ACTION FOR FAIRLANDS...click here for full article...
Updated to April 2021
Since being your County Councillor, Keith Witham has always given priority to pressing for funding from Surrey County Council on your behalf for local projects and to be a strong voice for the Fairlands area in local matters. The results, so far:
- Financial support for local voluntary organisations in Fairlands
- Local road and pavement improvements and support for buses
- Campaigning to oppose house building on local green belt
- So what else does Surrey County Council do for Fairlands residents?
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL FAIRLANDS VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS - KEITH WITHAM HAS SPONSORED THE FOLLOWING LOCAL GRANTS
One of Keith Witham's objectives as your County Councillor has been to secure County Council support for local groups, organisations and projects. So he is pleased to report support given to a wide range of projects locally including:
• Supporting the FLGCA ( Fairlands, Gravetts Lane and Liddington Hall Community Association) Keith has sponsored multiple grants from Surrey County Council for the FLGCA - towards the costs of a Fairlands Festival, Christmas lights for the Community Centre; towards a new mower, a printer used to produce the Fairlands Community Magazine and contribution to printing costs
• Fairlands Patient Liaison Group (at the Fairlands Medical Centre) towards the costs of two awareness raising events for patients, for Cancer and Diabeties
• Fairlands Walking Group - help with annual insurance costs
• Fairlands Cricket Club field restoration project
• Worplesdon Primary School Planters in Envis Way to deter parking, in conjunction with the school as a gardening project
• Worpleson Primary School PTA towards equipment for the school
• Fairlands WI were helped with the cost of a local history project
• Liddington restoration of old telephone box and a litter bin
• Worplesdon and District Bridleway Association help with publicity, bridleway clearance and numbered bibs for events
LOCAL ROAD & PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS, and support for BUSES
UPDATE - March 2021
- The Council agreed at its March meeting to fund and approve a pedestrian island to be installed outside the entrance to Merrist Wood College on Holly Lane. Plans for that will now be drawn up by the SCC road safety design team.
- in March 2021 a stretch of Aldershot Road approaching the Holly Lane roundabout at Fairlands (Normandy direction) received an anti-skid surface, because of accidents at the aroundabout causing vehicles to go through the garden fence of a resident adjacent to the roundabout.
- As part of Surrey County Councils climate change strategy, it is planned to facilitate the planting of 1.2million trees in Surrey (one for each resident) and 200 new trees have been planted at the corner of Aldershot Road and Holly Lane. 40,000 planted so far across Surrey.
- New pavements the length of Envis Way and Wallace Close
- New pavement for the stretch of Fairlands Avenue from the shops to the Doctors surgery/community centre
- Resurfacing of St Michael's Avenue
- New stretch of footpath along the A323 near Holly Lane roundabout (Normandy direction) where previously pedestrians had to walk in the road
- Rumble strips to slow traffic on the A324 near the junction with Hunts Farm (which children and parents use to go to and from Worplesdon school)
- Speed limit reduced on the A324 Aldershot Road, Fairlands to Normandy from 50MPH to 40MPH. Keith highlighted a series of accidents on this stretch of road including a fatality.
- The planting of new trees on the verge in Louis Fields
- Public footpath 458 environmental restoration project
- Wooden posts installed on the grass verge outside Fairlands Shops, to stop anti social parking and large wooden bollards on Holly Lane, to stop anti social pavement parking affecting pedestrians.
- Parking controls. When Guildford Borough Council proposed parking controls around Worplesdon School, which it planned to be double yellow lines to stop parents AND RESIDENTS from parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Keith Witham successfully pressed for these to be made limited single lines AM & PM at school times only, Monday to Friday - to not restrict Fairlands residents the rest of the time. - Residents also asked for parking controls near the shops in Fairlands Avenue to reduce traffic congestion and encourage a turnover of cars visiting the shops, which Keith successfully campaigned to be put in
• Bus Route 17 saved. When bus operator Arriva announced it would discontinue its bus service no 17 Surrey County Council obtained agreement from another bus company, Stagecoach, to take the service over.
• New Bus shelter installed on Guildford Road, at the front of Fairlands Estate
CAMPAIGNING TO OPPOSE HOUSE BUILDING ON LOCAL GREEN BELT
• House building plans opposed. Keith was a vocal and leading opponent to Guildford Borough Councils plans to build 2,000 more homes in Worplesdon and Fairlands specifically. He has consistently supported keeping our Green Belt. GBC eventually dropped all the Fairlands and Liddingington locations. A location that was included in the GBC Local Plan was at Keens Lane for approx 150 new homes
• Secondary School Plan dropped. The GBC plan to build a new secondary school at Saltbox Road (a road totally unsuitable to have a 1,200 pupil secondary school and the associated traffic) was successfully opposed and then dropped
.• He supported the building of 45 new homes half of which to be designated as affordable (discounted) on the former derelict scrapyard site (a "brownfield" site), next to Sylvesters Garage
So what else has Surrey County Council ever done for residents in Fairlands?
• ADULT SOCIAL CARE On average, at any time, there are approx. 70 people in the Fairlands/Liddington area being supported by Surrey Adult Social Care, at a cost of over £1 million a year
• CHILDREN There are approx. on average at any time over 200 children in the Fairlands/Liddington area being educated in Surrey schools, at a cost of over £1 million a year. Thank you to Worplesdon Primary School, Fairlands, for use of the photo below,
• NEW FIRE STATION A brand new "state of the art" Surrey County Council Fire Station was built and opened to serve the Guildford area including Fairlands.
STOP PRESS - TACKLING UNAUTHORISED TRAVELLER ENCAMPMENTS Keith Witham has been pressing for several years for new laws to control Unauthorised Traveller Encampments - to make these a Criminal Offence with criminal penalties, so that the Police can take faster, effective action. New laws are now going through Parliament.And the sooner the better. Unauthorised Traveller Encampments, the clear up costs, more security for affected sites - just locally - in Jacobs Well, Fairlands, Normandy, Perry Hill, Pirbright and Worplesdon - have cost public funds (all of us) OVER £200,000 !!!
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