Brookwood Lye Road Petition

The Brookwood Village Association has launched a petition regarding Brookwood Lye Road calling for the widely consulted schemes, including the roads and affordable housing proposals to be fully implemented.

They have sought my advice and I have helped with some of the process related aspects of the petition.

I’m very pleased to see this and I fully support it as despite my efforts I’ve not been able to get Brookwood Lye completed as we in Brookwood and those people currently living there deserve. It’s gone on far too long. I believe, with the weight of Brookwood and other villages calling for this, we will hopefully reach a successful conclusion.

An online e-petition has been launched, and I do believe a paper version will be available locally for those that prefer to use that medium, although I’ve not been made aware of exactly where yet.

The e-petition may be found here.


Community Roadshows

Tomorrow evening the Leader of the Council Cllr Azad, CEO of Woking Borough Council Julie Fisher and a member of the Executive will be appearing at an evening roadshow where you can go along and have your say on the Council’s future priorities.

The event will take place at the Holy Trinity Church, Chobham Road, Knaphill, GU21 2SX. You’ll need to book in advance and the link may be found below, together with the other dates and locations planned.


Facebook Surgery

This coming Saturday at 11 o’clock, I along with my Heathlands Councillor colleagues will be running an online surgery.

I appreciate not everyone has access to Facebook, but it’s the easiest way right now for us to get some information out there and answer any questions about the ward et cetera.

Feel free to ask any questions up front or on the day via the message function.

Kind regards,


Parking Review Consultation

Last year I spent some time working with our County Councillor, Cllr Azad and the SCC Parking Team looking at parking restrictions in the ward. This was in response to requests from residents on how things might be improved.

This went through the Joint SCC/WBC Committee last year and only now has it reached the stage where it is ready for consultation. To that end the following link will take you to the documents that detail the proposals.

For the Heathlands ward, generally the proposals are spread across Woking South and Woking South West divisions.

The consultation opens on Friday 17 January for four weeks and the link to respond is included on the above page.



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.



Council Tax Survey

The Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking views from residents regarding a potential increase in his element of the Council Tax to directly fund additional police officers.

I have responded, and I would encourage everyone to fill in the survey. It took me three minutes and that included filling in text box with additional information.

The survey can be found here:

The survey closes in two weeks’ time on 28 January.



Victoria Arch and A320 Consultation

On Tuesday night I had a preview of a consultation regarding Victoria Arch and the A320 to the south of the arch. There are proposals to make changes and the views of residents are sought.

There are substantial changes proposed here that I suspect many people will think very sensible. There’s full text and a video to watch.

There are a couple of drop-in sessions in Wolsey Place Shopping Centre where members of the project team will be able to answer any questions.

These sessions are:

  • Thursday 20 September, 12.30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 29 September, 10am to 4pm

Please follow this link to read more and give your view.



Brookwood/Pirbright Tunnel Petition

A Pirbright resident has submitted a petition to SCC regarding the tunnel at the western end of the village. His points are valid and I have signed the petition.

The problem at this junction is that on the Pirbright side, there are two feeder roads with traffic lights, and on the Brookwood side, there are two feeder roads but crucially with one set of lights. This does cause a lot of frustration because the well meaning drivers leaving Brookwood via Connaught Road, will pause to allow drivers from Bisley Camp Road / Brunswick Road to go, and the sensors decide that there is no traffic. This in turn means the lights go to red prematurely and the traffic builds up to intolerable levels. It can take 20 minutes sometimes to get out of Brookwood.

The obvious solution has been to add an additional set of lights on the Brookwood side, and I have had conversations about this with WBC officers in the past. The challenge is effectively two fold; a) who pays for the changes, and b) the junction sits in Guildford Borough.

There are no development opportunities that can be used to extract funds from to pay for the improvements. This is a major problem, because finding the evidence to justify the improvements should be reasonably easy, but SCC will simply claim there isn’t the money in the highways budget to do anything.

From my perspective, the junction sitting in Guildford causes further issues. Assuming the petition reaches the minimum numbers required, it will go before the Guildford Local Committee, the next meeting being 13 June. I suspect that convincing the Guildford Local Committee to use their sparse funds to pay towards improvements that are going to have a bigger benefit for Brookwood residents will prove challenging. I will endeavour to keep an eye on the agenda for that meeting and try and attend, although I do have a prior engagement that night already.

The petition may be signed here and I encourage as many people as possible to do so.



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:

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: 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.




Surrey Says

Surrey Says is a website run by SCC which seeks the views of residents on a large variety of subjects. At the moment, a key consultation is on the admission arrangements to schools.

Surrey County Council would like your views on:

  • proposed changes to admission arrangements for some community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2018
  • the admission arrangements for all remaining community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2018
  • Surrey’s relevant area – this is the area within which schools must consult on their admission arrangements.

The consultation on these proposals will run from Friday 14 October 2016 to Thursday 24 November 2016.

The consultation can be found here:

Always have your say.