1. Barnett Wood Lane Recreation Ground – voting results!

    The results of ‘Save a Space for Me’ are in following the nomination of three open spaces in Mole Valley to become Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields in 2012!  Here they are for the three sites with Ashtead Recreation Ground topping the list with a whopping 473 votes of support:

    Ashtead Recreation Ground  473 votes

    Cock Lane Recreation Ground 119  votes

    Cradhurst Recreation Ground 117 votes

    The full nationwide sets of results are accessible through the link below, and you’ll see Ashtead fared very well.  The results have yet to be collated into a national league table but Fields in Trust are working on this.



  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. Phones at the Level Crossing

    After months of  tireless work  by John Northcott, we are delighted to report that the phones at the level crossing by the station are now back in full working order. The handset now connects you directly to a member of the rail staff and will allow you to report an emergency in the unlikely event of one occurring. However we must stress on residents that these phones are for emergencies only and should not be used to enquire why the barriers are remaining closed.

    Emergencies only please