Grit Bins

Not a great deal to report recently and from a Council perspective, things will be reasonably quiet for most of the rest of the year.

I’ve been asked to try and get a grit bin for Elphinstone Close as the slope into the close causes hazards during cold periods. That process is on the move and we await an officer’s recommendation.

If you’re aware of other roads in the ward that might benefit from a grit bin, please let me know and we’ll see what can be done.

Cheers.

Kevin

Anti-Social Behaviour

Thankfully, we don’t experience too much ASB in Brookwood and the immediate surroundings. However we do occasionally experience pockets of it on Sheet’s Heath recreational ground and (predictably) under the station car park.

Having had a chat with Woking Borough Council ASB officers, the Police and British Transport Police, the message is clear, they all require intelligence and that requires reporting and diaries to be kept. If you experience or are affected by ASB, please report it and diarise it for future reference.

Contact the Police on 101, and text the British Transport Police on 61016. In an emergency, obviously call 999.

The BTP need a few details, for example, texting ‘People vandalising cars at Brookwood station’ would enable their officers to quickly respond. Officers are roaming the area (thankfully they don’t rely on the trains), and can respond quite quickly.

We’ll never stop ASB, but we can help make our own lives easier and more peaceful.

Cheers.

Kevin

Brookwood Lye Road Speed Limit

As previously discussed, I have been trying to get the speed limit on Brookwood Lye Road reduced. There was a fatal accident there a couple of years ago, and readers of previous entries of this blog will recall that a year ago, a speed study was commissioned and that it recommended a reduction to 40mph.

The traffic order for this has now been published and is now out to consultation. The image below shows the proposals.

If you wish to object to, or make any other representations relating to the proposed Order (including any representations in support), you must send the grounds of your objection or representations, in writing, to the undersigned, at Traffic Regulation Orders Team, Surrey County Council, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7BQ, by 13 September 2019.

I think this is a good idea and support it.

Cheers.

Kevin

Brilliant Botany!

The Thames Basin Heathlands Partnership is running a session on Sheet’s Heath on 28th July, 10:00 – 12:00. This session is a walk round the heath learning about the plants and how to identify them.

It’s a free event and further details may be read here.

I intend on being there as the WBC representative on the Heathlands Partnership.

Cheers.

Kevin

40mph Speed Limit – Brookwood Lye Road

I can confirm that this was supported at the SCC / WBC Joint Committee last night. The route from here will be for a notice to be published and then after a statutory period, the limit will be changed, the signs changed and the new limit enforceable.

Cheers.

Kevin

Brookwood Lye Road Speed Limit

On Wednesday this week, the SCC / WBC Joint Committee will be held. This committee is a SCC committee that allows for WBC Councillors to input into SCC matters essentially. Generally it looks at highways and education issues but ultimately covers a great deal.

More importantly for Brookwood, on the agenda is an item to lower the speed limit to 40mph along Brookwood Lye Road. This map shows the exact length of road proposed.

There was fatal accident here a couple of years ago, and knowing the development that I hope will be coming along there soon, I fully support this.

You can watch the meeting live via the SCC webcast. This link shows the agenda and will allow the webcast to be viewed at the time.

Cheers.

Kevin

Proposed Heathrow Rail Link

Just before the most recent local election all WBC Councillors were invited to a session regarding a proposed rail link from Woking to Heathrow. I was one of the handful that attended and was enthusiastic about what I saw.

I think this would really benefit Woking economically and the residents by having a rail route that doesn’t require a bus or bouncing out of London.

The proposals may be read here.

The consultation into Heathrow expansion will kick off soon, and my personal view is that if Heathrow is to be expanded, then as a side project improving our access to Heathrow is essential.

Cheers.

Kevin