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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 Normandy in local matters. The results, so far
Up dated to April 2021
- Financial support for 26 local voluntary organisations
- Local road safety and road/ pavement improvements and support for the 520 and Kite buses
- Successfully campaigned to oppose house building on local green belt in Normandy
- So what else has Surrey County Council ever done for Normandy?
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NORMANDY 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 26 projects locally including
• Normandy Community Shop and Café Project - help with publicity costs and strong support for a major Surrey County Grant towards setting up the project
• Normandy Community Minibus - help with maintenance
• The Therapy Garden charity, based at Manor Fruit Farm, to help improve its IT equipment, an electrical power upgrade and more recently help with COVID19 precautions
• Normandy GP Surgery Patient Participation Group Diabetes Public Awareness raising event at St Marks Hall
• Normandy Village Hall Help with the cost of putting in a new Public Notice Board outside the entrance to the Village Hall
• Wyke Primary School, grant to provide binoculars with which the children they can study bugs as part of their studies, and new blinds for three classrooms
• St Marks Church, new IT equipment and help with resurfacing of pathway for improved disabled access
• 1st Normandy Scouts help with the costs of an expedition, replacement of asbestos roof and more recently towards the cost of a new gas boiler
• Normandy Parish Council sponsorship for fundraising sports day, and start up costs of the Normandy Flood Forum
• Normandy Tennis Club replacement floodlights
• Normandy Bowling Club for a new dishwasher and electronic scoreboards
• Christmas Pie Womens Institute storage equipment / transport of WI materials
• Guildford Archery Club in Normandy, a new PA system and picnic benches
• Normandy Cricket Club ground maintenance improvements / contribution to a new lease
• Normandy Parish Council, preservation of historic documents re Normandy Pond and help with Manor Fruit Farm Phase 2 development
• Worplesdon and District Bridleway Association help with publicity, bridleway clearance and numbered bibs for events
• Friends of Normandy Wildlife several grants - publicity leaflet, hall hire, digital camera and display boards
• National Young Carers Association, based in Normandy
• The N Factor Normandy Youth Club contribution to costs
• Normandy Historians, 1000 year history of Henley Park project
• Normandy Artists, for professional tuition and the ArtScene project
• Normandy Community First Responders for a public use defribillator
• Normandy Rounders Club for equipment
• Normandy British Legion Hall, for new PA/sound system
• Normandy Action Group (NAG) to assist with the group's website
• Normandy Flood Forum Chaired by Jonathan Lord, MP. Established with financial support from Surrey County Council to Normandy Parish Council for its set up and admin costs. Brings together all the agencies who can help with flooding issues Environment Agency, Thames Water, plus Surrey and Guildford Councils
• £1million flooding alleviation project. Following pressure via the Flood Forum, a £1 million sewer project was undertaken by Thames Water in Glaziers Lane, to prevent internal flooding to properties in Glaziers Lane.
LOCAL ROAD SAFETY, ROAD AND PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS
AND SUPPORT FOR BUSES
• Pavements renewed the length of Glaziers Lane. Glaziers Lane has the Doctors Surgery, Manor Fruit Farm community facilities, Railway Station and a church - which is why Glaziers Lane was given priority for pedestrians
• A323 Guildford Road, near Nightingale Road and Pinewood Road Buildout - road narrowing, reduction of speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, improved signage and two flashing speed signs
- last year road road signs warning drivers of horses were installed around Normandy - this was a joint project, sponsored by Cty Cllr Keith Witham in conjunction with Surrey Highways and Normandy Parish Council, and followed a tragic accident on Westwood Lane when two horses had to be put down.
• Normandy Parish Council, a portable Vehicle Activated Sign (flashing 30/40mph sign) was supplied to Normandy Parish Council (theough a grant sponsored by Keith Witham) to help the Parish combat speeding through the village
• School Lane Road safety measures at junction of School Lane and A323 Guildford Road where children for Wyke Primary School cross - improved pedestrian island, rumble strips and red surfacing
• Two permanent flashing speed signs installed either side of the railway bridge, Glaziers Lane
• Large yellow 30mph signs installed along the length of Glaziers Lane
• Two flashing speed signs installed on A323 Guildford Road, at the bend near Bailes Lane
• In Bailes Lane, double height raised kerbs, to stop lorries parking on The Green and improved drainage
• OTHER PREVIOUS WORKS - Cobbetts Hill Road, surface dressing, School Lane, footpath renewal; A324 Guildford Road through Normandy road resurfacing, surface dressing, Hunts Hill Road road surface dressing, Wyke Lane road surface dressing road, Bailes Lane road resurfacing - A324 Pirbright Road, Normandy to Pirbright resurfaced
• BUSES - the 520 bus and the "Kite" service, both run by Stagecoach receive financial support from Surrey County Council to enable them to extend their services
OPPOSING HOUSE BUILDING ON NORMANDY'S GREEN BELT
• KEITH STRONGLY OPPOSED Guildford Borough Council (GBC) plans - now discarded - to promote the building of over 2,000 new homes in Normandy and a new Secondary school in Westwood Lane. He has consistently supported keeping our Normandy Green Belt - green!.
So what else has Surrey County Council ever done for residents in Normandy?
• ADULT SOCIAL CARE
On average, at any time, there are approx. 70 people in Normandy being supported by Surrey Adult Social Care, at a cost of over £1 million a year
There are approx. on average at any time over 200 children in Normandy 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 Normandy 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 !!!
If you have any comments or queries please contact Keith Witham