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: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CouncilTax201920/
The survey closes in two weeks’ time on 28 January.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.surreysays.co.uk/children-schools-and-families-directorate/consultation-on-proposed-changes-to-admission-2018/
Always have your say.