Action for Jacobs Well ...
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 Jacobs Well in local matters:
- Financial support for local voluntary organisations
- Local road safety and road/ pavement improvements / buses
- So what else does Surrey County Council do for Jacobs Well?
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL JACOBS WELL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS - Keith Witham has sponsored the following grants.
One of Keith'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
• Jacobs Well Village Hall Trust for digital keypad lock for village hall
• 1st Jacobs Well Scout Group for refurbishment of Scout and Guide HQ
• River of Life Group, Jacobs Well for a sound system
• Jacobs Well Residents Association May Fayre amusements
• Jacobs Well Keep Fit group for the over 50's
• Restoration of the White House Pond (grant to Worplesdon Parsh Council)
LOCAL ROAD SAFETY AND ROAD/PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS AND SUPPORT FOR OUR LOCAL BUSES
UPDATE - MARCH 2021
- At the March Council meeting two road safety projects for Jacobs Well were approved and funding allocated:
- the installation of road speed tables at the staggered junction of Clay Lane with Blanchards Hill and Jacobs Well Road. This will now go to the SCC road safety design team for plans to be drawn up. Highways Officers have also agreed to look at the junction of Clay Lane with Queenhythe Road to see if the same is possible there.
- It has also been agreed that the 40mph speed limit on a stretch of Jacobs Well Road will be reduced to 30mph
Previously: these follow on from:
• Clay Lane resurfaced, and then an anti-skid surface added. In the 12 months before the anti-skid surface there were over 20 accidents. In the 12 months after, there were none. The aim now is to reduce speeding (see above).
.• Woking Road A320 (from Jacobs Well to Mayford) speed limit reduced to 50mph
• Flashing "Slow Down" speed sign installed just before the sharp bends on Clay Lane from the A3 direction and extra road surface signs
• Pedestrian Island installed at junction of Clay Lane/ Jacobs Well Road / Blanchards Hill
• New Bus Shelter, Woking Road, opposite Stringers Avenue, Woking bound and another new bus shelter opposite, Guildford bound, due to be installed
• "No Right Turn" installed at Jacobs Well Road, into Woking Road, where there had been accidents
• Safer crossing point installed on Salt Box Road, new footpaths and safety fencing, installed by the railway bridge, guiding walkers to cross about 50 yards away from the bridge, and to give pedestrians and motorists clear "sight-lines" of each other. Before that work there had been four accidents, since there have been none
• Woking Road A320 resurfaced
• More local roads resurfaced, including on Stringers Avenue, Grangefields Road and Salt Box Road
• Bus routes 34, 35 and 538 SAVED from closure
• Clay Lane Link Road opposed. Keith strongly opposed the GBC plan for Clay Link Road and campaigned for any future link from Slyfield to run directly to the A3, not via Jacobs Well
• Post Box - Clay Lane. Keith also successfully pressed he Royal Mail for the Post Box on Clay Lane to be replaced, when the old one was burnt out.
So what else has Surrey County Council ever done for residents in Jacobs Well?
• ADULT SOCIAL CARE On average, at any time, there are approx. 70 people in Jacobs Well 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 some 200 children in the Jacobs Well area being educated in Surrey schools, at a cost of over £1 million a year
• NEW FIRE STATION A brand new "state of the art" Surrey County Council Fire Station built and opened to serve the Guildford area including Jacobs Well
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.