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In July 2017 we conducted two public exhibitions and a follow-up survey to obtain Witley Parish Community feedback on the potential development sites that could be included in the Witley Neighbourhood Plan.

Please click here for a full report on the consultation.

We will be holding our annual Christmas tree lighting events on the following dates, all are welcome so please come along to join in the festive celebrations with us!

  • Chichester Hall, Witley Saturday 25th November at 6pm
  • Milford Village Hall, Milford Friday 1st December at 7pm
  • Pirrie Hall, Brook Saturday 2nd December at 6pm

Click here to view the latest update on the neighbourhood plan, which will also be circulated to every household via the parish council newsletter.

South East Water have published their draft drought plan for the period 2018 to 2023 for consultation.

Their drought plan sets out the steps they would take during periods of low rainfall to ensure they can deliver a reliable water supply for the essential needs of drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning. It details what actions they would take to conserve water and secure customers’ supplies, while balancing the needs of the environment.

This plan is a statutory requirement and is revised every five years. They have now produced a draft drought plan 2017. The updates include changes required by new drought plan guidelines, including assessing how they would manage more severe drought events.

They submitted their draft drought plan to Defra earlier this year and it confirmed they can begin their consultation.

All their customers and stakeholders have the opportunity to have their say on all our work, including our drought plan. Using their experience from previous droughts, and research into possible future impacts, they have prepared a plan they hope will receive your support.

Where to find the plan

The documents included in this consultation can be viewed at southeastwater.co.uk/droughtplan.

 

How to give your feedback

Consultation on our draft drought plan runs until 29 October.

The documents included in the consultation are the draft drought plan and associated appendices.

Please send your representations to the Secretary of State by 29 October.

This can be via email to water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Or you can write to:

Secretary of State, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Drought Plan Consultation

Water Resources

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Area 3D, Nobel House

17 Smith Square

London

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(D144) YEW TREE ROAD, WITLEY

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL IN EXERCISE OF ITS POWERS UNDER SECTION 14 (2) OF The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers hereby gives notice that no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to enter or proceed in the entire length of (D144) Yew Tree Road, Witley and/or any part and/or parts therein. Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Gasden Lane and Cramhurst Lane.

This Notice is required to enable Surrey County Council to carry out patching repairs to the carriageway. The Notice will come into effect on 4 August 2017 for a period of 5 days between the hours of 08:30hrs and 16:00hrs. The prohibition will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed and to the extent indicated by those traffic signs. Access will be maintained at all times for residents, emergency vehicles and pedestrians.

The prohibition referred to above will not apply in respect of anything done:

  1. a)         with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform;
  2. b)         in accordance with any restriction or requirement indicated by traffic signs placed on the highway by or on behalf of the Police.

DATED           4 August 2017

Authorising Officer: R Bolton

Local Highway Services Group Manager

Any Enquiries relating to this notice should be directed to:

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Surrey County Council – Highways

Hazel House, Merrow Lane

Guildford, Surrey GU4 7BQ

For further information please call 0300 200 1003

 

AUTHORISED SIGNATORY: D Curl

DATE:  20 July 2017

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(D142) ROKE LANE, WITLEY

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC NOTICE 2017

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL IN EXERCISE OF ITS POWERS UNDER SECTION 14 (2) OF The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers hereby gives notice that no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to enter or proceed in that length of (D142) Roke Lane, between Roke Close and Sunnydown and/or any part and/or parts therein.

Vehicular traffic will be diverted via –

From the western end of the closure – Roke Lane, Haslemere Road, Gasden Lane, Wheeler Lane, Petworth Road and Roke Lane.

From the eastern end of the closure – Sunnydown, Sunnyhill, Wheeler Lane, Gasden Lane, Haslemere Road and Roke Lane

This Notice is required to enable Surrey County Council to carry out patching repairs to the carriageway. The Notice will come into effect on 14 August 2017 for a period of 5 days. However these works are anticipated to be completed within 4 days between the hours of 08:00hrs and 16:30hrs. The prohibition will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed and to the extent indicated by those traffic signs. Access will be maintained at all times for residents, emergency vehicles and pedestrians.

The prohibition referred to above will not apply in respect of anything done:

  1. a)         with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform;
  2. b)         in accordance with any restriction or requirement indicated by traffic signs placed on the highway by or on behalf of the Police.

DATED           14 August 2017

Authorising Officer: R Bolton

Local Highway Services Group Manager

Any Enquiries relating to this notice should be directed to:

Traffic Regulation Orders Team

Surrey County Council – Highways

Hazel House, Merrow Lane

Guildford, Surrey GU4 7BQ

For further information please call 0300 200 1003

 

AUTHORISED SIGNATORY: Z Curry

DATE:  26 July 2017

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**Please note the date change**

The scheduled overnight works will now take place on Tuesday 13th June

**Update from SCC**

Petworth Road planned roadworks

Anti-Skid Works starting today for approximately 2 Nights
8pm-6am

**Delays Possible**

Would you like to:

  • Help shape the community in which you live?
  • Represent your fellow residents on local issues?
  • Make a contribution to improving our environment?
  • Be involved in local decision making on planning and expenditure?

If so you should consider becoming a local parish councillor!  We currently have four vacancies and would love to hear from you if you are interested.

Please contact the Clerk for more information clerk@witley-pc.gov.uk / 01483 422044

Fosters 1883 club is moving premises. The current building that’s home to the club was left to the village of Witley by John Foster in 1883 (hence their name) to be of ‘benefit to the community’. It is a fantastic Victorian building which has provided a great backdrop for the club over many decades, but sadly, it has very high running costs. Therefore the committee has decided to sell the premises and invest in an alternative home for Fosters 1883.

​In the spirit of John Foster’s legacy, they are committed to reinvesting the money back into the village of Witley. They want to create a space that benefits as many local organisations as possible. They are currently in talks with several organisations including the Witley Neighbourhood Plan, Chichester Hall, and Witley Cricket Club – gaining their input on what future facilities they feel would benefit them and the village as a whole.

In an ideal world, they would have a facility to move into straight away. But it will take time to find a new premises and to go through any planning processes that may be required. So there will be a period of time when Fosters 1883 does not have a home.

So their doors are temporarily closed. You can keep up to date with news by checking their facebook page facebook.com/fosters1883

The Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 11 May was attended by around forty local residents and councillors.  The evening started with a reception for volunteers from the Parish, at which we thanked the many people who give their time to the Parish in diverse roles such as supporting the Christmas tree events or delivering newsletters.  We were then informed and entertained by presentations from various local authorities and organisations that are active in the Parish.

Owen Wilson from Surrey Fire and Rescue outlined the wide range of incidents that the Fire Service are called upon to help with, including building fires, road accidents, environmental hazards and wildfires.  He ended with a plea for residents to park considerately in narrow roads so that a fire engine could get through in an emergency.

Sergeant Paul Edwards from Surrey Police told us about the new Policing in your Neighbourhood initiative.  This has seen the introduction of more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) but a reduction in the numbers of police officers who can respond to 999 calls, so we were asked to understand that incidents do have to be prioritised.

Malcolm Taylor from Waverley Neighbourhood Watch (NW) told us about the relaunch of the NW scheme in Waverley.  He is making strenuous efforts to get all the existing NW co-ordinators back in touch, so if you know a co-ordinator who seems to have fallen off the radar please get them to contact Malcolm (malcolm.taylor241@gmail.com).

Rob Free, the Weald Reserves Manager at Witley Centre, spoke about the efforts to conserve the amphibians and reptiles that live on our local commons. He brought along some local species to show us, including a very vocal toad.

Colin Bowery from the Witley Neighbourhood Plan steering group gave an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. The group is currently engaged in a call for sites process to identify sites that may be available for the development of housing or amenities. And finally, local organisations that have received grants or donations from the Parish Council spoke about how the money had been used.

At the end of the evening we said goodbye to our interim clerk, Joanna Cadman (pictured here), who has looked after us so well for the last three months.

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Surrey County Council have advised that due to a machine breakdown the works will now be extended. It is expected that road closures will still be in place on Tuesday 18th April but the remaining works next week should be completed under temporary traffic control.

As part of their road re-surfacing programme Surrey County Council have announced that part of the Petworth Road from Mill Lane to Culmer Lane will be closed from 3rd April 2017 for approximately 12 days. Diversions will be signposted.

For details of the project please see the attached information leaflet from Surrey County Council.

Further information on the diversion route to be put is contained in the attached.

 

On 27 March 2017, as part of celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 there are a number of events being held in the Milford, Witley & Godalming area. The focus of these is to follow in the footsteps of Canadian soldier, Private John Arsenault. The final celebrations at Vimy Ridge in Northern France will be attended by HM The Queen.

Residents are welcome to join the remembrance services and walk around Milford & Witley. For further details please see the attached.

Further information detailing all events being held in Canada, the UK and France are contained in the leaflet attached produced by the organising association, Odyssee de la Culture.

BT are currently consulting on the proposed removal of selected payphones in the parish.  Those listed are:

The red payphone on the Petworth Road, Witley GU8 5PL

The glass payphone on the Haslemere Road, Brook, Gu8 5UL

The red payphone on the Petworth Road, Wormley GU8 5SJ

The red payphone on the Brook Road, Wormley Gu8 5UD

The red payphone at Sunnydown, Witley GU8 GU8 5PR

The red payphone on Gasden Lane, Witley GU8 5RJ

The glass payphone on Station Lane, Milford GU8 5AU

Locally the consultation is being led by Waverely Borough Council and it is important to give them your views on the retention or otherwise of these payphones. Follow this link to participate in the consultation :WBC BT Payphone Consultation

Alternative contact the Witley Parish Council Clerk and she will ensure your views are forwarded to the appropriate Waverley Borough Councillor.

email the Clerk here

 

We appreciate the frustration users of the play area are feeling at the continued closure of the area we want to assure everyone that that since the two bouts of vandalism the Council has been moving the project forward.  Our primary concerns are the safety of users and to open the play area as soon as possible.

  • 27th September 2016: Claim lodged with insurance company.
  • During that week the Council made contact with the police.
  • Discussions also took place with Glendale – who cleared the site on the 25th September 2016 at the request of the police and also before the community group arrived – to ascertain if the bark could be safely cleared of glass.
  • 27th September 2016:  Photographs were taken of the play area for the insurers.
  • 14th October 2016: A like for like quote for the repair of the grounds was received.
  • 21st October 2016: quotation and additional information forwarded to the insurers.
  • 25th October 2016: Second bout of vandalism in the play area including more glass and we decided to investigate alternative surfaces.
  • 28th October 2016: We contacted the playground inspector for recommendations. While this did create a short delay, we invested time to allow us to select a surface that can be cleared quickly and safely in the future.
  • 3rd November 2016: Members of the Amenities and Environment Committee were advised of the timetable of repairs at their meeting on the.
  • 7th November 2016: During that week further information was sought on the grass alternative.
  • 14th November 2016: Alternative contractors were sought.
  • 13th December 2016: update with insurers.
  • We are awaiting the costs for both the grass alternative and the wet pour surface, the latter requested on the 13th December following the group meeting.
  • 19th December 2016: confirmation of the release of funds anticipated this week, the Clerk can then instruct a company in the New Year and the works will be completed when conditions allow.
  • Currently the ground is too soft for vehicles.

We will keep this website, our Facebook and Twitter pages updated on progress so that everyone is aware of our concerted efforts to open the play area as soon as possible.

Waverley’s Executive has agreed to adopt fixed penalty notices in a bid to crack down on unsightly fly-tipping in the borough.

At the meeting, on Tuesday 1 November, councillors agreed to set fines at £400 for fly-tipping, discounted to £300 if paid within 10 days.

Councillor Jim Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “We’re determined to prosecute people who think it’s OK to fly-tip. Waverley means business; we want to stamp out the issue which blights our beautiful borough.

“The council has employed a new Environmental Enforcement Officer to work on the ground in partnership with other Surrey authorities, Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners Office.

“New legal powers available have made it more straightforward for the council to penalise fly-tippers. Serious offenders could face a 12-month prison sentence, a fine of up to £50,000, or both.

“These penalties will act as a deterrent and show offenders we take fly-tipping offences extremely seriously and we will use them to put a stop to this reckless, illegal, anti-social behaviour.”

Residents also have a duty of care to check any household waste is removed by an authorised person. If the waste is dumped illegally, residents can also could face a fine. To check if a waste disposer is authorised, check the online public register: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index

 

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Remembrance services will take place across Waverley on Sunday 13 November. The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Chris Storey, will attend the remembrance service at his own church, St George’s at Badshot Lea.

Councillor Storey said:

“Remembrance is as much about remembering the servicemen and women who lost their lives in recent and current conflicts as well as those who lost their lives in the catastrophic events of the two world wars. It’s a time for personal memories about our family and friends, including my wife’s grandfather, who gave their lives. It is also a time for hope that the sacrifices that they made to protect our freedom will lead, one day, to a peaceful world.”

See below for a list of some of the remembrance services taking place across the borough:

Sunday November 13

Town/Village            Time                             Place

 

Badshot Lea              10.00                           St Georges, Badshot Lea followed by 10.50 at the War Memorial

Cranleigh                   10.30                           From St Nicolas Church in High Street to the war memorial.

Elstead                       10.30                           Thursley Road, St James Church

Farnham                     10.45                           From Council Offices in South Street to the War Memorial in Gostrey Meadow.

Godalming                 10.25/13.00                 Phillips Memorial Ground, Godalming

Hale                              9:30                           Service at St John’s followed by 10:45 at the War Memorial.

10.45 (Alternative)      Gather at the War Memorial at 10:45 and then attend the 11:15 service at St Mark’s

Haslemere                 10.30                           War Memorial, High Street, Haslemere

Milford                        10.45                           Meet at the Cross outside  St Johns Church, Milford

Weybourne                 16.00                          Service at the War Memorial foloowed by refreshments in village hall.

Witley                          10.30                           All Saints Church, Witley

 

 For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Waverley is top of 389 local authorities in the UK Prosperity Index. The report is published by Legatum, a charitable public policy institute.

The index is not  just about wealth but about  economic opportunity, business and environment, health and education, safety and security, social capital and natural environment. In media interviews, notably with the BBC’s Daily Politics, Phillipa Stroud of the Legatum Institute drew attention  to the importance of the strength of community and social cohesion which are stronger in rural areas than cities.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Julia Potts, is delighted that Waverley has performed so well.

“Waverley is a fantastic place to live and work with a beautiful rural landscape, characterful towns, high quality housing and schools, indoor and outdoor leisure opportunities and access to employment – all within easy reach of London. With our partners at Surrey County Council, town and parish councils and health services  we work hard to sustain the local economy and the social wellbeing of our local communities and our new housing developments welcome new residents to the borough. People live well and for longer in Waverley and we aim to help keep it that way.”

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

On Saturday 3 December residents and visitors will benefit from free parking in all Waverley car parks from 10am, encouraging everyone to do their Christmas shopping in the borough.

The move is part of Small Business Saturday; a national initiative that celebrates small businesses and their successes, as well as encouraging people to shop locally.

Waverley has teamed up with local chambers of commerce to offer the free parking – which will be available in every Waverley owned car park from 10am until 6.30pm – and to help support the borough’s fantastic businesses.

Councillor Jim Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Environment, including car parks, said: “We are delighted to be working with the chambers to offer this great initiative, which not only benefits residents, but local businesses too. I hope everyone makes a note of Saturday 3 December in their diaries so they don’t miss out on this merry offer.”

Councillor Andrew Bolton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “This exciting move by Waverley means residents will be able to go on a Christmas shopping spree in the borough, without having to worry about parking charges and rushing back to their cars. It also means they will have a little bit more change to spend on a stocking filler, mince pie or a warming hot chocolate while they’re shopping.

“We hope this will encourage shoppers to support their local economy and explore the borough’s high streets and fantastic shops for longer, taking advantage of some of the festive deals available.”

Cranleigh

Richard Graham, President of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, said: “Combining this free car parking with the first weekend in December and Small Business Saturday makes real sense and will encourage residents and visitors to spend time in Cranleigh High Street, where they can enjoy the diverse and exciting shopping experience on offer.”

Farnham

Richie Ellmer, President of the Farnham Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted that Small Business Saturday is timed with Waverley supporting its communities, both for consumers and businesses, by offering free parking in all Waverley car parks from 10am on Saturday 3 December.

“Farnham has so much to offer with its unique and boutique shops, together with fabulous places to stop and have a coffee or lunch (or even a tipple to keep out the winter chill, if you so desire) and I am delighted with this offer of giving easy access to all council car parks free of charge.

“This brings support to our local businesses and offers a chance to wander around the beautiful historic town of Farnham whilst getting the Christmas shopping under way.”

Godalming

Tim Ostle, President of Godalming Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very pleased that Waverley Borough Council has taken the initiative and supported Small Business Saturday on 3 December. We hope that everyone in Godalming and the surrounding area will take advantage of the offer and support their local high street shops in the run up to Christmas.

“Godalming has a fantastic array of big high street names coupled with some really lovely and unique independent outlets, so there really is something for everyone. Whether you need a new bike, a new jumper or some seasonable delicacies for the Christmas table, Godalming has everything you need and all within a stone’s throw of the town’s car parks.

“The town is also is home to some amazing restaurants and bars, so visitors can take the opportunity to relax and enjoy a drink or meal safe in the knowledge that their parking won’t run out.

“Small Business Saturday, together with the Godalming Christmas Festival and light switch-on on Saturday 26 November, is sure to make Christmas 2016 in Godalming one of the merriest yet.”

Haslemere

David Goddin, President of Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “The weekend of 3 and 4 December gets the Christmas shopping season off to a flying start in Haslemere, with big opportunities for shoppers and retailers.

“It combines the annual nationwide promotion of Small Business Saturday and on the Sunday thousands of people will be drawn into the town for the customary Christmas market.

“Small Business Saturday turns the spotlight on the independent retail sector at a crucial moment in the shopping year and serves to remind consumers that many of their Christmas purchasing needs can be satisfied through local, specialist and highly competitive shops.

“The Chamber urges its retail members – and other local independent shops – to underpin the overall commercial success of this year’s event and the rest of the festive season in Haslemere, with active in-store and online publicity and promotions.”

 

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

News Release

Issued by Waverley Borough Council

The consultations on the draft Dunsfold and Dunsfold Church Conservation Area Appraisals (CAAs) will begin on Monday 17 October.

Once complete and adopted, the CAAs will assess the special architectural and historic character and condition of the Conservation Areas and will contain Management Plans identifying potential enhancement schemes.

Subject to consideration of the consultation responses, the council is likely to adopt these as material considerations and will influence the determination of any application for planning permission and listed building consent in the areas.

The Dunsfold and Dunsfold Church CAAs propose changes to the conservation area boundaries, including extensions and some small removals.

Councillor Brian Adams, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:  “The consultation will allow the council to take into account all the views of residents and interested parties to help mould the CAA.

“Currently the draft Dunsfold CAA proposes a significant boundary extension to the War Memorial and common land between Oak Tree Lane and Mill Lane.

“Additions to the Dunsfold Church CAA includes land adjacent to the church.

“Dunsfold and Dunsfold Church are two of 43 Conservation Areas in the borough and the council is dedicated to keeping the areas preserved and where possible, enhanced, for future generations.”

The consultation will last for six weeks, concluding on Monday 28 November at midnight.

The documents can be viewed online at www.waverley.gov.uk/DunsfoldCAA

and www.waverley.gov.uk/DunsfoldChurchCAA

Hardcopies are also available in the planning reception of Waverley Borough Council offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

Comments can be submitted via an online questionnaire, emailed to conservation@waverley.gov.uk or posted to Waverley Borough Council addressed to Sophie Piper, Design and Conservation Planning Policy Officer.

Notes to editors

Please note the consultations are unrelated and completely separate to the Dunsfold Park planning application (WA/2015/2395). For information on the planning application, please visit: http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/485/planning_applications/1811/dunsfold_park_new_proposal

 

Waverley Borough Council is now reviewing its Sex Establishment Policy and is seeking comments from residents on the revised policy.

At present there are no sex establishments in Waverley.

The closing dates for any comments is midnight at 18 November 2016.  You can view the current policy by following the link:

http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200179/licences_and_registrations/1916/sex_establishment_policy_-_public_consultation

Please send your comments:

By email to:        licensing@waverley.gov.uk

 

By post to:          The Licensing Team, Waverley Borough Council, Council Offices, The Bury’s, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HR

 

From 10.30am to 12.30pm on Friday 28 October the Waverley Werewolf, the witch of Waverley and all their fiendish friends will take over Broadwater Park.

This half term, young families are invited to take part in the exploration game that has taken Waverley by storm. The free, outdoor family adventure will have you racing against friends to complete the course and find all the mysterious markers.

The course lasts for approximately 30 minutes and everyone will receive a certificate and sticker for taking part.

Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic, free and safe activity for families to take advantage of this half term.

“Around 65 children took part in a single session during the summer and feedback from both parents and children is that they had a brilliant time putting their navigational skills to the test. It’s a chance to get outside, have fun and get ready for the Halloween weekend.

“This is such a great way for families to spend time exploring new skills together and it is an opportunity which shouldn’t be missed.”

This spooky event is part of a whole series of Xplorer events. To find out more visit Xplorer events.http://www.waverley.gov.uk/xplorer     or  http://www.facebook.com/WaverleyLeisure

A new campaign has launched this week to raise awareness of scams and encourage people to take a stand against them. Scams often target people in vulnerable situations – the Friends Against Scams campaign aims to protect and prevent these people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. Find out more at Surrey County Council Trading Standards

During the weekend of the 24th September vandals broke glass in the bark of the play area at Witley Recreation Ground. The bark will now have to be removed and replaced and until this work is complete the Council has regrettably had to close the play area.

This incident has been reported to the police and any additional information regarding this matter can be sent to them direct at  https://report.police.uk/

Waverley Borough Council have announced that the consultation  on the Pre-submission Local Plan Part 1 : Strategic Policies and Sites begins today, Friday 19 August 2016 and will end on Monday 3 October 2016.

There are a number of documents which form part of the consultation. These and other supporting evidence documents will be added to the Waverley Borough Council web-site over the next few days.

Waverley are inviting responses from residents.

For details of how to respond please see the following:  http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/1004/planning_policy/247/the_new_local_plan_documents

Transport Review – Year 2:  Confirmation of changes to local bus services

The feedback received from over 2600 residents and stakeholders who had their say on the proposed changes to local bus services was carefully analysed and taken into account by Surrey County Council when drawing up the final proposals with bus operators (the public consultation summary report was made available in April 2016).

Cabinet has now approved these suggested changes to local bus services.  This will ensure that vital savings are made, whilst maintaining as many of the services as possible which residents rely upon most.

The changes to local bus services that will come into effect from early September 2016 will be communicated to residents and stakeholders from week commencing 11 July 2016.  Posters and brochures with all the necessary information will be made available in libraries, local council offices, on the buses themselves and at bus stations.  This information is also available on our website www.surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview

 

News release issued by Waverley Borough Council 7 July 2016:

Mega Bash To Celebrate Invasive Species Month

Dig out your gardening gloves and pull on your wellies to help out during Invasive Species Month this July.

As part of the Surrey wide campaign to tackle problem species such as Himalayan Balsam, Golden Rod and Bracken, Waverley will be holding a mega bash event at the Lammas Lands in Godalming.

The mega bash, which is open to all, will take place on Thursday 14 July from 10am to 3pm. Volunteers will be working to pull up Himalayan Balsam which is spreading across the historic water meadows.

Councillor Kevin Deanus, responsible for Waverley Parks and Countryside, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers from across the borough to join together for this highlight event. It will be a great way to make new friends, get some exercise, learn new skills and give something back to the community.

“All of the Waverley Countryside Rangers will be on hand to give advice and, most importantly, to provide tea and biscuits. It’s sure to be a fun experience for all.”

Volunteers who want to take part in the event should meet at the grass verge at the junction of Nightingale Road and Chalk Road in Godalming.

Anyone can become a volunteer and can either register in advance or sign up on the day. Under 16s are also welcome to join in but will need to be accompanied by a guardian.

For more information about becoming a Waverley Countryside Volunteer and for a list of task dates, visit: http://www.waverley.gov.uk/countrysidevolunteers

For more details about Invasive Species Month, visit: www.surreywildlifetrust.org/invasive-month

For further information contact:

Tel:  01483 523296    Web: www.waverley.gov.uk     email:  communications@waverley.gov.uk

News Release
Issued by Waverley Borough Council
Date: 6 June 2016

On Thursday 23 June 2016 a referendum will be held on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

To be eligible to vote you will need to be on the Electoral Register. The deadline for registering was midnight on Thursday 9 June.

You do not need to re-register to vote unless your circumstances have changed, for example if you have moved home.

If you are unable to vote in person on the 23 June you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. To vote by post the deadline was 5pm on Wednesday 8 June. You can appoint someone to vote on your behalf, which is also known as appointing a proxy. To vote by proxy you must apply by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June. Download the application forms on www.waverley.gov.uk/elections

For more information and assistance, please contact the Elections team on 01483 523116 or email electoral.services@waverley.gov.uk.

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483 523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Witley Village Fair’s charity this year is The Meath Epilepsy Charity, and they are holding a Quiz and Curry Night on Thursday 16 June. For more details see: Quiz.Curry at the Meath Poster

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is holding “The Surrey Hills Challenge” on 25 September 2016, which will encompass both walkers and runners with the choice of a 60km, 21km, 10km and 5km route. The event is being organised to establish a successful outdoor event in the beautiful Surrey Hills and to assist with the fundraising of The Community Foundation for Surrey and The Surrey Hills Trust Fund. For more information, please visit the website: www.surreyhillschallenge.com.

News Release
Issued by Waverley Borough Council
Date: 27 April 2016

Make Sure You Know How To Have Your Say On 5 May

Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the elections on Thursday 5 May.
Elections are taking place for Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner and for Cranleigh East ward, of Cranleigh Parish Council.
John Jory, Chief Executive of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and the Police Area Returning Officer for Surrey, said: “With the elections fast approaching, we want to make sure that everyone knows how to cast their vote with confidence on 5 May.
“Anyone looking for more information will likely find the answer to their questions at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, and they can get in touch with the elections team here at Waverley Borough Council if they have any further queries”.
Ben Brook, Head of the Electoral Commission, English Regions, said:
“There are elections taking place all over England on 5 May, so wherever people live it’s important that everybody knows how to take part and have their say on issues in their local area.
“A lot of people don’t know what to expect on polling day, especially if they haven’t voted before, but with so much information available online and through your local Electoral Services team, we hope everyone will be able to feel confident about casting their vote in May”.
Here’s a rundown of things you need to know before polling day:
Make sure you vote in time
• Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 5 May. You had to have applied to register to vote by midnight on 18 April in order to be able to vote on 5 May.
• Your poll card will have been sent to the address where you are registered. It will say where your polling station is. You can only vote at the polling station that is stated on your own poll card.

• Plan what time you will be able to cast your vote at the polling station, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline.
• As long as you are in a queue at your polling station at 10pm you will still be able to vote.
• If you arrive at the polling station after 10pm then the poll will be closed and you will have missed your chance to take part.
Postal voting
• If you have a postal vote, make sure it is returned by 10pm on Thursday 5 May.

• If you have not had time to post it before polling day, then you can take it to the polling station on polling day and hand it in. Your poll card tells you where your polling station is. Postal votes that arrive after 10pm on May 5 will not be counted.
Proxy voting
• If you’ve appointed a proxy, then they need to make sure they are able to vote at the correct polling station on your behalf.

• If you are suddenly unable to vote in person, because you have a medical emergency which prevents you from attending on polling day, or your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline, then you may be entitled to appoint an emergency proxy.

• You can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day. You should contact your local electoral registration office directly to ask about this.

What you need to take with you
• Just yourself!

• It helps if you can take your poll card with you to show the polling station staff when you arrive. They will still ask for you to confirm your name and address. If you don’t have it with you, just tell the polling station staff your name and your address and they can check whether you’re on the electoral register.
Social media
• Social media is a great way to let your friends and family know you have voted and to encourage them to do the same. So use Twitter, Facebook and any other social media accounts you have to get the message out there.

• Remember – pictures of you before you go into or after you leave the polling station are great to use on social media posts but don’t take a picture of yourself inside the polling station as if you post this it could be a breach of the law.

How to fill out your ballot paper
• The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place in your local area on the same day.

• Staff are on hand at the polling station to provide advice on the voting process.

• If you are disabled, you can ask the Presiding Officer for help and they can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector).

• If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

• Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.

• Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.

• If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don’t worry, So long as you haven’t already put it in the ballot box just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper or let you know how to correct it.

• Fold your completed ballot paper in half and pop it in the ballot box – and that’s it done!

There is more information and a list of elections taking place in your area on www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or www.waverley.gov.uk

Surrey County Council’s Local Transport Review public consultation closed on 14 March 2016, and the summary report may be viewed at  www.surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview

The final proposals are now being drawn up with the bus operators, before being considered by Cabinet on 24 May 2016. Any agreed changes to bus services will be communicated to residents and stakeholders from mid-June 2016, with the changes coming into effect from early September 2016.

Having a Will brings you peace of mind and if you’re 55 or over, you can get your Will written for free until 30th April 2016, thanks to Marie Curie’s partnership with solicitors in Guildford and surrounding areas.
www.mariecurie.org.uk/surrey
For more information and for your free pack, please contact Toni Denyer on 01883 832639 or email toni.denyer@mariecurie.org.uk

Charity reg no. 207994 (England & Wales), SC038731 (Scotland)

Emergency works are being carried out by Southern Gas Networks on Petworth Road near Oxted Green.

This is due to an Emergency gas escape which is under two way traffic signals with build in pedestrian crossing function.

The current end date is unknown as this stage.

Waverley Borough Council has an online funding portal that allows not-for-profit organisations to search themselves from thousands of funding opportunities. The Council subscribes to GRANTfinder, a funding search database which is free for organisations to register and use through the Council’s website.

Idox GRANTfinder is the UK’s most comprehensive database of funding opportunities from Government, the Lottery, European and charitable sources across the UK.

Start searching now to help your organisation continue to deliver its services or develop new ones!

www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/waverley

Waverley Borough Council is encouraging Voluntary organisations to bid for grants for funding for health and well being activities for the coming year. A total of £85,540 is available from the Waverley Voluntary Partnership. The money is jointly provided by Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

Examples of this year’s schemes are:

  • a café for people with mental health problems
  • activity groups for people living with dementia
  • transport for older people to get to community activities
  • a stroke recovery group.

The deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Monday 25 January 2016.

Councillor Stefan Reynolds, Portfolio Holder for Communications and Grants, said:

“Voluntary schemes make a vital contribution to health and well being across the borough. They provide great value for money, opportunities for people to volunteer and make a real difference at local level. I hope there will be some new schemes coming forward this year as well as opportunities to continue to support those that have been successful this year.”

Waverley welcomes  grant applications from voluntary, community and faith groups and has published information and advice about the funding process on its website www.waverley.gov.uk/grants.
Email communications@waverley.gov.uk or Phone Communities Team on 01483 523067

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Surrey County Council have announced the procedures for school admissions in September 2016. For details please see the attached leaflet from SCC.
The Rake Lane works are due to start on Thursday 23rd July, requiring a road closure between Station Lane and the Recycling centre access until their completion. The Tuesley Lane works will start under two way traffic lights on the 23rd July. The works will then necessitate a road closure from 29th July for 6 weeks after the Thames Water closure has finished. If the works are not complete within the 6 week closure, (approximately when the schools and colleges return after the summer break), two way traffic lights might be needed, as and when required until the completion of the works.
101 is the number to call when you want to get through to your local police when it’s less urgent than 999.

When you should call 101

Call 101 to report less urgent crime, to contact the police with a general enquiry or to speak to a local officer.

For example:

• If your car has been stolen
• If your property has been damaged
• If you want to give the police information about crime in your area.

For emergencies, please continue to call 999.

A police emergency is defined as incidents where :

Someone’s life is in danger
Someone is at risk of violence, or property is about to be damaged
A serious offence is in progress
A suspect is at the scene or an early arrest is likely
Serious disruption to the public is likely
A very serious crime (eg rape, grievous bodily harm)
If you are hard of hearing or speech impaired, textphone on 18001 101 (non emergency) or 18000 (emergency) or text 07786 204020 or 999 (register at www.emergencysms.org.uk)

To report problems about our highways, such as street lighting, potholes, road signs and public footpaths please inform Surrey County Council directly on 03456 009 009
Do you want to make a difference to your local community ? Following the Council elections held in May 2015 there are still some vacancies on the Parish Council. If you are interested and would like to talk to someone about how to become a councillor and the work this involves please contact the Clerk, Fiona Fox in the Parish council office
All waste materials which are deposited without prior approval on public or private land is known as fly tipping. In our Parish, the removal of fly tipped material on any public land including highway verges etc is the responsibility of Waverley Borough Council. If you have seen any fly tipping, which appears to be on public land, would you please report it using the contact details below, Report it on-line here. Email waste@waverley.gov.uk

Call Waverley Environmental Services at 01483 523524.

Please note that waste material which has been fly tipped on private land is the responsibility of the land owner to arrange for disposal.

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