Very pleasing to see the roadside parking improvements implemented these past few days that residents and businesses had requested. Down by St. John’s Court, a new bay has been created and double yellow lines put either side of the entrance/exit of St. John’s Court. This will make it slightly safer for those St. John’s Court residents to exit and provide an additional CPZ parking bay.
The businesses in the village had often informed me that they thought trade was impacted during the 13:00 to 14:00 parking moratorium. The five 20 minute bays that have been created outside the launderette and the bakers/Post Office will hopefully improve trade. The 20 minute wait is enforced between 08:00 through to 18:00.
As an aside, glad to see the good job that has been done with the crossing outside the school. That really was a disgrace and I’m grateful it’s finally been resolved.
The Brookwood Lye Roadshow on Wednesday afternoon / evening was a big success in my opinion. I was there, along with representatives from Thameswey and the architects.
63 people, plus a dog came along and saw an impressive visual walk though, and had the opportunity to look at the plans and ask whatever questions they wished. Unsurprisingly, the crossroads was the main area where people had concerns, and I’m grateful that there was no opposition to the actual development, and some good suggestions as to how some areas could be improved. We know the crossroads are going to have some improvements done, which I hope will be completed either before or during the development build out. The crossroads has been approved at the SCC/WBC Joint Committee, but the final plans are still being worked up.
Last night at full Council, we passed a paper called ‘ Earn Your Deposit Scheme’. EYDS is an attempt by WBC to provide genuine help to aspiring house buyers by allowing them to build up a steady deposit while renting a property from Thameswey. At the roadshow, it was very well received, especially amongst the younger generation whom made up just over 20% of people that came along. This is a fantastic scheme and I spoke passionately about it last night, and thankfully, it went through. You can read the press release here.
Hopefully you are sitting down while reading this, and I can’t claim any credit for this, other than to keep making noises to the right people at the right time. A chunk of Connaught Road will be resurfaced next week. The area is the worst pot-holed section, running from Lockswood down to Heath Drive. Works should commence next Thursday and last two days (15-16). My understanding is that the road will be closed between 08:00 to 17:00. The crossing outside the school has been an absolute disgrace for a long time and I welcome this improvement, with luck, SCC will raise the drain at this point so the drop off a cliff sensation when you drive over it will be resolved. I’m impressed that it is being co-ordinated to coincide with the half term holiday, however I suspect there will be a degree of chaos first thing in the morning. Be prepared.
You may have seen the item in the Brookwood Newsletter about the above, and of course I have mentioned it here.
The roadshow is tomorrow afternoon / evening at Brookwood Memorial Halls from 16:00 through to 20:00 and is our chance to look at what is being proposed and feed into the process.
I expect the Leader of the Council, Cllr David Bittleston will be there for the first hour and a half as well as representatives from Thameswey, WBCs housing company. I’m not sure if anyone from highways will be there as they decided to be unnecessarily awkward in my opinion.
I would especially like to encourage young adults to attend as many of the properties here are perfect for that demographic. There will be some information about the ‘Earn Your Deposit Scheme’ which was passed at the Executive last Thursday and goes to full Council this Thursday for adoption. EYDS is WBCs scheme for giving people struggling to enter the housing market a chance. I expect to do a full blog piece on this once it has passed through Council.