Author Archives: Cllr Colin Kemp

Two lime trees to be removed in Brewery Road with root fungal

Brewery RoadThis is to advise you of the removal of 2 Lime Trees in Brewery Road.
There is a multi-stem and a single stem Lime Tree, which are both located near to the road leading to 35 Brewery Road.
This is recommended following on from a routine inspection by the Council’s Tree Surgeons. The trees are suffering from Kvetzschmaria, which is a root fungal, and in rapid decline. Due to the location of the trees it is recommended that we arrange for their removal immediately. The felling is programmed in for 2 days from 21st Feb.
We will endeavour to create the minimum of inconvenience to nearby residents. Traffic management will be in place.
Should you require any further information regarding this matter please contact our Contractors / Partners Serco on 01483 775422 / or by email at helpdesk@woking.serco.com who will be pleased to assist

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Gritting decision for Saturday 2 February 2019 – Action 2 from 7pm on all priority 1 routes

Gritting decision for Saturday 2 February 2019 – Action 2 from 7pm on all priority 1 routes

Domain A – 17 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain B – 17 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain C – 17 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain D – 17 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain D high routes – 17 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

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 this time

36hr weather forecast
Ice / Hoar Frost – B­­lack ice forecast between 7pm-10am and hoar frost forecast between 8pm-8am
Snow – None forecast
Minimum Road Surface Temperature -7.7°C
Minimum Air Temperature -7.1°C

Further spells of sunshine this afternoon. Most places dry but the odd passing snow shower cannot be ruled out. Cold with a brisk northerly wind.

Clear skies and dry conditions are anticipated tonight as a ridge of high pressure moves in from the west. Some patchy freezing fog may form towards dawn. A sharp frost for many places.

After a cold and mostly sunny start with some patchy freezing fog, much of the day will remain dry and bright. Later in the afternoon, cloud will start to build from the west. Cold again.

Road conditions:

Mainly clear skies tonight allowing road surface temperatures to fall well below zero. Ice where any lying snow remains. High confidence.. 

Current road surface temperature highs at our weather station in A24 Beare Green are 10.4°C and lows of -1.4°C in A325 Frimley Hospital.

Gritting decision for Monday 28 January 2019 – Action from 7pm on all priority 1 routes

Gritting decision for Monday 28 January 2019 – Action from 7pm on all priority 1 routes

Domain A – 11 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain B – 11 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain C – 11 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain D – 11 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm
Domain D high routes – 11 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

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) – Action required at 7pm
36hr weather forecast
Ice / Hoar Frost – Hoar frost forecast between 12am-10am
Snow – Forecast from 7pm Tuesday
Minimum Road Surface Temperature -4.5°C
Minimum Air Temperature -4.6°C

This afternoon will be dry with further long spells of sunshine and just the odd small patch of cloud. Rather chilly but not as windy as Sunday.

Tonight will be dry with clear skies for a time along with a widespread frost. Somewhat more cloud around later on in the night.

Tomorrow should start dry, perhaps with some hazy sunshine at first. However, it will otherwise be cloudy with some patchy rain and sleet. Rain turning to snow after dark.

Road conditions:
Road surface temperatures below zero tonight – high confidence.
Current road surface temperature highs at our weather station in A286 Brook are 11.9°C and lows of 3.4°C in A3050 Walton on Thames.

Gritting decision for Sunday 27 January 2019

Gritting decision for Sunday 27 January 2019 – Action from 7pm on all priority 1 routes

Domain A – 8 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

Domain B – 8 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

Domain C – 8 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

Domain D – 8 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

Domain D high routes – 8 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 7pm

 

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) – Action required at 9pm

36hr weather forecast

Ice / Hoar Frost – None forecast

Snow – None forecast

Minimum Road Surface Temperature -2.6°C

Minimum Air Temperature -0.2°C

Showery rain at first today, and possibly some sleet or snow on the hills, will clear this morning to leave a mainly dry afternoon with some sunny spells. A windy day and feeling colder.

This evening and tonight it will become dry with mainly clear skies. It will be a cold night with a widespread frost forming. The strong winds will ease through tonight too.

A cold and frosty start on Monday. It is then expected to be a generally dry and fine day with long spells of sunshine. Staying cold, but it will be a less windy day.

Road conditions:

Road surface temperatures are expected to drop below zero tonight. Overall, high confidence.

Current road surface temperature highs at our weather station in A286 Brook are 7.6°C and lows of 4.4°C in B2218 Banstead.

Gritting decision for Tuesday 22 January – Action from 2pm on all priority 1 routes

Gritting decision for Tuesday 22 January – Action from 2pm on all priority 1 routes

Domain A – 20 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 2pm
Domain B – 20 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 2pm
Domain C – 20 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 2pm
Domain D – 20 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 2pm
Domain D high routes – 20 grams per square metre on all priority 1 routes from 2pm

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 time of sending.

36hr weather forecast
Ice / Hoar Frost –  Gritting to mitigate the risk of an early ice/frost forecast at 7pm
Snow – None forecast
Minimum Road Surface Temperature -3.7°C
Minimum Air Temperature -2.3°C

This morning should be cold but dry with some sunshine. This afternoon, wintry showers will move in from the west and some could be locally heavy.

Wintry showers will continue this evening but the risk will decrease through the early hours to leave clear spells. Winds will fall light, allowing some mist or freezing fog patches to form. Cold.

Any mist or freezing fog patches should soon clear to leave sunny spells and just the slight risk of a wintry shower. Most should remain dry. Cold.

Road conditions:

A cold night with road surface temperature’s falling below zero tonight. Showers this evening will cause the road surface temperature’s to be erratic, although it should become dry during the second part of the night. High confidence.

Current road surface temperature highs at our weather station in A3050 Walton on Thames are 2.7°C and lows of -0.2°C in B269 Botley Hill.

Council Tax Rise and Cuts to Services

THESE ARE MY VIEWS AND NOT AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT

You will have heard and seen a great deal in the last couple of weeks about Surrey’s Conservative administration proposing to hold a referendum on 4th May about an increase of 15% in Council Tax. You may have also noticed some cuts being made to services, such as street lights and recycling centres, and I would like to tell you why.

Let’s be clear from the start that no Conservative Councillor willingly raises Council Tax or cuts services and that includes me. So we have been working relentlessly to make efficiency savings and deliver good value for money but as quick as we make up ground we are knocked back and I want to be honest and open with the people I represent. Eventually if you keep making cuts it stops become efficiency savings and starts becoming cuts to services.  I am supporting the referendum not because I believe the residents should pay extra but because I believe we are at a crossroads and I believe you should have say in the future of Surrey. That’s my reason for writing this post and I will continue to repeat this message in person over the next coming months.

Since 2010 the Conservatives who run Surrey County Council have managed to take £450 million out of the cost of delivering essential services. Without these savings, delivered in the face of opposition from other parties, the budget issues we face would be much greater. We have also identified an additional £250m of saving up to 2020 but even with these savings we are being left with a massive financial shortfall in this period. I believe it is time to let the public know what is happening and give them a choice.

Two other major things have happened since 2010: demand for Social Care Services has increased by over £24m per year and yet the annual grant to Surrey County Council from Central Government has been cut by £170 million  since 2010. Also they calculated that we need £25m through the Better Care Fund, (which is at the heart of new ASC funding), then after further adjustments we have ended up with £1.5m per year.

So what are Social Care Services? Adult Social Care delivered by the County Council includes the assistance that enables elderly people to leave hospital and stay safely at home with support. This helps the NHS by keeping beds clear for serious cases.

Social Care means looking after adults with Learning Disabilities, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives in the community. Surrey County Council cares for 8 times as many adults with Learning Disabilities as any other council and I for one believe that this is a job that needs to be done well and with generosity of spirit. Yet £39 million of funding annually has been withdrawn by central government for this role and it has to be raised through Council Tax.

Social Care means Safeguarding children and bringing up almost on thousand  children who are growing up in the care of the council. As corporate parents, we aim to bring up these children as if they were our own. That must be right.

So we are asking Surrey’s residents to help us. That means paying £15.80 per month in Council Tax on an average Band D house to ensure that the vulnerable are cared for. It could be your Mum, Dad, Niece, Nephew or Grandparent that needs this help. It could be a child from your street that needs protection.

Even with the 15% rise there will be some cuts to services but if we can’t raise the additional 15% in Council Tax, other services will suffer. Fire station numbers will be reduced drastically. There will be no more subsidised buses to get people to work or the shops. Far fewer libraries and community recycling centres will be provided and much more. County Council services make a difference to everyone’s lives. If you want to help us to deliver good services to those who need them, think about voting Yes in the referendum and explain the facts to friends and neighbours.

This referendum is about telling the truth. It’s about all of us admitting that vital services cost money and that there are some duties that can’t be shirked or glossed over.

We have been lobbing Surrey’s MP’s and government about this and our MP Jonathan Lord, has been very supportive. I still hold out a glimmer of hope that government will see sense and we will not need a referendum but to date they have not been forthcoming

When you vote in May you will have two things to consider and I hope you will place each vote independently. Firstly consider if I have been a good councillor for Goldsworth East and Horsell West over the last four years, have I invested the time and energy in supporting you, the residents. Secondly the referendum which you can vote on based on the facts you are presented.

If Surrey residents vote No to the 15% Council Tax increase, I will respect their decision and do my bit to ensure that the cuts are made equitably.

Until then, I will continue to be a voice for the vulnerable, which is a promise that I made when I stood for election.

Queen Elizabeth Gardens Update

As you will have seen work has now started on Queen Elizabeth Gardens and we have already had lots of emails requesting updates, so I wanted to let you know the scope of work being carried out by the contractors (Kestrel) and give you an update on other parts still to be completed.

The works should be completed by the 31st March and the working hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5pm.

Kestrel will start by creating a temporary access to site via Pares Close and set up a site office on top of the mound behind the Scout building. They will then remove their office from the car park and this will also remove the need for any machinery or plant from the entering the site via the High Street. They will keep public access to all footpaths including into Pares Close. They will also create an temporary access to the tennis court although there will be a period when this will have to be closed when work on the new tennis court is being done, they will give prior notice of this closure.

They will then start work at the front of the gardens, creating a retaining wall along the side of the bowling green and a lite footpath along side this wall, distribute the top soil mound creating a flat play area to the side. Working backwards as they go, they will create the new tennis court and continue the path and landscaping until they reach the path. They will then then make good the landscaping on top of the bund surrounding the proposed MUGA area using the rest of the top soil from the mound. They will also formalise the existing cut across the front of Pares Wood into Pares Close using a permeable gravel type path rather than the hard ones on the rest of the site (this path will not be lite). This will aid drainage and allow us to take it closer to the trees without damaging roots as this eliminates the need to dig a sub base, this will also keep a reasonable size green on the top section as some residents have requested.

The area around the MUGA and the installation of the MUGA itself is not in Kestrels contract and will be a separate piece of work that will be carried out later and after consultation with other interested parties.

There is an open session on Monday 1st February in the village hall from 10.00am if anybody has any questions.

Going forward  the contractors have agreed to keep us your councillors in the picture as work progresses and we have agreed to be the conduit for any future enquiries to allow them to get on with the job at hand.