The Regulation 15 Elstead and Weyburn Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to Waverley Borough Council (WBC). We envisage WBC will publicise the Neighbourhood Plan for a six weeks consultation between October and November 2021.
Burford Lodge Rec Car park will be resurfaced during half term. The car park will be closed from 7am Tuesday 1st June until 5pm Friday 4th June (the end time might change depending on how long it takes).
There will be strictly no vehicular access to the car park during the day – please note that there will be heavy machinery on site and large vehicles delivering crushed concrete.
During this time:
Access to the tennis courts should be via the footpath at Hazlewood or via Lower ham Lane.
Access to the allotments is best via Lower Ham Lane and walking across the rec following the Lower Ham Lane/rec boundary or via Hazelwood and then turning left and walking around the tennis courts to the Lower Ham Lane/rec boundary side.
Access to the pitches and play equipment either via Lower Ham Lane and walking across the rec following that boundary or via Hazelwood and then turning left and walking around the tennis courts to the Lower Ham Lane/rec boundary side.
Many thanks for your understanding.
Busy month on Hankley Common – more than a dozen different Army units and some filming. For preference please use one of the many other superb nearby Commons. If you really must come to Hankley, the Pitch Place Car Park remains open. The trackside verges are SSSI and vehicles may not be parked there.
DZ car park will be closed on the following dates:
Saturday May 1 to Friday May 7
Monday May 10 to Friday May 14
Monday May 17 to Friday May 21
UPDATE 13.00HR PC has contacted SCC again and pushed for diversion signage and requested SCC to attend to share informed diversion routes. The PC has also advised the police as there were problems with delivery vehicles tuning. Police are also liaising with SCC.
SCC have just sent the following update: We’ve had the following come through from our contacts at South East Water:
“The engineers managed to locate and repair the burst main overnight, we’ve had engineers on site this morning to secure the site and start repairing the carriageway. The excavation should be ready for permanent reinstatement tomorrow morning, due to the size of the excavation, it will take all day and most of Saturday night for the tarmac to cure.
We are looking to lift the closure on Sunday mid-morning, so if everything goes according to plan everything back to normal on Monday morning.”
This means that we expect buses to remain on diversion for the rest of today and Saturday, but from first thing Monday morning the Stagecoach 46 service should be back to normal line of route. Although this remains an inconvenience for local residents for the next two days, at least children returning to school on the 19th will be able to catch their usual bus service.
Should we receive any further updates in the meantime we will let you know.
The Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Wednesday 28th April 2021 via zoom. We are delighted that we will be joined by guest speakers from Waverley Police and Elstead Food Bank. There will be brief update on the neighbourhood plan and the Chairman will provide details of the council’s annual report for 2020-2021. The Parish Council will also share its plans and objectives for 2021-2022. The zoom details can be found on the assembly advert. We do hope as many residents as possible will join us. If you are intending to come, or can’t attend but have a question, please contact the clerk at email@example.com.
The Parish Council would like to advise residents that Burford Lodge rec carpark is still closed – and will remain so until the beginning of next week(w/c 29th March). Some low level parking barriers have been installed andwill remain in situ until a height barrier is located along the access roadc mid April. The car park will reopen from 29th March for visitors to therec. Thank you.
The DZ Car Park will be closed on Monday March 29th until Saturday April 3rd. Bridleways remain open but other tracks may be closed for your safety.
During this period the public are requested to stay on the Rights of Way, indicated by direction arrow tags on wooden posts. Please comply with troops’ instructions. If walking a dog please keep it under control and clear up after it.
Waverley Borough Council’s Garden Waste service will resume at the beginning of March now that staffing levels are improving after COVID-19 absences impacted on staff numbers.
Following the suspension of the service in January, garden waste customers will see a return to their fortnightly collection service from Monday 1 March. All existing customers will receive a letter or an email advising them of the start date and information regarding the extension of their annual subscription.
Councillor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said:
“It was a difficult but necessary decision to make back in January following a rise in infections and corresponding staff absence; we had to ensure all available staff resources focused on the essential household waste and recycling collections. It has been a challenging time for all of us and the bin crews have worked extremely hard to keep these essential services going but I am pleased to say that with staff levels getting back to normal, we are now able to deliver our garden waste service again.
I would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during the suspension of the service and their efforts in reducing or reusing waste and composting, and remind subscribers that the council will, of course, extend the period of a resident’s subscription to cover any period of suspension.”
Could we please remind all residents that if your refuse or recycling collections are late during the pandemic, please be patient and leave them out as the contractor will return to empty them as soon as possible. If it is only your bin that has not been emptied but your neighbours have been dealt with, then please report in the usual way via our bin checker.
Further information on Waverley’s waste collection service is available on our bins and recycling page.
As we come to the end of 2020, the Preserve Our Reserve Advisory Committee would like to provide an update to all our supporters with the progress that has been made since we launched the fund at the beginning of June, shortly after the devastating fire that did so much damage.
We have been working closely with Natural England (NE) and we are all extremely grateful for the huge amount of community support that we have received for the Thursley National Nature Reserve (NNR). We have all been overwhelmed by the large amount of money donated to the Preserve Our Reserve fund – now standing at over £50,000 – and we are committed to working with all our stakeholdersto ensure that the fund is used carefully for the purposes for which it was donated.
We are also looking at ways of adding to the fund. In September, we submitted a detailed application to Waverley for Community Infrastructure Levy funds. We believe that we put forward a very strong case and indeed Waverley confirmed in advance of our submission that our application would certainly appear to ‘tick all the boxes’. We were therefore very disappointed when the deadline for applications was extended until the end of January, therefore delaying any grants being made, but we remain hopeful that we may receive additional funds from Waverley in the Spring.
Since the fire, you will have noticed that NE have undertaken significant ‘recovery’ works, including tree safety, improving the fire-break network, and the removal of the damaged boardwalk. These works have incurred significant, unbudgeted costs for NE, but no ‘Preserve Our Reserve’ funds were used for any of these works.
NE have not yet come forward with a design for a replacement boardwalk/trail. Whilst we are anxious to move things forward, we do need to look at ideas that provide a long-term solution for the NNR. Replacing like for like may not necessarily be the best solution and we must avoid the temptation to rush into trying to find a ‘quick fix’. NE have to consider a broad range of issues, including the impact on local habitats, future fire risk on the NNR and how this might influence the material/construction type of the boardwalk. And we all also consider it a priority that any design needs to provide safe disabled access.
Realistically, it is very unlikely that there will be a replacement boardwalk/dragonfly trail in place before next Spring, and completion of the project may take considerably longer than that. We did raise with NE the idea of making some immediate funding available to them if that would have enabled at least some of the boardwalk to be replaced over the winter, but the cost of even limited rebuilding would have been significant, and the inevitable delays caused by an appropriate tendering and procurement process, together with planning issues, would have made this impractical.
In the interim, NE’s priority is to ensure the safety of visitors but of course it is impossible to ‘secure’ the route of the boardwalk from access. Therefore, we are now discussing with NE appropriate signage and communications to advise visitors of the current hazardous condition of the route, and to deter visitors from going on to the dragonfly trail, thereby causing further damage.
Moving forward, NE are currently discussing a range of options and they will then need to obtain quotes to enable them to bid for budget within NE, to supplement the funds that we will be able to make available. Once an outline proposal or design has been agreed in principle, NE will come back to us for comment. It is likely that any proposal will require planning permission, and NE will have to ensure that any design is compatible with the requirements of the Common Land and nature conservation designations, and then obtain any required permissions.
Both we and NE have received many offers of practical help, and of course NE already have their regular volunteers on the NNR. Due to the COVID restrictions, NE have been unable to take advantage of many of these offers, but hopefully if the restrictions are relaxed in the Spring, they will be able to look at this again.
One of the positive initiatives to come out of the Preserve Our Reserve Group is the establishment of the Friends of Thursley Common. They are developing a range of initiatives that they hope to introduce in the Spring to provide an effective ‘wardening’ scheme, through which volunteers would monitor the NNR on a programmed basis, both to improve the experience for visitors coming to the NNR, and also keeping an eye out for fire or unacceptable behaviour. We have provided start up funds to support the establishment of this group.
So, we are making progress, but perhaps not as rapidly as we had originally envisaged – or indeed would have liked. However, we have to accept that this is a complex task, trying to find the right balance between respecting nature and encouraging responsible visitors to our beautiful Common.
Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement – and we will continue to work with Natural England to deliver a long-term and sustainable solution for the Thursley National Nature Reserve.