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A331 Road Closure Tonight

Just as an update on this, the clean up operation took aa lot longer and was more complex they originally thought. The road was returned to single lane at 6.30am for the rush hour but we will need to close the whole carriageway again this evening to complete the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today there has been an oil spillage on the A331 dual carriageway, north from the M3 junction near Sainsbury’s.

There is presently a single lane closure in operation, at 8pm tonight we will do a full closure to enable us to do a full clean-up, a diversion will be in place using the A325 and the A30.

This operation should take about 4 hours if all goes to plan the road will be gritted and reopened well before the rush hour tomorrow morning.

I will also circulate on social media, could you please pass on to your borough colleagues.

Town Centre Development

I would like to thank the Horsell Residents Ass for hosting last night’s event, although the power of social media won again and there were people from other areas that attended so the hall was not big enough. As Robin has already mentioned he has requested the event be repeated and possible dates will be looked into next week, this might even be a Woking wide event to be held in the HG Wells.

We received a lot of positive comments following the event and although not all are comfortable with the concept of high rise there was a better understanding by most of what we are trying to achieve for Woking. We are not just dumping high rise buildings in the town centre, we are creating a place for people to live, relax eat and drink, that has a variety of leisure and cultural offers. This will create footfall that will also support the retail section of our town. We are also investing in roads and additional car parking, we are working with partners to offer better health centres and at the same time investing in the protection of our environment.

There are a couple of options on the table, the fact is between 2013 and 2027 we need to deliver almost 5000 new homes, this is equates to 292 per year. This is a fact and no up for debate.

Options.

  • This equates to an area the size of Goldsworth Park we could have taken over 10-15% of our green belt and delivered a new estate.
  • We could do higher density developments going up to 8-10 stories in all of our neighbourhoods. Which I believe would destroy their character.

We have made the decision to go with option three.

  • Build 50% of these in small sustainable developments around the borough and build the other 50% in the town centre. But to deliver this amount in the centre means we need to go up. This will use less than 2% of Wokings greenbelt

I will also answer a couple of question that have come up.

  1. Brownfield sites? Many of the major one have been identified and are part of the conversation, many of these are in private ownership but we are working with these owners to bring plans forward for these.
  2. Why is Guildford not doing this, their target is similar to ours, there current population is about 15-20% more than ours but the borough is about 3 times the size of Woking so have more space to play with.

Road Closure on A247 West Clandon

Due to a waterleak on the A247 (The Street) in West Clandon, Affinity Water are going in tomorrow (Saturday 13th October) under emergency powers and closing the road to fix the leak. Surrey officers have been challenged this today, but because the leak is close to the centre of the road they are unable to carry out the repair under two way signals. The only assurance we have been able to gain from them is that subject to any major issues found they will carry out the repairs and reinstate the road within one day.

Diversions will be in place and business will be open as normal.

 

Letter from the Leader of Woking Borough Council on the development in our town centre

Find attached a letter from the leader of Woking Borough Council on the development in the town centre.
The government set targets on house building for each borough and district to achieve over a period of time, our current target runs from 2013 to 2027 and averages out at about 292 homes per year.
Woking has had a good record on housing over the last few years,
1065 have been built to date
45% of these are affordable
223 of these have been new council houses.

But this is only a quarter of our target, If we do not meet these targets or have plans in place then a developer can apply to build on any green belt land and even if the planning committee object this will be overturned by the Planning Inspectorate or the Secretary of State. As this has already happened in one borough in Surrey, we need to build homes so we can control where they go.
Many other districts and boroughs have taken the decision to build on green belt and have applications in for anywhere between 1000 and 3000 homes on any one site. We have a choice of where to build them. We can build on green belt adjacent to many of our villages or we can develop our town centre. We have received a very clear message in recent years to avoid large developments on green belt. Building in the town will not take all the housing numbers but it will allow us to have smaller developments in keeping with the local area rather than building whole new large developments, remember this one building is over 50% of one year’s housing numbers.

Email from Power Networks on possible power cuts in areas of the town centre

Dear Cllr Kemp,

UK Power Networks keep the lights on for more than eight million properties across London, the South East and the East of England. We invest £600million a year to upgrade and maintain the underground cables and overhead lines that deliver electricity to the schools, hospitals, homes and businesses that we serve. When undertaking work to improve and maintain the network it is occasionally necessary to carry out a planned power cut to enable us to work safely.

We have a planned power cut due to be carried out in your ward on 26th August, affecting some of the residents in Chapel Street, Church Path, Commercial Way, High Street, Chertsey Road and The Broadway, GU21. Please note that in some cases the planned date may have to be rearranged, if that is the case the affected customers will be notified.

Our customer support team contact affected residents with a letter at 12 days and 5 days prior to the powercut and follow up with a voice message/text messages at 9 days and 24 hours prior to a planned power cut. They provide information on how to prepare for the power cut, what to do when the power returns and further useful information including support available for residents that may need power for medical equipment/medical conditions.

We also provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during an unplanned power cut. This service is free and is available to households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. If you have constituents who would like to join the register they can email PSR@ukpowernetworks.co.uk<mailto:PSR@ukpowernetworks.co.uk> or call 0800 169 9970. There is also more information about this service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority>.

If there are any further questions regarding this power cut please contact 0800 3163105, 24hrs a day and free from a mobile phone or landline.

 

A Personal Statement on housing in Woking

We have had many communications around the proposed new development in the town centre and I wanted to put some clarity on the situation and respond to some of the points made.

The government set targets on house building for each borough and district to achieve over a period of time, our current target runs to 2027 and averages out at about 292 homes per year.

Woking has had a good record on housing over the last few years, 1065 have been built to date and 45% of these are affordable of which 223 were new council houses. If we do not meet these targets or have plans in place then a developer can apply to build on any green belt land and even if the planning committee object this will be overturned by the Planning Inspectorate or the Secretary of State. As this has already happened in one borough in Surrey, we need to build homes so we can control where they go.

Many other districts and boroughs have taken the decision to build on green belt and have applications in for anywhere between 1000 and 3000 homes on any one site. We have a choice of where to build them. We can build on green belt adjacent to many of our villages or we can develop our town centre. We have received a very clear message in recent years to avoid large developments on green belt. Building in the town will not take all the housing numbers but it will allow us to have smaller developments in keeping with the local area rather than building whole new large developments, remember this one building is over 50% of one year’s housing numbers.

Thameswey is an arm’s length company of WBC, they have been given a clear set of objectives agreed by full council and one of its roles is to provide housing in Woking. All profits from Thameswey are either rolled back into the council or used to carry out community developments in Woking, such as Horsell Community Hall and the adjoining Scouts Hut, the new building in the allotments, St Johns Memorial Hall and Lakeview Community Hall to name a few.

The first test of any development is planning. I am confident this will get a thorough examination by councillors when it goes to the committee, but any objections must be within planning regulations and not because we don’t like it. I am sure there will be some amendments on its way through the system.

There will be lots of different points of view on this from members of the public. When we suggested opening areas of Pyrford and Woodham up for large developments we had over 20,000 objection for each. I may not agree with large developments in our town centre but it is the lesser of the two evils and I prefer this to large developments on green belt. Even amongst councillors there are different viewpoints and one Lib Dem councillor recently said “I would rather build on green belt” when discussing a different development.

There are always going to be differing views and it’s always easier to be in opposition and object to everything. However, at the end of the day, we are all trying to deliver on targets whilst protecting the identity of our neighbourhoods and surrounding areas. We are taking on board everyone’s comments and will try and react to the majority.

Even thought the snow has gone the work continues

Afternoon gritting decision for 20 March 2018 – action on priority one routes at 7pm

Domain A – 8 grams per square metre, 19:00 on all priority 1 routes
Domain B – 8 grams per square metre, 19:00 on all priority 1 routes
Domain C – 8 grams per square metre, 19:00 on all priority 1 routes
Domain D – 8 grams per square metre, 19:00 on all priority 1 routes and priority 1 high routes

Domain A: North Surrey – Elmbridge and Spelthorne Domain B: North West Surrey – Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Woking
Domain C: South West Surrey – Guildford and Waverley Domain D: East  Surrey  Epsom  & Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge

Highways England* (M3, A3) – no information available at the time of issuing this update.
 
36hr weather forecast
Cloudy at first with a few spots of rain in places that will steadily diminish. Brightening up from the northeast through the morning with some good spells of sunshine expected. Light winds. Milder.
Partly cloudy skies and light winds are expected for much of this evening and overnight, permitting a frost and some shallow and patchy freezing fog.
Chilly at first on Wednesday. Early bright spells will become increasingly confined to the east as cloud steadily thickens from the west through the day. Staying dry. Feeling mild despite the freshening breeze.
Road surface temperatures will fall away in long clear spells tonight. High confidence.

Comments: Action required across all priority one routes at 19:00 – 8 grams per square metre pre-wet based on high loss to mitigate any ice or hoar frost forecast through the night.

Minimum Road Surface Temperature -2°C
Minimum Air Temperature -2.7°C

Current road surface temperature highs at our weather station in A29 Adversane is 14.7°C and lows of 8.5°C in B269 Botley Hill Farmhouse.

Severe weather information: none.
 
Gritting route information is available on the Surrey interactive map: https://surreymaps.surreycc.gov.uk/launch.asp?l=29
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We welcome any feedback about our service; if you have any comments, compliments or complaints about the winter communications service please send them to: communication.officer@surreycc.gov.uk.

*Please note that all information on these routes are provided by Highways England and are correct, to our knowledge, at the time of sending this email. For further information, please contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000.

Afternoon Snow Update

We have received a lot of requests for assistance on roads that are not on our priority gritting routes but are experiencing local issues. We have emergency crews out assisting these communities and supporting the work being done by our Boroughs, Districts and Parishes to make these roads passable. The crews are getting round as soon as possible so please be patient.

The forecast for today and tonight is for no more Snow, temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing again this evening, cloud will come in from the north east which will raise the temperature above freezing but will also bring the chance of a rain shower.

Action for tonight we will again be gritting all the priority one routes at 7.00pm.

Sunday Evening Update

Given the further snow we are experiencing this evening (due to stop at 10pm) we have decided to undertake a further treatment of the P1 network at 0400hrs on Monday morning ahead of rush hour.
 
Although we have undertaken sufficient treatments on the P1 network, the lack of traffic on the roads this evening may mean we see some difficult driving conditions, but the additional treatment before rush hour should help clear this for the Monday commute.
 
Road temperatures are going to recover quickly, getting up to around 15 degrees tomorrow. This, along with the sun that is forecast should help clear local roads and footways fairly quickly, therefore i don’t believe any further actions will be deemed a requirement, or are necessary. However we will continue to monitor the situation into tomorrow morning.

Morning Snow update

Sorry for the late update

The snow came as promised last night and the west of the county received the most.
Reports came in early this morning about problems on the A31/A331, we mobilised an adhoc gritter at 8.00am to retreat this area. other than that the main roads are coping well.
The road temperatures are already above zero and the  snow is starting to melt.
There is a risk of snow from 6pm this evening and we are going to carry out another 20 grams gritting run on all the P1 routes at 2.00pm
We then continue to monitor the situation and the weather during the day