Agenda for Meetings on Monday, 6th September, at 7.30 in the Letherhead Institute

Special General Meeting:

To amend Clause 7 of the Constitution so that it reads:
"The Executive Committee of the Association, referred to above and hereinafter as “the Committee,” to whom the general management of the Association’s affairs shall be entrusted, shall consist of the Officers and not less than FIVE other members of the Association"

(This is explained in the Summer Newsletter; please make an effort to attend as we need to be quorate in order to pass this motion.)

Open General Meeting
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of meeting on 2nd August
3. Matters Arising from the Minutes which will not be dealt with on the agenda
4. Special Guests: PC Fran Davey & PS Simon Cox of Surrey Police

  • Recent Crime Statistics
  • Safety Tips
  • Open Question Time
  • Selection of Topic for Special Police Attention

5. Reports from sub Groups:

  • a). Membership
  • b). Planning
  • c). Highway

6. Any Other Business

One Chuch Road – demolition begins – including public road sign


Looks like the removal of name plate for Church Road was the first inconvenience for local residents. Lets hope that the Demolition Contractors reinstate this as soon as possible to allow delivery vehicles a chance of finding Church Road. Planning Enforcement officers were not interested. Are all these advertising hoardings really necessary in a Conservation area ?

Today a delivery lorry -tomorrow an ambulance?

Here are two photographs I took earlier this afternoon as the latest ‘victim’ to be denied access to Oaks Close gets stuck.

      

A bit stuck there on the left! Any better on the right? Well, no! It’s stuck there as well. A bit frustrating though, after loading up and bringing the stuff from Sutton.

Wasting people’s time loading and trying to deliver undeliverable loads and keeping people waiting at the other end as they wait for supplies to continue work is one thing. But supposing the vehicle had been an ambulance; the delay while the vehicle is abandoned and paramedics have to make their way on foot could be the difference between someone’s life and death!

Doesn’t Surrey County Council Care? Could not the Councillors and officers have worked out that if they introduced parking restrictions in neighbouring roads but did nothing in the road nearest the Station it would only exacerbate the already existing problems in that road? Couldn’t they?

The cynics say they knew exactly what they were doing. Being piqued because not everyone was happy with their proposed simplistic ‘solution’, they will let us stew in our own juice so that we will willingly accept whatever they want to impose on us.

My own feeling is that having given up on their proposed solution they simply could not be bothered and let the thing fall by default. In other words it was thoughtlessness and negligence.

Mole Valley District Council, to its credit, is doing what it can about bin collection. MVDC Environment Department are advising cars & vans on Tuesday afternoon that vehicles preventing bin collection on Wednesday will be ticketed by Surrey Police and possibly removed; and the Department is monitoring the situation on Wednesdays. Also if, despite these efforts, no bin lorry is able to get through on a Wednesday, they will send out a lorry on the following Saturday. This use of personnel on Tuesday afternoon & Wednesday morning must cost money and, of course, if a bin lorry has to be sent out on a Saturday even more expense will be involved – extra cost to MVDC thanks to the ineptness of SCC.

We appreciate the efforts of our MVDC Ward Councillor, Bridget Lewis-Carr, in helping to find a solution to the bin problem. How about our SCC Councillor helping resolve the access problem?

Edited Bulletin from Surrey County Council

WORKS IN PROGRESS THIS WEEK commencing Monday 9th August 2010

Location

Description

Project Officer

Expected start date

Expected completion date

Roads throughout District

H S I C/way repairs

Paul G Manwaring

Ongoing

P1 and P2 roads throughout District

H S I C/way repairs

Ongoing

Schemes

Shane Edwards

Church Road Leatherhead

Micro Asphalt

C / way Surfacing

9th August

Mole Valley Schedule

Gully Cleansing

Paul G Manwaring

Ongoing

Various sites in Leatherhead / Ahtead

Cutting back epicormic growth obstructing footways

Paul G Manwaring

Start date 26thTH July

Ongoing

Garlands Road

Linden Gardens

Kingston Avenue

Park Rise

St John Avenue

COMMUNITY GANG 1

VEGETATION

Paul G Manwaring

Mon 2nd August

Ongoing

Station Road Leatherhead

Cut back epicormic growth & vegetation

By pass road Leatherhead

Cut back epicormic growth & vegetation

Green Lane Leatherhead

Cut Back vegetation

Epson Road Leatherhead nr Linden Court

Cut Back vegetation

Highlands Road Leatherhead. Each side of St Nicholas hill and raised footway up to 50

Cut Back vegetation

Additional resource.

COMMUNITY GANG 2 (local allocation)

Paul G Manwaring

Mon 2nd August

Ongoing

Barnettwood Lane under M25 bridge

Replace wooden posts in f/way

Recently completed works

Kigston Road Latherhead. Nr Tesco Entrance.

Cut back vegetation

Completed

Randalls Road at juct Cleeve Road Leatherhead

Cut back vegetation

Completed

o/s Spinneybank St Nicholas Hill Leatherhead

Raise kerbs to prevent flooding issue

Completed

Kingston Road jct with Teazlewood Park

Repair radius kerbs and footway

Completed

Kings croft Leatherhead

Crossover repairs

Completed

Levett Road Leatherhead

Excavate, investigate and fill void in C/way

Completed

Epsom Road Leatherhead

Cut Back Vegetation

Completed

Mole Valley schedule

Rural Grass cut (including ‘A’ roads with T/M)

Completed

Epsom Road Leatherhead

Surfacing remedial works

Completed

Various sites. Drainage problem areas.

Jetting and drain clearing (2 days)

Completed

A243 By Pass Road Leatherhead

Remove damaged fencing

Completed

Epsom Road Leatherhead

Remove old tourist signs (3 locations)

Completed

Randalls Road Leathehead

Reinstate white lines following Surface dressing

Complete

Randalls Road Leatherhead

Surface Dressing

Completed

A245 Leret Way Leatherhead

Surface Dressing

Completed

Reigate Road Leatherhead

Surface Dressing

Completed

Leatherhead one way system

Surface Dressing

Completed

Kings croft Leatherhead (part)

Carriageway resurfacing

Completed

ROAD CLOSURES

Location

Description

Project Officer

Cleeve Road Leatherhead

Randalls Crescent to Kingston Road

25th July for 6 weeks 0700-1900

Gas main works

Terry Upton

STREETWORKS BY UTILITY COMPANIES

Work Location

Road

Locality

Utility Company

Start Date

End Date

Whole Road in Carriageway / Footway

LONG SHAW

LEATHERHEAD

ASHFORD E726 (REPLACEMENT WORKS)

17/06/2010 00:00:00

11/08/2010 00:00:00

Jun Long Shaw to Jun Gaveston Road in carriageway / footway

RANDALLS PARK AVENUE

LEATHERHEAD

ASHFORD E726 (REPLACEMENT WORKS)

17/06/2010 00:00:00

18/08/2010 00:00:00

Jun Grange Road in carriageway/ footway

LEATHERHEAD ROAD

LEATHERHEAD

ASHFORD E726 (REPLACEMENT WORKS)

30/07/2010 00:00:00

13/08/2010 00:00:00

From outside Cleve Court to Kingston Road

CLEEVE ROAD

LEATHERHEAD

ASHFORD E726 (REPLACEMENT WORKS)

09/08/2010 00:00:00

01/11/2010 00:00:00

From junction of Dilston Road to the junction of Rye Brook Road

KINGSTON ROAD

LEATHERHEAD

ASHFORD E726 (REPLACEMENT WORKS)

09/08/2010 00:00:00

29/11/2010 00:00:00

o/s 6

LEACH GROVE

LEATHERHEAD

NATIONAL NOTICING DEPARTMENT

11/08/2010 00:00:00

13/08/2010 00:00:00

O/S 172A, KINGSTON ROAD

KINGSTON ROAD

LEATHERHEAD

SURREY (CONNECTIONS WORKS)

11/08/2010 00:00:00

17/08/2010 00:00:00

OUTSIDE BREAKERS YARD

D’ABERNON CHASE (Private)

LEATHERHEAD

SUTTON AND EAST SURREY WATER

10/08/2010 00:00:00

12/08/2010 00:00:00

OUTSIDE BREAKERS YARD

D’ABERNON CHASE (Private)

LEATHERHEAD

SUTTON AND EAST SURREY WATER

11/08/2010 00:00:00

13/08/2010 00:00:00

O/S SOUTHWOOD

PACHESHAM DRIVE (Private)

LEATHERHEAD

SUTTON AND EAST SURREY WATER

09/08/2010 00:00:00

11/08/2010 00:00:00

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RANDALLS CRESCENT

LEATHERHEAD

SUTTON AND EAST SURREY WATER

09/08/2010 00:00:00

11/08/2010 00:00:00

HIGHWAYS AGENCY THE M25 MOTORWAY JUNCTIONS 9 -10 TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS


(a) to impose a temporary mandatory 50 mph speed restriction on both
carriageways of the M25 between Junction 9 and Junction 10;

(b) width restrictions in certain narrow lanes;

(c) overnight hard shoulder running; and

(d) overnight closure of the following:

(i) the clockwise carriageway of the M25 between Junction 9 and Junction 10 including the slip road leading to this carriageway at Junction 9 (A243/A245) at Leatherhead,

(ii) the anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25 between Junction 10 and Junction 9 (A243/A244) at Leatherhead, including the slip road leading to this carriageway at Junction 10 (A3 Portsmouth Road) at Wisley Interchange, and

(iii) both carriageways of the M25 between the ‘off’ and ‘on’ slip roads at Junction 10.

It is expected that the work would last for approximately 4 months starting
on or after Sunday 15th August 2010; the overnight – restrictions and
closures outlined at (c) and (d) above would be in operation between

2200 and 0530 hours on Monday – Thursday nights,

2300 and 0600 hours on Friday nights,

2200 and 0600 hours on Saturday nights and

2230 and 0530 hours on Sunday nights;

The closures at (d)(i) and (ii) above would take place for approximately 30
nights (15 nights for each carriageway) over that period.

During the closures outlined at (d) (i) and (ii) above, clockwise traffic would be diverted at Junction 9 (A243/A45) at Leatherhead, northwest on the A243 to the roundabout at its junction with the A244 and the M25 Junction 9 (anti-clockwise), northwest and north on the A244
(Oxshott Road/Leatherhead Road/High Street/Warren Lane/Copsem Lane) to Esher Common (A3) and southwest on the A3 to rejoin the clockwise carriageway of the M25 at Junction 10 at Wisley Interchange; anti-clockwise traffic would follow the same diversion route in the reverse
direction to rejoin the anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25 via the ‘on1 slip road at Junction 9 (A243/A244).

During the closures outlined at (d)(iii) above, traffic affected would be diverted via the ‘off’ slip roads at Junction 10 (A3 – Portsmouth Road) at Wisley Interchange and rejoin either the clockwise carriageway or the anti‑clockwise carriageway of the M25 via the ‘on’ slip roads at Junction 10 (A3) at Wisley Interchange.

e-mail; M25CM@highways.gsi.gov.uk or

by telephoning 01306 878602.

http://www.highways.gov.uk

What are we to do?

You may have read "Road ‘blocked by Commuters’" in the 4th August edition of the Leatherhead Advertiser. It tells how on some weeks bin lorries have been unable to access the road because of the insistence of commuters on parking on both sides of this narrow road. This is clearly a health hazard and a failing by Mole Valley District Council to ensure regular refuse collections.

Because of this, one of the residents took it upon herself to produce a sign saying "ON WEDNESDAYS DUST CART UNABLE TO PROCEED. PLEASE DO NOT PARK THIS SIDE." For a few weeks this was largely successful; occasionally a lone car did ‘disobey’ but not so as to block the bin lorry. However, it was only a matter of time before commuters realized the notice had no legal status and disregarded it. This happened, in fact, on Wednesday, 3rd August, as you can see from the photograph taken that morning. Commuters have parked in full on both sides, despite the notice being out there from Tuesday evening onwards.

Once again the bin lorry was denied access and bins were not emptied.

When a resident, on the next day, asked cars not to park on one side he found most were sympathetic but one person said he was not prepared to look anywhere else, was not breaking the law and was not prepared to pay £4 to park in the Randalls Road car park. In other words, he could not care less whether bins were emptied or not, whether or not life was lost because ambulance and/or fire engine was denied access. How selfish can you get!

Some, who are as old as I, will remember the days when causing an obstruction was an offence – the days when police did issue warning notices and, if necessary, prosecute when people parked in such a way as to cause an obstruction. In those days of common sense double yellow lines were not needed (and, indeed, not invented). Now it seems police are loath to act unless those yellow lines are there! We have been let down by Surrey County Council and not so far helped by Mole Valley District Council*.   Will the police help us? Will they, as a resident has asked, put comes up one side of the close on Wednesdays to allow refuse to be collected (that would not, of course, help in case of fire or other emergency)? Will they?

What are we to do?

Did you read what the Surrey County Council spokesman said? They had proposed a one hour restriction in the morning. Sure, that would get ride of the commuters. But what about those residents who did not have usable drives – who had to park on the road? What were they supposed to do?

When residents’ only parking was suggested, the reply was that this could not be considered until after the trial in Minchin Close. That just beggars belief! Are not Surrey County Council aware that residents’ only parking has been long established in many places for some time now? I am told that residents’ only parking even exists in some other parts of Surrey. Yet in Leatherhead, it seems, it cannot be done until it is seen if it works in Minchin Close. It seems to me that when SCC deals with Leatherhead all logic is abandoned.

The spokesman also mentions an "access only" proposal. He says, "this is not appropriate for this type of road", despite the fact that the original suggestion came from a SCC source. The spokesman also adds that the police informed the Council it was unenforceable. Why? From searches I’ve made on the Internet, it does appear that "access only" is not entirely clear cut and police do not seem to like it. But I discovered one Lib Dem Council had the courage to implement this on a trial basis for a road that, like ours, suffered parking problems. Why could not SCC at least have implemented this for a trial period? Why could not Oaks Close have been a trial in a similar way to Minchin Close?

At the very least, they should have restricted parking to one side only in the narrow part between the bend before numbers 1 & 2 and the turning circle half-way up the close. Their failure to do this is incomprehensible. Now, of course, the plea will be that there is no money. But, if as a result of this failure, life is lost because a fire engine or ambulance cannot access the top part of the close, we know the money would be found! Why must we wait for this? Why do residents have to continue to put up with uncollected refuse and the spread of flies and maggots?

What are we to do?

* I have, since first posting this, been told by Cllr Bridget Lewis-Carr, one of our MVDC councillors for North Leatherhead, she has had a promise that MVDC will ensure that the road is kept clear to allow bin lorries through on Wednesdays. I am very grateful to Cllr Lewis-Carr for her efforts and await to see how things work out next Wednesday.