Our roads and pavements
When I was elected I pledged to do something about the roads into and around Weybridge. In particular, the poor state of Seven Hills Rd and Queens Road. Not only have these been resurfaced but we now have new surfaces on Oatlands Drive, Monument Hill, the High Street as well as a number of residential streets. There has also been extensive pavement improvements particularly to the north of the high street. I will of course continue to lobby for more funds to upgrade its many roads as possible and try to ensure that the roads are damaged by utility companies digging them up!
Cycling and walking
The new pathway from Brooklands to the town centre has not only encouraged more residents to walk and cycle and has also made it much safer particularly along Heath Road. The national pandemic has seen more of us enjoy our local surroundings with walks in the countryside and along the stretch of River Thames through the town centre. The more we can get out of our cars the better for our health and wellbeing and the better for our environment. There is a significant programme of investment by Surrey county council to upgrade our footpaths and more of us think about splitting our working week between commuting and working locally.
There is no doubting that Covid 19 has had a huge impact on all of our lives, and quite probably for the long term. But if anything it has made us realise just what is important to us, our families, our jobs and our local environment. Many residents have seen a different work-life balance with less commuting and particularly over the summer the opportunity to reengage with our amazing countryside. But it has also brought out the absolute best of our communities. It was incredible to see how neighbours and friends rallied around those needing support whether to help shopping, collecting prescriptions or just to have a chat. We need to build on that. That is why Surrey county council will be engaging with communities over the coming months to encourage them to set up a series of community networks. These local networks will help identify exactly what people want to see happening in their localities including more control and say over local assets and services. We know that Surrey is a very diverse area and that the 25 natural communities that exist across the county ranging from semi urban to rural have different needs and aspirations. The county will continue to deliver the services that residents need to access including adult social care and services to our vulnerable children but this is a real opportunity for Weybridge residents to have their say as to what they want for Weybridge. This is an exciting development and one I very much hope all residents will engage with as more detail is shared in the coming weeks. The residents are Weybridge are rightly proud of their town. The improvement to the surfaces of the main routes into the town, the new cycle and walk way enabling people to leave their cars behind if they wish to and shortly the redevelopment of two sites in the town will have seen real investment in what is a fantastic place to live and work. We need to come together as a community to make our high street vibrant and sustainable but there has been some good progress and good engagement as we now move forward with discussing what other improvements people want to see.
Our hospital and library
Weybridge Hospital and Library sites Tim Oliver has been leading the discussions within Surrey County Council and Surrey Heartlands Health system on the re-provision of medical facilities for the town centre following the disastrous fire as well as looking at plans to replacement the Library building. These two sites provide a one off opportunity to create a vibrant campus of activity including GP and medical services, a modern library, facilities for young people as well as community facilities
and space for start-up businesses.
Tim has been coordinating all of the key partners needed to support this plan and has ensured extensive consultation and involvement of the Weybridge Society, Weybridge business group and other potential users of the buildings. He expects some option to go out to public consultation with the next few months and work to start on the rebuild in 2021.
PCC candidate Charlie will fight for more visible policing
CHARLIE Chirico is the Conservative Candidate in next year’s Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Charlie says: “I am determined to get the best service for local residents. It is important that our Elmbridge is safe and visibly policed, and residents feel safe. Too many people tell me that they rarely see a police officer and that low level offences are going unchecked. This will not be the case under my watch.” With effective Conservative leadership, Surrey Police has the potential to be one of the best forces in the country and we must strive towards excellence.
To keep up with Charlie’s campaign, visit http://www.charliechirico.org.uk