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

Brookwood Lye Road Site

I’ve had quite a few people speak to me about the state of the Brookwood Lye Road site and Traveller site. I try to work on this in the background rather than publicly for the primary reason of neighbourly relations. However I will outline what I’ve done recently.

Firstly, begin by reading my blog entry from March as that gives a good overall background, although I believe the timescales have slipped to a degree because I’m not aware that the planning application is in yet.

With regards to the rubbish, it is being fly-tipped and that is almost certainly by the immediate neighbours, although it’s debateable whether it is by illegal or legal Travellers. However, right now, I’d prefer it there than elsewhere in the borough. The plan by Thameswey is not to clear it regularly, but wait until the site receives planning permission and then clear it in one go and re-secure the site.

With regards to the Travellers themselves, two thirds are living there legally as per the emerging Site Allocations that has been submitted to an inspector ready for a public enquiry. The rest are totally illegal and I have been regularly trying to get the Local Planning Authority to do something about it. Something they refuse to do for reasons unknown to me.

What I did do recently is email and speak to the Deputy Chief Executive as planning falls under his remit. I pointed out that there have been illegal Travellers there now for three odd years and nothing has happened. I also pointed out that moving them on will be incredibly difficult and timescales will be measured in years rather than days. That will obviously hold the development up at some point and increase costs.

The LPA are doing what they always do which is to write another report and fob us off for a few more months. With the political changes recently, it will become apparent over the next few days how best to proceed and escalate this.

Cheers.

Kevin

Parking Enforcement

There are resurfacing works going on today in Brookwood, namely Heath Drive and possibly a section of Connaught Road.

I can confirm that the CPZ enforcement will not be enforced. If you have had to move your vehicle, it will be fine to park in any bay or safely on single yellow lines outside of the resurfacing areas. The 20-minute bays will still be operating as usual.

Cheers.

Kevin

Bagshot Road

Some of you may have noticed signs saying that there will be road closures for about eight weeks to Bagshot Road. After the four-way temporary traffic lights at the weekend at Brookwood cross roads, some might have put two and two together and reached five. The two are unconnected.

I believe the crossroads was fixing water issues on Brookwood Lye Road, and has now been completed.

The eight week signs are in regard to an issue I blogged about recently where the cemetery walls were discussed. Bagshot Road will, outside of peak times, have temporary lane closures in place to allow works to be completed to the cemetery walls. If the lane needs to be shut, it will involve two way lights, and will only be between 09:30 and 15:30.

Cheers.

Kevin