You’ll remember that WBC sent a letter about a month ago saying that everyone in the borough would receive a copy of the Woking News & Mail for a few weeks as a method of getting information and news out to all residents, especially vulnerable residents that may not have access to social media et cetera.
Brookwood residents will have wondered since then, why they haven’t received a copy. The rest of the borough has received the WN&M now for three weeks.
After the second edition never made it to Brookwood, I enquired with both the marketing team at WBC and the MD of WN&M and at the time, no one knew why, but would make enquiries.
Two weeks later, and we still haven’t received a copy, and I still have no idea why, but I am continuing to try and find out what’s gone wrong.
EDIT @ 11:00. Amazing how the world works, a copy of the WN&M was posted through my door this morning.
WBC have temporarily suspended all parking charges in municipal car parks. Not particularly exciting as there are no shops or restaurants open to visit, but possibly handy for any key workers that need to be in town.
With regard to residential and CPZ areas, my understanding is that people may park without fear of being ticketed unless they park in such a way that the parking is dangerous. Permits will be extended to cover the period that ended up being free.
If anyone does receive a ticket for safe parking during the CPZ times in Brookwood or anywhere else in Heathlands that is not dangerous, please let me know.
Woking Borough Council has been figuring out how best to support the community and businesses during this unprecedented time. Critical services have been identified and contingency plans have been put into place. Unfortunately, much of the cultural programme of events, including Party in the Park have been cancelled to allow those staff engaged to be redirected to the front line.
I’ve also been informed that whilst the waste collection service is holding itself together at the moment with a slightly raised sickness level, it can’t be guaranteed this will be the case over the next couple of months.
Around 20 agency staff have been brought on to the books for the next three months to try and ensure there is a wider pool of resources. These people are due to start induction in the next few days. If things get tight, non essential collections will be scaled back, i.e. textiles, WEEE et cetera.
Above all, please keep yourselves safe, follow Government advice and look out for each other.
I had a number of people contact me when the post box was suddenly removed from the centre of the village a couple of weeks’ ago.
The loss of service was a key concern as well as the perceived stripping of historical assets within the village. The post box was a ‘GR’ which would have been installed during the reign of King George V, so between 1910 and 1936.
The issue isn’t a Council matter, however I quickly contacted Jonathan Lord MP and between us compiled a letter to The Royal Mail lamenting the loss and asking for the service to be reinstated and if possible, receive our old post box back.
I am pleased to say that Jonathan has received a letter back from The Royal Mail confirming that the post box will be relocated to outside the new Post Office / Bakers something confirmed by the staff in the Post Office.
It will be several weeks though until it is reinstated.
Good news that. Brookwood is the only village left in the borough with a ‘proper’ telephone box and having the period post box back in place compliments that.
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.
I noticed last night as I wandered down Connaught Road that there was a missed food waste bin, and in fact, my own food waste bin was missed on Saturday.
It is vital that missed bins are reported through the Joint Waste Solutions website as the contractor Amey is measured by missed bins that are reported by residents. If a whole road is missed, which can happen for various reasons, and only one person reports it, the stats show that one bin was missed, not a whole road. This is very frustrating when trying to hold Amey to account.
The system is a bit clunky and generally a missed bin can not be reported until the next working day, and must be reported within two working days.
In general, the service works well, but there are the occasional failures that cause real problems, like the start of December when many bins were frozen which could mean damaged bins if they are forced, staff sickness and a vehicle failure led to a very challenging week of playing catch-up.
Many of us drive on auto-pilot and don’t immediately notice changes to the road network as we are so used to our daily drives.
From a safety perspective, I’ve been working for around two years to try and get the speed limit reduced on Brookwood Lye Road. Since I’ve lived in Brookwood, I can recall two fatal accidents, with the last just a couple of years ago.
It was a delimited road which if it didn’t have the relatively blind bend and the scenario where traffic backs up to the bend from the traffic lights, it would probably be quite safe.
However it isn’t safe at 60mph and I’m very pleased to see the limit has now been reduced to 40mph. In December 2017 I asked for a review of the speed limit at the SCC / WBC Joint Committee. You can read my post here. A review was held which recommended a reduction in the limit. To enact this, a full public consultation was required, the net result is that this week the limit has been lowered.
It won’t stop all accidents, but I hope to never see another fatal accident down this road in the future.