Thankfully, we don’t experience too much ASB in Brookwood and the immediate surroundings. However we do occasionally experience pockets of it on Sheet’s Heath recreational ground and (predictably) under the station car park.
Having had a chat with Woking Borough Council ASB officers, the Police and British Transport Police, the message is clear, they all require intelligence and that requires reporting and diaries to be kept. If you experience or are affected by ASB, please report it and diarise it for future reference.
Contact the Police on 101, and text the British Transport Police on 61016. In an emergency, obviously call 999.
The BTP need a few details, for example, texting ‘People vandalising cars at Brookwood station’ would enable their officers to quickly respond. Officers are roaming the area (thankfully they don’t rely on the trains), and can respond quite quickly.
We’ll never stop ASB, but we can help make our own lives easier and more peaceful.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.