A3 Hindhead Tunnel – Improvements to Technology – Overnight Closure on Saturday 6 June

As part of the ongoing work to upgrade the technology within the Hindhead Tunnel, we will be closing the Tunnel (in both directions) overnight this weekend. The closure will be in place from 9pm on Saturday 6 June through to 9am on Sunday 7 June 2020. During the closure a signed diversion will be in place via the A31 and A325. 

Please be aware that due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, all our works are subject to change due to available resource by our Supply Chain, as well as possible adverse weather conditions – please check the yellow signs placed in advance for confirmation of the closures dates/timings. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during our work.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at info@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on 0300 123 5000. 

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Thursley Common Fire – Update

Fire Update: At c 2pm The Head of Surrey Fire has advised that the fire is under control but yet not extinguished. There is still a real risk of wind change which makes this a very unpredictiable situation. The common will be closed for at least two days if not longer as there is a threat of flares ups.

Under the Fire and Rescue Services Act of 2004, chapter 21, it is a criminal offence for anyone to go to the site of an active emergency situation so please keep well clear of the common. Thursley PC and Elstead PC will issue a joint statement advising residents when the common has been reopened but until such time please be advised that the common is closed and should not be visited under any circumstance.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Thursley Common Fire – Update

The fire is largely under control but it is expected that it will take at least another day before it is extinguished. However with warm weather and breezes this could change. Roads are still currently closed and in addition there is no access to Thursley so please avoid this area if in a car.


The main message remains as before – please stay off the common for the foreseeable future …. do not go anywhere near the nature reserve/boardwalks or the area where the fire spread.


Following many comments on the village Facebook page the Parish Council is looking into a fundraising option which it hopes to be able to update residents on soon. Elstead PC and Thursley PC will be working closely together to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach in managing all offers of help as well as ensuring that the emergency services are thanked for their incredible work over the weekend in such challenging circumstances.

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Fire on Thursley Common / Elstead Moat

Update from Elstead Parish Council re the fire. The Parish Council is continuing to liaise with fire crews, police and local councils (WBC and SCC). The police have advised that more houses will need to be evacuated today and The Pavilion has been reopened to house these evacuees at the request of the police. The PC will be on hand at The Pavilion to provide support and refreshments for anyone asked to leave their home.


The PC has been in regular contact with the emergency services since the fire broke out. We have offered to provide fire and police crews with refreshments (and were set up to do this last night) but we have been told that they provide their own refreshment facilities.
Last night 14 houses were evacuated and the PC, David and Jenny Else and Jo Mukabaa supported one household until they were able to be rehoused last evening.


We will try and update you on the status of the fire as and when we can but we ask all residents and visitors linked to this facebook page…… Please do not go on to the common to see the fire – please kindly stay away. This is a highly volatile situation and we need to let the emergency crews do their work without having to worry for human safety. Thank you.


And finally please remember that the road running along past the moat is completely closed and there is NO access. Anyone wishing to go to Thursley, Churt and beyond and who would usually use that route please pick the A3 up from Milford junction. Thank you. 

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Village Signpost – Vote Now!

The Parish Council has commissioned a sign making company to replace the directional sign on the Village Green.  The Parish Council has opted for a metal sign as it will be sturdier than the previous wooden option.    The sign that the Parish Council has commissioned is available in two colour options: black background with white writing or white background with black writing.   We would like residents to vote on which sign colour option they would prefer.

You can see examples of the posts, and cast your vote here.

The vote will close at 6pm on Monday 18th May.  

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DROP IN NHP ZOOM

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A reminder that there will be a ‘drop in’ zoom session on Monday 4th May, 8-9pm if anyone has any questions regarding the draft neighbourhood plan. Please feel free to log on anytime between 8-9pm and one of the team will be available to answer your questions. You don’t have to stay for the hour just log on when you are free. The zoom meeting details are below. Don’t forget we really need to have everyone’s feedback on the plan – please visit http://www.elsteadvillage.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan to read the draft plan and provide your comments via the Surveymonkey link. Deadline for feedback is Friday 8th May. Don’t hesitate to contact the clerk on elsteadpc.clerk@gmail.com if you have any questions and can’t make either zoom session. There are a limited number of hard copies of the plan that can be delivered safely if needed – please contact the clerk. Thank you.

4th May 2020. 8-9pm

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Please help Us!

We need EVERYONE to support our Neighbourhood Plan, so that OUR COMMUNITY has the strongest chance of ensuring that the right development takes place in Elstead and Weyburn.      Elstead and Weyburn has been asked to provide a minimum of 160 new houses of which just over 100 have either been built or received planning permission.   Our plan identifies the sites for the remaining 60 or so houses that we need to build, sites which have been chosen on the basis of the views expressed by parishioners.  The more support we can get for our Plan, the better our chances of ‘fending off speculative developers looking to build even more houses on the village’s green spaces (eg Bonfire Hill).   

We know from YOUR FEEDBACK over the last couple of years that Bonfire Hill is valued as a Local Green Space, residents don’t want Elstead to merge into Peper Harow and nor do residents want all new development to be built along Hookley Lane.  

For these reasons we propose to designate Bonfire Hill as a Local Green Space, the land between the village and Weyburn/Tanshire as a Green Gap and we have selected an additional development site which is closer to the village centre and its’ services and utilises previously developed land thus reducing the pressure on Hookley Lane. 

Please visit  http://www.elsteadvillage.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan to read the draft Plan and provide your comments via the Surveymonkey link.  For residents preferring to read a hard copy of the plan we have a limited number that can be dropped off to people (safely) – first come first served!

The steering group will be holding two informal “drop in’ Zoom meetings on Tuesday 28th April (1-2pm)(meeting details below) and Monday 4th May (8-9pm) (meeting details below).  These sessions may be joined either online or via telephone.  Residents are welcome to “Drop in” at any time during the hour and members of the steering group will be available to answer any questions.   Alternatively residents can email the clerk at elsteadpc.clerk@gmail.com with any questions and we will respond to you directly.

We understand that residents have other concerns aside from development.  Our plan provides a number of policies around the environment, employment, transport, recreation and infrastructure.  And, don’t forget that once plans are adopted NHP areas will receive a higher level of CIL (community infrastructure levy – essentially a building tax) on all new houses built.

In order to ensure everyone has had plenty of time to respond we have extended the NHP deadline.  Please note the deadline for feedback is now Friday 8th May.

Thank you.

28th April 2020. 1-2pm

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PC Meeting – 20th April

The PC holds a monthly meeting.  As a result of social distancing, legislation has been passed in order to allow local government meetings to happen virtually via video conferencing platforms as otherwise the PC would be unable to meet.  Residents will be aware that we are currently consulting on our draft neighbourhood plan.  The draft plan highlights three sites that the steering group are proposing for development.  Victoria Asset Management (VAM) have asked to make a presentation in response to the latest draft of the NHP.   The NHP consultation was due to end on 22nd April (we have now extended this by 2 weeks to run to 6th May) which is why VAM are presenting at the April PC meeting.

Some parishioners have expressed concern that this presentation is being held at this time and not at a meeting where all interested members of the public are able physically to attend. The Parish Council appreciates these concerns. It does, however, feel that these proposals should be made public as soon as practicable, if only to ensure that parishioners, and in particular anyone who might be significantly affected by them (eg prospective purchasers of the new properties at Water Meadow Place), know of their existence. 

The facilitation of the presentation implies neither support nor objection on the part of the Parish Council for the proposals, but it does provide an early opportunity for important questions to be raised and responses challenged.  Residents are welcome to attend the meeting as they would be under non social distancing rules.  Should you wish to attend the meeting please contact the clerk at elsteadpc.clerk@gmail who will share the meeting code and instructions.  Anyone unable to attend may submit their question to the clerk who will ask it on their behalf.  A list of questions and answers will be publicised after the meeting.

The Parish Council would also be happy to receive any comments or representations subsequent to Monday 20th’s meeting, which will be considered in the context of the review of the draft NHP.

Residents should note that this an initial presentation (in response to the draft nhp) and the PC will point out to VAM that if they wish to pursue their proposals further we would expect them to arrange for a full public consultation process to be held in the village as soon as the Covid 19 restrictions permit.

The PC has successfully held a few meetings via video conferencing including a planning meeting earlier in the week which was attended by a number of residents and the format worked well.  Zoom may be accessed via computer or mobile.  The PC does not monitor Facebook during the day so any queries  are best addressed directly to the clerk at elsteadpc.clerk@gmail.com who will then reply and post on facebook if necessary. 

The agenda and VAM presentation can be found on the meetings page of the PC section of this website.

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Update from Voluntary Action SW Surrey

Dear Colleagues,

Following the circulation of our weekly newsletter yesterday, some updates have been made to the article about Citizens Advice Waverley. Please see this information below and contact them for further details.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes, take care and have a lovely weekend.

The team at VASWS. Coronavirus Crisis: Citizens Advice Waverley – Working Together We Can Win
Please see a message below from Citizens Advice Waverley:



“Coronavirus has made an unprecedented impact on people’s lives, Yet, in these most challenging of times, the emergence of community support groups has been a shining light.

In addition to the fantastic work that your group is doing, Citizens Advice Waverley is here to help people in your community – whoever they are and whatever their problem.

How we help:

If people in your community have been affected, our Advisers can provide advice about a range of issues:

 Employment

 Claiming benefits

 Paying your bills

 Housing problems

 Relationship breakdowns.

In addition, our The South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Team is continuing to help during this period. Domestic Abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16-years-old or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

Contact us at Citizens Advice Waverley

Although our offices are closed at the moment, your community can contact our team of more than 60 home-based Advisors:

• Email – for a fast response, please complete our online form at: Citizens Advice Waverley email form – https://waverleycab.org.uk/enquiry-form/

• Phone – if you need to speak with an Adviser, call our Adviceline: 0344 848 7969

Our advice is FREE and INDEPENDENT.

Contact our Domestic Abuse Team

The South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Team is continuing to provide support during this period. Our Domestic Abuse Team includes qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisers who provide practical advice and emotional support. We will always listen, support and believe. Call us on 01483 898884 (Mon-Fri 9-4pm) or email swr@swsda.org.uk

Online support:

Your community can also access a huge amount of online self-help material:

• Citizens Advice Waverley website – https://waverleycab.org.uk/coronavirus-crisis/

• Citizens Advice Waverley Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WaverleyCAB/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/WaverleyCAB

• National Citizens Advice information site: Coronavirus: What it Means for You – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

• Advice on the most popular topics relating to the impact of Coronavirus- https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-your-employer-has-told-you-not-to-work/

o If your employer has told you not to work -https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-your-employer-has-told-you-not-to-work/

o Check what benefits you can get – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/coronavirus-check-what-benefits-you-can-get/

o If you can’t pay your bills –

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/if-you-cant-pay-your-bills-because-of-coronavirus/

o If you’re self-employed –

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-youre-self-employed/

My request

Please can I ask you to spread the word to your community group – a social post or e-mail would be ideal. And if there is any way that we can help your community, do not hesitate to contact me personally at mailto:ceo@waverleycab.cabnet.org.uk

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards and stay safe.

Phil Davies

CEO at Citizens Advice Waverley
 


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