Vicki Macleod for Weybridge in the Surrey Elections 4th May 2017

On Thursday 4th May, you have a  chance to elect a new councillor to represent Weybridge on Surrey County Council.

Your local Liberal Democrat candidate is long term Weybridge resident Vicki Macleod.

You may know Vicki from her work in our local community, perhaps from her five years chairing the Friends of The Weybridge Centre charity. or as a school governor.

Vicki‘s priority is to give Weybridge a stronger voice for better delivery of the services local people need, including:

  • Better maintained and safer local roads and pavements
  • Local school places for Weybridge children
  • Responsible budget management by Surrey County Council

Many people see Surrey County Council as remote and inefficient with its history of mismanagement. Vicki will work with other councillors to put pressure on the administration for more effective financial management and for budgets that reflect local needs.  Her longer term aim is to see some of the services currently run by Surrey brought into local Elmbridge control.

Read more at elmbridgelibdems.org.uk

 

Surrey’s Parking Proposals For Weybridge

I have just been told that Surrey is to publish its proposals for parking on Friday.  Do give your views on Surrey’s Plans.  Look at Surrey’s proposals with its reasons for change.  Two sets of maps: north and south.

Double-yellow-lines-on-a-road-and-pavement-curb-2101582Surrey is advertising its parking proposals for Weybridge on Friday, 30 September 2016, by way of a press notice published in the Surrey Advertiser.  There now follows a four week period during which anyone may object, support, or comment on the proposals.

Surrey staff will be on site on Friday erecting street notices at the locations affected. Surrey will also send postcards (with a copy of the street notice on the front, and the relevant drawing on the rear) to properties fronting any proposals (about 460 in total), and make hard copies of the plans available in the library, borough and county offices, as well as on it website.

Surrey will also be writing again to all the residents that it consulted in May/June 2016 regarding the permit area F. This includes Cedar Road, The Crescent, Dorchester Road, Gascoigne Road, Elmgrove Road, Holstein Avenue, Monument Green, Mount Pleasant, Oakdale Road,  St Albans Avenue  and Thames Street.

The deadline for comments is 28 October, and people who would like to object, support, or comment, may do so via Surrey’s online form (from Friday), or in writing to

Weybridge Parking Review
Surrey Parking Team
Rowan House, Merrow Lane
MERROW
GU4 7BQ

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Night Street Lights

Heritage LampsSurrey has 89,000 street lights.  Currently the vast majority of them are dimmed by up to half from 22:00 to 05:30 each night.

Surrey is considering going further in the autumn by turning off some street lights from midnight to 5:00.  The driver of this plan is, of course, to save money – the reduction of CO2 is a welcome bonus but not the reason (there are plenty of actions that Surrey could undertake to reduce carbon emissions but they are not taken).  There is also the bonus of less light pollution.

Surrey wants to hear your views the matter by 2 September.   As usual Surrey, along with with the British government recently, asks for a view without a clear picture of the alternative.  It would have been useful for Surrey to have shown, on its interactive Surrey map, the streets left in darkness and those that will remain lit .

Some answers to your questions.

Tell Surrey your general views on highways by the end of August.

Surrey’s Parking Proposal – Little Change

Double-yellow-lines-on-a-road-and-pavement-curb-2101582On 27 June 2016 at the Surrey Elmbridge local committee it was agreed that Surrey’s proposals on parking in Weybridge would be revisited at a meeting between Weybridge Councillors for Elmbridge and Surrey’s representatives.

As preparation for the meeting, it was agreed that Weybridge residents would be invited to send their comments on Surrey’s proposals.

This meeting took place on Thursday 27 July.

Despite the voiced and accepted understanding of most of those present at the June Local Committee meeting that the July meeting would encompass more than minor amendments to the proposal, Surrey’s representatives refused to accept any changes which would have added to or significantly changed the proposals they presented in June, proposals which were returned to them by the committee for further consultation and rework.

This means that the voices of your Weybridge Councillors on Elmbridge and representations from local residents and business people were not heeded.  A slightly amended version of Surrey’s proposal WILL be put out for final consultation in Weybridge (aka endorsement) in September.  During this consultation changes may be made but only to reduce the restrictions and not to extend them.

For your information, the outcome achieved in the meeting was as follows:

Going through each map in turn (you will find the map number in the bottom right hand corner of the page).  When I say no change I mean that the Weybridge meeting Surrey produced no change from the original proposals.  They might still be changes from the current markings we have today.

Map 1.  No change. My request for Beales Lane and Grenside Road were turned down but the school hatching around the school entrance in Glencoe Road could be looked at later.2016 Parking Map1 Thames Street

 

Map 2.  My request for the inclusion of Dorchester Road which had been accepted in June, got challenged by Surrey in the meeting – however it was finally accepted on the basis that residents could indicate their wish not to be included in the CPZ during the public consultation. In Dorchester Road, Elmgrove Road and Gascoigne Road the residents’ parking is to be shortened to 8am – 6pm (from 8am – 8pm) and short-stay parking shortened to 10am – 4pm (from 8am – 8pm).  This to apply to all bays.  A request that there should be no short-stay bays in Gascoigne Road – a cul de sac – was accepted.  My request that there should be short-stay bays in Grotto Road and residents’ parking in Glencoe Road, Mount Pleasant and Radnor Road was turned down.2016 Parking Map2 Dorchester

Map 3.  In Oakdale Road residents’ parking to be shortened to 8am – 6pm (from 8am – 8pm) and short-stay parking shortened to 10am – 4pm (from 8am – 8pm). This to apply to all bays.  No other changes.

Map 4.  In Elmgrove Road, Holstein Avenue and Oakdale Road the residents’ parking to be shortened to 8am – 6pm (from 8am – 8pm) and short-stay parking shortened to 10am – 4pm (from 8am – 8pm). This to apply to all bays.  A request that there should be no short-stay bays in Holstein Avenue – a cul de sac – was accepted.  My request for Monument Green to be included to enable a higher turnover of vehicles was turned down. No other changes.2016 Parking Map4 High Street

 

Map 5. No changes made in the meeting.

Map 6. In Minorca Road the residents’ parking to be shortened to 8am – 6pm (from 8am – 8pm) and short-stay parking shortened to 10am – 4pm (from 8am – 8pm). This to apply to all bays.  Surrey would not consider Wey Road and Round Oak Road.  No other changes.

Map 7.  My request on behalf of Limes Road residents was taken heed of to an extent. The parking restrictions will not though go into the early evening. My request for Heath Road to be a clearway to increase safety for cyclists was turned down.2016 Parking Map7 Limes

Map 8. No changes. My request for Curzon Road to have residents’ parking and for Belvedere Close, Fortescue Road and Heath Road to have some extra restrictions at residents’ request was turned down.

Map 9. No changes.

Map 10.  No changes. My request for Oatlands Drive to be designated a clearway to forestall cars now parking in Queens Road parking there was turned down.

Map 11.  My requests to make Queens Road to be at least 7m wide for cycle safety – at least during the rush hour turned dwon.

Map 12.  My request for short-stay parking outside Glass’ Offices turned down along with my request for removal of parking restrictions in Princes Road to reduce its role as a rat-run.

Map 13.  No changes.

Map 14.  My requests for the new restrictions in Pine Grove to be only placed to allow residents to exit their properties turned down.

Map 15.  A request for the extension by one car length to the restrictions at the Egerton Road and Cavendish Road junction accepted.

2016 Parking Map15 Egerton

Map 16.  A request for the restriction outside Gower Lodge, Gower Road to be placed on the other side of the road agreed.  As were extensions to the corner makings on Old Avenue.

Map 17.  No changes.

Map 18.  No changes.

Map 19.  No changes.

Map 20.  A request for the extension to the restrictions on Brooklands Road to be extended to number 41 accepted.

2016 Parking Map20 Egerton

Community Centres

Weybridge Centre Inside-03No sooner had the new Elmbridge Liberal Democrat coalition got into office than Surrey announced in was to cut funding – in-year – to social services.  Elmbridge has a long record of supplying a higher level social care for the elderly than other parts of the country and this is because Elmbridge provides many services directly.

Fortunately, despite these Surrey cuts Elmbridge has been able to maintain the services almost intact.  This is because of good husbandry by the previous Conservative administration in Elmbridge – credit where it is due – and the flexibility and imagination of Elmbridge staff.

It might be time to consider radical new ways to provide services for the elderly in the near future.  The last thing we want to do is to slowly salami-slice funding of the present arrangements.

Thames Byfleet Cycleway

Heath RoadThe Liberal Democrats along with its allies in the new coalition administration agreed in cabinet today to proceed with studies to facilitate a path/cycleway alongside the Heath from the station to Brooklands Lane.  This land is held in common and is therefore heavily protected so any proposal with have to be very sensitive to the green space.

Campaigners have been seeking such a development for over two decades and there is still more work to come.

You can check the details here.

Parking Review

Double-yellow-lines-on-a-road-and-pavement-curb-2101582Surrey is progressing with its review of parking in Weybridge.  The basic premise of Surrey’s review is that parking restrictions are throttling the town by restricting parking for shoppers.  This assumption is not based on any evidence.  The only evidence that I have seen is that retail sales in Weybridge town centre have increased remarkably over the last ten years despite the onset of internet shopping.  Although we could always work for a better place to shop – witness the success of the town market outside Waitrose last weekend organised by the Weybridge Town Business Group of which I am a founder member. The jury is definitely out on Surrey’s assumptions.

Consequently many of the requests that were made by locals have been ignored because extending restrictions of any kind would only be introduced in extremis.

Soon Surrey will consult on its on its proposals.  Whatever the outcome of the consultation the proposal may not be extended – only contracted.  For example, if you wanted a yellow line on a corner in your neighbourhood and Surrey did not include that yellow line in its proposals then even if all the residents clamored for that line to be included nothing could be done until the next review.  On the other hand, if a yellow line was included in Surrey’s proposals and everyone said no during the consultation then that line could be excluded.

That is why I pushed for the maximum levels of restrictions that you asked for on the basis that if, during the formal consultation, you decided that you wanted to reduce the restrictions that could be done. But they cannot be extended.

There is one step before the final decision is made – a meeting of Surrey’s Elmbridge Local Committee at 4:00 on Monday, 27 June 2016

Queens Road
I pushed for no parking at any time along the Cricket Green and although the idea met with opposition – “Were will they park?” was the cry – I was able to present the flow of traffic and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians as more important that a few parked cars.  The proposals now contain restrictions along Queens Road but not as extensively as I would have liked to put before you.

Heath Road
I was unsuccessful in including parking restrictions for safety reasons along Heath Road. You might not agree with me that the safety of our cyclists is more important than the ability to park a few cars on our main roads.  But at least you would have been able to say you did not want such restrictions in Heath Road and it could be removed from the final implementation.  If the the current proposals go through you will not be able to add to it.

Dorchester Road
This street felt left out of the recent changes when Oakdale Road was include into the Controlled Parking Zone and Surrey would have left it out again in their proposals had I not vehemently insisted that it be included.  My reason again is that if residents around about do not want the restriction following consultation at least Dorchester Road could be excluded from the final implementation but if, as Surrey proposed, Dorchester Road was excluded it could not be added until the next review.  So Dorchester Road is in – you can now remove if you.

St Albans Avenue, Mount Pleasant and The Crescent
These streets were left out although I want them include on the basis I have mentioned above. After consultation one can remove but you cannot add.

Elmgrove Road, Holstein Avenue and Oakdale Road
Surrey wanted to move residents only parking by adding short stay parking in this zone (maximum two hours – no return for two hours.  On this basis I asked for the times to be extended to 20:00 in the evening.  This has been included.

Curzon Road Corners
These are all included.

Thames Street
Various changes are included here but as the people in the street know only too well the devil is in the details.

Portmore Park Road
No changes.

Vaillent Road
No addition for the corners – although I hope to get movement on that one.

Limes Raod
Minor changes.

Your last chance to make any changes to these proposals is at Surrey’s Elmbridge Local Committee at 4:00 on Monday, 27 June 2016.  Click on the link to see the membership.

I hope to get more detailed maps for you shortly.

Heath Road Path

Heath RoadSurrey has agreed to spend £160,000 over two years to improve safety and amenity around and approaching Weybridge Station from the town.  In some respects it has been overtaken by the new cycling plan for Weybridge (the initial station plan – remarkably – did not consider cycling).

This project is essentially a bare minimum approach to the problem given that Surrey raises insufficient funds to provide a transport network fit for one of Europe’s most dynamic locations.

The project is subject to consultation – and it needs to be because there is quite a lot wrong with it.  The main parts are:

  • Improving the unmade path on the southern side of Heath Road – this has been superseded by the current plan to make this part of the station town centre cycleway.
  • Improving the car parking opposite the Korean Church.  I am not sure that this is a good idea because it is part of the common and therefore should be removed and not upgraded. That would save £20,000.
  • Creating a one-way system for Old Heath Road.
  • Improving pedestrian crossing on Heath Road and Station Approach.
  • Resurfacing the carriageway across Diggers Bridge.

As it passes through the system I will give more details.  I’ll obviously notify you of any consultation.