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Public Art For Shalford…

Guildford Borough Council has obtained a S106 payment (£4,500) from the new houses on the old Nelco Works in Station Road for a piece of public art in the village.

It has been suggested that this should be something with a naturalistic theme, that it should enhance the area, and be where as many people as possible will see it – maybe near the pond, another part of the Common, the railway bridge or the Orchard between the bridge and Snooty’s Grocery Store. Suggestions so far include a Swift Tower, an interactive information board but there is no definite plan yet.

Guildford BC will lead on commissioning an artist and developing a brief to produce the work. We want to involve residents in the decision making and development of the project so if you have ideas and would like to be involved or would like more information.

Please contact the Parish Council office on 01483 459108 or shalfordpc@gmail.com

Many thanks,

The Shalford PC Team.

Dunsfold Park Development

DUNSFOLD PARK DEVELOPMENT  

As reported over recent months, the planning application for this development has been ‘called in’ to be decided by the Secretary of State after a Public Inquiry. The Inquiry opens at the offices of Waverley Borough Council (WBC) in Godalming on 18th July this year and is estimated to last for 12 days. This has taken everyone by surprise, because there is usually some delay in making the necessary arrangements. It seems likely that the early date has been chosen to keep in step with the Examination of  WBC’s Local Plan (opening on 27th June), which depends on the Dunsfold development of 1800+houses and associated facilities to meet much of the Borough’s housing needs. 

The case for refusing the planning application is being made jointly by two bodies: the POW (Protect Our Waverley campaign) and the group known as the Joint Parish Councils, which in addition to Shalford PC includes eight councils from Waverley Borough and two from West Sussex.  Procedure at the Inquiry will be very like that of a trial, and funding is needed for legal representation and expert evidence from planning and traffic consultants. Parish Councils in the areas which would be most affected by the development are contributing to a fund for this purpose, and in addition a fair amount of money has already been raised by the POW from fund-raising events and donations from individual residents. However, the unexpectedly early date for the Inquiry means that additional funds are urgently required.

 At its April meeting Shalford PC resolved to make a contribution to the Joint PCs’ fund. In   reaching this decision, Councillors took into account the consequences for the parish if the Secretary of State decides to permit the development. In order to ‘mitigate’ the additional congestion which the development would create on roads between Dunsfold and Guildford, a package of measures known as the ‘Shalford Common Works’ would be carried out. A new roundabout would be created at the junction of the Broadford Road with the Horsham Road (A281), the existing roundabout at the junction of the A281 and Kings Road (A248) would be improved and the road between the two roundabouts would also be ‘improved’. The new road system would be required to make provision for pedestrians, cyclists and buses. At the very least, these plans must involve the construction of major traffic lanes in both directions on the A281 and the loss of significant parts of Shalford Common, particularly around the cricket green, changing the character of this central part of the village for ever.  A statement would be developed in consultation with GBC, detailing the process for deregistering the common and transferring the land required for the works.

In our view, this threat to the centre of Shalford village and the common would by itself be sufficient reason for supporting the Joint Parish Councils’ opposition to the development, but councillors are well aware that Chilworth and Peasmarsh will also suffer from the increase of traffic on New Road, Broadford Road and the Old Portsmouth Road, and the growth of rat-runs along narrow country lanes.  The JPCs’ fund for fighting the development is being co-ordinated by Alfold Parish Council and Shalford PC will decide how much to contribute to it at the May meeting. If you share our concern about the effect this development would have on the parish, please make a donation to the fund – for details of how to do so, see below

Cheques can be made payable to Alford Parish Council and sent to them c/o Lock House Lodge, Knightons Lane, Dunsfold GU8 4NU. For details of making a BACS payment please contact

clerk@alfoldparishcouncil.co.uk

Shalford Footbridge Station Road

Shalford Parish Council met with representatives of Network Rail, Anne Milton MP’s office, Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council on Friday 15th July to discuss the rebuilding of the Shalford footbridge.

The meeting was useful in establishing an accurate picture of Network Rail’s procedures with regard to funding this project and their  intentions with regard to rebuilding the bridge. Unfortunately they have not committed to any specific timetable for work on the bridge but did clarify the inaccurate proposals that had been published in a letter at the start of this year.

Network Rail is currently working on the design of the bridge which is likely to cost in excess of £500K and has a preliminary timetable for completion in the 2017/18 financial year. However the first priority of Network Rail is to keep the track and stations safe and working for passengers of the railway and therefore funding will only be available once they had met these commitments. It will be necessary for Network Rail to divert funds from other areas of work as there is nothing within their five year budget to cover such work. They are currently undergoing a budget review which will be completed in two months time. They have agreed to provide an update at that time.

Shalford Parish Council and Anne Milton’s office are continuing to exert pressure on Network Rail and urging both Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council to do the same.

A copy of the statement provided by Network Rail following the meeting is included below:

Shalford footbridge: Summary of meeting on Friday 15 July 2016*

Network Rail organised a meeting on Friday 15 July at Shalford station to discuss the pedestrian footbridge that was damaged at the station, and to update on the internal process currently being undertaken to enable the structure to be repaired. The meeting was attended by: Sarah Coleby (Office of Anne Milton MP); Cllr George Johnson (Shalford Division, Surrey County Council); Nuala Livesey (Clerk, Shalford Parish Council); Cllr Mike Parsons (Shalford Ward, Guildford Borough Council); as well as a number of local residents. In attendance from Network Rail were the Route Asset Manager, Project Manager, Senior Asset Engineer, Public Affairs Manager (Wessex) and Communities Executive.

The current situation regarding the footbridge is as follows. The cost to repair the footbridge is greater than was originally forecast and Network Rail is currently investigating sources of internal funding to pay for the work. This was stated in a letter from Network Rail to Anne Milton MP sent on 28 June 2016. The total cost of the repair work is expected to be more than £500k. It will be established at the next financial reforecast for Network Rail’s Wessex Route, to take place in two months’ time, a) where funding can be obtained from and b) when it will be available to pay for the work. It was stated at the meeting on 15 July that we will bring the footbridge back into use in the financial year from April 2017 to April 2018 (please continue to be aware that any unexpected issues that arise on the Wessex Route could affect the timetable for works). The design work is expected to take up to 5 months, with construction dates subject to access arrangements for the railway line, and a final timetable will be provided to local residents at a future community consultation event hosted by Network Rail (details to be confirmed).

As background, Network Rail receives funding from the Government for 5 year periods and money is allocated within this time to repair work on the Wessex Route that is safety critical for the public and railway staff. This has meant funding has not been available to pay to repair the footbridge at Shalford station and the process has unfortunately been delayed. Although the structure was damaged by a Network Rail contractor the insurance arrangement means that Network Rail must first pay the cost of the work before it can claim the monies back. This means funding needs to be available in the first instance to pay for the work.

Updates on the above will be provided whenever there is any news.

*Nb. This note is up to date as of Thursday 21 July, 2016; it has been agreed by the Project Manager and Route Asset Manager for Network Rail’s Wessex Route.  

 

 

Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley

Come and learn about the project and hear the projects keynote speaker on Monday 23rd November at Shalford Village Hall from 7pm

Click here for full details –

 

 

THE SURREY HILLS BOARD – press release

TILLINGBOURNE VALLEY HLF PROJECT

This Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project will focus on the wonderful and unique industrial heritage of the Tillingbourne Valley.

The project titled; “The Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley”, will encourage the villages along the valley to research and record its unique industrial past that has stamped its character on their communities. Leather, Paper, Iron, Gunpowder and Corn milling are some of the industries the River Tillingbourne supported for centuries but memories and knowledge of this history are fading fast. The aim of this HLF funded project is to give the next generation, who may know little about the history of the area they live in, a chance to get their hands on the facts and explore the past story of their communities in an engaging way.

It is hoped to encourage each village, and in particular local schools and young people, to become involved with their families in bringing history to life by researching their heritage and creating a local fictional character from the past and writing their story. The project will include local celebration events.

As part of exploring the rich history of the valley, this HLF Project will help villages develop a Tillingbourne Trail that will promote walks along the footpaths of the valley and its surrounding hillsides.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about nature and water conservation, and gain skills needed to maintain and improve the beautiful River Tillingbourne for future generations to enjoy.

The lottery funding will enable the Shere Museum to become a hub for all this effort and help fund a new “Tillingbourne Gallery” which will become a permanent source of inspiration and information on the valley’s industrial history, displaying artefacts and research findings developed during the project.

This project is all about bringing people together, through a shared love of their surroundings and roots. A pageant is planned for the end of the project to celebrate the success of the project and bring together the stories that have emerged.

If you would like to be involved and hear more about the project as it gets started, please register your interest by contacting your local representative, giving your name/s, phone and email address:

Abinger: Abingerpc@btconnect.com
Albury: royhogben@alburypark.com
Chilworth and St Martha: Anne.tait@gmail.com
Shalford: mary_phillips@btinternet.com
Shere and Gomshall: Clerk2009@shereparishcouncil.gov.uk
Wotton: Jacqui.hackett.wottonpc@hotmail.co.uk

http://www.surreyhills.org/board/tillingbourne-valley

 

 

Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council Consultations

Surrey Country Council Consultation on Community Recycling Centres

The following explanation for the consultation were received in a letter from SCC Cllr Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment

I am writing to let you know that Surrey County Council is launching a consultation about possible changes to community recycling centres (CRCs).

The Council very much regrets having to make these proposals. Whilst they create efficiencies, which take into current account patterns of use, they are at the same time a reduction in service that I know is highly valued by our residents.

Continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services means that the need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels. This year alone we need to make savings of more than £100m – that’s about 10% of our overall budget.

The following changes are proposed:

  1. Permanent closure of four smaller CRCs – Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham
  2. Ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste
  3. Closing CRCs on two weekdays so all sites are open for five days a week
  4. Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only
  5. Ensuring CRCs in Camberley and Farnham are only used by Surrey residents

For more information, please visit the consultation webpage at www.surreycc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. The questionnaire will be live from Friday 23 June.

Hard copies will also be available at CRCs and by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053 456. The consultation closes on Monday 7 August. We are encouraging consultation returns to be made via the above webpage where at all possible for ease of processing.

The consultation responses will be used to inform the final plans which will be agreed by SCC’s cabinet this autumn. Your support in encouraging residents to take part in the consultation is appreciated.

Although I understand why these changes will not be welcomed I do firmly believe that they will allow a comprehensive and efficient CRC service to Surrey’s residents to be maintained while delivering savings to the taxpayer to help protect essential services.

Shalford PC response can be seen here – SCC Recycling response

Guildford Borough Council Local Plan

The final consultation stage of the borough Local Plan is now underway and finishes at Monday 24th July at midday

Residents can comment online or in writing to Guildford Borough Council. Full details of the Local Plan can be seen at

www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/proposedsubmissions

This consultation will only deal with changes to the proposals from 2016, although all comments will go to the Planning Inspector.

Shalford PC comments can be seen here – Local Plan Final Consultation comments

Comments from the 2016 consultation can be see here – Local Plan response July 2016

Comments from the 2014 consultation can be see here – Local Plan response Sept 2014

Guilford Towncentre Masterplan Consultation

The plan is looking at making improvements to the town centre by adding more pedestrianised areas, better access for cyclists and pedestrians , and encouraging traffic out of town centre.

This consultation takes place until Monday 16th November 2016 and the full details can be found at www.guildford.gov.uk/tcmp

The Shalford Parish Council response can be seen here

Surrey County Council Guildford Town Centre Transport package

This consultation is running alongside the Town Centre consultation and addresses some of the important transport issues associated with the plan.You can see the proposals under consideration and complete the individual questionnare at www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport by the end of Monday 16th November

The Shalford Parish Council response can be seen here

 

Shalford Parish – Happy to help you.

Shalford Parish Council is made up of 9 councillors representing the three wards of the parish – Chilworth, Peasmarsh and Chilworth, and who are all unpaid volunteers. The Council employs a part time Clerk. The Parish Council is here to serve the local community and manages and funds a range of activities on its behalf. It also works with Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and other local organisations for the benefit of the three communities and to protect and support the local area.

You can contact the Council members through the office, and all residents are warmly invited to attend the monthly meetings of the Council held at different venues around the parish (please click here see our meeting schedule for this year).

Thanks
The Shalford Parish Council Team.

Shalford Parish Council