Surrey County Council, following a trial period, have made the 20mph advisory speed limits outside Newdigate Infant School, Fetcham Village Infant School & Oakfield Junior School, and St Giles Infant School Ashtead permanent. They have, however, decided not to extend the 20mph advisory speed limits to roads outside any other schools in the district.
This decision has been made despite clear evidence that 20mph speed limits outside schools significantly enhance safety and reduce the risk of serious accidents involving school children.
As a result, the Liberal Democrat team have launched a petition calling on Surrey County Council to introduce an advisory 20mph speed limit outside St Martin’s School in Ranmore Road similar to the 20mph advisory speed limits that have now been made permanent.
If you agree with us, please sign the petition below.
The County Council is undertaking a £1million resurfacing project for Town Centre one-way system which will see South Street, West Street, Vincent Lane and the section of Westcott Road closest to the town completely resurfaced.
This follows on from the resurfacing of Mill Lane (the access to St Martins Walk Car Park) and London Road.
The roads will be re-surfaced in a special material which should last for 30 years without potholes appearing or any need for repair from deterioration.
The work is scheduled to take place at night between 8.00pm and 6.00am with noisy work being completed by midnight.
The new parking regulations in Dorking High Street have finally been implemented with the aim of preventing traffic congestion in the town.
The new parking restrictions mean that (i) double yellow lines have replaced the single yellow lines between the pedestrian crossing at Lyons Court and the double yellow lines near Pump Corner, (ii) the rules for the single yellow line on the south side between Dene Street and Moores Road have been amended to prohibit parking during the day on Sundays, and (iii) the single yellow line outside The Old Courthouse have been replaced with double yellow lines. The loading of vans is to be restricted but only during the rush hour.
It is expected that these proposals will ensure that traffic can flow through the town at appropriate speeds whilst allowing access to facilities and businesses in the town centre.
Surrey County Council is currently consulting on the opening hours and the services provided at its Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) such as the facility at Ranmore Road on the edge of Dorking.
The consultation covers ways in which costs can be reduced through reduced opening times and the introduction of new charges.
It does not cover any consideration of the effects of the reduced opening times and the proposed new charges, such as an increased incidence of fly-tipping, that these proposals might cause or the increased costs of sorting these problems which are likely to fall on District / Borough Councils, landowners / farmers, and the National Trust.
The aim of the review is to reduce the net costs of operating the tip and to achieve this the County Council is looking for comments on: introducing charges for non-household (such as DIY) waste or not accepting such waste, reducing opening hours on weekdays, closing on the least busy days of the week, full closure of some community recycling centres, only accepting waste in clear plastic bags so that its that can be recycled can be separated out, and selling second hand items.
If you would like to express your views and / or are concerned about limiting access to the Community Recycling Centres in this way and / or are concerned that limiting opening hours will result in an increased incidence of fly-tipping in our more rural areas, please complete the short questionare at:
by 30 September 2015 and help to ensure that the services needed are provided by the County Council and that our environment is protected from the fly-topping of waste.
Several communities in Mole Valley, including Bookham, Dorking and Westcott, are investigating the possibility of establishing Town or Parish Councils with similar powers to those that already exist in most of the rural villages in the District.
In Dorking this initiative has been promoted by the Town Centre Forum with the aim of letting residents choose whether the benefits of more local decision making outweigh the costs of introducing a Town Council.
This initiative has to follow a process laid down by government, including widespread consultation and a referendum. A petition calling for a Town Council to be set up has been started to find out if there is sufficient support for such a council amongst residents of the town.
Liberal Democrats want local communities to make their own decisions after a thorough discussion of the issues and respect the Town Centre Forum view that this should be free from political influence.