I have found that using email is a better way to communicate with Residents than through this Blog. Therefore from now my only blog entries are likely to be of Newsletters, the latest of which appears below.
The traffic lights at the junction for the new Waitrose Store are now supposedly working properly. However, work still needs to be done to tie-in the phasing of the lights at Yaverland Drive and at Bridge Street, Bagshot, to ensure a smooth traffic flow.
Congestion outside Frimley Park Hospital should be reduced now that the 2nd northbound lane on the A325 has been completed.
Congestion on the A30 from Camberley to the Meadows Roundabout is severe at times. Work is underway to plan a multi-million pound improvement to this section of the A30. However, construction will not begin until 2017.
Cllr Adrian Page has delivered a petition concerning the congestion and danger posed at the junction of Red Road with McDonald Road.
Parking Enforcement at Our Schools
Anti-social parking is one of the top law and order concerns for residents of Camberley, on a par with anti-social driving. Parents are particularly sensitive to bad driving and parking behaviour around our schools at drop-off and pick-up times. Parking in prohibited zones, which are there for the safety of our children, is dangerous; as is backing onto pavements in order to turn round.
Enforcement of parking restrictions is carried out by the Borough Council, the service having been taken over from Surrey Police a few years ago. It is a general principle that policing in our democracy is done with the consent of the public. I have argued for some time that a policy of slapping fines willy-nilly on drivers who overstay in a restricted zone in Camberley Town Centre is not something to which the public generally consents.
In fact what the public does want, and to which the great majority consents, is that dangerous and anti-social parking should be dealt with.
In practise it is just not feasible for the Borough Parking Enforcement Team to have a strong presence outside all our schools all of the time as there are just too many schools. However, Members of the Enforcement Team have visited Crawley Ridge Schools and Lorraine School this Autumn Term and have handed out Parking Fines at both locations. In addition they gave advice to a number of motorist about safe parking and driving. The Team will return to our Schools at some point and will apply a zero tolerance approach, i.e. no more nice advice.
Possible Parking Restriction Change
Consultation has begun, and will continue until 20 January, on the proposal to introduce a ‘permit holders only’ restriction operating Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm on Barossa Road, Old Dean Road, Upland Road, Cromwell Road, York Road and Hartford Rise.
Road Safety Improvements
Speeding on College Ride, Town Ward: The proposal is to put in a speed activated ‘Slow Down’ sign at the bottom of the hill near Diamond Ridge.
Improvements have been made to the safety of pedestrians using the railway bridge on Middleton Road, St Paul’s Ward. However, the structure and orientation of the Railway Bridge would need to be changed completely to provide significant improvement. This is impracticable due to the very high cost of modifying the Bridge.
Complaints of speeding on Middleton Road, St Paul’s Ward are under investigation.
The proposed traffic survey related to road safety outside Collingwood School, Old Dean, has been delayed because the recent of malfunction of the traffic lights at the junction of the A30 with Caesar’s Camp Road.
Changes have been completed to improve road safety on Mitcham Road, Old Dean by Pineridge School.
Better Access to Health and Social Care Services in Surrey Heath
Just picking out some of the recent improvements:
8 to 8 working for General Practice.
Three GP hubs created with integrated care teams encompassing Mental Health, Community Nursing and Social Care (7 staff now appointed and dedicated to the Integrated Care Team)
Opening of Camberley’s ‘Safe Haven’ drop in centre, providing an informal environment for people at risk of mental health crises to meet staff from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Catalyst charity.
Better GP Access in Old Dean Village: The GP Surgery on Bracknell Road has been combined with that on Park Road, Camberley. This means that patients will be referred for appointments to either depending on their wishes and the availability of appointments. Furthermore, the Bracknell Road Surgery will be staffed by two GPs, one female and the other male. This should go a long way to removing the necessity for a large proportion of the residents of Old Dean Village to travel to Surgeries on Park Road or Gordon Road.
For more information on these and other improvements see the Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group web-site.
Police Leading the Fight Against Cyber-Crime
Surrey and Sussex Police have set up a joint unit to fight cyber-crime. Please see:
Surrey Heath’s Alcohol Licensing Policy
The Surrey Heath’s Alcohol Licensing Policy provides the legal basis for the work of the Licensing Committee.
The Policy is currently receiving its regular 5-yearly review. For the first time Surrey Public Health is able to contribute to the Policy review by providing evidence of certain links between the availability of alcohol and the number of alcohol related admissions to hospital, for example.
Surrey County Council Budgets for 2016 /17 and Beyond
The County Council is planning on the assumption that it will continue to be squeezed financially from 2 directions:
- Cuts in Central Government funding
- Increased demand for services: particularly Social Care for the elderly; increasing numbers of looked-after children and long term disabled people; and a large growth in the number of School Places that must be supplied to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.
To date the County Council has coped with these pressures successfully largely by reducing unit costs and through partnership working with other Local Authorities.