Action for Perry Hill and Worplesdon ... click here for the full article...

02/04/2021

The Perry Hill and Worplesdon area includes Salt Box Road and half of Cumberland Avenue, Guildford and several roads off nearby, as they are part of the Worplesdon Parish.

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 Perry Hill and Worplesdon in local matters:

- Financial support for local voluntary organisations

- Local road safety and road/ pavement improvements

- Support for local buses, routes 28 and 91

So what else has Surrey County Council ever done for Perry Hill and Worplesdon area?

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL WORPLESDON AND PERRY HILL 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:

• A grant to the Whitmoor Common Association for tools for volunteers

- The Sime Gallery, Perry Hill - A New Website and publicity leaflets

• Worplesdon Memorial Hall new worktop and sink, new chairs and new doors

• Worplesdon Tennis Club help with costs for COVID19 precautions

• Worplesdon Cricket Club towards a new mower

• Worplesdon and District Bridleway Association help with publicity, bridleway clearance and numbered bibs for events

• Tempus Theatre, a Commemorative Dame Vera Lynn production at Worplesdon Memorial Hall

• Wooden posts and fencing installed outside Worplesdon Memorial Hall for pedestrian safety

Surrey County Council has given financial support to the operator of the 91 bus route through Perry Hill to enable it to run on Sundays

ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

UPDATE: March 2021

- At Keith Witham’s request, the speed limit on Worplesdon Road and Salt Box Road has been reduced from 60mph to 40mph - this is particularly important for the roundabout junction, where there have been collisons because of speeding.

- The Worplesdon Flood Forum has investigated flooding hotspots in Perry Hill and is liaising with the statutory authorities for solutions (eg The Environment Agency)

PREVIOUSLY: 

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.

UPDATE: a request has been made to extend the safer crossing point, install traffic calming and a safer crossing point on the other side of the railway bridge.

New verge safety posts, Goose Rye Road/The Avenue junction

ROAD RESURFACING at The Avenue, Perry Hill, Salt Box Road, and part of Cumberland Avenue

BUSES

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL BUSES - Bus routes 28 and 91 receive financial support from Surrey County Council.

Bus route 28 is now operated under contract to SCC by Falcon Buses, since the demise of the previous operator who ran it, but ceased operations without notice, and just dropped passengers off, and returned their buses to their garage! so SCC stepped in to get the service going again, Although the service has been running on a reduced timetable, it will revert to normal full hourly frequency on Mondays to Saturdays (from 6th April 2021).  The hourly SUNDAY route 91 has continued unaltered with SCC support.

So, what else has Surrey County Council ever done for people in the Perry Hill and Worplesdon area?

ADULT SOCIAL CARE

On average, at any time, there are approx. 70 people in Worplesdon /Perry Hill 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 Worplesdon / Perry Hill  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 at a cost of £5 million

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 !!!