Crossroads and Hermitage Bridge

There will be some disruption during the day on Monday 14th at Brookwood Crossroads while the drains are examined and cleared. It’s scheduled between 10:00 to 16:00. The task is list is as follows:

  1. Remove the stuck jetting hose from the system,
  2. Jet and plot to understand where the three gullies are routed, and if there are any issues with the system and whether it links into the Thames Water system that crosses the crossroad junction heading Brookwood Lye Road, and
  3. Clean and jet all other gullies around the junction.

This is good news as there is much flooding around here.

This leads nicely on to the Hermitage Bridge which will be closed for up to six weeks, also from Monday. I think the footway will also be closed and that might cause major delays for pedestrians as the walking diversion will have to be 40 plus minutes. The notice isn’t clear.

The closure is to enable maintenance works to be performed. The works description is as follows: Brickwork repairs, painting, replacement of corroded rivets on bridge structure, strengthen of edge member on the towpath span, graffiti removal steelwork repainting on corroded areas.

I imagine most Brookwood residents, including me will drive on down there forgetting the bridge is closed and will then be left with an annoying choice.

Kind regards,

Kevin

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.

Kevin

Brookwood Lye Road Update

Since I was first elected in 2012, I have been trying to get improvements to the crossroads, the Traveller site regularised, and decent affordable housing on the rest of the Brookwood Lye Road site.

In 2017, highway plans were presented as part of a road show that many people attended that made Connaught Road two lanes exiting Brookwood and Brookwood Lye Road three lanes entering the crossroads. You can read my post about it here: https://cllrkevindavis.me/2017/04/16/proposals-on-brookwood-crossroads/

I have also been working on plans to get the Traveller site regularised and in 2020, finally a planning application came forward to create 19 pitches effectively in the back garden of the bungalow down Brookwood Lye Road. I supported it at the Planning Committee in February 2021 and it was successfully passed. My post about it is here: https://cllrkevindavis.me/2021/02/23/five-acres/

A few weeks later, a new plan for the housing was submitted which I thought was really good, was an imaginative little area of mainly two and three bedroomed homes and would deliver the housing we need locally. A roadshow was arranged and it was enthusiastically received by the residents of Brookwood. I wrote about it here, and included a map of the plan: https://cllrkevindavis.me/2021/04/19/housing-application-coblands/

Since then I have quietly continued to push for a conclusion that delivers the road improvements, the decent Traveller accommodation, and the 128 houses / flats that Woking so desperately needs.

I found out very recently that Woking Borough Council has decided to take a different path and abandon all the work previously done. There are a number of reasons for this, but principally it is due to the WBC’s planning department choosing to not enforce the infringements of planning law at the Traveller site.

The new proposals will see the Traveller site physically expanded by at least 100%, probably to around 50 pitches. This is being done by a sleight of hand by classing the new area, not as a Traveller site, but as ‘park homes’. The park homes will be managed by the current owner of the Traveller site and it seems only the officers of the Council and senior Members of the Council believe that they won’t become transit pitches for Travellers and contribute nothing to the desperate housing needs of Woking residents.

In addition, there will be insufficient land left to develop the 128 houses, and this will now be reduced to around 60, probably none of which will be affordable.

Finally, just to top it all, none of the highway improvements will be coming forward.

To summarise, the proposals are for the Traveller site to be at least doubled in size, less than half the housing will be built and there will be no improvements to the crossroads. No one has been consulted, asked their opinions or anything.

To say I’m devastated is an understatement. I live yards from the crossroads and have spent ten years doing everything I can to get this turned into a nice area Brookwood could be proud of, sadly, the Council has other ideas and is choosing to pursue a route that will lead to less decent housing, worse congestion and almost certain increased social issues for the residents and businesses of Brookwood to put up with, all without asking anyone or caring if that is what they want.

There are no concrete plans yet, only proposals, so using the usual channels, please let me know what you think so I can make sure the Council understands Brookwood’s views.

Kevin

South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund

South Western Railway have just opened up their Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) to new applications.

CCIF is South Western Railway’s programme to support projects that have a community benefit or address an area of social need across their network.

CCIF is intended to support small and medium-sized projects which can be completed over the course of the year.

For more information click this link.

Kind regards,

Kevin

Brookwood Lye Woods

Some of you may have noticed clearing works being undertaken on the woods down the Brookwood Lye Road. This land is owned by Surrey Wildlife Trust and has a blanket TPO on it.

Having checked this out with officers I can confirm that there is nothing to worry about here and include below a statement from SWT regarding the works:

‘Network rail sought permission from us to access their embankment to undertake essential work, this was originally planned 12 months ago and has now started.

They are clearing a pre existing access track, removing bramble and fallen trees primarily, they have ecologists on site supervising the work! There is a felling licence in place and we have an on going thinning program with Merrist Wood College for this woodland area, in line with the site management plan and approved by the Woking Borough Council Tree Officer’.

Kind regards,

Kevin

Connaught Road Closure

A copy and paste from a SCC Highways email I’ve received. Overall, it looks like one day of disruption for the residents of Brookwood. As soon as I know when that will be, I’ll make it known, but it will be anytime from June. The map below gives a visual overview of the closed bit and the proposed diversion.

‘The Surrey County Council Connaught Road (A324) Brookwood Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2022

Surrey County Council propose to make the above-mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Connaught Road (A324) Brookwood as extends from its junction with (A322) Bagshot Road and (A324) Brookwood Lye Road to its junction with (D3601) West Hill Close. Alternative Route – Connaught Road; Bisley Camp Road; Queens Road; and A322 Guildford Road/Bagshot Road or this same route in reverse.

The Order is required to facilitate telecoms pole replacement and/or new pole installation and/or cabling and/or utility maintenance works to be carried out by, or on behalf of BT Openreach within the length of road described in this notice. These works are anticipated to be carried out over 1 day between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm within the 12-month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order which commences on 30 May 2022. Advanced warning signs will be displayed, and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access to premises within the affected length of road including access by emergency vehicles to these properties will be maintained if safe to do, if necessary, via the diversion route. During certain phases of the works, vehicular access to premises may be restricted, when this is the case such restriction of access will apply for no more than eight hours within any 24-hour period’.

Kind regards,

Kevin

Garden Waste Collection Service back to Normal

I’d like to apologise for the garden waste service that for the previous eight months has fallen below all of our expectations. The reasons are well known and I have regularly and directly communicated with subscribers via email or letter over that period keeping everyone informed of our progress to resuming a normal fortnightly service.

I’m delighted and relieved to say that normal fortnightly collections will resume from week commencing the 18th April alongside the recycling bins, and week commencing the 25th April alongside the rubbish bins.

An email or letter will be sent to all subscribers shortly detailing this. A total of 13 collections were suspended and subscriptions are being extended to reflect this. A further email or letter will be sent once this operation has been completed giving all subscribers notification of their new renewal date.

As a subscriber myself, I’m certainly glad we have managed to resume this service as the growing season takes hold. I thank everyone for their patience while we resolved the challenges presented to us, and I’m extremely grateful that we managed to maintain the food, recycling and residual (black) collection services during this period.

Kevin

Heathlands February Surgery

The Heathlands councillors will be holding a surgery at Brookwood Memorial Halls on Saturday 5th February at 11:00 for an hour. This is part of a series of surgeries across the ward.

All three of us expect to be there but occasionally there may be reasons why any one of us is unable.

We’ll be in the small hall and will be following the Covid guidelines at the time of the event.

Kevin

Garden Waste Update

As you should know if you are a garden waste subscriber, our winter collection plan is in operation and we are collecting in Woking this week and next.

We started yesterday and we are collecting much more than we were expecting. We were expecting a big uplift in the tonnage, but today it was around 60 tonnes which required additional trips to the processing site. The crews are doing a great job trying to keep up.

The net result was a few roads were not completed, and they will be first on the list for tomorrow. I expect this pattern to continue during the week and I’m currently working with Joint Waste Solutions and Amey to have a Saturday collection in operation to mop up anything missed this week.

Please bear with us and if your green bin isn’t collected when you were expecting it to be, please leave it out as the plan is that it will be collected the next day.

This will be the last collection for this year, and I will be writing to all subscribers in January when I know exactly when the next collection will occur.

We still have a high degree of confidence that the service will be back to normal mid to late spring next year.

Kind regards,

Kevin