Country Park Path and SCC/WBC Joint Committee

The path across the Country Park has been completed and what a vast improvement. I’ve performed a non-scientific survey from users when I’ve been out walking the dogs and it gets a unanimous thumbs up. Here is a picture of it:

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In November, I will be meeting with officers to review the performance. I have a couple of concerns around drainage.

The SCC/WBC Joint Committee meets next Wednesday, 20 September at 18:00 in the WBC Council Chamber. I was expecting the parking proposals and the crossroads improvements to be on the agenda. On what is published so far, it appears the parking proposals won’t be there, but the junction is.

The agenda can be read here: SCC/WBC Joint Committee Agenda and from there the results of the junction survey can be accessed: Item 10: A322 Survey Results

The primary interest to Brookwood residents is the following pie chart which shows the general feeling towards improvements at Brookwood Crossroads:Crossroads Survey

My understanding is that officers are likely to propose working up detailed proposals for only three of the junctions out of all the options listed, one of which is Brookwood Crossroads.

I will keep abreast of what the proposals look like and feed in to the process comments made to me during the initial consultation exercise.

I will try and be at this meeting, but I do have another commitment that night and may have to watch the webcast back later. I will, however pass my comments on to Cllr Azad, one of the Heathlands’ councillors that sits on the committee.

Cheers,

Kevin

 

 

Path Across Country Park

I was stunned to find contractors working on the path late Monday afternoon. Yes, the work has finally started, several months after I initially thought it would.

I haven’t been down there for the past couple of days, but will check progress tomorrow. I’m told it will be of a similar grade to the path down the canal.

I’m also meeting the officers in November to look at the path and examine any drainage issues that might exist in the Country Park.

Cheers.

Kevin

Parking Consultation, Brookwood Crossroads and Waste Collections

Just a reminder, the parking consultation ends this Friday. If you have a view, please see my previous post on how to register that view.

The recent consultation on the A322 corridor has, I believe led to proposals which will be going to the next SCC/WBC Joint Committee. I understand this will go to the meeting on 20 September.

Only three of the junctions listed will go forward for full designs to be drawn up, which I guess will be based on the representation made. These are Brookwood Crossroads, Redding Way and the junction in Knaphill by The Vyne. The rest are being dropped.

On 11 September, WBC begin a new waste contract which will see some changes to our collections. In the immediate short term, nothing significant changes except there is a chance the collection will be earlier in the morning. A leaflet will be delivered this week outlining the changes.

This new waste collection service is a joint service with three other Surrey boroughs and is likely to save around £2.5 million across all four local authorities each year.

Woking is the second borough to go across, and for the first there has been well documented problems when they first came on stream earlier this year. I’m assured by the portfolio holder that these have been ironed out.

A couple of things to know initially. Textiles and small electrical items may now be put out every week rather than once every other week. Continue to bag them separately.

Later on in the year, food waste will be collected by a different van which inevitably will be at a different time of the day. I don’t yet know when that will start.

Cheers.

Kevin

 

Parking Consultation

Back in February, I blogged about possible parking changes that residents and businesses had proposed. These changes had been submitted to SCC in December and officers had drawn up some maps: https://cllrkevindavis.me/2017/02/13/parking-drawings/

I promised I’d publish the consultation details when I knew them which I’m doing here. It’s worth noting that I’ve not been notified of the consultation directly, and I had to get a flyer that had been pushed through the door of Sean the baker. Luckily I popped in there this afternoon.

The formal proposed changes can be viewed here: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/parking/local-parking-news-and-updates/parking-news-and-updates-in-woking. Work your way through the site and our division is Woking South West. Please read it fully so you understand what is being proposed.

You can also view the proposals at the following locations:

  • Woking Borough Council Civic Offices.
  • Surrey County Council, Quadrant Court, Woking, GU22 7QQ.
  • Woking Library.
  • West Byfleet Library.
  • Knaphill Post Office.

The consultation dates run from today through to 1 September 2017.

You can respond to the consultation by either following the SCC link above, or writing to the following address:

Mr David Curl, Parking Team Manager, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ.

As usual, if you have a view, you need to respond to the consultation. I’m also happy to meet up with anyone that wishes to have a chat.

Cheers.

Kevin

 

A322 Corridor Consultation (Brookwood Crossroads)

WBC have published today the proposals for the A322 corridor changes that I have been requesting for the past few years. Further details can be found here: Consultation Details

WBC are also hosting two public drop-in events at The Vyne Centre in Knaphill, where people can discuss the proposals with the highway engineers. No booking is required.

  • Thursday 20 July, 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 22 July, 10am to 12.30pm

The Vyne Centre for the Community, Broadway, Knaphill, Woking, GU21 2SP.

I’m a bit miffed that there is no effort to bring the roadshow to Brookwood as I requested and I have taken that up with officers.

There is a an online form that can be used to submit a response: Consultation Form

As Brookwood Crossroads is part of this, I urge you to have your say and follow the links above. The consultation ends on Monday 31 July 2017.

Cheers.

Kevin

Selfish Parking

I often get complaints from people about selfish parking by parents picking up children from the school. It’s very difficult to do much about it as these selfish people really couldn’t care less about anyone and their priority is to save themselves a few seconds of time. WBC has a school rota whereby officers go round all the schools stopping people from parking in such a way that others have to put themselves in danger to pass.

Classic point is the selfishly parked car below, forcing people to either walk in the road, or duck down under a tree. I have of course, reported this vehicle to Mrs Green, the Police and WBC officers. I did contemplate blanking out the index plate, but then decided not to waste further time on it.

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Utter disgrace.

Cheers.

Kevin.

Meadows & Country Park

I’ve found out a little more about the Meadows; it would appear that a care home operator has acquired the site. The conclusion I draw is the obvious one; they intend on building a care home.

I’ve no idea why the path across the new country park hasn’t been done yet. I was assured it was going to have started by the end of May. I have sought an answer.

Control of the country park hasn’t yet been vested in WBC and at this stage, they are thinking of what to call it. I think the working title is Brookwood Farm Country Park. On the basis that the Brookwood Farm housing estate isn’t in Brookwood or Heathlands and the country park is, I think the name is inappropriate. Brookwood Country Park (the obvious choice) is already used in Knaphill on the other side of the A322, so that is ruled out.

WBC have asked the Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Forum for some ideas. To that end, at the Brookwood School Fayre next Saturday, representatives of the BBNF will be on hand with a couple of surveys, one of which is asking for possible names and gauging popularity of various potential  names. Pop along and give your view.

Cheers.

Kevin