensure that Coaches/Buses/Lorries etc. will know that they cannot pass through at that point. This should provide a reduction in traffic speed in Ottways Lane, something residents have been after for some time.

    The costs for this work are coming out of Surrey Highways Funds, both these roads being designated as ‘high priority’ by Cllr. Townsend. This money is in no way associated with the Parsons Mead development. The Infrastructure funds that the developer has had to provide for that development are therefore available for use locally. Two suggestions have been made so far, one being to sort out flooding issues in the area and the second to potentially provide ‘intelligent’ signage at the corner of Ottways Lane and Grange Road to alleviate traffic congestion/flow. Any further ideas/thoughts are very welcome.


  8. Surrey Tories refuse debate on On-Street Parking charges !!

    At today’s Surrey County Council meeting, 2 motions were put forward – one by the Independent/RA group and one by the Liberal Democrat group – asking that the Council debate the issue of On-Street Parking charges as proposed by the Conservative Administration. Both motions were refused that debate by all Conservative Councillors present – voting being 46 against the motions with 23 for the motions. The Tory Administration claimed that consultation was ongoing and now was not the time for a debate. Any ideas on the best way forward to implement these charges would be considered for each Borough/District.  It was pointed out that over 30,000 signatures had now been received through various petitions across the whole of Surrey stating their opposition to what is being proposed.

    Both motions were referred to the Transportation Select Committee due to meet on May 13th for recommendations to go to the Cabinet meeting in June. It does need to be said that both these meetings are AFTER the Local Elections due on May 5th and one wonders whether that was a key factor in the decisions made at Full Council today!!

    Chris Townsend, Surrey County Councillor for Ashtead, is speaking to local Ashtead Traders tonight (Tuesday) on the latest situation and Ashtead Independents will continue to fight these disgraceful proposals that will harm both the local economy of Surrey but also all the local traders in our villages and towns.

    Further updates will be put on our website as and when they occur.