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Parish Council meeting 7.30 p.m. 3 July at St Stephen's Church, South Godstone 

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Please note that the A22 in South Godstone will be closed from 24 July for 6-8 weeks.

The information can be found on the Surrey County Council Highways website following the link ‘Roadworks in My Area’

 A summary of the information on the website is as follows:-

The works will take place approximately 50 meters north of the entrance to Wonham Place.

These works will cause disruption to road users and a full road closure and diversion route will be in place.

The road is to be closed to all traffic including pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.

Mike Goodman

Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

Surrey County Councillor for Bagshot, Windlesham & Chobham

I am writing to let you know that Surrey County Council is launching a consultation about possible changes to community recycling centres (CRCs).

The Council very much regrets having to make these proposals. Whilst they create efficiencies, which take into current account patterns of use, they are at the same time a reduction in service that I know is highly valued by our residents.

Continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services means that the need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels. This year alone we need to make savings of more than £100m – that’s about 10% of our overall budget.

The following changes are proposed:

  1. Permanent closure of four smaller CRCs – Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham
  2. Ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste
  3. Closing CRCs on two weekdays so all sites are open for five days a week
  4. Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only
  5. Ensuring CRCs in Camberley and Farnham are only used by Surrey residents

For more information, please visit the consultation webpage at www.surreycc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. The questionnaire will be live from Friday 23 June.

Hard copies will also be available at CRCs and by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053 456. The consultation closes on Monday 7 August. We are encouraging consultation returns to be made via the above webpage where at all possible for ease of processing.

The consultation responses will be used to inform the final plans which will be agreed by SCC’s cabinet this autumn. Your support in encouraging residents to take part in the consultation is appreciated.

Although I understand why these changes will not be welcomed I do firmly believe that they will allow a comprehensive and efficient CRC service to Surrey’s residents to be maintained while delivering savings to the taxpayer to help protect essential services.

Materials to promote the consultation are being sent to CRCs, county council offices, district and borough councils and libraries. If you would like any, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A message from Sam Gyimah MP re Gatwick’s Route 3

Dear all,

I write to you about action being taken to reduce aircraft noise over Route 3.

Last Friday, I had a very positive meeting with representatives from Nutfield Parish Council, Nutfield Conservation Society and Gatwick. We discussed the detrimental impact the noise is having on the quality of life for local residents and possible solutions going forward. It is absolutely vital that the local community across Nutfield sends a clear message that action must be taken to reduce Route 3 aircraft noise.

Therefore, I have launched a petition to support this initiative.

You can sign the petition here http://bit.ly/2kvijiy

Having reviewed the Sites Consultation document that is being proffered as the latest consultation under Regulation 18 for the Local Plan, the Godstone Parish Council finds the document to be unnecessarily contradictory and confusing. 

The quality of the information that has been produced is, at the very least, questionable.  The single most important piece of data on which the draft plan is based is the need to build 9,400 dwellings over the period of the plan. How this figure has been arrived at is far from clear. The methodology used to calculate this number is shrouded in secrecy, (comments of ‘it is very complicated, you wouldn’t understand’ have been received), and appears to be based on flawed data. If flawed data is used as the basis for the calculations, no matter how robust the methodology, the data produced as a result will be equally flawed.

The quantity of information that needs to be read and understood, (being in excess of 3,500 pages across all documents), to enable a full understanding of the draft plan is beyond the time available and patience of the average resident. This seems to be an intentional diversionary tactic as other district councils that are producing Local Plans appear to have managed to do so with far fewer documents and far fewer pages of contradictory information.

The level of communication to the residents by the TDC during the development of the draft plan has been totally inadequate and only in the later stages has any attempt at consultation occurred. Even then, there has been a very one sided approach – it has not been a consultative process, more a dictatorial explanation of what has been decided. Consultations have been condescending with statements like, “it is very complicated, we can’t explain it here” and “you wouldn’t understand, you need to be a planning expert to understand this”.

No attempt has been made to produce a simple summary document that could be read and understood by residents who for whatever reason have not accessed the thousands of pages on the TDC website. Whilst the Green Belt Assessment methodology is explained within the 3,500 pages it is certainly not understood by the average resident, nor is the criteria that defines Green Belt land. The recent ‘wrap’ that was published with the Tandridge County Border News was all ‘spin’ with very little factual evidence behind it.

The TDC has totally ignored The Godstone Parish Council and not once during the formation of the draft plan has any TDC representative formally consulted or addressed The Parish Council. This has resulted in totally alienating what could have been a valuable communication channel.

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