Local Committee responses

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Waverley BC CC Local Committee Meeting 22nd March 2019

Waverley BC Local Committee Meeting 28th June 2019

After the meeting Cllr. Colin Kemp looked into the Guildford Society request for a feasibility study. Cllr. Kemp dismissed it as unviable.

I have read a lot of paperwork and had many conversations on this matter to get a true understanding of the issue.
On the main point of the question which was a relief road, I believe the environmental and local impact would be too great and don’t believe this could be delivered and should not be pursued any further.
Having said that, it has become clear to me that with all the planned developments around this area we need to look at the road network and identify pinch points through the route and see if there are any local improvement schemes that would ease congestion and then see if we can identify funding for these.
I am sorry if this caused concern but I don’t believe is saying no just because somebody else did. If I am asked a question, I will always consider evidence before giving a formal response.

Colin Kemp
Deputy Leader
Surrey County
September 2019

I read that as meaning one of two things: Either road improvements at the narrow parts of the East – West route – around Marepond Farm and the hilly sections to the East – this will be expensive and extensive… OR perhaps taking up my proposal of imposing a width restriction of HGVs at one point to stop 7.5tonnes HGVs and above.
The former will just make it easier for all road users to get from A to B, and will probably encourage more traffic to use the Western Corridor.
The latter would stop HGV traffic, improve safety throughout, relieve some of the congestion issues of the narrow parts and damage to the roads.
I would be inclined to press for the latter.

The June 2020 Local Committee met a year later, and I raised the issue again asking for a progress report on the promised destination survey. The answer from Highways was – nothing has been done.

LC Video stream June2020