April update

Weybridge Hospital Site
The CCG is finalising its plans to carry out a public consultation over the summer to help shape its out-of-hospital strategy. There will be a range of workshops and events as well as direct communication with key stakeholders including Surrey County Council.
Please let me know your views on what future provision of health care you would like to see on the existing site as well as emailing nwsccg.comms@nhs.netnhs

Dog Fouling
There has been an increase in the amount of dog fouling around the town and in particular near to Manby Lodge School. Please ensure that if it is your dog you clear it up and put it in a public bin or take it home. dog

Garden Green Radnor Rd
I was pleased to be able to support a recent application to register the open space at the end of Radnor Road as a Village Green. This is with Surrey County Council for final approval which I hope will be confirmed shortly.green.jpg

Cinema
Approval was recently given for a new cinema in Weybridge! The boutique operator will bring increased footfall to that end of the High Street as well as Elmbridge Borough Council providing affordable flats above.

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Parking
The Weybridge Society have done a huge amount of work on the parking issues in the town centre. I will continue to work closely with them to find a long-term solution, but their excellent research provides invaluable data on the causes of congestion and ways to address it. You can find this at http://www.weybridgesociety.org.uk where you can also sign their e-petition.

Rylston Registry officerylston
There has been much speculation about the future of the registry office and a great deal of local concern about the loss of this well liked facility. Surrey CC are still considering a range of options -including keeping it open – and I hope to provide an update at the Weybridge Society AGM on the 12th April.

Have your say
As the Cabinet member at Surrey County Council for Property and Business Services, I have been keen to engage local partners in looking at what each community wants in its locality.

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This includes looking at potentially better ways of using our community buildings for the benefit of all residents. If you have any ideas as to how we can make the best use of our public buildings, please do email me on tim.oliver@surreycc.gov.uk

Cycle scheme and roads
The cycle/pedestrian walk scheme from the town centre to the railway station and then on the Brooklands business park is now in its final design stages and ready for submission for central government funding through the local enterprise partnership. The route can be seen on the following link:- https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/155068/Brooklands-Business-Park-Accessibility-Project-Proposed-Cycling-and-Walking-Route-Map.pdf It is hoped that the resurfacing of the top end of St Georges Avenue will be included as part of the funding as the road is currently unsafe for cyclists. SCC will continue to work with Elmbridge to access public funds (CIL money from developers) particularly for repair work to Seven Hills Road. With over 3000 miles of road in Surrey to maintain and enormous pressure on funds from the increasing demand from supporting adult social care and children and adults with Special Education Needs and Disabilities there is simply not enough money at the moment to keep all the roads in the condition we would all like to see them.

Speeding and road safety
We all need to respect our community and in particular make sure it is safe to walk along our pavements and cross our roads. The road safety team will be looking particularly closely at traffic speed in the Triangle area as well as conducting an outside of school safety audit at Manby Lodge (a similar assessment was also carried out at St Georges Junior School recently.prin

 

Please contact me if you have any issues you would like to discuss at tim.oliver@surreycc.gov.uk or 07711 423363

 

 

Rylston Registry Office

I have received many emails and phone calls regarding the future of Rylston, the Registry office on Oatlands Drive both as the County Councillor for Weybridge and as the Cabinet Member for Property and Business Services. I am also aware that a large number of people have signed a petition calling for the building to be saved.

Can I first of all reassure residents that absolutely no decision has been taken to sell the building or redevelop it.

It is true that Surrey County Council are reviewing all of their property assets to ensure that the return on its buildings is optimised. The financial position of Surrey has been well publicised and it is essential that it uses all of its assets to their maximum capability to continue to fund the exponential growth in adult social care and those with special education needs and disabilities. In some instances that may mean knocking down buildings that are no longer required for use by the services Surrey delivers  and perhaps replacing the building with residential units both affordable and social as well as privately owned. The County is obliged to obtain best value at all times in whatever it does but it also has a social obligation to help those residents that need assistance including the provision of housing.

As part of the overall programme of review of the  buildings and land that it owns (which I lead in my capacity as Cabinet member for Property and Business services) it is also reviewing the way in which services are delivered to residents .That includes encouraging greater use of the Surrey website to report issues around the County. Rylston formed part of that review as elements of the registry service can now be delivered on line but also because the demand for the building as a venue for weddings has changed over the past few years as many other attractive venues around the County have become licensed for weddings.

I have made it very clear that no decision on the future of Rylston would be taken without public discussion or indeed would any decision be taken without public support. That remains the case. What I have asked the Registry service to do is to look at the building to see if there are any other appropriate revenue generating opportunities that could sit alongside the Registry service and I will engage with residents if there are any suggestions.

The feedback I have had shows just how valued Rylston is as a building and as a venue. That helps enormously when Surrey are considering the options as after all Surrey County Council is here to serve its residents.

Ultimately the decision on the future of all of Surreys buildings rests with the Cabinet, but you have my assurance that as the Cabinet member responsible for making a recommendation to the cabinet on any property disposal,  that I am fully appreciative of the strength of local opinion and that I have committed to ensure that any decision on its future will have local public support.

Tim Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roads and potholes

Understandably there is a great deal of frustration and annoyance at the state of some of the roads in the Weybridge area and indeed across Surrey.

This time of the year normally sees an increase in the reports of defects and potholes on the highway due to the wet and cold weather. Although this type of weather is anticipated during Winter and resources are put in place to manage any peaks in defect numbers, there has been  an unusually high number defects and potholes in the last month or so. The repair gangs have recently been working extra shifts throughout the week and weekend to keep up with the number of defects being reported and Surrey County Council have now added some additional gangs to provide some further resilience in the short term.  They have also added a jet patching machine which carries out a rapid repair treatment.  This type of repair will be mainly used on targeting potholes on some of our residential roads.

There is over 3000 miles of road in Surrey so the Highways team need your help. If you see a pothole on the network then please use the Report it function on the Surrey County Council website.  From here you can also see if someone has already reported a defect by zooming in on the map when trying to ‘locate the problem’.

Seven Hills Road and St Georges Avenue

Having these two roads resurfaced is absolutely at the top of my list of priorities. Unfortunately the pressure on the County budget with the huge increase in demand for adult social care and those with special education needs and disabilities has meant other services have suffered. However,  Surrey County Council have now submitted two bids for funds from the large pot of money Elmbridge has accumulated from levying developers when they grant planning permission (Community Infrastructure Levy). Although this money is held by Elmbridge Borough Council, it is in reality public funds so I am hopeful that the bids will be approved and that works can commence this year. The applications will be considered later this month so I will update after that meeting.

Surrey are also lobbying government to change the way in which highway funding is calculated. At the moment the County receive a set sum per mile irrespective of the volume of traffic using it. That clearly benefits counties with lower vehicle useage and penalises the high density volumes of traffic in Surrey. We will continue to press them hard for fairer funding.